Jess is a fun loving energetic mother and wellness professional who has enjoyed fitness of all varieties, participating and teaching for over 15 years. She is an active outgoing individual, always searching for scenic and unique locations to enjoy the peace and stillness of nature. She began a her new journey when she has wanted to take a stab at her passion in 2019. It all began when a little gem fell into her lap, a pink house she called home for over a year and a half. Things shifted after the Pandemic and Pushna needed to relocate. Jess is excited to still be in Lake Orion and serving this community. Next to a sports store and nutrition smoothie bar.
Nine short years ago, Jess did not imagine her life to include a passion for stillness, breath, and movement of Yoga. She was first introduced to the practice of Yoga in a combined cycling and yoga class, and as she says, “It was Uncomfortable and SO SLOW! Definitely did NOT feel like my typical workout thing. I didn’t really care for it.” However, she was committed to seeing this new class through.
Then, right in the middle of a hip opener – Frog pose to be exact – it forever changed her. The focus, stillness, and oneness she felt with her body and the Earth – unlocked something beautiful and new within her. The part of her soul that craved peace and calm within her busy, determined life. Jess soon after achieved the honor of being a RYT 200 certified yoga instructor, completing over 200 hours of training to be a safe, knowledgeable teacher across many styles of Yoga. Yin, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Hatha are styles that she teaches in. She has been spreading her love and passion to move the body and heal within the yoga practice ever since and is now pursuing her yoga Medics 200 Hour certification. This certification program gives additional in depth understanding to help treat those with injuries, PTSD, trauma and various other ailments within the body. (Always consult a Doctor to ensure you are safe to pursue a yoga practice if concerned.)
If you ask Jess what her favorite part of teaching Yoga is, she will tell you that it is being able to help calm individuals busy minds, all while opening up their body and hearts to help cope with pain. Restorative and yin yoga along with Flex & Flow (a more intense workout class with weights & bands) are her favorite to teach. Within her teachings, she has developed specialized classes for veterans, athletes, business professionals, people with injuries, seniors and children. She demonstrates the beauty in learning to be still, all while opening the bodies, minds, and hearts of the practitioners in her classes.
Fitness has been a lifelong journey for Jess, and much like her Yoga Practice, her journey continues to grow and evolve. From boxing, to spin, to interval and weight training, to her Yoga Classes, Corporate Yoga Sessions and One on One Yoga Classes, Jess brings to the table an understanding of variety, and how it keeps things exciting and fresh on path to lifelong fitness. Here is what Jess says that all students of hers should know: “Each class will be different because each day WE are different. We will strive to keep in mind the end goal; to find peace and stillness within, while we connect with our body.”
In her free time, you will likely find Jess being creative! She loves painting, jewelry making, and cooking for her kids! She also loves to explore beautiful places with excellent views like Holland, Traverse City, and Port Austin. She loves to play games, especially Boggle! You may find her in her free time on a trail or at a beach or curled up with a good book alongside her kids.