About The Teacher
I’m Jess and I’m the face behind The Pop-up Yoga Company.
Believe it or not, I didn’t enjoy my first yoga class. Having come from an intense sporting background and grown up with a 'no pain no gain' attitude, it wasn't something that I instantly resonated with, it didn't miraculously transform my life and as I lay in my first Savasana I remember willing it to end. BUT, fast forward a few years and here I am: a Yoga Teacher!
I fell in love with yoga when I found an amazing studio, a group of talented, knowledgeable and (most importantly) smiley teachers and before I knew it I was hooked. I realised pretty quickly that yoga could be enjoyable, challenging, and strangely addictive all in one. It was a completely different experience to my first class and, as horribly cliché as it may be, it really has changed my life. A little while later I quit my career as an Event and Marketing Manager and flew to Thailand to do my teacher training. Since then I've taught around the world in places such as Thailand, Cambodia, New Zealand, Scotland and now Switzerland.
I make sure my classes are sympathetic to the traditional practice of yoga but I try to infuse them with fun, creativity and playfulness. I focus a lot on alignment and anatomy but in a way that relates to real everyday life and helps you to understand the less tangible spiritual, mental and emotional sides of yoga. For me, yoga is a very holistic practice and so I strongly believe these aspects are just as important as the physical movements. As cheesy as it sounds, yoga isn't just a work out, it's a work in (sorry-not-sorry).
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Humility is not cowardice. Meekness is not weakness. Humility and meekness are indeed spiritual powers. Swami Sivananda