Jessica Kruse

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About The Teacher

Jessica Kruse is an Ayurveda Practitioner, RMT & RYT, who has studied across the globe; elaborating her Ayurvedic training with Dr. Vasant Lad. Jessica specializes in Ayurvedic pulse reading, diet and lifestyle consultations & counselling, Ayurveda Yoga Therapy, Turiya Therapy (Marma Chikitsa), massage & beauty treatments.

With two years experience from her cosmetology apprenticeships in her hometown of Edmonton, Alberta; she decided to venture overseas to continue learning. First to Thailand to study martial arts, Buddhist Vipassana, Osho meditation, Ayurvedic Yoga Massage and internal /external cleansing modalities. Then to Mexico to immerse herself into the Spanish language, her first Yoga Teacher Training and to become a certified Doula with the ‘Natural Birth Institute’.

While becoming an Ayurvedic Practitioner; she received specializations in diet and lifestyle counselling, Ayurveda cuisine, pulse reading, Abhyanga, Turiya, Marma and Yoga Therapy and providing herbal recommendations. During her studies in BC, Canada, she was fortunate to study one on one, with teacher, Jaisri M. Lambert; a twelve year apprentice of Dr. Vasant Lad. Jessica later extensively studied ‘Ayurvedic Cooking for Self Healing’ with Dr. Lad, in Albuquerque, New Mexico and ‘ Gurukula Advanced Clinical Studies Program’ in his homeland of Pune, India.

Jessica holds a diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy 2200 hours, is a SATTVA Yoga Teacher and an Alexandria Professional Qualified Body Sugaring Practitioner. With respect she offers her deepest gratitude to her Ayurvedic teacher Vaidya Vasant Lad for guiding her on this path to fulfill her dharma of helping people become well; physically, emotionally and spiritually; by integrating Ayurveda into various modalities. She currently lives on site at Vida Asana.


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  • Annonymous   September 20, 2017

      Life inspiring & life changing

    I have attended two of Jessica’s Ayurveda and yoga retreat’s and I have yet to find another teacher like her. The retreats were full of yogic wisdom, local culture and memorable experiences. I found her classes so unique, both stimulating and relaxing, I always felt so good after class and like I learned something new! I was not used to doing the breath work and meditation that was included in all classes, but she made me feel comfortable with her kind and professional guidance and now I love pranayama and mediation! I like how she includes Ayurveda workshops that are attainable for all levels of experience, yet are very rich in ancient wisdom. For me this may have been the best part, as I was able to take home what I learned on the retreat and put it to use in my daily life. Oh and how can I not mention her incredible bodywork sessions and truly life changing consultations? Thank you Jessica, you have changed and inspired my life. ~Kelly B, Orthodontist

  • Annonymous   September 20, 2017

      Wholesome, wise, and a true asset in the Yoga World

    I crossed paths with Jessica during my yoga retreat at Vida Asana in Costa Rica. Jessica possesses a wisdom and clarity beyond her years. Her presence was immediately therapeutic, and throughout the retreat, she continuously impressed me with her wealth of knowledge and true passion for what she does. Her yoga classes (hatha, vinyasa, restorative) varied in intensity, mentally and physically, but always met each individual’s needs. Her approach was fluid, fun, and at times, evoked emotion. She came around making small adjustments when necessary, and knowledgeable comments/reminders to keep us in check. I was able to successfully achieve metaphysical balance through her guidance. As the days passed, I found myself becoming stronger, mentally physically and emotionally. Beyond her obvious teaching talent, Jessica possesses a solid foundation of Ayurveda healing. I experienced an Ayurveda massage with Jessica, and it truly exceeded my expectations. I only wish I could have experienced more of this healing practice with Jessica. During our retreat, the students were lucky enough to have quality time with Jessica beyond practice, and it was such a pleasure getting to know her as an individual. My true respect for her comes from her extensive knowledge. She wouldn’t only be able to answer with a fact, but instead she could explain ‘why’ in great detail. Jessica has gone above and beyond to educate herself in the field in which she clearly excels. I feel truly blessed to have been a student of Jessica’s. The things that she taught me go beyond words. She is wholesome, wise, and a true asset in the yoga world. ~Meaghan Westbury, Yoga Teacher

  • Annonymous   September 20, 2017

      Deeply Grateful

    After being treated to Jessica’s gift of abhyanga massage, and after just a few days of following her simple advice, my 6-year-long struggle with an increasingly imposing health concern began to show noticeable signs of improvement. Through her wisdom and passion for Ayurveda, and as I continue to gradually introduce more of her suggestions, I am seeing positive changes such as: clearer skin, weight loss, more regular digestion, increased energy, healthier habits and relationships, and a general sense of well-being. I am so grateful to have met Jessica and for all of the amazing memories I have of my time at Lake Atitlán. ~Elyse Turpin

  • Annonymous   September 20, 2017

      A Blessing to the Yoga Community

    I had the privilege of attending an Ayurveda yoga retreat in Guatemala facilitated by Jessica Kruse. Jessica is a gifted teacher and extremely insightful. Additionally, I had one of the best massages I have ever had. Her passion for the practice of yoga and knowledge is contagious. I can’t wait to study with her again. She’s a true blessing to the yoga community ~Ilka Omdahl, Teacher

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