Jesse Russell, Yoga Instructor
I’ve always been curious as to who I am and why I think and feel the way that I do. This curiosity is the reason I went to school for Psychology and ultimately ended up enmeshed in the practice and lifestyle of yoga. I completed a 200-hour training in Vinyasa in 2016 and followed up with an additional 300-hour training in Hatha in Rishikesh, India (the Yoga capital of the world). Since then I’ve been continuing my studies, deepening my practice, and teaching all that I’ve gathered along the way. Yoga has been my medicine in life; it has helped me overcome my struggles with depression and anxiety, and it has helped me to find a way of life that is wholesome, nourishing, and healing. Becoming aware of how the body, breath, and mind function and interoperate is the foundation to heath and well-being, and I like to emphasize awareness in my classes. With breath being the central focal point in my classes, I aim to help guide students’ awareness throughout their body while remaining lovingly aware of anything that surfaces in the mind. It is my hope that being present, attentive, and aware enables students to recognize how their thoughts, speech, and actions are either contributing to health or to disease. With the cultivation of heightened awareness, we realize that we have the power to choose that which is wholesome ad which fosters well-being. We may never be able to control what happens in life, but we can control ourselves. This, I feel, is the key to peace and harmony.