yoga V’s Training/Immersion is broken down into two modules. In the first module, (Growth), students deepen their personal practice by comprehensively learning more about the practice of yoga. This includes history, philosophy, chakras, meditation, and anatomy in physical poses. Students that are ready and accepted into the second module, (Share), will continue on to learn how to apply their knowledge in guiding as a yoga instructor.
So you know that yoga is not just a practice on the mat. But what else makes up this ancient and sacred practice? Learn about the history and philosophies of yoga. Go deeper into understanding the subtle energy work in the practice through chakras, pranayama, and mudras. Begin to understand the meaning behind the 8 limbs of yoga, and how to apply them into your everyday life. Learn the basics of, and begin to use correct pronunciation in the beautiful language of Sanskrit. Receive techniques in which to apply these ideas and philosophies into your teaching.
Practice on your mat. A lot! Learn what it means to be at your edge, to grow without suffering. Begin to master your personal practice. Bringing mind/body/spirit together. Increase your knowledge in the physical both through feeling the sensations of your body, and through observation and lessons. Learn proper alignment, injury prevention, and succinct cueing methods that will empower you and your future students.
Allow the space and time to get to know yourself. Explore the aspects of yourself. Your strengths, your weaknesses, your relationships, your dreams. Immerse yourself in techniques that help you live your life authentically, and release what no longer serves you.
Putting it all together. Learn to guide and inspire students on their mats. Gain the knowledge in creating solid and smart sequences, to effectively cue to empower, and adjust to help students reach their potential. Begin to understand how to grasp the energy in the room, so that you can meet your students where they are. Master creating an experience for your students. Take the fundamentals of the practice, mix it with your best unique self, and shine!!
Take this opportunity to form long-lasting connections with your fellow trainees, yV staff, and presenters. Opening your heart and mind to your yoga community, and find it being returned ten-fold. You will find that you are not alone in this exciting, scary, heart-opening, and incredible journey.
Tess teaches a challenging vinyasa flow classes that focus on finding growth through proper alignment, linking breath to movement, being mindful, and having a little fun!
She has been practicing yoga since 2001 and has taught over 2,500 hours since receiving her RYT 200 hour certification in 2006. She has continued her education in everything from anatomy and injury prevention to yoga philosophy and language. Her teaching stems from the influence of Christina Sell, Jamie Elmer, Tiffany Cruikshank, Dice Iida-Klein, and Baron Baptiste.
Growing up, Tess was always playing sports and took to running to help burn energy and feel good. However, something was missing that she couldn’t quite put her finger on until she took her first class at Baron Baptiste’s studio in Cambridge, MA. It was there that she found her bliss. Not only was she lengthening her muscles, and getting a solid workout physically, but the magic of yoga was changing her life on an emotional/spiritual level as well. It touched upon an aspect of her life that nothing else had. She completely absorbed herself into the practice as a student for 4 years before feeling ready to begin learning to teach others. See more about Tess.
Jamie teaches vinyasa flow yoga with an emphasis on safety, breath and alignment. She teaches public and private classes, workshops and her twice yearly continued education immersion in the Grand Valley in addition to her travel teaching schedule. While on the road, she teaches teacher trainings, workshops, continued education trainings and retreats internationally. She’s been practicing for nearly twenty years and teaching full time for fifteen. Jamie is a registered Yoga Alliance Teacher at the E-RYT500 level and is a Certified Continued Education Provider (YACEP).
Jamie holds a BA from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Pilates Teaching Certification from Long Beach Dance Conditioning, Gait Therapist Certification from Sherry Brourman, PT, attended Duke University’s College of Integrative Medicine to study Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors, as well as Yoga Teacher Trainings with Max Strom, Saul David Raye, Shiva Rea, Erich Schiffman, Sherry Brourman and Annie Carpenter.
Jamie loves working with students from the beginner level, to seasoned teachers. She specializes in working with individual’s specific needs, body types and injuries.