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About Jessica and Yinspire

About Jessica and Yinspire


About Yinspire

Yinspire started as the trading name for Jessica’s classes back in 2015 – since then, and with the opening of studio space, Yinspire has grown into a collective of two private studios hosting various yoga teachers, with a differing styles, alongside related disciplines.

Jessica’s vision is to see the studios grow into a local yoga community; supporting yogis; supporting the wider community through sharing yoga; and supporting Isle of Wight Yoga Teachers.

The full Schedule of Classes is on the Website


About Jessica

I started exploring Yoga in my mid 40s – it had been on my “to do” list for many years but never quite happened.  One day I saw an advert for “Yoga and Brunch” and thought that sounded a civilised way to brighten up a dull January Saturday morning.  

From that very first class I was captivated with Yoga, before long attending classes a week, along with additional workshops, the first steps toward a home practice and starting to devour Yoga books.

It was perhaps inevitable that training as a Yoga teacher would follow in due course.

Away from Yoga my background is Accounting and Tax, which I still practice, including accounting for yoga teachers. When not at work I enjoy fresh air – whether walking or cycling on land, or at sea on our family motor yacht – and having my nose in a good book with a Gin & Tonic.

Although I would describe myself as Liberal Christian, I have a strong interest in Buddhist ethics and practice, and this illuminates aspects of my practice and teaching.


Styles

Most of the regular teachers I have worked with come from a Hatha or Vinyasa style of Yoga, and these have been the foundations of my own practice.

My Yoga Teacher Training Tutor came from a Satyananda lineage and this has influenced my own practice.

In 2012, recovering from a fracture, I discovered by myself a slower quieter side to Yoga, which I later came to understand as Yin yoga.

All these influences come together in my practice and teaching, which I refer to as Yin Inspired Yoga.

More recently a lot of my time has been spent studying experiential and functional anatomy, and the physiology of stress, which has led to a formal training in Yoga Therapy completing in early 2019, and introduced a distinct therapeutic aspect to my classes.

My Yin Inspired Yoga style is an adaptation of a classic Paul Grilley/Sarah Powers Yin Yoga practice, however I also include, as appropriate:

  • Classic Hatha Yoga postures, maybe some static, maybe very slow flow
  • Restorative Yoga postures
  • Pranayama (breath and subtle energy work)
  • Mindfulness and Meditation

In all this the emphasis remains on a slow floor based practice though.

Amidst all the seriousness, I also think Yoga should be fun and relaxed, and approached with humour – you should leave the class feeling better than when you came


LGBT and Equality

Yinspire is an LGBT friendly business, committed to promoting equality and inclusiveness across all gender, race and sexuality identities.


Professional Memberships


Main Trainings

  • 2013-2014 FRYOG foundation course 100 hours
  • 2014-2015 FRYOG practical teaching course 200 hours
  • 2014 Foundations of Yin Yoga – one week – tutor Norman Blair
  • 2015 – 2016 Structural, Functional and Experiential Anatomy for Yoga – 100 hours – with Gary Carter
  • 2016 Advanced Yin Yoga Teacher Training – 60 hours – tutor Norman Blair
  • 2017 – 2019 (ongoing) Yoga Therapy Training – 550 hours – Minded Institute (tuition completed December 2018, post course requirements currently being fulfilled)


CPD and other training

  • 2013 Yin Yang Yoga workshops – one weekend – tutor Simon Low
  • 2014 Common Injuries Upper and Lower Body – one day cadaver prosection
  • 2014 Yin Yoga workshops – one weekend  – with Paul Grilley
  • 2016 Anatomy of pelvis, spine and back pain – half day cadaver prosection
  • 2016 Anatomy of spinal cord and nervous system – half day cadaver prosection
  • 2016 Five day guided cadaver dissection – with Julian Baker
  • 2016 Insight Yoga + Psychological Inquiry workshops – one weekend – with Sarah Powers
  • 2017 Insight Yoga Teacher Training Intensive: Mindfulness + Inner Practices in Yin Yoga – five days with Sarah Powers
  • 2017 Yoga Therapy for Low Back Pain & Sciatica – three days with Robin Monro / Minded Institute 
  • 2018 Yin Yoga and Meridians – Kidney/Bladder and Stomach/Spleen Meridians – 2 day training with Norman Blair and Kate Henley
  • 2018 Yin Yoga and Meridians – Liver Meridian – 2 day training with Norman Blair and Kate Henley
  • 2018 Three Day First Aid at Work with IWNHS Ambulance Training
  • 2019 Mental Health First Aid – two day training with IW Council
  • 2019 Breath Body Mind – Workshop for Professionals – two days Drs Brown MD and Gerbarg MD via Minded Institute
  • 2019 Body Reading and Resilience – three days with Thomas Myers


Musings

Here are some of my recent musings:


Reading List

I devour books on yoga – here are some of the books I’ve read, and reviewed, recently: