Your body is a portal to the divine.
Portal : Doorway, Gateway, Entrance
Portal Yoga is not just a movement practice. Though we focus on building strength and flexibility, the real goal is to develop a relationship with the true essence of who you are.
When we link breath with movement, it allows us to deepen into ourselves. Going in and out of a pose several times calibrates the nervous system in order to reduce stress and promote calm. When we hold the pose, the body has already adjusted itself and is able to reap greater physiological benefit. The longer we stay in a pose, the more time the muscles and surrounding fascia have to relax and release.
Yoga connects us to our body. It creates awareness of what is happening inside. Jessica teaches without music to allow this inner conversation to take place. As Mary Magdalene taught, it is in the silence that we hear.
Each class begins with a few minutes of grounding and guided visualization. Often, Jessica leads students through sound that harmonizes the energetic centers, or chakras. The combination of intentional breath and focused movement – not to mention a little laughter – will have you feeling revitalized and centered within your very own being.
Jessica completed her 200hr Subtle Yoga Teacher Training in 2018. She started practicing yoga in 2009 after a serious bicycle accident left her with chronic pain. Over the years, she attended 5Rhythms Dance workshops and engaged in numerous healing modalities, including shamanic work. While living overseas, Jessica began to connect with her body more deeply through slow movement and focused breath.
I love taking Jessica’s class because she teaches in a way where I learn more about how a pose should be held and its purposes. While educating me about my body, she also lifts my spirit with her jovial laughter and contagious smile. She has an energy and sense of peace she transfers to her students with her calm, guiding voice. You won’t be disappointed…Tricha
I have been taking Jessica’s yoga classes for over a year. They have had a positive effect on me in many ways. I not only feel physically stronger, but also a sense of peace and well being. Jessica has a very welcoming and caring style to her teaching.Marie
I always feel that Jessica’s class and type of yoga was designed just for me! Strengthening my lower back and core has been a life saver. She designs her class to meet the needs and issues for each of us present. Most of all, it is the gift of yoga that merges body, mind and spirit in a practice for a balanced life we all aspire to. Jessica’s teaching does just that for me. Her class is fun, loving and interactive. I am grateful for all that she offers us.Carolyn
Spiritual and holistic healing is part of Jessica’s practice. She connects yoga movement to the body and the spirit. Her guidance and teachings have enabled me to connect with my body in a whole new way.Lesley