Jessica started a daily Ashtanga Yoga practice in 1994 while studying as an Exchange Student at the University of Adelaide in Australia. In 2004, she moved to Encinitas with her family and studied with Tim Miller.
Over the last 14 years she has made several trips to Mysore, India, to study with Guruji, Sharath and Saraswati and has been granted a Teaching Authorization Certificate from the KPJAYI in Mysore.
Because of her other career and parenting commitments, she teaches yoga selectively and for limited periods of time, including short workshops and private instruction.
She is a nature-loving, yoga-doing, mother of two who loves travel and adventure, positive people, music, dancing, reading, and the simple pleasures in life.
She’s an advocate of organic agriculture and has 19 years’ experience in organic certification.
Four years ago, Jessica suffered a major spinal injury. While initially this caused a lot of fear and pain, it actually ended up bringing more joy to her practice, to her teaching, and to her life.
Inspirational quote – Let the beauty of what you love be what you do – Rumi
Alternative Practice – Ashtanga Yoga
Health Tip –
- We always begin with the breath…
- The mind follows the path of the breath. Movement follows the path of the breath.
When you are breathing, you also become mindful of your movement. Right after the show, if you just sit for a moment (you don’t have to close your eyes, it doesn’t have to be a meditation) and breathe rhythmic breaths. It can be four counts of inhalation and three on the exhalation. (Do whatever works for you).
- Breathe into your heart space for just three minutes where you feel like you are really breathing into that heart area. Breath into your own pace but make sure that it is rhythmic.
- You can do this rhythmic breathing anytime.
- This helps your mind and your physiology. It’s bringing your heartbeat into the rhythm that it’s meant to be in. Your heart regulates all your other systems within your body. If your heart is beating on a rhythm, then everything seems to work well in your body. This allows your mind to feel peace, so you are also releasing happy hormones instead of the stress hormones.
Major Life Lesson –
You never know how the story is going to end. Life is a huge mystery, and you can have all the plans in the world and all the goals, but the reality is you have no idea what’s going to happen.
We can only take care of the present moment. We have to either enjoy it or if something is threatening us, then we have to deal with it right then.
The future will take care of itself. If we take care of right now and we are humble, then it’s all good.
Everything is going to be fine.
Life Purpose –
I have done what I love (yoga teaching, re-learning and sharing). As a result I am given so many gifts back from the connections I make through what I do.
- Best Advice – Kids don’t always pay attention to what you say or what you do but they always pay attention to who you are.
- Personal Habit – Move and breathe every day! Dance every hour! We are made to move and breathe!
- Book Recommendation – A Search In Secret India – Paul Brunton
Learn more about Jessica at http://www.jessica-walden.com/
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