Our first YogaWorks Yoga Teacher Training Immersion is taking place at Blue Osa in August and we could not be more excited to be hosting Jessica Seabern. We took a moment to get to know Jessica and more about the YogaWorks Yoga Teacher Training.
When did you begin your yoga practice?
What or who made you step on your yoga mat the first time, and where were you?
I began yoga well before I knew what yoga actually was. When I was Sixteen I was teaching a class to teens in Minnesota for my mom’s aerobics studio called Stretch and Breathe and a parent pointed out to me that what I was teaching was yoga; this peaked my interest.
How has yoga changed your life?
Unexpectedly is has become a career. Prior to that, yoga was an escape from everything around me to being with just me.
When did you realize you wanted to teach yoga?
I began teaching again seventeen years ago after I had my first daughter; Eleuthera. I wanted to share the benefits with others and encourage my students and myself to take care of themselves/yourself.
What is your favorite yoga pose currently?
Today it is Adho Mukha Svanasana, good ole Down Dog. Energizing, strengthening, lengthening and centering.
What is one specific asana are you currently working towards?
I feel as though I am actually beyond that stage of my practice, I used to love challenging and extreme postures but I am more into be energetic, active and completely present in postures (Sthira Sukham Asanam) ; that is what I am working on now no matter the level of the asana.
Do you have a favorite snack or smoothie for extra yoga energy?
I am really into this apple cinnamon Greek yogurt w/ oats right now, but every time I buy them my husband and kids seem to get to them first. If/when I find the time I will try make my own version.
Why did you decide on Blue Osa for your retreat?
YogaWorks presented me with an offer to teach there amazing 200hr Teacher Training there, I looked up the location and signed the contract within a day. I have been teaching trainings for them for about seven years and have loved every moment of it, especially because I believe it is an amazing training. YW TTs have been around for over 20 years, honoring tradition yet always evolving.
April is Earth Month. What are some ways you help save the planet and practice being eco-friendly?
I love teaching a Spring Clean workshop, a mentally and physically cleansing practice. I grew up in Minnesota so I have always been planet-savvy, very Earth conscious state before it was popular.
Tell us a little about what we can expect from your upcoming YogaWorks retreat/training.
This YogaWorks retreat/training is for anyone looking to deepen their practice and/or become a yoga teacher as well as any yoga teachers looking for a deeper understanding of yoga asana and sequencing their own classes.
How do you hope your students feel at the end of the retreat?
Well since it is at Blue Osa; relaxed yet jam-packed with information and inspiration. We have fun in my trainings, there are serious moments but lots of laughter too.
End with your favorite yoga (or random inspirational) quote or thought.
By cultivating attitudes of friendliness towards the happy, compassion towards the unhappy, delight in the virtuous, and disregard towards the wicked the mind stuff can retain its undisturbed calm.
YogaWorks will be hosting their first Yoga Teacher Training Immersion August 9 to September 5, 2015 at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa.