Jessica’s primary focus is to help her students understand the more subtle aspects of their mind body connection. She uses her knowledge of anatomy and physiology to develop classes that will help to bring the body into a balance of strength and suppleness while balancing the nervous system. We experience an overall feeling of well being when our stress levels are more manageable and the family of systems that support our livelihood function better.
The renowned teacher T.K.V. Desikachar says, “ The practice of yoga only requires us to act and to be attentive in our actions.”
Jessica implements this idea in her teaching by using several teaching techniques. One is through the use of props. Props are very effective in supporting a pose in a way that removes some of the strain of the physical aspect so we may focus and keep the mind in balance. Props also allow us to feel reference to where we are in space by providing boundaries that support our awareness.
Props are not limitations for the weak but provide a framework to help us work stronger and more effectively.
In her classes, Jessica teaches the experience of sensations which connect us to the present moment:
Grounding – allows a sense of security and presence of being.
Expansion – helps us to feel more space in and around ourselves bringing a feeling of lightness and joy.
Balance – helps to manage to fluctuating patterns of the world around us while feeling anchored to our center.
Rhythm – establishes a soothing harmony in our bodies calming anxious feelings and can help to lift the weight of depression.
For 16 years yoga has been an integral part of Jessica’s life. It has helped her navigate physical injury, hormonal imbalances, emotional trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, and just general life stress. She feels yoga is truly a gift to humanity. Between her practical knowledge of the beneficial aspects of yoga and her own personal experience, she teaches with equal precision to all levels. She adapts poses where the body has limitations in order for her students to feel the intended expression of the pose and she helps guide a more experienced student toward the next level of their practice.
Jessica von Schlichten, C-IAYT 500hr
Certified Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapy. Advanced training in Adaptive Yoga for Disability and Trauma Sensitive Yoga.
Owner of Mystic Lotus Yoga Studio