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Instructor Bio - Jessica Aiken, R.Y.T. specializing in Ashtanga
Yoga, certified Jivamukti Yoga Instructer- Chicago, IL
Reading Deepak Chopra as a teen and studying
Buddhism as a elective in College, Jessica always had somthing pulling
her towards Eastern Philoshophy but not until a adult in her twenties
did she experience the asana side of yoga. Jessica was first introduced
to yoga in 2001 while in college and by 2002 was hooked on a vigorous
regular vinyasa practice.Soon after vinyasa she found Ashtanga Yoga and
a whole new world opened up! Ashtanga Yoga lead her to her first teacher
training with San Francisco Ashtangi; Larry Schultz in 2005 and later
lead her all the way to South
India twice for more in depth studies in 2007/08 and 2012.
teaching yoga full time since 2005. Some of the teacher trainings
she has completed are: 200 hour teacher training in Ashtanga with Larry
Schultz (It's Yoga) in 2005, 300 hour Jivamukti with David Life, Sharon
Gannon and Yogeswari in 2009 and 3 primary series adjustment clinics with
Nancy Gilgoff and Christine Hoar in 2011, 2012, 2013, and a 1 second series
adjustment clinic with Nancy and Christine in 2014.
In her local
Chicago yoga community she is forever thankful to the many gifted teachers
that are very inspirational to her; especially: Patricia Hyland, Cara
Jepsen, Amy Beth Treciokas, and Bill Shapleigh.
Over the years Jessica has been lucky to attend numerous Yoga workshops
with senior teachers. A few of these teachers she found herself going
back to and feeling a deep connection and gratitude for becase of the
impact they made on her practice, life, and teaching. These are: Guruji
(Shri K Pattahbi Jois), Sharath Rangaswamy, Rolf and Marci Naujokat, Nancy
Gilgoff, David Life, and Sharon Gannon.
Jessica has taught for the following Yoga studios and gyms throughout
Chicago: Arabesque Dance studio, Bally Total Fitness, Fitness Formula
Clubs, The Peninsula, The Yoga and Therapy Studio, Lakeshore Athletic
Club, Soulistic Studio, Yoga Now, Namaskar, and a number of Private Clients,
Universities, Business, and special events and festivals.
Jessica has also taught workshops and at conferences for The Chicago School
of Yoga, Yoga Now, Namaskar, Fitness Formula Clubs, and Reflections Yoga.
In 2008, Jessica assisted Owner/Director of Yoga Now Amy Beth Treciokas
in the very first 2 of Yoga Now's 200 hour registered yoga alliance teacher
trainings .As a teacher Jessica
is very precise with a emphasis on verbal cueing and physical adjustments
matched with a friendly down to earth attitude. In all of her classes
her teaching is based on Ashtanga alighnment and theory.
Jessica believes it's important to teach to the individual even in a group
setting. Students that attend Jessica's classes say one of her best attributes
as a teacher is the ability to modify challenging poses for all levels
and break things down in a approachable way.
Schedule Jessica currently teaches private, workplace and group
studio classes. Her group yoga classes are currently at Yoga Now (sunday,
monday, tuesday, thursday, and friday). She also leads workshops in Pranayama
and Meditation, Jivamukti Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga as well as Yoga and Creativity
at various studios around the Chicagoland area most regularily she can
be found teaching workshops at her home studio Yoga Now.
Contact Information - Smile Yoga - Chicago, IL
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