Hi – my name is Jade – nice to meet you. I am glad to join the YogaTrade community so I may share my gifts with others, both locally and internationally. My greatest gift is teaching. I have a knack for clear communication, which includes a commitment to deep listening. With this skills I have grown excellent at sharing my knowledge and understanding of back yard gardening, large-scale farming, permaculture design and implementation, ecstatic dancing, hiphop history, writing, and all 8 limbs of yoga. On the topic of yoga, I follow the path I was set upon at my teacher training with Marianne Wells. One of the most important things I’ve carried from my training 3 years ago is to teach what I know. For me, this means I take the time to learn and practice individual components of each limb, slowly, one at a time. In doing so I am able to share my experiences with others to the depths of my understanding. This is what guides my learning and teaching, slowly and to great depths. “I must be a Mermaid, I have no fear of great depths…” Anais Nin
Big Sur, CA
A Little More About Me
As I lover of learning – I truly love it all!
For the last few years, my personal interest is on understanding and embodying all the yamas and niyamas. My greatest challenge has been Nonviolence, as it relates to thoughts/thought patterns – specifically towards the self.
Recently while recovering from a broken ankle, I had several months to sit with myself and focusing on dismantling this pattern. Slowly but surely, I have dissolved the habitual pattern a negative self talk. Mmm mmm humble pie, you taste so good.
Surely coincidentally to my necessary retreat from normal life, I’ve begun to deepen my study, understanding, and practice of Pratyahara – the forgotten limb. Inside, outside, and upside down – I’m really curious about learning how to navigate what we let in, what we give out, how to control the senses in this very stimulating world.
Before I started teaching, I enjoyed practicing Bikram Yoga – mainly because I love feeling heat, and enjoying sweat, and specifically not being cold. Could this be because I have a Pitta dominate dosha? Perhaps. Could it be that I spent the first 26 years of life freezing my tush off in the frozen lands of the midwest. Quite possibly. Coincidentally, the winter I began my Bikram practice I was living in a studio cabin above a wine bottling line with a broken heater. Both cold and the loud noise of machinery rattle my bones, and I found great refugee from the discomfort at the hot yoga studio.
During that same winter, I came upon Iyengar’s Yoga: A Path to Holistic Health which then led me to find his Light on Yoga. They became my go-to for home practice, and I enjoyed taking one posture at a time, memorizing the cues, and practicing slow and steady. It was a short path from Bikram to Hatha/Resortaive. Those two books have been most influential in my asana practice since. Restorative asana postures have become my favorite most importantly because they are for everyone!! And I truly believe this is what humanity needs – to slow down, pause for the cause, listen to body, let the soma flow. The ability to share these postures is gift I most enjoy giving. I look forward to sharing it with you.