jess-and-girlsWelcome to Perinton Yoga!

My goal is to create a comfortable environment where anyone interested in yoga, regardless of age, shape and ability can find their best practice. Modifications are offered as needed, as well as more challenging approaches for those looking to take the next step in their practice. I strive to meet people where they are and strongly encourage my classes to accept themselves as they are – and move from this place of acceptance. 

My yoga practice began in 2000 when I was looking for exercise, relaxation and a way to work with back pain related to mild scoliosis. I remember looking around the room during that first class in awe of the students who touched their heads to the floor in a wide-legged forward bend while I could barely touch the floor with my fingertips! I didn’t understand then that yoga could offer much more than a way to get stronger and more flexible. As Judith Hanson Lasater says, “Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down.”

My love of yoga began in earnest while I was pregnant with my first child. During prenatal yoga classes I found a deep connection and respect for my body, acceptance of myself as I was in that moment, and saw that my yoga practice was helping to improve my meditation practice. Since then, yoga has continued to help me build a greater understanding and acceptance of myself, but also of others that I come into contact with. It often provides the grounding in the moment that I need in the midst of a very full life. The connection that I find with the mind and body in yoga helps me come closer to seeing myself, others and the world as they truly are – with greater love, compassion and acceptance.

I am a Certified Yoga Instructor with the National Exercise Trainers Association (NETA) and graduated from the 200 hour Essential Yoga Teacher Training with Francois Raoult at Open Sky Yoga. I began teaching at the Rochester Athletic Club in 2013 and opened Perinton Yoga in November 2016.