Practice with Jessica
Jessica Stickler grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico and has always felt an irresistible magnetic pull towards New York City, where she has been living since 1998. Jessica discovered yoga as a means to manage anxiety and depression, and was attracted to the beauty of the forms and the depth of the philosophy. Having studied philosophy at Sarah Lawrence College, there was something strange and exciting about doing philosophy while standing on one's head! With the beat of punk rock in her heart, she headed into the concrete jungle only to discover that in the midst of a chaotic city, she could find some quiet and clarity at Jivamukti Yoga's flagship school in Manhattan.
She discovered through her practice that yoga can be the antidote to a dark and selfish world, and that compassion itself is radical action!
Jessica is an advanced certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher since 2008, and also serves as a mentor in Jivamukti's Teacher Training program. She teaches classes and workshops internationally in Australia, Germany, Trinidad, and the Czech Republic. She loves to teach a wide range of students from beginners through advanced practitioners, and has worked closely with those who are recovering from injury. She has continued her study of anatomy and movement with Amy Matthews, via The Breathing Project.
Jessica's classes incorporate dynamic movement, choreographic sequencing, with special attention to alignment and modification options. Classes are infused with a variety of inspiring music, meditation, and spiritual teachings.
Find out more about Jessica: yogastickler.com
Interview with Jessica
What style, tradition, and/or lineage are you a part of (if any)?
I’ve been teaching Jivamukti Yoga since 2008. I teach internationally and also as a mentor in the teacher training programs. Everything I have to offer I have learned from my incredible teachers along the way. Not only my lineage teachers but my mentors and colleagues as well.
What can I expect from your classes?
I adore alignment, specificity, and flow. In my longer classes you can expect both movement and attention to detail. I like to find creative ways to communicate my experience of the asanas with others. In my full-length classes, I dip into yoga philosophy, meditation, and some of the aspects of yoga practice that are often de-emphasized in modern yoga. When we look at the poses deeply or we challenge ourselves on the mat, I think the most interesting thing to ask is: What am I learning about myself through the practice and how is that improving my relationship with others?
What’s on your mind these days yoga-wise?
There is always going to be variation in what people teach. I like that there is room for variation, and I enjoy the idea of being a lifelong student of the practice. I think back to things that I taught years ago, that perhaps I’ve changed my idea about it, but those ideas served me and my practice at that point in time. There needs to be room for that kind of growth, not only in our yoga practice but in our lives—can I allow myself to modify or update my ideas about yoga, about politics, about life, about relationships without destabilizing my sense of self? Can I work with an idea without getting dogmatic and stuck on it in a way that prevents growth and movement?
What do you like to do outside of yoga?
I love gardening and cooking. I cook almost every day, and I love trying new recipes. When the weather is right, I spend time in the garden daily. I’m also a devoted environmental activist.