Jessica is a yoga instructor, badass lady-base, rebel yogi, and tireless wanderluster. Her yoga journey began in 2005 following on from a childhood filled with gymnastics and acrobatics - from a young age she has developed a passion for movement so the basics of yoga felt natural and familiar.
She quickly fell in the love with the practice, and what started out as an after-work hobby grew into something transformational both on and off the mat and she soon discovered an eagerness to share this passion with others. Since then she has sought every opportunity to practice with and learn from teachers from around the world, experimenting with a wide variety of styles, philosophies, and approaches that include: Hatha, Ashtanga, Bikram, Hot, Vinyasa, Power, and Jivamukti.
She found acroyoga in 2008 and has since actively immersed herself in the practise, building and growing the local community through her Facebook group - Acroyoga Hong Kong - leading public jams, and eventually teaching classes and workshops throughout the city after completing the first ACROVINYASA teacher training in 2015.
In 2016, Jessica discovered a new love for stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and decided to combine her newfound interest with yoga by taking steps to get certified as a SUP Yoga Instructor with the Academy of Surfing Instructors.
Jessica offers deep gratitude to her mentors and friends: Dice Iida-Klein, Briohny Smyth, Honza and Claudine Lafond, as well as many other inspirational teachers met on her journey.
A believer in the mantra “live what you love”, she made the choice to follow her bliss by leaving her corporate life to teach yoga full-time in 2015. She has been based primarily in Hong Kong since but has had the privilege of teaching at yoga studios, conferences, and festivals in Bali, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Australia, and the UK.
Jessica’s teaching philosophy combines physical, dynamic sequencing with a playful approach. Naturally hypermobile and precisely five feet tall, she has made it her mission to become a balanced, capable yogi. Building muscle and strength with regular weight lifting and other techniques to complement her yoga practice allows her to defy first impressions whether basing flyers more than twice her size or posing to present a yoga body that’s a little sturdier and stronger than expected.
Her classes are heavily influenced by alignment-based vinyasa and focus on connecting the breath with the flow, tempering the pose to suit the day, and working hard to the perfect playlist.
When away from the mat Jess can likely be found serving her 5-year-old feline master Faust, curled up on the sofa maining Chun Li in Street Fighter, or exploring old buildings to appease her inner history geek.
A Few Non-Yoga Facts About Me
- I’m a February 14th baby! As a result, I don't celebrate Valentine's Day because I'm butthurt about the occasion stealing the spotlight on my birthday (I'm kidding, sorta).
- I dislike a number of foods based on their texture or aesthetic: avocados and mangos are too mushy, eggplants are too stringy, and dragonfruit just looks plain weird. I'm the best person to share a meal with because I probably won't fight with you over your favourite food.
- I often get distracted by old buildings and remnants of yesteryear while walking on the street. As macabre as it sounds, cemeteries are one of my favourite places to visit. Just imagine all the people who have walked on the same ground throughout the centuries!
- I was introduced to video games by my dad from a ridiculously young age and still love to nerd out from time to time. I once logged 35 hours of gameplay of the Sims over one single weekend. Judging by my reckless driving skills on GTA, I wouldn't trust myself on the road in real life. (Thankfully I don't have a driver's license, phew.)
- I go through two extremes with food. I sometimes forget to eat all day or I could get so hungry that I'll finish everything on the table and more if you give me enough time.