Having grown up in an alternative environment in the hinterland of Byron Bay, in Northern NSW Australia, yoga and the healing arts were a natural part of Jessie’s life. She was first introduced to yoga as a teenager practicing Yoga Nidra with her mother and attending Satyananda yoga classes and retreats.
At 21 I remember attending a friends Hatha yoga class, it was a profound and life changing experience. I fell in love with exploring the many and varied yoga postures, the physical sensation of stretching, challenging and awakening my body. My breathing improved and there was an immediate shift in my state of mind. A feeling of calm and inner peace washed over me and I knew that yoga would become a natural part of my life.
Becoming a fully qualified teacher in 1997, Jessie continues to study under many leading teachers. She enjoys being a part of the transformational yoga journey and creating a space for people to connect within. With a passion for yoga, travel, adventure and nature, in 2002 Jessie ran her first Radiance Yoga Wellness Retreat in Bali. Today Radiance Retreats are held year round in Australia, Asia and Europe.
Jessie is Australia’s bestselling yoga author of 4 yoga books (HarperCollins Publishers AUS & Ulysses Press USA) and has created the popular at home Radiance Yoga DVD series. Her first book Yoga Postures for Your Body Mind & Soul was Australia’s bestselling yoga book (it is no longer published). Jessie also contributes to many leading yoga and wellbeing magazines throughout Australia and Asia. She has been a regular columnist for Wellbeing Magazine, Pure, Australia Natural Health and Spa Asia
The practice of yoga is a journey into the self and will deepen and en-richen your life on all levels. Through yoga we experience increased energy levels; good physical health; develop mental clarity and focus; emotional calm; self-awareness as well as peace within.
Yoga practice gives us ‘tools’ to live fully with the understanding of who we are and what our higher purpose is in life. As we become physically strong through the practice of yoga postures we also become mentally strong with increased ability to maintain focus and concentration. We strengthen on an emotional level and are more equipped to deal with life’s highs and lows where problems that once seemed overwhelming become much more manageable. Through turning inward and connecting with our self we develop a relationship with our true self. From practices of finding stillness within, we find a connection with our higher spiritual self and ultimately live life more in-tune with our higher purpose. As we strengthen on all levels we are more equipped to live the life we choose. As well as we become more flexible physically we become mentally more flexible, less fixed and hard-headed; emotionally we become more open, less protected, more forgiving and loving of our self and others.
Yoga is an individual practice that is unique to each individual, as we are all different and live different lifestyles, the yoga practices we need to maintain a healthy body and mind vary from person to person. There are many different techniques and disciplines in the yoga path including asanas, the physical postures; pranayama; the breathing techniques; dharana; the practice of developing concentration and dyana: meditation and many more. Whether you first discover yoga through the postures, the philosophy or through meditation, you will be enriched with personal insights and revelations.