...discovering YOGA and the journey within
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