My love affair with yoga began 20 years ago. To be honest it started off as a flirtation, a way of keeping fit, but I soon realised yoga had much more to offer, I committed and we were going steady. I travelled solo a lot through my 20’s, and I couldn’t have done it without my practice; it gave me confidence and a connection I hadn’t found elsewhere.
Over the years I explored many forms of yoga including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Hatha and Sivinanda, but when I took my first ISHTA Class, I knew I’d come home.
ISHTA means, “that which resonates with the individual” and is also an Acronym for ‘Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda’. We work with ancient Eastern disciplines and a modern yoga system to bring about tools for individual transformation. We encourage students to practise in a way that suits their individual body, nature and spirit, helping bring them to a place of Sattva (balance).
I love that I am and always will be a student of yoga. I’m a self-confessed book junkie and love reading about all things yoga, which helps me to stay inspired.
‘Yoga’ means ‘union’, ‘to yolk’, and no matter how fragmented I feel when I arrive on my mat, my Sadhana – daily practice, helps me feel whole. It’s given me the tools to navigate
the ups and downs of life and I hope to share these in my classes, to encourage more awareness. To help people connect more mindfully with their bodies, enabling greater connection with each other and the environment.
I’m grateful to all of my teachers, particularly Yogiraj Katrina Repka.
Jess is a 5oohr E-RYT, ISHTA Certified Teacher. She teaches Vinyasa flow, meditation, Yin, Restorative and Pregnancy yoga in Herts, London and worldwide retreats. She will be Teaching on the 300hr Advanced ISHTA Training, which is starting in London in September.