My friend Kate recently asked me this question,
“I’m finishing up your newest podcast on my way home (which I think btw is my favorite one yet!) and I have another question for you – what trainings have you done? It sounds like you incorporate so much more than just traditional asana, I was wondering what other things you might have trained in?”
Since people ask me questions like that pretty regularly, I recorded a video answer for you! It’s a list of the main trainings I have participated in, as well as my long list of injuries, because they have been such incredible teachers for me. After you watch, be sure to let me know if you have any follow up questions.
I am curious if you had to have surgery on the hip for labrum tear or surgery for rotator cuff injury. Thanks for sharing. I wish I had time to do training workshops in a number of areas that you mentioned. ~Robin
Hi Robin! Great question and one I’ll certainly have Francesca reply to directly. She’s literally inbound from her honeymoon, hence me dropping in on her behalf. Once she settles back in, Francesca will share more about her journey. Stay tuned! Much love, Jess
Hi Robin! I did end up having surgery for my hip labrum, after trying for a year to avoid it. I had an amazing outcome from the surgery, but I think I was lucky because many people don’t. Also, all the work I did in the year of trying to avoid surgery certainly helped a lot! I didn’t have surgery for my shoulder– that’s doing quite well on it’s own! I have loved every minute of all the trainings I’ve done, but honestly, my injuries have taught me just as much– if not more. Sending love your way. <3
I would love to take so many trainings but they are so expensive! How do you pay for all of these on a yoga teacher’s salary?
Hi Lindsay! I’d suspect Francesca would say….by saving every penny! But I’ll let her answer you directly. Francesca is literally in the air as she’ll land in Baltimore tonight, hence me dropping in on her behalf. Stay tuned! Much love, Jess
Hi Lindsay! I know– trainings are so expensive. Jess is right, part of the reason I have been able to afford so many trainings is because I made it a priority and I saved up for them. Also– everything I listed has been spread out over almost 15 years, I didn’t do them all in my first 5 years of teaching, I never could have afforded that! How long have you been teaching for?
I’ve had a very similar journey as you. I have danced all my life and I have just finished my bachelors in dance and acting at penn state. I had a debilitating neck injury when I was 15 and that’s when I changed from competitive dance to more spiritual and expressive dance and other movement practices. I just finished my RYT 200 last July and am now a year into my training to be a feldenkrais practioner. I am 23 and i love teaching privately. I currently have 5 private students. I love listening to your advice and find your professionalism inspiring. I really want to be a movement and yoga coach and teacher, and have been finding most marketing coaching difficult to navigate with yoga. Thanks for sharing all your advice. You really give me something to aspire to.
Way to go, Morgan! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments. I’m dropping in to praise you & thank you for your support on Francesca’s behalf (as she’s literally 30,000 feet in the air returning from her three week road trip.) Much love & endless support, Jess
Morgan– wow! Thanks so much for reaching out and introducing yourself. You have done so much already at 23! I’m impressed. I am so honored to be an older sister for you on the path! Please stay in touch and let me know how you’re doing. <3 <3
I was waiting for the Feldenkrais shoutout 😉 I’m so interested in this modality and you’re the first person I ever heard it from. It’s on my to-do list for sure. I also tried out pelvic PT recently – quite interesting!
You know it. I couldn’t try to explain my style of teaching without mentioning Feldenkrais! Hope you’re doing well! ;-*