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Jess Wilton

RYT 200
I discovered the joy of yoga in 2010. Yoga has made me a healthier, happier person. I love all of the wonderful benefits achieved through practicing yoga – physical, mental, and emotional – and I enjoy sharing those benefits with others. I received my 200-hour yoga teacher certification at the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in 2015. Subsequently, I completed a Yoga for Kids and Families teacher training and a 100-hour Amrit Method Yoga Nidra training. In addition to my yoga certifications, I have a bachelor's degree in biology, and a minor in psychology.
When I teach adult classes, my intention is to honor the space for each individual that is present. I am honored to facilitate guided meditations (Yoga Nidra), designed to help people find a deep state of relaxation throughout the body and mind, let go of stress, and connect with the state of inner peace. When I teach children's yoga, I incorporate a lot of play and offer a friendly, easy-going atmosphere. I encourage the kids to practice with kindness, respect, and awareness towards themselves and others. These classes incorporate a variety of methods to keep kids engaged as we practice poses, breathing, and meditation activities. My family classes are very similar to my kids classes. My hope is to remind adults that it's okay to have fun and invite that inner child out to play. In addition to teaching in studios, I have taught yoga in schools (pre-k, elementary, and high school), churches, libraries, and parks. I love painting, visiting National Parks, being outdoors, traveling, spending time with my husband and daughters, and yoga. I look forward to meeting you and your family on the mats!

Jess Wilton instructs the following:
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Hit the pause button and enter a state of deep yogic rest in this one hour guided meditation. Release tension and anxiety from your body and your mind. Room is not heated.
    Yoga Nidra is a sleep-based guided meditation technique designed to allow you to connect to a state of deep relaxation throughout the body and mind. Studies show that breathing, intentional relaxation, and entering deeper brainwave states (as in sleep), can boost learning, memory, energy, and focus. Additionally, these techniques can lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, bring the body into balance, and prevent a host of stress-related diseases. Each session includes guided body awareness, breath awareness, and self awareness. The session may begin with gentle movement as we transition from our busy day to peaceful stillness. However, this class is not a movement based yoga class; rather, movement may be used as a tool to bring you closer to stillness.

    Please wear comfortable clothing. All of the following are optional, choose the items that will make you the most comfortable you can be as you lie in a sleep state on the floor for 45 minutes. The studio has limited supplies available.

    *YOGA MAT – provides some cushion between body and floor
    *1 to 4 BEACH TOWELS OR BLANKETS – used to prop the body for comfort or to cover the body as many people tend to feel cool during Nidra
    *PILLOW OR NECK PILLOW – provides additional cushion between the head and the floor