Jessa’s Credentials

Teaching Experience:

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for Women at Domestic Abuse Project, The Heights Treatment Center for Women, Alexandra House, Cornerstone Women’s Shelter, Domestic & Sexual Violence Coalition of Anoka County, Centro Tyrone Guzman
Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for Kids at Cornerstone
Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Vinyasa Yoga classes at Yess Yoga, One Yoga Nonprofit Yoga Studio, Invisible Bee Yoga Studio, Yoga Center of Minneapolis, Uptown YWCA
Women’s Moon Medicine Workshops
Annual Sacred Women’s Retreats in Bali
Onsite Yoga, Chair Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Mindfulness Meditation Instruction

Other Recent Experience:

Minneapolis Yoga Conference Co-Founder (Co-Producer 2014-2016)

Degrees/Trainings/Certifications:

–Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Certification (TCTSY-F) through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute with David Emerson (Sept 2016-April 2017)
–Trauma and Stress Across the Lifespan: Attachment and Healing in Childhood and Beyond with Dr. Gabor Maté (January 2017) – (University of MN)
–Introduction to Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Training with David Emerson and Jennifer Turner (October 23-28, 2016) – (Kripalu Yoga Center, Massachusetts)
–Certified Evolutionary Astrologer – Level 1 & 2 through the Steven Forrest Evolutionary Astrology Apprenticeship Program (May 2014- Nov 2016) – (San Diego, CA)
–Shamanic Priestess Process – New Earth Priestess Mystery School (2014-2015) – (Minneapolis, MN)
Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) – Yoga Alliance (2011-Current)
230-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification (2011) – Yoga Center of Minneapolis (MN)
M.A. Philosophy and Religion (Emphasis: Women’s Spirituality, Feminist Philosophy & Buddhism) (2006) — California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco, CA)
–Swedish Massage Therapy Certification
(2005) — McKinnon Body Therapy Center (Oakland, CA)

B.A. Psychology (1999) — Concordia University (Saint Paul, MN)

In gratitude to the teachers and places that have deeply informed my life…

Yoga and Meditation

–David Emerson – Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Certification (2013–2017, MN & MA)
–Mingyur Rinpoche – Dreaming, Dying and Awareness Intensive (2016, MN)
–Benjamin Vincent – Vinyasa Krama: The Art of Intelligent Sequencing (2012, MN)
–Rod Stryker – ParaYoga Master Training (2012, MN)
–Seane Corn – Detox Vinyasa Intensive (2011, MN)
–Dr. Indu Arora – Pranayama Training (2011, MN)
–Uma Inder – Ayurveda (2010, Bali)
–Ayurveda Yoga Academy — Pranayama, Vinyasa (2007-2010, S. Korea)
–Barbara Voinar – Iyengar Yoga (2003-2007, CA & Costa Rica)
–Nancy Leatzow – Restorative/Hatha (2003-2007, CA)
–Bidyut Bose ‘B.K.’– Raja Yoga (2002-2007, CA)

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–Qoya Classes (2014, MN)
–Transdance — Heather Munro Pierce (2002-2007, CA)
–Sweat Your Prayers — Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms Moving Meditation (2002-2007, CA)
–Soul Motion – Esalen Institute (2003, CA)

Dharma and Meditation

Mark Nunberg, Jack Kornfield, Joanna Macy, Thich Nhat Hanh, Pema Chodron, Christina Feldman, Debra Chamberlain-Taylor, Anna Douglas, Julie Wester, Wes Nisker, James Baraz, Mingyur Rinpoche

Common Ground Meditation Center (MN)
Spirit Rock Meditation Center (CA)
Tassajara Zen Center (CA)
Green Gulch Farm Zen Center (CA)
Unmunsa Women’s Buddhist Monastery (S. Korea)

Qigong

Wisdom Healing Qigong — Master Mingtong Gu (2007-2010, CA)
Five Organ Sound Healing — Master Mingtong Gu (2007, CA)

Chinese Medicine and Nutrition

Traditional Chinese Medicine Intensive — Yunnan Education and Health Services (Kunming, Yunnan Province, China, January 2010)

Psychological/Spiritual Mentors

Evolutionary Astrology Apprenticeship Program — Steven Forrest (CA, 2014-Current)
Evolutionary Astrological Readings & Dreamwork – Anita Doyle (2007-Current)
Somatic Experiencing Therapy – Thea Lee (MN, 2011-Current)
Family Constellations Process Work — Leroy Melhus (Berlin, Germany, 2010)
Somatic Experiencing Therapy, Dreamwork, Animas Valley Institute Vision Quest  — Kerry Brady (CA, 2003-2010)

Pilgrimages

Bali (2004, 2007, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) — Nyepi “Balinese Day of Silence,” Ceremony/Ritual, Yoga, Meditation
Lugu “Mother” Lake, Yunnan Province, China (2010) — Mosuo Matriarchal Community
Vietnam, Cambodia & Thailand (2009) — Buddhist Pilgrimage
Malta (2003 & 2006) — Women’s Sacred Pilgrimage

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Lugu “Mother” Lake, Yunnan Province, China