Bio

I found yoga looking for a new, physical practice after finishing a decade-long swimming affair. However, stepping out of my first class, it was not my body that was the most distinct transformation, but rather a shift in the sensitivity of my spirit to a quiet, simple clarity. I knew I had found a life long practice that could continually show me the way back to that innate home.

I have been studying yoga for over a decade and am committed to the responsibility of being both a student and a teacher. I completed 200 and 500 hour trainings with the Boston Yoga School and am currently studying the precision of Iyengar Yoga with Nikki Costello and Lara Warren, the suppleness of slow flow with Barbara Benagh, and the playfulness of movement with Carrie Owerko.

In addition to my yoga studies, I also am a Physiologist. I earned two Masters of Science degrees in Exercise Physiology and Human Physiology, as well as a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry and Sports Medicine. I’ve conducted research on the respiratory, muscular, and cardiovascular systems, as well as physiological responses to yoga and other forms of exercise.

My classes draw on my studies and are a reflection of how I approach my practice: deliberate, but not too serious. I believe yoga can be a framework to discover freedom in the body, mind, and spirit when we practice with both devotion and curiosity.

I tend to explore postures and breath work through a variety of lenses to shed light on our patterns and habits.  I believe that in learning to pay attention to the different languages of the body, we can access an intuitive knowledge to see ourselves, and our inherent truths,  more clearly. With this fresh, open sense of wonder, we can begin to find freedom in a relaxed wakefulness.

 

Website

jessicapate.com

Get to know jessica

What are your goals as a teacher?
I strive to offer my students different lenses to better understand their patterns (body, mind, and spirit) and then how to redirect what is unhelpful into something that embodies both softness and strength.
What keeps you practicing?
An ever evolving relationship. My practice never ceases to amaze me with how many connections it can bring to light and the transformative power of understanding.
If you weren't a yoga teacher, what would you be?
A Physiology professor (although not that different I suppose!)
What advice would you give someone just beginning yoga?
Stay curious and be patient.
Besides yoga, what do you do to keep a healthy lifestyle?
I love to cook, hike, and swim. Also music is my other form of medicine and I love attending concerts.