This month we welcomed a new teacher to the Yoga Garden SF team: Jessica Seid! She teaches Vinyasa Align on Thursdays @ 9:00 am. Get to know her below, and sign up for her class here!
I am a pretty big language enthusiast– so much so that I got a master’s in linguistics. My thesis was on detecting bilingual ability in infants. I still keep up with it, but I primarily follow the latest with sociolinguistics (how language is used in modern society, the societal impact on language, how language behaviors shift over time in society, etc).
How did you become interested in yoga?
I didn’t. It was something suggested to me at the time where I had a reckoning with myself in my late teens where I had a choice to involve myself in movement or not for the betterment of my mental health, and I chose to try yoga.
I came to yoga through some severe depression that almost took my life in my late teens. Quite honestly, it helped to save my life. Because of this, I treat yoga as a gateway to understand the mind and body. I started in power yoga and vinyasa styles but gradually shifted more towards alignment-based practices like Hatha. I currently practice with Jason Crandell and Adam Husler, and have studied with Jason, Janet Stone, Judith Hanson Lasater, and Noah Mazé.
My teaching philosophy: I believe that yoga is a gateway into reclaiming the mind-body connection that is often lost through busy lifestyles, trauma, stress, and other demands of life. Aside from a physical practice, yoga helps you discover how resilient you really are, be that mentally, spiritually, or emotionally. I provide an intelligent sequence that makes sense within the body while breaking down elements of the vinyasa practice.
I teach in a style that blueprints for an ultimate apex or centers around a body region, because I don’t find it beneficial to move into poses without adequately preparing the body. It’s also fun to explore shapes the body can make in different planes of motion (e.g. seated versus standing).
I don’t like moving particularly fast, so I also teach in a moderate, but dynamically paced time. I teach the way I do after years of experimenting movement with my own body, taking classes from many teachers, and tailoring to a style that I find to be beneficial, engaging, and challenging in the mental and physical realms.
Ultimately one of my goals is to author a teacher training manual and facilitate a teacher training.