Name: Jessa Brixius
Hometown: Stillwater, Minnesota
Classes taught at Heat: Heat A, B, C, Intermediate, and Yoga Sculpt
How long have you been teaching? I received my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2010 and began teaching yoga immediately after.
Why did you become a teacher? Ever since the age of 16, my belief was, “No pain, no gain.” I was immersed in anything high impact; Cardio Kickboxing, Boot camp, Spinning, etc. I became a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer, teaching anywhere from 12-15 classes a week for nearly 6 years, (back to back Spinning and Cardio Kickboxing classes were ‘the norm’ for me.) My body became overworked, tired, and I was constantly sore. I knew from experience that yoga brought balance and increased flexibility. I was looking for an opportunity to bring that to my clients, as well as myself. I soon learned Yoga is so much more than just the physical asanas.
Favorite pose and why? Matsyasana/Fish pose. I love the chest expansion/heart opener combined with the core strength!
Favorite tune to hear in class? Anything Bon Iver. I smile when anything random gets played by an instructor. One time I took a class and the instructor played N’Sync and Backstreet Boys during our Warrior series. So random and I loved it!
Motivational tip or favorite quote? “The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” –Marcel Proust
Advice to beginners? At the end of the day, yoga is a breathing class! If you can breathe and remain fully aware of your breath for the duration of the class, you’re practicing yoga. The postures are simply there to challenge your breath. That is all.
Where can we find you when not at Heat? Probably at a coffee shop. Coffee addict! (Decaf most days.) I love the relaxed atmosphere of grabbing a cup of Jo and catching up with a friend. I also enjoy going for walks, canoeing/camping, hanging out near a large body of water, baking or cooking new recipes in my kitchen, and cuddling up on the couch with a good read.
Who knew (fun bit of info about you)? I enjoy washing the dishes! I probably use our dishwasher once a month, if that. There is something therapeutic about the running water and cleanliness afterwards. Call me crazy, but it’s true.
What do you emphasize in your class? What would you like students to gain from your class? It’s so important to work with your body and not against your body. Yoga is about the journey, not the destination. Take advantage of the entire process and know that it will change each time you step onto your mat, that is why it is called a “practice.”