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Catching up with Teresa Jackson — Grad Highlight – Circulation and Develop Children Yoga


By Kathryn Boland, Circulation and Develop Children Yoga Weblog Supervisor and 95-Hour Coaching Graduate

Teresa Jackson is a type of individuals who makes you smile extra and really feel lighter simply by interacting together with her. A passionate and pushed particular person, but additionally notably calm and picked up, she embodies the yogic idea of balancing effort (sthira) and ease (sukha). She graduated from Circulation and Develop Children Yoga’s 95-hour coaching, as a part of our first 95-hour cohort in Spring 2020. 

I caught up with Teresa as a part of our Grad Highlight weblog publish sequence. She mentioned core points of her mission as a yoga and mindfulness educator, what she’s been as much as since graduating, how she hopes to go ahead on this work (in private/skilled improvement, new initiatives, et cetera) and extra. Here is what she needed to share! 


Teresa Jackson 


KB: What have you ever been as much as because you graduated from the Circulation and Develop Children Yoga 95-hour coaching? We within the Circulation and Develop group know it is all a variety of great work, however please fill our viewers in! 

TJ: I am unable to consider that it has been a yr since I graduated Circulation and Develop Children Yoga 95 hr trainer coaching! Since then I’ve used the instruments and practices  each day, each in my private follow in addition to my educating. 

I particularly love training the respiration workouts each day and getting myself into that childlike thoughts! Even when I’m educating an grownup class I discover myself making references to poses utilizing the youngsters yoga posture names! It brings out the child in all of us and offers grownup college students permission to play! 

COVID has made educating youngsters yoga a bit difficult this previous yr and I’ve adjusted my companies to attempt to meet the wants of children and households. I really like being in nature and educate as a lot of my courses/non-public periods outdoors each time I probably can. 

Throughout this previous yr, I’ve taught outside courses for youths at Boys and Women golf equipment, taught youngsters yoga  at a summer season journey camp, and taught household yoga by the water. I dwell in a small seashore city on the coast of NC and accomplice with a number of native companies. 

I’m at present additionally working privately with a number of teenage women who are suffering from anxiousness and panic assaults. We do nature yoga and mindfulness periods each week at a close-by Wildlife Sanctuary. I additionally supply youngsters courses at this wildlife sanctuary and incorporate the animals into our periods. 

For instance, we’ll stroll round and observe the animals in nature after which go to our mats and do the animal postures, They love making up their very own postures after watching the animals. 

I’ve additionally labored privately with a prenatal yoga shopper who’s due in a number of weeks. As soon as the newborn is born I’ll begin working with mother and child. I’m so enthusiastic about this and am without end grateful to Lara for educating me the abilities for this wonderful alternative!  

Along with my non-public shoppers, I’m at present educating a sundown yoga by the water class in addition to a month-to-month full moon yoga class, additionally by the water. I lead a Tea and Meditation class as soon as per week at an area espresso store and am beginning weekly candle mild yoga courses there in a number of weeks. 

I’m additionally planning to include a retired educated service canine on this class so as to add some further calming pet power! This class will likely be open to households. Along with in individual periods and courses, I document and publish quick asana practices and respiration workouts for each youngsters and adults on my fb web page, The Pure Gentle Yoga.

Starting in August, I may also offer  digital weekly yoga courses to youngsters and their mentors by means of Huge Brothers Huge Sisters. 



KB: What was your favourite a part of the Circulation and Develop coaching? What are one or two important factors of studying that you simply took away from it? 

TJ: My favourite a part of the Circulation and Develop coaching was feeling the love and assist of Lara and my cohorts which lifted me up tremendously in my educating! I additionally loved lesson planning the courses after which recording them. 

At first I used to be very intimidated as expertise and I are usually not greatest buddies! I had by no means recorded myself educating earlier than and it was very awkward at first. I used to be not snug watching myself. I discovered to quiet my inside critic voice and observe myself as I might one in all my cohorts. 

I turned extra mild and compassionate with myself and began studying and rising by not personalizing the issues that challenged me. I additionally grew to simply accept my imperfections and let go of my beliefs that I needed to have the whole lot excellent earlier than placing it on the market for others.

We study by doing and similar to a baby studying to journey a motorbike, the lesson and progress comes from the falling down, then disregarding with a chuckle and beginning once more. 

This has all the time been exhausting for me to do, and I’m without end grateful to Lara and my cohorts for all the time being so supportive….and I do know they’re nonetheless there with their nets to catch me! This can be a deep connection that may all the time be with me!



KB: By means of your corporation, The Pure Gentle Yoga, you supply yoga and mindfulness for all ages. Is there a guiding mission to this give you the results you want? Is it fairly from the follow itself, and also you see your self extra because the vessel? How do you see that for your self? 

TJ: I’ve gone forwards and backwards with who I might determine as my superb pupil. I spent over 25 years working in a nonprofit profession with in danger youngsters and households. I’ve labored with youngsters of all ages and serving to them  study to like themselves, to seek out their energy, their inside mild, their items, their self price, their magnificence and uniqueness has all the time been my ardour. 

I additionally love sharing my yoga journey with adults who need to discover ways to quiet and calm their thoughts and physique by means of yoga and mindfulness practices. I particularly take pleasure in working with adults who, for no matter cause, suppose they cannot do yoga or are intimidated by yoga studios due to the misconceptions they’ve about yoga. 

My courses are all accessible to each age, each physique. Practising yoga and mindfulness has remodeled my life in methods I might by no means have imagined. To give you the chance now to share this with others by means of my educating is an honor to me. 

So I’ve come to the conclusion that my superb pupil is anybody who needs to study yoga as a strategy to calm, quiet, loosen up, destress, stretch, achieve energy (in numerous areas) and enhance their total state of being, first from inside, then radiate outward.

My private mission is to do my inside work with the intention to shine my mild as vivid as I can and to  assist others shine their mild whereas sharing love by means of kindness and compassion for myself and others. I lengthen this mission to my enterprise by means of the service of educating yoga and mindfulness with youngsters and adults. 


Teresa and fellow members of the Spring 2020 95-hour cohort, in a coaching session over Zoom


KB: We graduated within the midst of COVID, which modified the methods during which we provide courses and follow (because it modified customary procedures in each trade). How did you modify to these challenges? Did your yoga follow itself inform that in any means?   

TJ: Whereas COVID created many challenges for all of us, I’ve to say that I’m grateful that it resulted in additional yoga trainings and courses being supplied on-line. Thanks Lara for providing this coaching on-line! 

This has made yoga extra accessible to extra individuals. It enabled me to have the ability to develop and remodel my private follow and my educating. It challenged me to face my concern of recording myself and to  work by means of my expertise challenges.  

This has not solely helped me modify my  enterprise to supply on-line yoga periods, it has expanded the variety of college students I’m able to attain and widened my connections. Turning into snug with recording my practices has enabled me to publish quick asana and respiration practices on my social media, which I had been very hesitant to do earlier than COVID. 

COVID additionally introduced me deeper into my private follow, particularly throughout the lockdown. Going deeper and trusting my very own follow gave me further confidence to assist carry others to yoga as a means to assist them by means of no matter challenges and traumas they confronted from COVID. I wished to be of service in any means I might and sharing my yoga was how I wished to serve. 




KB: It might probably really feel so unsure these days however to the extent you can say, what’s subsequent for you? Are you planning any trainings or new educating choices? What can we preserve a watch out for and assist you with? 

TJ: Whereas I proceed to create new methods to carry yoga to others as a trainer, I may also proceed to be the coed. It’s the pupil in me that’s the reason I educate….to broaden myself by means of serving to others broaden. And the extra I study the extra I can share and provides to others. 

I’ve simply began my journey to earn my YTT 300 hour certification in yoga remedy. I earned a double BA in Psychology and Sociology in school and spent my full-time profession working in Social Work. 

After “retiring” from that profession I dove deeper into yoga (incomes my YTT 200 and CYTT 95) and located the parallels so fascinating. I’m in love with the wedding of psychology and yoga and therefore am now coaching in Psychotherapy and Yoga. 

My aim is to make use of this coaching to proceed to rework myself and my teachings and supply extra yoga remedy to my college students. I additionally simply accomplished my Reiki Grasp certification and I incorporate power therapeutic into my yoga and mindfulness work. 

I constantly really feel the love and assist of Lara and my cohorts from Circulation and Develop Children Yoga. That is what helps preserve me happening the times once I ask myself “what the **** am I doing?”. So a lot love and gratitude for this wonderful coaching!

Desirous about discovering your individual impactful path on this work, simply as Teresa has? Take a look at our 95-hour Children Yoga Trainer Coaching — our subsequent one begins on June 22, and we even have one deliberate for the autumn! Questions? E mail the Trainer Coach Lara Hocheiser at lara@flowandgrowkidsyoga.com, or guide a name together with her right here!




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