Yoga with Jessica Adams
Yoga with Jessica Adams takes many influences from a lifelong practice that has its foundations in hatha and asthanga yoga and, over the past decade, Scaravelli-inspired yoga. Jessica's teaching is sensitive to the needs of every individual's body and she encourages students to work with movement, postures and breath in a sensitive and dynamic way to undo tension and gradually build strength and resilience in body and mind.
Jessica Adams has practised yoga since childhood. Growing up in the company of circus and theatre performers, and with a love of dance, she has always been inspired by the beauty of the human body. She began to develop her own yoga practice in her teens and twenties. Her love of physical movement (contemporary dance, capoeira, adventure racing, mountain biking, surfing, climbing, running) and yoga continued to flourish into her early professional life as a health, fitness and adventure sports journalist and author. Following the birth of her first son, yoga became Jessica's focus and passion. Jessica loves all kinds of movement – from moving naturally, in the natural environment, to parkour in the city and contemporary dance in the studio.
Jessica completed a two-year 240-hour general yoga teacher training with Bill Wood in 2012. She has been teaching yoga for over nine years and continues to practice daily, as well as committing to ongoing study, and attending workshops and training with teachers that explore creative approaches to practice. Recent Continuing Professional Developments (CPDs) and Certifications: 2015: six-weekend and four-day retreat Movement and Stillness Course with Bill Wood; one-to-ones with Caroline Reid. 2016: four-day retreat for teachers with Bill Wood. 2017 one-year Anatomy for Yoga Teachers course with Gary Carter of Natural Bodies; four-day retreat for teachers with Bill Wood; MovNat (Natural Movement Fitness) three-day skills workshop on Hampstead Heath.
Yoga for Pregnancy, Birth & Baby
Practicing yoga every day during pregnancy helped Jessica to stay calm and birth her two sons breath by breath, leaning into the intensity of the experience. Her first birth was a water birth in a midwife-led unit, the second a home birth with her husband, a close friend and doula, and two NHS midwives in attendance.
Jessica trained as a Relaxed Birth and Parenting childbirth educator, pregnancy yoga teacher and doula in 2008, and then as a postnatal teacher in 2010, and trained as a hypnobirthing teacher with midwife and hypnotherapist Eleanor Copp in 2014. She completed an additional postnatal training intensive with yogabirth in 2014. Jessica regularly attends continuing professional development days with a variety of birth practitioners from researchers and NHS midwives to doulas, independent midwives and chiropractors.