My Interview with Kelly Mclendon Yoga

Friday, January 30, 2015 - Posted by Jess at 5:11 AM
Just had an old yoga teacher friend ask to interview me for her blog. It was a very humbling but pleasant experience! Check out her website Kelly Mclendon Yoga. She is a Vinyasa-style yoga teacher in Ohio. So if you are around her area go experience one of her classes!!

Here is a link to the interview!-
Therapeutic Yoga:Interview with Jess Burkett

New Group Classes at Leland Arts and Cultural Center

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - Posted by Jess at 6:04 PM
Hey Friends-

New Classes will begin in March at the brand new Leland Arts and Cultural Center! Magnolia Greens Shopping center behind PT's Grill Restuarant

Mondays we will have Beginners Yoga 6:30-7:30 P.M.

Wednesdays we will have Gentle Yoga 10-11 A.M.

Registration is required follow the link below to save your spot!

Class registration at the Leland Cultural Arts Center is open. If you already have an account, need to create an account, search classes or register online you can do it all at Activenet

This class is will introduce you to and build upon the basics of yoga. You will practice breathwork, asana(physical postures) and meditation. All skill levels welcome. Students should bring their own mat, towel, and water. Limited equipment at studio.

Mondays 6:30-7:30 P.M.  Class begins March 23rd, 2015-May 4th  6 week session

Class fee-Resident-$42.00 Non-Resident-$52.00

This class is for those who are in  need of healing in their body, mind and heart. We practice gentle movements along with breath work and meditation. All skill levels welcome. Students should bring their own mat, towel and water. Limited equipment at studio. 

Wednesdays 10-11 a.m. Class begins March 25th, 2015-April 29th, 2015 6 week session

Class fee-Resident-$42.00 Non-Resident-$52.00

Can't wait to share yoga with you in this new space! 



Thai Yoga Bodywork Therapy Special!!

Posted by Jess at 5:48 PM
Hi Friends,

It is almost Valentine's Day and who doesn't enjoy a gift of relaxation! That's what you get in your Thai Yoga sessions!! So I am offering :

$10 off Thai Yoga Bodywork Therapy Sessions 
until February 14, 2015

Check my Thai Yoga page for prices and contact me if you are interested. 

Can't wait to share this amazing Therapy with you all!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Much love and Blessings!


Our Deepest Fear.......

Sunday, January 4, 2015 - Posted by Jess at 6:52 PM
Happy New Year Yogi's-

With the New Year there are always thoughts of resolutions swirling around and we are wanting to start this, or stop doing that and there is nothing inherently wrong with this. But usually around the end of January or February we start to forget why we wanted to do this or that and maybe, "I will just skip today", etc, etc. Then we beat ourselves up for not sticking to it.

Why is it that we find ourselves not sticking to these so called resolutions or goals? FEAR! Yep, that EGO of ours LOVES fear! It tries to keep us from realizing our truth and keep us in that space of guilt, suspicion, anger, gluttony, feeling less then; you know the drill.

How do we change from falling into that same rut of fear based living? Well it is a daily practice, or intention of choosing LOVE instead of FEAR. Sounds simple enough. But the EGO is a smooth talker. That is why a daily practice or intention of choosing LOVE in every situation toward ourself and others is so important. Love=forgiveness, that includes ourself. We are all bumpin' around in this world wanting to be loved and accepted and how often we forget to begin with ourselves. And if we can't give that to ourself, how could we possibly share that with others.

So here is my New Years wish for everyone, to realize your LOVE and truth, because we are all that. Even the most harden person has that love in there. Even if it seems impossible to see, its there and is yearning to be set free. Best way to to see it, is to give it. So share your truth, which is love. The world needs it right now.

This quote is my absolute favorite and made me cry the first time my teacher read it to me during my teacher training. (thank you-Tricia Fiske) And it has inspired me ever since. Hope it does the same for you.

Much love and blessing in the New Year!

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us: it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

                                               -Marianne Williamson, from the book A Return to Love

(by the way, A Return to Love is the best book I have read so far! )   :)

Sat Nam


A Holiday gift! Yoga Nidra, Peace and Joy

Sunday, December 21, 2014 - Posted by Jess at 6:08 PM
Happy Holidays friends!

I hope that you all are enjoying this holiday season and are finding health and joy. Even though it is a season inspired by giving, peace and joy, sometimes it may not feel that way. There are alot of factors that could cause stress. Money, expectations, family, over commitment, _____ (insert your own reason!)  It can be hard to really experience the joy of it all.

Yoga Nidra is a wonderful way to discover that peace! Yoga Nidra is translated as Yogic sleep. It is not really sleep but deep relaxation. It is that beautiful space between wakefulness and sleep. (hypnogogic state) In this state you are at the deepest point of relaxation that you can be in. Your body is still and relaxed but your mind is still alert. You are able to set an intention for yourself during this practice that effects the sub conscious. This can be helpful in changing deep seated trauma or negative ideas that we have about ourselves or others. (when practiced consistently) Creating change on the inside and outside. You also are guided into a visualization to help bring you deeper into meditation and peace. Coming out the other side with new insights and a feeling of tranquility.

So I hope that you enjoy this practice and it inspires love and joy in you, and that you can share it with others!

Much love and blessings to you and your families this season and coming New Year!



Props- yoga mat, 2-3 blankets, eye pillow or wash cloth for eye pillow, bolster or pillow

Turn off your phone, tv, music, go to the restroom.  Lie down on your back on the the floor or bed (if you wont fall asleep) in shavasana(corpse pose)

You can put a blanket on top of your yoga mat, blanket for a pillow, bolster or pillow under knees if you have low back pain,  cover yourself with a blanket, and put eye pillow over your eyes. Make sure you are completely comfortable before you begin!

Yoga Nidra Peace and Joy

Poem- The Spirit Likes to Dress Up by Mary Oliver

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - Posted by Jess at 5:50 PM
This poem made me think of yoga asana, and how spirit inhabits the physical body and you can feel it when you practice in the way of steadiness and comfort. Hope you enjoy Mary Oliver's talent!

The Spirit Likes to Dress Up- by Mary Oliver

The spirit
likes to dress up like this:
ten fingers,
ten toes,

shoulders, and all the rest
at night
in the black branches,
in the morning

in the blue branches
of the world.
It could float, of course,
but would rather

plumb rough matter.
Airy and shapeless thing,
it needs
the metaphor of the body,

lime and appetite,
the oceanic fluids:
it needs the body's world,

and imagination
and the dark hug of time,
and tangibility,

to be understood,
to be more than pure light
that burns
where no one is-

so it enters us-
in the morning
shines from brute comfort
like a stitch of lightning:

and at night
lights up the deep and wonderous
drownings of the body
like a star.