Jacqueline took her very first yoga class out of sheer curiosity over 20 years ago and was immediately drawn to the graceful practice of uniting alignment-based movement with the breath. While traveling extensively for many years, she attributed her practice to keeping her centered, grounded and open to all the opportunities that life presented. Once settled in Maryland, she graduated from the teacher training program at the Yoga Center of Columbia in 2010 and went on to complete her 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) advanced certification in 2015.
Jacqueline is passionate in her teaching of yoga as the ancient art of self-care and a touchstone for our daily lives. She invites students to engage in the process of unraveling as they hold a sacred space for themselves on the mat. Her guidance encourages listening to the sensations in the body first, then moving from the inside out with compassion and truth.
Her latest endeavor is studying the wonders of combining the methodology of Energy Medicine and yoga ﹘﹘ learning to communicate with the body in its own language in ways that strengthen the nine energy systems to promote self-healing. Sharing the brilliant union of these two traditions is now her greatest ambition.
What is your favorite form of mind body movement or lesson you teach, and why?
Yoga is a great complement to every sport and fitness regime. The practice teaches us how to be sensitive to the precision of alignment in the body; not only in our everyday life, but even while engaged in physical activity. When my snow skis are pointed down the mountain, I am always focusing on the same principles ﹘﹘ feet hip-width apart, shoulder blades drawn down the back and the pelvis squared.
What is your favorite song or type of music you listen to when teaching?
Music can sometimes take you out of your body. However, there are times when I enjoy playing peaceful instrumental music which research shows relieves stress and anxiety, and improves physical and mental functioning.
What inspires you?
For teaching and class-planning purposes, I am inspired by quotes, poems and excerpts from books I am reading that I can share with students as they set an intention for their practice. In addition, I am humbled and blessed to always be learning from the great community of teachers we have right here in Howard County.
What is a quote or mantra that you live by?
”Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” ~Omar Khayyam
What is your haven?
My personal haven is being out in nature, preferably in the mountains. It nurtures the mind, body and soul. The Japanese call it “forest bathing.” There is nowhere I would rather be than standing at the top of the mountain on an early winter morning experiencing the hush of new-fallen snow.
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