Jacqueline took her very first yoga class out of curiosity in 1997. She immediately became devoted to the graceful practice of uniting alignment-based movement with the breath. While traveling extensively for many years, it was a practice she could take everywhere, always finding “home” on her mat. Once settled in Columbia, she enrolled in the 200-hour teacher training program at the Yoga Center of Columbia and graduated in 2010. Currently, she is studying to earn her 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) certification.
Jacqueline is enthusiastic in sharing how the ancient teachings guide us to live soulfully and wholeheartedly through supreme awareness. 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.
When Jacqueline is not practicing yoga in bare feet, she’s either lacing up hiking boots or buckling up ski boots before swooshing down the slopes. She and her husband travel back and forth between Columbia and their home in the Allegheny Mountains at Snowshoe Resort.
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 move in our body using universal alignment principles while channeling the power of the breath. When I am not practicing yoga in my bare feet, I am buckling up my ski boots for some downhill skiing, making sure my feet are hip-width apart and my pelvis is squarely facing down the hill.
The warrior poses are my favorite, where you are standing strong, centered, focused, dignified, aware and at peace.
What is your favorite song or type of music you listen to when teaching?
When I practice yoga at home, it’s “Amazing” by One Eskimo. In class, my favorites are “For What It’s Worth” and “Jahta Beat: The Lotus Memoirs” by DJ Drez or anything by Suzanne Sterling.
What inspires you?
For my 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 we set an intention for our 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. Lastly, being out in nature and traveling inspired me.
What is a quote or mantra that you live by?
”Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” ~Omar Khayyam
“My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” ~Diane Arbus
What is your haven?
My personal haven is being out in nature. It nurtures the mind, body and soul. The Japanese call it “forest bathing.” My favorite place to be is in the mountains during the fall and winter months. Beauty is standing at the top of the mountain on an early winter morning, experiencing the hush of new-fallen snow.
BEGINNER. Build the foundation of your yoga practice as you develop a physical and mental connection with the breath. Fusing the concepts of Hatha and Vinyasa, each class focuses on mindfulness, meditation, sun salutations, postures, alignment and introduces yoga philosophies.