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Jazz Braden

Jazz Braden

Jazz Braden

Jazz Braden

Jazz Braden

Jazz Braden

 

Jazz Braden

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Jazz Braden

Jazz Braden

Born and raised in Yellowknife, NWT Jazz grew up with a massive appreciation for the wild outdoors. Every day, her family would bundle up and brave any arctic temperature and go play outside. Trudging through the snow, canoeing on the lake, climbing on the rocks or skiing through the trees was the cure to any and all problems. Movement was always a big part of her life, but it wasn't until she stumbled onto a yoga mat that she understood why her mother rushed her out of the door at -40 degrees in the dead of winter. At the most basic and primal level, we all crave one thing: Connection. We want to feel connected to something greater then ourselves. The truest and simplest ways (I have found) to feel connected is by being in nature or by practicing yoga. Yoga found Jazz in her last year of varsity basketball when her body was at its wits end. It was the first time she had ever felt graceful and connected to her body. It was the first time she was moving just to feel good rather then to improve her skills.

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Number of years teaching

8+ years

Style

Playful, grounded, creative, devotion.

Inspiration

Nature, music, travel, ritual.

 

FAQ

What inspired you to teach yoga?

Yoga is the practice of self love and self discovery. These shapes we bend, stretch, bind, jump and twist our bodies into exist purely to show us our true nature as magnificent beings. The clumsy athlete I was 10 years ago would have just rolled her eyes at that statement. This practice has opened my eyes and heart repeatedly to my pure potential beyond what I ever thought possible. That is why I teach. Every time we come to the mat, we are given a chance to fall in love with ourselves over and over again. What a gift that is! No matter how scattered or torn in all directions we may feel, that connection to self is what pieces us all back together and reminds us that we aren't alone in that struggle.

Who are your most influential teachers?

Janet Stone, Clara Roberts-Oss, Bernie Clark, my family.
 

How would you describe your style?

Jazz’s classes are fabricated with a creative curiosity of what is possible for each of us, discovering yourself suddenly in a shape asking “How did I get here?!” With playful flows, mantras and breathing practices she blends together stories and insights to the current events being experienced on our everyday lives and how we can better utilize this practice for healing, health and inner strength.

Why do you feel retreats are transformational?

It takes so much courage to decide to leave the comfort of your everyday routine and travel to a new destination with new friends. I make it my mission for you feel grounded and supported to explore all the sensations that come up when we finally slow down enough to feel what we need to feel. With a strong connection to the elements around us, we use the daily yoga during a retreat as a means to feel a part of the surrounding environment, climate and culture. A retreat provides an opportunity for connection with nature in anyway and all-ways as the healing really begins with realizing that we are made of the exact same beautiful elements we see around us and so we can be just as powerful.
 

What is your favorite pose to teach?

Headstand with a partner - its all about trusting and moving towards balance from a place of strength. You are forever changed after you experience your world upside down by your own doing!

What is your favorite pose to practice?

Anything with a twist!

What are your favorite places to travel?

New Zealand, Central America, the mountains of BC.