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Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller

 

Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller

Jessica is a 500 RYT, an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist (UZIT), Reiki Practioner, Self-Care Enthusiast, Traveler, Dog Lover and Mom. She was raised in Europe and speaks English, German, Italian, some Spanish and is currently learning French. She has taught for Yogaworks, Rising Lotus Yoga, Vistara Flow & Yogaworld Heart. Currently she still teaches for several online yoga studios, Insight Timer and she also works for UCLA’s Motion Picture Television Fund and brings the healing and restorative benefits of UZIT to her patients there. Jessica has lead 8 yoga retreats in California, along with many workshops and is also a mentor and trainer for UZIT’s teacher trainings.

Because Jessica is in her late 50s, she has a very special gift for understanding and helping her students and patients with the physical and emotional challenges that tend to pop up as our bodies begin to change. Even though she loves to teach Hatha & Vinyasa Flow classes, she has been astounded at the response to her Therapeutic, Restorative and UZIT classes. She has had up to 45 students in her in person classes every week and almost 300 students on line, who are searching for self-care. Because of this clear need for a mind-body-soul connection, her retreats have become extremely restorative so her guests feel safe and held, in order to allow themselves the precious time to listen to what they are deeply craving, while learning the many ways they can continue these healing practices at home and in everyday life.

Jessica has been teaching for over 12 years and credits her amazing teachers, Ashley Rideaux, Jeanne Heileman, Jennifer Elliott and Casey Coda for their inspirational teachings and guidance. Her personal teaching goal is to show her students and patients that everyone’s yoga practice is a unique and personal journey that does not need to look like anyone else’s. She also wants to create a space for everyone to find mindfulness and discover the stillness within, where true connection and healing can begin. Self-Care is not a trend, it’s as important as the air we breathe.

Learn more about Jessica on her website!

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Number of Years Teaching

12 + Years

Teaching Style

Restorative, Therapeutic, Hatha & Vinyasa

Inspiration

Nature, My daughters, Creativity

 

FAQ

What inspired you to teach?

After 20 years of owning my own businesses, raising two beautiful daughters and helping to raise two stepsons, I considered myself retired and began doing a lot of charitable work in my community and at a global level. I was busier than ever and my yoga practice was always a place I could turn to for centering and grounding. My daughters surprised me with a weekend away for Mother's Day. It was a yoga retreat in Palm Springs and we had so much fun. My youngest daughter suddenly said, "You should be a yoga teacher Mom!" My older daughter agreed, but I had my doubts, because I felt I might be too old to be a teacher that others wanted to learn from. Some time passed, but the seed was planted and everywhere I turned Yoga was right there. I talked to many people, but the one person that made me feel the most confident to move forward was Dani Ibarra. She told me that I had a lot to offer and my students would find me! Wise words from an amazing teacher and friend.

Who are your most influential teachers?

Ashley Rideaux. She was my teacher for all 500 hours of training through Yogaworks and I just adore her. She taught me to always incorporate a philosophical thread throughout each lesson plan, along with focusing on a Chakra, etc...She also inspired me to sing my students out of Savasana because that's what she always does with her gorgeous voice. I also learned so very much about yoga philosophy from Jeanne Heileman and because she was Ashley's teacher, I call her my grand teacher. Casey Coda was my main teacher for another almost 500 hours of Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) training and not only is she unbelievably caring and in tune with people, but her smile can truly warm the entire room. Other fave teachers are Mia Togo, Kia Miller, Sara Ivanhoe, Dani Ibarra , Risa Ross-Albertson and Jennifer Elliott.

How would you describe your classes?

I always try to create a space where my students can really feel not only safe and welcome but also where they experience something different every time. This is the same for a Vinyasa Flow class, and a deeply restorative class. I love music and always try to curate a wonderful playlist that matches the vibe of the class.
In my Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) classes, my students can expect to show up in their coziest clothes and completely relax into yummy restorative poses, with gentle stretches and movements designed to help with a deeper relaxation. I also incorporate essential oils, Reiki, breathwork and meditation into each UZIT practice, often focusing of relieving a different symptom of stress to the body, such as pain, anxiety, sleep issues, stomach problems, exhaustion, sadness....just to name a few!

Why do you feel retreats are transformational?

I feel retreats are transformational because you are gifting yourself several days to several weeks of stepping away from your every day life and TRULY allowing yourself to unplug and dive in without the usual distractions that often pop up for us daily. Retreats give us permission to relax and just focus on our own health and well being. I highly recommend them for everyone, including us yoga teachers!

What is your favorite pose to teach?

My favorite pose to teach is very often considered the most difficult pose and that is Savasana. It is very difficult for us to really turn off all thoughts and movement and just be still. Our tricky little brain wants us to just move that one finger, or it might send us a signal that we have an itch to scratch suddenly, and then there's the "To Do List" that keeps running through our minds. It's a struggle, but it can be done!! Promise.

What is your favorite pose to practice?

I love Utthita Parsvakonasana/Side Angle Pose! Not only is it an amazing stretch for me, but depending on which way I am working on it, can also be very strengthening for my legs, core and back. There are so many options for this pose and I love that.

Where are you favorite places to travel?

I love to travel to Europe! I grew up in Germany & Italy, but I adore so many other countries within Europe. I love Hawaii and anywhere tropical really, and I also love discovering different States here at home, and meeting people from everywhere!