Jessica De Lasaux
In 1999 during my freshman year of college I took a course in Asian Philosophy where I was first introduced to the Bhagavad Gita. This text planted the seeds for how I conduct my life. After moving to the Napa Valley in 2001, I visited the San Francisco Zen Center to learn how to meditate. In 2003, I took a yoga class for a PE credit where I discovered the benefits of modern postural yoga. I was fortunate to learn from a knowledgeable teacher who taught within the energetic Anusara lineage. I developed a home practice based on this small sliver of information, at that time there were no local yoga studios in Napa.
In 2015 my friends and colleagues encouraged me to make the transition from student to teacher. My initial two hundred hours of training were with Janet Stone, who is based out of San Francisco. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel with Janet to India to complete my foundational yoga teacher training. Through her, I was introduced to my first Yoga Therapeutics instructor, Harvey Deutch. I completed a 100 hundred hour therapeutic training with Harvey in San Francisco, and then launched into an 800 hour, 2.5 year training in 2017 to become certified as a Yoga Therapist. My Yoga Therapy training was held in Marin County through an accredited program with the Stress Management Center.
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Yoga Therapy has the potential to reduce suffering from the effects of isolation from social distancing; the nationwide rise in blood pressure, opiate addiction, mental health problems and more. Yoga Therapists are at the helm of scientific medical research and are in demand by institutions such as hospitals, schools and corporate wellness programs. By wielding Therapeutic Yoga tools I am able to develop a holistic practice for each individual without aggravating their condition, allowing the client to build confidence and increased health.
2017 - 2020
In October of 2017 I entered an accredited 800 hour training through the Stress Management Center of Marin to become certified as a Therapeutic Yoga teacher, acknowledged by the International Alliance of Yoga Therapists (IAYT.) I received my certification in December of 2020.
Baccalaureate degree in Liberal Arts from Sonoma State University.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Green Associate certification
Completed a 100 hour, 10 month, Therapeutic Yoga Training with Harvey Deutch in San Francisco.
Received my initial 200 hour Yoga Teacher certification from Janet Stone. I attended an immersion with Janet in Southern India.
Began as a student of yoga. My first teacher was Marcy Nielsen-Berruezo, an instructor at the Napa Valley Junior College, who taught in the Anusara approach.