Yogini You Should Know: Jessica Micheletti
And so the journey began, with just one stepâ€¦.Jessica walked into Zuda Yoga Center and rediscovered a passion that had been dormant for years. As a growing teacher and lifelong student, Jessica views her teaching role as Galileo implied, "We cannot teach people anything we can only help them discover it within themselves"â€¦as that of a guide. She strives to weave grace into the most difficult transitions both in life and on the yoga mat. Jessica's style brings energy, strength and humor to each sangha (community). With a bachelor's degree in Community Health and a Masters in Public Health, Jessica has been serving others and promoting healthy lifestyles for over 15 years. She strives to extend that service to students through sukha (happy) yoga!
Hey Jessica! Thanks for taking the time for this. Can you tell us a little about Zuda Yoga and your involvement in it?
I work side by side with the owners of Zuda to develop ideas that will grow the Zuda Yoga community beyond the boundaries of Sacramento and Folsom. Zuda's teacher training program creates strong leaders. Our graduates go on to open studio's and teach throughout the region (from Lake Tahoe to San Francisco) and beyond (New York City and Thailand). In 2011 the Zuda Assisting Program and Teacher Training Program will be available to students across the country. Our goal is to change the world and what better way to do that than to teach people to teach.
Who was your first yoga teacher and how did he/she inspire you?
My first yoga teacher was my dance teacher in high school. She incorporated elements of yoga into our dance training. Although, it wasn't until I discovered Zuda Yoga and Anne Marie Kramer 18 years later that yoga became a part of my way of being. Anne Marie's ability to look into the soul of people, point out their greatness and show them a path to sharing that greatness is what inspires me the most.
Where do you see yoga evolving in the west?
I see yoga infiltrating all aspects of our society.....moving from a stereotypical granola hippie activity into mainstream society. I envision our world leaders using yoga to change the world.
What is your favorite yoga pose?
Well, that's a tough one....it changes, but most often I come back to triangle.....I feel grounded, rooted, yet so expansive that I can almost feel my heart opening.
What is the most compromising/precarious place you've ever done yoga?
At the tippy top of Macchu Picchu in Peru. Being up there reminded me of the first time I did yoga......I was exhilarated, out of breath, full of wonder......and felt like I was home....I made it!
What is one thing that we (and everyone else) don't know about you?
I am fascinated by sparkly things, diamonds in particular.......in the same way a dog cant help but chase a squirrel. My attention gets automatically sucked in to that shiny thing......it's so distracting, but so beautiful.
I can see how thats distracting. Thanks for your time Jessica!