Jessica Pate first tried yoga in 2008, looking for a new, physical practice after finishing a decade-long swimming career. Accustomed to the high intensity of swimming, she found both physical challenge and mental grounding in yoga. After stepping out of her first class, Jessica knew that her practice would be an influential component in her life.
After several years of practice, Jessica noticed that her practice had equipped her with tools to better manage the stress that she encountered in life, as well as given her the ability to maintain a greater sense of mindfulness and attention to the present moment. During this time, Jessica was working with children as a private tutor and began incorporating yogic principles to help improve their focus during tutoring sessions. Jessica saw substantial improvement in the attention span of many of her clients and became passionate about integrating yoga on a broader scale.
In 2015, Jessica completed the KidAsana Children’s Yoga Teacher Training with Dawn Keighley. Jessica’s transition to teaching children was natural, as she had over a decade of experience as a children’s swim coach. In her classes, Jessica creates an engaging, playful flow to teach the physical asana practice, as well as bringing attention to topics such as mindfulness and the importance of respecting yourself and others. Inspired by the impact yoga had on both herself and children, Jessica completed her 200-hour teacher training at the Boston Yoga School, directed by Ame Wren and Brenna Matthews.
In addition to her training in yoga, Jessica has also been trained as a physiologist since 2005. She completed a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with a minor in sports medicine at Pepperdine University, as well as two Master’s of Science degrees in exercise physiology (San Diego State University, 2013) and human physiology (Boston University, 2015). In addition to her coursework, Jessica also had an active research career, investigating physiological mechanisms in several body systems, acting as a reviewer of scientific literature pertaining to yoga, and producing novel research on the physiological responses to Bikram yoga. Jessica also maintains a scientific blog, which focuses on different elements of physiology and how they relate to the yoga practice.
During her classes, Jessica draws from her yoga trainings, as well as her academic and scientific, research background to incorporate elements that promote healing and best serve the energy and needs of the class.
For more information on Jessica’s research background or to access her physiology of yoga site, visit http://physiologyofyoga.com, https://www.facebook.com/physiologyofyoga/,
or check out her articles on CCY’s blog.
Jessica Pate is currently not instructing any classes.