yoga teacher, student, nature lover, world traveler.

Jess found yoga when she was studying at drama school after her mum suggested she attend a class to help with flexibility for dancing. As a classic just-moved-out-of-home young adult, she instantly resisted the idea, eventually giving in and trying her very first vinyasa class.

She was hooked!

(But no one tell her mum!)

A diagnosis of a chronic illness soon followed during her final year of her Bachelor's degree (that makes it sound really fancy ... it's in musical theatre) and yoga was her lifeline. Initially finding her practise through a desire to be more flexible (sound familiar!?) she had discovered many more benefits of mindfulness and yoga off the mat.

She completed her 200HR yoga teacher training in New Zealand and has taught at various locations around New Zealand.


Throughout her teacher training she realised her dharma ("the eternal law of the cosmos") is to share - a quality she brings to every yoga class.  

An eternal student of yoga and a yin baby at heart, she loves coming to her mat for a yin practise or a slow vinyasa flow class. 

Jess teaches in English with a touch of Sanskrit and hands on assists. While she is the guide she truly believes we are our own best teachers, so she holds a safe space for yogis to explore and play...


Because life is too short not to play!



Jess provided beautifully crafted sequences that allowed her to reach all her students and open doorways for them to move past their physical practice and beyond the body.

Her ability to face challenges with humour and compassion, whilst always maintaining her drive to follow her passions is inspiring. She has a lot to offer her colleagues, friends and students. 

Andrea Broad

Owner, 4InspiredMovement Studio

I love Jess’ yin classes. After a stressful day at work I can come and be guided into letting go of any stress and tension I’m holding. Her sequencing always makes me feel like I’ve been able to truly get into a place of calm and release.

Shirley McLeod

Yoga With Me

I have known Jess for over two years as one of my regular yoga instructors. Jess' vibrant personality and friendly nature  means she is highly regarded and well liked by all of us in the local yoga community. Her yoga teaching abilities are of a very high standard and she teaches each class in a thoroughly professional manner.

Mark Haldane


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