MEET JESSIE POTTER
I loved taking class today with this amazing soul, Jessie Potter. She brings grace and confidence to each class. She crafts a challenging, yet accessible sequence for all, paired with great music. She knows just how and when to offer the most delicious adjustments with a warm touch. Jessie is one of our favorite teachers.
WX: How did you begin your Journey of Living a Conscious Lifestyle?
My mom has always been an inspiration to me when it comes to healthy living. Never was I allowed to have cereal with more than 6 grams of sugar and I didn't see a cookie until I was 5 years old. She's also a yogini, practices healing energy work, and teaches meditation. I was also diagnoses with severe scoliosis as a young teenager, and that turned out to be somewhat of a blessing in disguise. It eventually lead me to my yoga mat. Doctors insisted that I get surgery, and thankfully my parents decided not to go that route, and instead look for more gentle forms of treatment like acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, and eventually yoga.
WX: What are your Personal Wellness Rituals or Routines?
Yoga! I try to get on my mat everyday, whether it's for an hour or 5 minutes of meditation or stretching. I have created a very nurturing space in my home that is a safe and comfortable place to take time to myself. In addition to yoga, I see a chiropractor for spinal health and alignment. Everyday I fill my water bottle with lemon water and chia seeds and I'm constantly refilling. I go for a walk outside everyday with my dog and try to get outdoors as much as possible. I believe that a glass of red wine is good for the soul, so thats pretty much a nightly routine, followed by some tea. And I phone fast every now and then to get out of my head :)
WX: Is there a particular place in the World that inspires you most?
Brandreth Lake in the Adirondacks (upstate New York). This property has been in my family since 1851. It's incredibly remote with no cell service, wifi, or sounds of traffic. The lake is the deepest and cleanest lake in the Adirondacks and doesn't allow any motorized vehicles on the lake. Brandreth Park is home to loons, black bear, coyotes, dear, beavers, otters, moose and much more. Our lodge is lit by gas and oil lamps, candles, and has a very romantic feel to it. The days are full of reading, hiking, star gazing, napping, yoga, baking, skinny dipping.. it's the best place on earth. A rare and beautiful place where you can truly disconnect.
WX: What are your essential items to Pack for a Wellness Retreat?
A good book, essential oils, water colors, travel mat, sunglasses, and a journal.
WX: If there is one thing you hope for people to take away from your Retreat what would it be?
During my retreats we focus a lot on living in the present moment. When we mindfully practice this we see a lot of beneficial side effects. A big one being, openness. I want people to leave my retreat and be able to see their life, people, and things with freshness.. without preconceived notions. When people are able to take away the barriers of their own mind, they are able to go through life with more ease. Without all that stuff in the way, we can make room for the important things like love, gratitude, discipline, contentment, etc.
WX: How has your Yoga & Spiritual practice changed your life?
Yoga and spiritual practice has become my life. Yoga has taught me humility, vulnerability, love, and strength. It keeps my heart happy and my soul fed. Yoga is something that anyone could learn to teach physically on the mat, but my main purpose in life it to teach yoga by being... to keep inspiring those around me with love and grace. My practice has made me more empathetic, more patient, and more content. Even on the bad days it reminds me how blessed I am to be here.. I am so grateful.
Salads, chocolate and wine