Jess grew up in Canada, on a farm with her hippie yoga parents alongside a community guided by their primary teacher, Baba Hari Das. Baba Hari Das inspired the creation of the Mount Maddonna Centre, Salt Spring Island Centre, and the Shri Ram Orphanage. Jess met Babaji at 9 years old, and studied yoga with him annually for 6 years before teaching. She is trained to teach Bikram, Sivananda, Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Power Yoga and Kirtan. Her greatest learning comes from nature, daily practice, and her 2 kiddies.
Jess’s academic background includes studies in History and Anthropology of Medicine and Anatomy at McGill University, graduate work in Buddhism with Peter Harvey in the UK, and personal studies in inquiry based learning. Before teaching yoga, Jess worked in the not-for-profit sector with Amnesty International for over 15 years, as well as with EarthSave, and the Canadian Association for Community Living in Panama.
Jess shares music with Lila, and loves to swim, dance, eat popcorn, plant trees, and love up her family – among other things.