She has been described as the girl with the voice, the girl who is always doing flips around the room, or as Jambox Jackie, bringing music and dancing with her everywhere she goes. She is nearing the end of her college career at CMU studying Special Education for students with cognitive impairments. During the summertime, Jackie is a full-time nanny for several kiddos. When she isn’t teaching yoga or working with kids, she likes to spend quality time with her boyfriend, go camping, try out new recipes, or catch up on the phone with friends from around the world.
Jackie fell in love with yoga four years ago when looking for a form of stress relief and weight loss. At that time, she had no clue how yoga could positively affect her life in countless ways. Yoga and meditation quickly became a part of her daily routine and she developed a strong personal practice which sparked her interest in becoming a certified instructor. She decided to become a part of the Kula Collective Yoga Teacher Training Program and spent the summer of 2016 in Bali, Indonesia getting certified. The program was absolutely life changing; the people and the experiences gained there will be treasured forever.
Continuing yoga education through more certification programs and workshops is a priority of Jackie’s. To combine her two loves into one, Jackie hopes to one day take part in facilitating Yoga Therapy for individuals with disabilities. She also has an interest in Partner Yoga, SUP Yoga and Pole Fitness. She loves sharing her love of health and yoga with others and plans to do so for many years to come!
How do you want your students to feel after leaving your class? I hope my students leave my class feeling energized and inspired! I hope they can create a positive energy on the mat and carry it with them outside the hot room.
Coolest thing you've ever done? In 2016, I spent the majority of my summer living in a treehouse in the middle of a tropical jungle.
What's the first thing you do when you wake up? A full body stretch along with some little, squeaky bird noises.