Jessica Jacobs, President and the creator of The Yoga Junction, has experienced many transitions within her yoga journey and after practicing for over 20 years has come to realize that there is no “right way” to do yoga and we ALL deserve the chance to discover & explore community through yoga. Throughout her life there has always been an unconscious undercurrent of sharing, connecting, learning and teaching. Following a trip to Bali, where she obtained her International Yoga Certification, she realized how prominent the desire for connection was in her life. Through The Yoga Junction, she enthusiastically shares her passion with you.
Connecting to the energy of love and authenticity at their core is a passion for Jessica, and through her passion she shares this experience with you through The Yoga Junction.
Tricia McDonald has practiced yoga for over 23 years and has always been drawn to yoga communities that focused on strength and empowerment. This is why becoming a part of The Yoga Junction is so special to her. To be able to offer everyone a place to feel empowered, strong and vulnerable is why she wanted to bring this community to life with Jessica. After the first retreat she attended hosted by The Yoga Junction, she knew that there were others that could benefit from this amazing community in a studio space.
Yoga Teacher, Mentor, Reiki Master and Compassionate Communication Facilitator
“The practices of Yoga are gentle daily reminders to me to live in the potential and beauty of my life.
Through the teachings I continue to grow and evolve; I am humbled and overjoyed that I have been given the opportunity to be part of the community at Yoga Junction and offer these same practices that opened my heart to others who are on the journey to release the old stories of judgement and walk the path of self acceptance, authenticity and real meaningful connection.”
"By your stumbling, the world is perfected." -Sri Aurobindo
I truly stumbled onto the path that is yoga.
I was invited to a class by a close friend of mine and fell in love with the practice shortly after. It was my first time in a yoga studio and being your somewhat stereotypical young man with a healthy competitive appetite. I pushed myself to keep up with the class. I left that class feeling exhausted yet relaxed, glowing with energy and craving more but with the utmost respect and admiration for the practice of yoga. I had never experienced something so physically and mentally demanding yet so peaceful and relaxing. As I continued to grow on the path that is yoga, I was inspired by the Vedas, Upanishads, The Yoga Sutras, and the wealth of life knowledge that is Ayurveda. I now dedicate my time to furthering my understanding of the intricacies of Ayurveda and Yoga to teach the communities I’m am blessed to be a part of how these two practices can benefit them.
"How wild it was, to let it be"
I discovered the benefits of adding yoga to my movement regime after working in the fitness industry for many years. I had a desire to slow the pace of life and move in a different and gentler way. After my first class i was amazed at how good my body felt and how an incredible feeling of calmness washed over me! After a few years of dedicated practise, i decided it was time to dive in a little deeper and attend yoga teacher training. I am also certified in Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Prenatal yoga. Meditation is also my jam, and i am super passionate about sharing my own practise and how a daily sit can help transcend stress, the ego, and bring about more peace and ease to our human experience.
My true passion is people, cultivating deep and meaningful connections through shared stories and creating sacred space for all people to discover the joy and freedom of BEing themselves.
When not on the mat, i love hanging out with my dog, soaking up the good vibes from my crystal collection and working on my side hustle in custom created jewellery.
The ease and flow of Asana (yoga in the physical sense) came easy to me. Growing up a dancer, movement was an innate way of expression. What kept my attention and discipline to the mat was how yoga left my over active mind feeling refreshed and energized. In 2016, the studio where I held a dedicated yoga practice announced they were offering a Yoga Teacher Training. A convenient coincidence that was, as it came to me during a moment in time where I intuitively knew I was in search for more connection - in need of a deeper spiritual shift. Yoga has been a powerful tool for my self study. This journey through movement and mindfulness exposes parts of us that we often work hard to repress and bury. Yoga makes us feel not only the good happy joyful feelings but helps us work through the dark and sticky turmoil that we all carry. Yoga has given me strength and courage, it has taught me how to become present, quiet the chatter of my mind and live more authentically. To be in a position to share a valuable teaching, such as yoga, is truly a gift. Looking forward to connecting with you on the mat.
Tahl Ghitter-Kalsi first began yoga living abroad. She was living in South Korea when she became chronically sick. This sparked adventure to Thailand where Tahl unknowingly embarked on a journey into all things holistic, including yoga. What she experienced was nothing short of a love affair and for the first time, a new way to live. Inspired she began teaching and practicing with anyone who wanted to, and just two years later, became certified in a traditional lineage of hatha yoga in India. She continued to teach, train and study various styles of yoga across Asia, India, and the middle east before finally repatriating to Canada. With many certifications, 1250 hours of yoga teacher training, 16 years of experience and 1500+ hours of teaching, she continues to learn and evolve with the practice. As we grow, and life changes so does the practice. With yoga we constantly learn new ways to undo conditioning, unfold and get to know ourselves more honestly and fully. As a mother, holistic health enthusiast and an avid crafter, Tahl feels blessed to participate in a growing community of yoga practitioners and help create a time and sacred space in your day for health and well-being.
Coming from a background in gymnastics, I was drawn to yoga, as it gave me the physical challenge I was used to. Practicing all types of yoga for over 20 years, I was searching for a more spiritual connection within. Kundalini yoga was introduced to me 7 years ago. In the first class I was overcome with joy that I had found my practice. I have always loved nature, the forest and all of earths creatures. Led me to become a carpenter, certified Animal assisted therapist, and Reiki Master. While teaching kids gymnastics I was presented with opportunity to take kundalini teacher training close to home and I jumped in with both feet. Teaching at the studio where I was studying, a deeper connection was found within myself. Being a mother of 3, I have enjoyed teaching children gymnastics, yoga, meditation and reiki. Through the eyes of children we are transported back to a time of pure joy and innocence. I look forward to holding space for you while you experience your further awareness and love of yourself as you are in the present moment. Through breath work, postures and sound therapy with gong and sound bowls.