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 explore community through yoga. Throughout her life there has always been an unconscious undercurrent of sharing, connecting 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.”
Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees – BKS Iyengar
I found yoga as a way to support my journey through cancer. Yoga offered me a sacred place to discover my power, to reclaim my body, and to be vulnerable. Within this practise, I found healing, release and my warrior spirit. Yoga changed my life from this moment on. I found yoga as a way to support my journey through cancer. Yoga offered me a sacred place to discover my power, to reclaim my body, and to be vulnerable. Within this practise, I found healing, release and my warrior spirit. Yoga changed my life from this moment on. I continued this journey by pursuing my Yoga Teacher Training, as well as Yoga Nidra Teacher Training, Yoga Thrive Teacher Training for cancer patients, and Bliss Bowls Certification for Sound Healing. When I am not on my mat, I work as a Case Manager supporting individuals who experience disability, mental health challenges and addictions. My greatest joy has been to offer a trauma informed adapted yoga class to this group. I believe in sharing yoga from the heart, and creating space
that is inclusive and safe, connecting to the root of why we do yoga. My wish is for students to take the discoveries from their yoga practise into their daily lives.
"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.
I began practicing yoga in 2006 as I was first drawn to the physical aspects of the practice: the balances and the flexibility. I quickly learned of the many mental benefits of yoga, as I drove into my practice with more depth. There is a calmness about the practice that has helped me grow. The more I learned, the more I begun to understand my own body: my limits as well as my strengths. Eventually, this desire to learn developed into a desire to help others discover their own appreciation for yoga. In 2011, I attended my first yoga teacher training and I've been teaching ever since. My philosophy as a yoga teacher has been to equip people with the knowledge to help them find their own path. The practice of yoga can lead us to a healthy and more confident version of ourselves.
I was introduced to Yoga through my fascination with Hinduism in University. A beloved professor put up a picture of the Goddess Kali with her foot upon Shiva’s (the God of destruction) corpse. He said, “this depicts how we are nothing without the Goddess.” I had to know more so I took every Hinduism class I could get my hands on including level 1 Sanskrit. It wasn’t until I graduated University that I actually implemented the physical practice into my life. My yoga practice and teacher trainings have been a journey through body image issues and reclaiming who I truly am despite any external pressures to be someone else. I am still a Hindu mythology freak and have found a deep love for the portals offered by Yin yoga and Yoga Nidra. I also teach Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga and can teach a mean Ashtanga class.
Off the mat, you’ll find me homeschooling my 3 kids, huffing essential oils, running Goddess circles and living a straight up magickal life.
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.