On this episode of the Kindness Collective Podcast, Patrick Harrington sits down with Kindness Teacher, Jessica Herring. With a history as a dancer, Jessica tells her story of how dancing brought her to yoga and the lessons it continues to teach her and her students. With a plethora of resources around healing your body, Jessica talks about the power of rest and the practice she’s trying to embrace to heal her over-stressed body.
“THE ONLY THING YOU HAVE TO DO IS BREATHE”
As a teacher and practitioner, I strive to cultivate a life of excellence. This goal manifests through the daily challenges of honestly “walking my own walk,” while empowering others to do the same. Within my classes, I challenge students to move more fully through their bodies, while developing an unwavering trust in that inner knowing. I often draw upon my training as a dancer to lead students through a slow, challenging, detail-focused class. My classes include things I have learned across the realms of classical ballet, Modern Dance, Feldenkrais, Trapeze work, Pilates, Klien Technique, and Physical Therapy.
“YOUR ARTHA (WORK) CAN BE SEPARATE FROM YOUR DHARMA (PURPOSE)”
Intro music: Bee Is a Bee by Science Partner
01:45 Always a dancer; Jessica’s history in dance
06:00 Work ethic
07:20 Choosing yourself
11:00 The balance in teaching yoga
15:00 Just breathe
17:30 Kindness teacher training to deepen your practice
18:30 Yoga without a mat
24:30 Susan Klein + Feldenkrais teachings
26:10 Relaxing as a high-performer strategy
Notes from Jessica:
There are many reasons why someone might want to see a pelvic floor therapist. From what I took away from our numerous conversations, many reasons that people may see a pelvic floor therapist is:
1) due to a pelvic floor being too weak and causing prolapse – i.e. organs not being able to be held in place.
2) the muscles of the pelvic floor are too tight and don’t move as they should (which can cause any of the following: Pain during sex, pain inserting tampons or during certain medical exams, hip pain, low back pain, chronic constipation or incontinence).
3) Or if there is a history of trauma or if one has had a child (i.e. to help put things back into place after the birth and prevent future complications or issues).
While we can gain a lot of pleasure from our bodies and what they are capable of, injuries teach us – on a very experiential, embodied level – that we not our bodies. We are something so much greater, and coincidentally so much more subtle, than that. However to see that, to experience that, one must be willing to first let go of everything with which one previously identified.