Jess Hogan (uses any or no pronouns) is a biracial (latinx/white) gender fluid/non-conforming/queer person who is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor in Kansas City Missouri.
Jess reluctantly "tried yoga" in the fall of 2014 as a way to address her growing anxiety and depression. In spite of the apprehension Jess quickly remembered how at home they felt when their body was active. Physical activity linked with the mental and emotional self study that yoga encourages helped to rebuild comfort in their own skin and boosted her overall self esteem.
The positive changes that came with adopting a yoga practice were so impactful that Jess decided to participate in the 1st Karma Tribe Yoga Teacher Training in 2018. The intention was to expand her knowledge of yoga beyond what she had learned through community asana (physical postures) and meditation. The training spanned 9 months which allowed her to apply what she was learning to everyday life. Greater understanding of anatomy, yoga philosophy and history, and spiritual growth were gained during the training. Jess is still working on the practical application of all three into daily life and continues to approach this journey through the eyes of a student.
During the training Jess learned that she is especially interested in encouraging yoga for everyone regardless of age, size, shape, color, gender, ability, or economic status. In June of 2019 Jess earned a certification to teach Accessible Yoga after participating in the Accessible Yoga Teacher Training and Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to learning how to teach to mixed level classes (on the ground, seated in a chair and standing all in one class) the training addressed widespread problems within westernized yoga like cultural appropriation, racism/white supremacy, accessibility, and consent. These conversations have become a large focus for Jess who is currently diving deeper into adopting ways of decolonizing their personal practice as well as working with other teachers to address the inequity and lack of diversity present in the KC yoga community. Jess hopes to support and encourage others to do this self and community work so we can all begin to dismantle systems of oppression, on and off the mat.
Expect a non judgmental approach that focuses on cultivating body awareness with emphasis on harnessing one's breath to achieve a connection to the present moment. Jess teaches to all levels of experience and will meet you exactly where you are in your yoga journey. Jess frequently utilizes yoga equipment (blocks, bolsters, straps, and blankets) and provides plenty of variations in order to encourage each student to listen to their body and make empowered choices.