We wanted to give you the chance to get to know our yoga instructors on a more personal level. In our “Inside the MyYogaWorks studio” interview series we asked our instructors a number of questions about their relationship with yoga. Below is our interview with Jesse Schein.
How did you get into yoga?
I view my practice as a relationship. I fell madly in love in my late 20’s having been introduced to it by a friend. We have been together for over 10 years….Through the good times and the bad times. My practice is my mirror and its where I can be my very best self and see my very worst self and create the changes and space I need to evolve.
What is your favorite style of yoga?
Ashtanga/Vinyasa flow….I love to buildinternal heat through the breath and the poses. Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow link breath to movement. It QUIETS my mind and gives me a space to focus on my breath and each pose so that I become present and have an opportunity to let go of all the distractions of every day life. It becomes a meditation in action.
What do your students say about you?
My students say my class is hard! I say life is hard right back! My students appreciate my humor, humility and style of teaching. I always show up as ME. I’m a bit of a reality check. They know they will be offered a challenge however I create an environment where they can check in and make the choice to back off and be an imperfect human being at any point! Reality based real world spiritualism is what one student said….
What is your favorite pose and why?
Backbends and inversions…. I cannot choose at the moment…Both poses are a complete reversal of how we walk around every day. Everything gets turned upside down or is moved in the opposite direction than we are typically in. It feels like the fountain of youth. Like a creaky old bike getting freshly oiled up. I suppose I FEEL the most in these poses….They also demand my complete attention and it’s at those moments where my mind is QUIET and I am 100 percent present. I’ve come to realize that the quality of presence and a quiet mind is EQUALLY as delicious as a yoga pose can be!
What is your go-‐to yoga apparel and why?
Elisabetta Rogiani….AHHHHH this Italian woman makes the yoga pants of my dreams! The fabric and cut are perfection. The colors are delicious. Leggings of various lengths and roll down top that I can adjust depending on how I’m feeling about my stomach that day lol….
Why did you want to be a MyYogaWorks instructor?
I believe that yoga is one of the most effective tools of change. The YogaWorks style/method of teaching is the most intelligent, safest and effective way for ANYONE to learn yoga and continue on it’s path for the rest of their lives. I live what I’ve been taught at YogaWorks. MyYogaWorks yoga classes online are a platform to reach people beyond our studios and offer them a way to practice yoga ANYTIME, ANYWHERE! To be able to introduce or enhance or sustain a persons yoga practice with MyYogaWorks is a dream come true for me. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time and now it’s arrived and I am thrilled and excited and eager to see how this will change peoples lives for the better!
Facebook Page- Jesse Schein