Meet 2018 Yoga Teacher-in-Training Jessica del Rosso:

Jessica del Rosso

What a delight it is to introduce you to one of this year’s Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training students, Jessica del Rosso. She’s a gifted writer, so I’ll leave it to her to tell you all about herself below.

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Pranalife Yoga Teacher in Training Jessica del Rosso

The Beginning

Growing up in the foster care system made me no stranger to counsellors and therapy. The experience would always be the same. I would go over my childhood, talk about how I ended up in foster care and would eventually hit a wall. As I got older and went to University for social work, I found myself attending therapy and knowing what the next question would be. I knew what the symptoms of PTSD and trauma were. And while talking and feeling was important, I wanted to walk away from therapy with solutions – something concrete, and felt I wasn’t getting that.

Some of my counsellors would casually mention exercises to do with what I now know to be mindfulness. But I did not fully understand it. In fact, it made me angry when counsellors told me to breathe through my anxiety/ panic attacks and to “ground myself”. What the did that even mean?

I wanted to walk away from therapy with solutions – something concrete, and felt I wasn’t getting that. Some of my counsellors would casually mention exercises to do with what I now know to be mindfulness. But I did not fully understand it. In fact, it made me angry when counsellors told me to breathe through my anxiety/ panic attacks and to “ground myself”. What the did that even mean?

The Beginning of Change

Over the last few years, my personal path has gone in a huge direction change. I started volunteering at Queen Street Yoga, and began practicing yoga 1-3x a week. As a youth who was often in the spotlight advocating for foster care system change, I had always thought that I would continue as a local public speaker and a provincial advocate for children and youth in care. However, after a year and a half working as a front-line CAS worker, my plan seemed to crumble. The job was too close to home and I found myself spiralling into depression. I made one of the most difficult and bravest decisions a person may find themselves needing to make. I had to start over.

I made one of the most difficult and bravest decisions a person may find themselves needing to make. I had to start over.

The Big Decision

I decided that despite the reliable income and benefits, I needed to leave CAS. I didn’t want to spend anymore additional years on top of the 10 I had already spent, advocating and fighting against a system that wasn’t changing anywhere near as fast as it needed to. Most importantly, I did not want to add to people’s trauma, but help guide them through it as a holistic therapist, like my amazing counsellor now.

In order to do this, I feel I need to be able to explain to future clients the connection between healing from trauma and body mindfulness. I want to be able to apply mindfulness into my therapy style, as opposed to just talking to my clients about it, which may leave them not knowing where to start, like I felt.

I did not want to add to people’s trauma, but help guide them through it as a holistic therapist … I want to be able to apply mindfulness into my therapy style, as opposed to just talking to my clients about it, which may leave them not knowing where to start, like I felt.

Although in my heart I know I did the right thing, it was a difficult transition, and I started to understand why so many people do not leave their secure, well paying jobs to follow their passion. However, I have never been one to follow the crowd. I dance to the beat of my own drum.



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From Asia –

It’s this kind of daily bravery that Jessica’s shown that we love to support in Pranalife Yoga training. Welcome to the program, woman, and namaste (the higher me sees the higher you – and we fist-bump).

Year after year, this training fills with amazing people taking these bold steps. And year after year, they find their tribe, fill their empty cups, and emerge with newfound inspiration, energy, knowledge, skills, and excitement.

It’s pretty much the best job in the world to lead this training, and it would be even better with YOU in it. SAY YES.

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