My name is Jessica. I am from Belgium but have lived and travelled the world for the past 10 years. Since a very young age I have always been interested in the link between the mind and the body. I always believed in their powerful relationship and the influence they have on each other. During my studies, I have tried to investigate and create a bridge between ancient practices and contemporary sciences. I have studied and researched the effects of meditation and yoga on our brain, our genetics, and our mental health. I am passionate about it and aim to share this with the people around me.
My Yoga journey started in 2012 with my first Vipassana retreat. I could say this retreat created a shift. Even though I had always been fascinated by the invisible world and its impact on us, this experience showed me something different – a stillness, an inner “understanding” that triggered a purpose to share this with other people.
After my Bachelor, I went to India, Dharmsala, to do my Yoga Teacher training (200hrs) with Parimukti Yoga School. I then moved to Australia and completed a Meditation Teaching Certification (Level 1) with the LifeFlow Meditation Center in Adelaide. Currently, I am undergoing a Yoga Therapy Training (1000hrs) with Dr. Kausthuba Desikachar (son of TKV Desikachar).
I have been teaching classes and offering workshops in different parts of the world (Belgium, The Netherlands, Australia, and The United States). I have worked in many settings, from yoga studios, to cultural centres, festivals, wellness camps, health institutions, and corporations, and thus with a range of people. I have been teaching to adults mainly but have also acquired experience with children and young adults (12-24 years old) and the elderly.
The classes I offer put a strong focus on combining breath and movement, as the grounding rule in Yoga: “Breath is the most important”. The classes flow in a gentle, stable, yet dynamic way. I was trained in multistyle and thus am able to offer a range of classes from Hatha, Ashtanga/Vinyasa, Yin, to Gentle Flow, etc. For the meditation part, I was trained by the LifeFlow Meditation Center taking its roots in the Burmese and Tibetan traditions. Yet, what I teach mainly resembles what is more widely known as mindfulness.
In parallel to Yoga, I am a Clinical Psychologist with Masters in Neuropsychology (Maastricht University) and Clinical Psychology (University of Louvain). I focus on an integrative approach (body and mind) using tools and practices combining scientific theories with contemplative practices. For people interested in a more holistic perspective, I also offer Yoga Therapy consultation, focusing on all aspects of the individual: emotional, psychological, physical, and spiritual. I accompany people dealing with stress, burnout, anxiety, depression, or who are struggling with emotions, identity, life changes or transitions, conflicts (family, relationship, work), self-esteem, body image, etc.