Meet Jacqueline, our Teacher of the Month

Jacqueline practicing her favorite pose, handstand.

Jacqueline practicing her favorite pose, handstand.

Meet Jacqueline, our wonderful Teacher of the Month! Jacqueline is the mother of 5 children (including triplets!), an avid runner/biker, and a passionate Yoga Sculpt instructor with a hilarious sense of humor.  She is so loyal to Yoga by Degrees and you can find her subbing classes at all of our studios. She truly cares about every one of her students and would love to stay after class to chat with you about your practice and offer one-on-one assistance. This is her permanent teaching schedule for a chance to take her Yoga Sculpt classes:

Mondays 9:30 in Western Springs,

Tuesdays 6:00am in Western Springs,

Tuesdays 9:30am in Elmhurst,

(temporary subbing) Wednesdays 7:15pm in Western Springs,

Fridays 8:30am in Elmhurst,

Sundays 10:15am in Downers Grove.

Get to know Jacqueline a bit better, enjoy her responses below:

When and how did you come to yoga?

20 years ago I started taking yoga.  I was a competitive runner.  I tried hard to wrap my head around the concept of centering and breathing, but my head space was not quite there yet.  I dabbled in other yoga practices over the years, but it wasn’t until I stumbled into Yoga Sculpt that I felt I had found my entrance into the amazing world of yoga. Through that, I have developed a passion for the calming and restorative benefits and see how my yoga sculpt deepens my other yoga practices.

Why did you start teaching yoga?

I started teaching over a year ago.  Taking my certification was a bucket list item for me.  I had no intention of teaching.  The more I learn the more I want to share and help others find the “spark” that begins their yoga practice.

What is your favorite pose?

My favorite pose is Adho Mukha Vrksasana, handstand.  I am obsessed with it.  My ultimate goal is to pike into my handstand.  I practice it or a fraction of it every day!

Who inspires your teaching?

I am inspired daily by my children and my yoga students.  Both put me in the role of teacher and observer.  My children serve to remind me that all of my actions no matter how benign or grand, have an impact on them and serve as a guide in their lives.  My students come from so many different backgrounds with wide ranges of abilities or limitations, yet they find their way to the mat.  Regardless of personal tragedies or triumphs, on the mat we are all works in progress.

Tips for beginners…

Show up to your mat.
Do not judge yourself.
Everything else will fall in to place.  We all started somewhere. There is a point in everyday when you are forced to make the decision to show up.

What’s your favorite quote?

Work in Progress.  It works on every living thing regardless of age or circumstance.  We should always strive to be a work in progress.

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