Jessica De Lasaux
During my freshman year of college I was fortunate to enroll in an Asian Philosophy course where I was first introduced to the Bhagavad Gita. This text planted the seeds for how I conduct my life. After moving to the Napa Valley in 2001, I visited the San Francisco Zen Center in an attempt to learn how to meditate. In 2003, I took a yoga class for a P.E. credit where I discovered the benefits of modern postural yoga. I was lucky to learn from a knowledgeable teacher who taught within the energetic Anusara lineage at a time when there were no yoga studios in the Napa Valley. I developed a home practice based on this small sliver of information and often invited my friends to join me, eager to pass on the movements and teachings that had helped me.
In 2015 my friends and colleagues encouraged me to make the transition from student to teacher. My initial two hundred hours of training were under Janet Stone, who is based out of San Francisco. To complete my foundational yoga teacher training, I was able to travel with Janet to India. Through Janet, I was introduced to my first Yoga Therapeutics instructor, Harvey Deutch. I completed a 100 hundred hour therapeutic training with Harvey in San Francisco. I then launched into an 800 hour, 2.5 year training, in 2017 to become certified as a Yoga Therapist. My Yoga Therapy training was held in Marin County through an accredited program with the Stress Management Center.
I am very excited and honored to be opening an exclusive Yoga Therapy space located in Downtown Napa! I began teaching yoga in 2016 at a small yoga studio in Napa called Yoga Passion, until it's unfortunate closure due to the pandemic. I currently offer public yoga classes at the new Wellness Center at Stanly Ranch Resort. Yoga has become a lifestyle for me, permeating (nearly) every thought and action. Practice! I enjoy spending my time with my almost 11 year old son, my friends & family, reading, gardening, cooking, and exploring nature.
My teachers and
Gurur Brahmā Gurur Viṣṇur Gurur devo Maheśvaraḥ
Guruḥ sākṣāt paraṁ Brahma tasmai śrī gurave namaḥ
Our creation is that guru (Brahma-the force of creation); the duration of our lives is that guru (Vishnu-the force of preservation); our trials, tribulations, illnesses, calamities and the death of the body is that guru (devo Maheshwara-the force of destruction or transformation). There is a guru nearby (Guru Sakshat) and a guru that is beyond the beyond (param Brahma). I make my offering (tasmai) to the beautiful (shri) remover of my darkness, my ignorance; (Guru) it is to you I bow and lay down my life (namah).
2017 - 2020
In October of 2017 I entered an accredited 800 hour training through the Stress Management Center of Marin to become certified as a Therapeutic Yoga teacher, acknowledged by the International Alliance of Yoga Therapists (IAYT.) I received my certification in December of 2020.
Baccalaureate degree in Liberal Arts from Sonoma State University.
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Green Associate certification
Completed a 100 hour, 10 month, Therapeutic Yoga Training with Harvey Deutch in San Francisco.
Received my initial 200 hour Yoga Teacher certification from Janet Stone. I attended an immersion with Janet in Southern India.
Began as a student of yoga. My first teacher was Marcy Nielsen-Berruezo, an instructor at the Napa Valley Junior College, who taught in the Anusara approach.