Jessica Winans is a certified yoga teacher, writer and podcast host with a background in professional journalism, currently located in San Diego, California.
Jessica began her yoga journey in 2017 following a tumultuous time in her life. After suffering from an eating disorder during her teenage years, Jessica felt out of touch with her mind, body and spirit. That's when she traded in her two-hour a day gym routine for a yoga regimen.
She began her practice at a Bikram studio in Scarsdale, NY. There, she began learning the importance of the coupling between breath and movement and began a daily meditation routine which she accredits to her radical change in lifestyle, values and outlook on the world around her.
During a late December night in 2018, Jessica woke up on the floor of a restaurant in San Diego, CA to a stranger cradling her head above a concrete floor. Unknowingly and without warning, Jessica had fainted flat on her back. She had been living in the "rat-race" of the journalism profession as a rookie reporter and social media manager for two years and had taken a break from her yoga practice, claiming she did not have the time to go to class.
In that moment, Jessica knew she had to make a change. After seeing various synchronicities (like a serendipitous run-in with an old instructor) and studying Buddhist philosophy in an undergraduate course, she decided to embark on a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program.
Now a certified instructor, Jessica wants to serve underprivileged individuals and communities by teaching them yoga. Jessica believes that every single sentient being deserves access to yoga; regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, socioeconomic class, income bracket or any physical or mental disabilities he/she/they may be dealing with.
Jessica is also working on a podcast, Ultraviolet Thoughts, which aims to share underrepresented or innovative perspectives on spirituality, philosophy, body-positivity, intuitive eating and intuitive movement among other things.