Jessica came on a retreat to Northern Nicaragua in January and had an amazing time. She was really fun to hang out with, was shredding in the water, and happened to let me know that she has been teaching yoga for over 20 years! When she emailed about possibly coming to El Salvador in October I suggested she come as our yoga teacher. She is so stoked to join us! See below for more about Jessica…
Jessica Bellofatto, Founder and Director of KamaDeva Yoga in East Hampton, New York, is best known for her easy laughter, radiant energy, and matchless knowledge of the body. A mother, yogini, doula, surfer, triathlete, and avid stand up paddleboarder (and now SUP racer), Jessica has inspired thousands of students in their journey to better understand themselves and their world. She uses movement as play, movement as therapy, and most importantly, views movement in general and the asana practice specifically as a spiritual practice done to benefit all beings.
Featured in The New York Times, Time Out New York, The New York Post, New York Magazine, Hamptons Magazine, Well and Good and many more, Jessica, deeply steeped in her Jivamukti roots, opened KamaDeva Yoga in April of 2009, and leads sold-out yoga retreats worldwide. In 2011, Jessica was chosen amongst over 400 other applicants to be one of Athleta’s Featured Athletes and writes regularly for the ATHLETA CHI BLOG, and other periodicals. She was also recently chosen as an ambassador for the BOGA YOGA paddleboard, a board specifically designed for yoga on the water.
She has studied extensively with many of yoga’s most famous names, including John Friend, Richard Freeman, Angela Farmer and Victor Van Kooten, Tim Miller, and many senior teachers at the Iyengar Institute in NYC. In addition to her study of asana, Jessica has studied Yoga philosophy and Sanskrit with Manorama (Thea D’Alvia), Tibetan Buddhism in the Gelukpa lineage with James Conner and Dr. Lisette Garcia, Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally, and most recently the Handel Method of Life Coaching. First and foremost a student, Jessica is receptive and curious about various methods of healing and transformation as a means to discover the Self.
Come practice yoga with Jessica in El Salvador October 13-20 and 21-28!
Handstands are cool. I learned to do a handstand the old-fashioned way – by putting both hands in the sand and then kicking my feet over my head. Practice, practice, practice, and now I can do a decent handstand.
While that method does work, it’s probably not the safest and might not even be the most effective. Luckily, I got to hang out with a yoga teacher named Kimberly Waugh at Coco Loco who offered to teach me a fun, safe way to practice handstands.
Check out the video above!
“I initially sought yoga as a physical balance to enhance my surfing, snowboarding, basketball, and other high impact sports; I soon discovered yoga as a deep and transformative practice in my life. I developed a deeper sense of compassion and confidence while strengthening the connection between mind and body, and the relationships with the people I love.
I’ve been practicing yoga since 2006, and completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training in April 2011 with Semperviva Yoga studios. I am Yoga Alliance Certified in classical Hatha. I was fortunate enough to study with such inspirational teachers as Seane Corn, Janet Stone, Gloria Latham, and Cameron Gilley. I have been teaching since April at various studios in Vancouver. I have also completed a number of classes for charity organizations (such as Easter Seals) with plans to continue weekly charity classes in June and July with 100% proceeds going to my favorite charity, Waves of Hope.
My classes are a mix of Hatha and Vinyasa Flow, integrating alignment, core work, and breathing techniques with basic poses and creative sequencing. Each class is designed to energize the body, calm the mind and give greater vitality and health. It is my dream to take students to Nicaragua to practise yoga and experience the raw beauty of the country and it’s people.
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Introducing Nicole DeLeon…