We are so blessed to have Jessica Lohrey here sharing her wisdom and knowledge with our community! Her classes and workshop offerings are unique and well thought out. She has shown great generosity by donating essential oil products from her business, Tree of India to the September raffle basket and by offering a kickback for students from the studio who sign up for the spiritual trip to India next year. She is giving of her time as she subs regularly. Be sure to catch her Gentle Class on Wednesdays at 8pm. Thank you Jessica for bringing such light to our community.
What was the experience with yoga that got you hooked?
I started practicing with Rodney Yee videos to stay in shape and before long I was buying yoga books to help me understand the very noticeable changes that were occurring as a result of my practice.
What inspires you to continue yoga?
During my 18 years on this path, I have taken some breaks from practice… but I always come back to it. Why? Yoga is a versatile practice. At times I use it as a form of physical therapy/exercise and other times I use it to explore beyond time and space. There is always more to learn and deeper realms to explore if and when the student is ready.
What is your favorite pose?
Sukhasana (Easy Seated Pose) is my favorite pose. It is from here that I have had the deepest experiences with pranayama and meditation.
What is your favorite time/place to practice?
My favorite time to practice is early in the morning before the drama that is life has gotten a strong hold on my mind. I enjoy practicing in my yoga space at home where I can go inward without distraction. Deep practice gives me a better understanding of this life by allowing me to view it from new perspectives.
How has yoga changed your life?
A better question might be how has it NOT changed my life!
Do you have a favorite yoga book or video?
The Bhagavad Gita
Is there a recurring theme that runs through your yoga practice?
The same theme that runs through my life: Slow down and focus.
If you could just share one practice that has helped you the most, what would it be?
Absolutely PRANAYAMA. With the right teacher it is a game-changer.
What is your current or all-time favorite song or artist for a yoga playlist?
I am currently using Chinmaya Dunster’s album Ragas Relax for my home practice. I know I have had an effective practice when the music disappears.
What is your mantra?
Aham Brahmasmi (I am the Infinite Reality.)
Do you have a passion other than yoga you’d like to share about?
I have two! I’m a Certified Aromatherapist and have been using essential oils for 30 years. I created a line of products under the brand name Tree of India in 2007. You can shop online at www.treeofindia.com. I am also interested in the origins and history of yoga. I will be leading a retreat to north India in February called the SPIRITUAL TOUR OF INDIA where we will visit three of the most important spiritual sites in India. Daily practice will emphasize the roots of our modern practice and help us to assimilate our experience in India. The trip is a fundraiser for Asheville Community Yoga. Information is available at the front desk, or feel free to reach out to me directly at email@example.com.
How did you find Asheville Community Yoga?
What’s your most embarrassing moment in a yoga class?
I once stepped on and broke a student’s prescription eye glasses while teaching.
If you haven’t been to Jessica’s class yet please do stop in. She also offers numerous workshops throughout the year- be on the lookout for upcoming offerings. Jessica is also now selling her handcrafted essential oil based sprays & headache relief scented roll ons right in Zen & Now. Thank you Jessica!