Reflections on the Love Your Back Workshop Series at Happy Goat Yoga

6 Mar



Thank you

Over the past seven weeks, I have deeply enjoyed the great privilege of guiding a small dedicated group of yoginis through a series of progressive yoga classes with the intention of learning how to “love your back so it will love you back” (truly though, we delved in to learning how to connect with and embody the whole Self, from the intellectual to the physical to the emotional to the subtle to the spiritual).

The amazing thing to me about my role in guiding this practice is how much I learned.  Through my preparing for these two-hour workshops and through offering adjustments, modifications, and suggestions to the many beautiful and diverse bodies, I grew so much as a body nerd, as a teacher, and as a person.  Each of you showed up with an area for growth, and I was so grateful that you shared your journey withe me because you inspired new ideas, intriguing questions, and fascinating aspects to explore!  For me, the very best way to learn is to teach, and I count each of you as valuable teachers along my own journey.  I cannot thank you enough.

Summative Epiphanies & Ideas to Work With

If you feel like I do, you gained quite a bit of unexpected wisdom from these past seven weeks. Here is a summary of the take-home messages I came away with from working with you all:

  • Take more time asking yourself, What feels good Find the places in your body that feel nourished, whole, happy, and give them your awareness.  Acknowledge the parts of you that feel blissful.  Allow those places to expand and inspire the rest of your body.
  • “Where attention goes, energy flows.” –Paul Reps
  • Do you have a habit of chronic pain?  Are you willing to modify your habits?
  • Play more.  Crawl on the floor (use kneepads if you need to!), roll, climb, skip, make faces, yawn, stretch, move without an idea of some form you want to fit into.  Instead, move as an exploration.  Cultivate a playful, curious relationship with your body.  Find the joy in your cells and make the time to dance.
  • Don’t take yourself so seriously.
  • Community is healing.
  • 20 minutes each day is all it takes.  If you don’t have 20 minutes, start with 5.  The benefits are profound.

So, what’s next?

Back Care Yoga Classes at Happy Goat Yoga!

Slightly less in depth from a scientific standpoint but just as heart centered, classes will continue at Happy Goat Yoga!  These do not require pre-registration, you can just drop in, and punch cards are also valid for these classes!  Shorter than our workshops, we will weave philosophy and the science of yoga quite literally into the physical practice, the postures, the pranayama.  I hope you will tell your friends, and join me on Wednesdays!  See below for the class description!

Love Your Back & It’ll Love You Back

Back Care Yoga Classes at Happy Goat with Jessie Tierney, SPT, E-RYT

27751634_10102430156354467_944268725511248284_nEvery Wednesday starting March 21, 2018
12 noon – 1:30 pm
$14 to drop in; class punch cards available at a discount
Happy Goat Yoga, 600 Main Street in Wheeling, WV

Interested in yoga but concerned about a class appropriate for your body?  These classes offer a mindful introduction to movement that is safe and healthy for your aching back. Build strength, flexibility, balance, and peace as we weave philosophy, current research on pain, and the science of mindfulness into the physical practice.  See you at Happy Goat!



Balance Builder

22 Feb

I have been having fun playing with building sequences during my free 14-day trial on Sequence Wiz, and wanted to share a Balance Builder practice (click to download) I put together for a friend.  Hope you enjoy!

Balance BuilderBalance Builder 2


Love Your Back

31 Dec

Workshops in Wheeling, WV

FINAL Love Your Back - Back Care Yoga STUDIO FLIER - double sided-1

FINAL Love Your Back - Back Care Yoga STUDIO FLIER - double sided-2


h-OM-e for the Holidays!

6 Dec

I am so excited to be coming hOMe to Sedro-Woolley for a brief visit this winter!

Please join me on Saturday, December 23rd at the Center for Holistic Wellness for a discounted private yoga session, one of two 2-hour yoga workshops, either from 1:30 – 3:30pm, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, or all of the above!  Details below.  Please contact me directly to schedule.  312 . 857 . 3454

Whole for the Holidays 


A nourishing yoga practice with Jessie Tierney.  Connect inside, cultivate bliss, and ground yourself in a deep sense of equanimity as you move  through the holidays, bring in the solstice, and open up to the possibility to new beginnings.  Breathing, meditation, and restorative postures will be supported by Ananda Woodworks.

This intimate class is limited to six participants : register now by calling Jessie at 312.857.3454

Saturday, December 23rd
1:30 – 3:30 pm  or 4:00 – 6:00 pm
at the Sedro Woolley Center for Holistic Wellness


“Come, come, whoever you are; Wanderer, worshipper, lover of learning—it doesn’t matter—ours is not a caravan of despair.  Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times.  Come, come again, come.”     —Rumi


Jessie_Private_Yoga.jpegPrivate Yoga Sessions with Jessie

Saturday, December 23rd
at the Sedro Woolley Center for Holistic Wellness

Special holiday rate:  $50

Call Jessie at 312-857-3454 to Schedule

Private yoga sessions are designed to:

  • Help you establish a customized practice appropriate for your body
  • Empower you with a foundation of confidence and body awareness that will enable you to participate safely and with confidence in a group yoga class
  • Address any of your individual / therapeutic needs

Jessie loves the creative process of unveiling the root of a physical imbalance and finding ways to make yoga accessible for all.  She is a 2nd year Doctor of Physical Therapy Student and has nearly ten years of experience as a yoga instructor.

Hatha Yoga is not about gaining flexibility, but finding a healthy balance between flexibility, stability, and strength.  Woven within these qualities are the more subtle aspects of self love, deep peace and connection to your highest potential.  Jessie invites you to explore the body-mind and build a lifelong practice that can bring beauty, grace and wellbeing into every aspect of your life.

│312 . 857 . 3454 ││


Heart Meditation

30 Oct

🌙 Take Back The Night

22 Oct

I am so excited to be teaching 💖 Yoga for Peace & Healing 💖 at Take Back the Night, an international event to raise awareness and empowerment against sexual & domestic violence on October 26th. Wheeling Jesuit University is one of Ten Points of Light, and this event is being held for the first time in West Virginia on our campus! Free & Open to all. 💖 Join me.
#metooTBTN WJU Flier

RSVP & spread the word on Facebook.

Here is the backstory.   Hope to see you Thursday!

Greetings WJU Community:

I am pleased to share the attached flier regarding the upcoming 10 Points of Light event that will be hosted on campus on Thursday, October 26, 2017.

​Take Back The Night represents the earliest world-wide stand against sexual violence, especially violence against women. TBTN events began happening in the 1960’s. Belgium and England held some of the earliest protests about women not being safe even walking down the street alone. In the United States, in 1973, women at a Florida campus marched together demanding a women’s center. In 1975, a crowd in Philadelphia held a Take Back The Night Event to protest the rape and murder of a microbiologist walking home after work. Also in the 70’s San Francisco had a number of rallies in protest “snuff” pornography and violence against women. These events grew into hundreds of events on college campuses and in communities of all sizes and locations. The unifying theme was protest of sexual violence and support for victims.​

​On the last Thursday in October (and again in April), TBTN holds a global event in ten locations world wide. These events are known as the 10 Points of Light. These communities unite to demonstrate their support for survivors of sexual violence through speeches, marches, performances, and vigils. ​

WJU is proud to have been chosen as one of the ten locations to host a Point of Light event, the first of its kind in West Virginia!

Please join us on October 26, 2017, for a day of reflection, education and support as we Take Back the Night!

Contact the Title IX Office with any questions regarding the event.
David Hacker | Director
Title IX Coordinator
Office of Human Resources
316 Washington Ave, Wheeling WV, 26003
Phone: (304) 243-26​50​


See You Later!

23 Jul


Classes with Jessie are on hold as she begins her journey in Physical Therapy School.  Check here for a listing of local teachers and studios.  May you find the perfect fit.

Also, Jessie will be back and forth between Washington State and West Virginia, as she plans to offer workshops when she returns to the West Side of WA for her Clinical Rotations.  Stay tuned by subscribing to her email list or following YogAscent on Facebook!

ॐMay all being be happy.  May all beings be free.  May all beings know peace.ॐ

Skagit Area Yoga Studios

16 Jun

grey-blue_yogascent_logo.jpgTo my dear yoga students,

I will be leaving for West Virginia in early August, where I will be gaining invaluable life and clinical experience as a Doctor of Physical Therapy student (yay!).  My ultimate goal is to come back to the Valley, open up an outpatient clinic / holistic healing center (complete with a horse barn for hippotherapy!), teach yoga and offer Physical Therapy services all under one roof.  This is an amazing opportunity for me to combine all of my (diverse) passions and also to truly serve you all better.  I am so grateful for this incredible gift and opportunity and I promise to make the very most of my education and time away.

This next leg of my journey will last three years.  I trust that each of you will find an amazing new yoga teacher in that time and that you will continue to grow in your lifelong yoga practice.  I am honored to know many talented local instructors; we are so fortunate to have beautiful yoga studios as well as experienced individuals willing to teach you in your own home. Finding a teacher is a very personal journey.  As you will find, there is a wide range of diverse yoga offerings right here in the valley.  If you have trouble knowing where to start, I would be happy to point you in a direction.

When I first began my yoga journey in Chicago (over ten years ago), I remember finding every free class I could and rotating throughout the city, piecing together a practice I could afford at that time … I experienced many different teachers and grew so much from their varied perspectives. Be bold. Try new things. Enjoy the journey.  Open your heart. There is so much to learn.

I invite you to find the Skagit Yoga Community on Facebook, where you can meet some teachers & practitioners and join in the conversation about all things Yoga in the Valley and beyond.

Much love and peace to you on your new yoga journey! Keep in touch. Practice a little every day.



Come Out and Play

14 May

“We have not come here to take prisoners
but to surrender ever more deeply
to freedom and joy.

We have not come into this exquisite world
to hold ourselves hostage
from love.

Run my dear,
from anything that may not strengthen
your precious budding wings.

Run like hell my dear,
from anyone likely to put a sharp knife
into the sacred, tender vision
of your beautiful heart.

We have a duty to befriend those aspects of obedience
that stand outside of our house and shout to our reason,
O please,
O please,
Come out and play.

For we have not come here to take prisoners
or to confine our wondrous spirits

but to experience
ever and ever more deeply
our divine courage, freedom
and light.”



Wishing you all a playful, joyful weekend!




13 May


every Tuesday from 7pm – 8pm
at Double S Quarter Horses
15216 Colony Road in Bow WA
$10 to drop in – all are welcome


every Friday from 10:30am – noon
at The Center of Holistic Wellness
609 Murdock Street in Sedro Woolley
$15 – pre-register here.

Supine-Pelvic-tilt-tuckHAYLOFT YOGA

*is now being planned!  Mark your calendar!
at Double S Quarter Horses
15216 Colony Road in Bow WA
July 9-10, 2016time TBA

On Letting Go

13 Apr

“He who stands on tiptoe
doesn’t stand firm.
He who rushes ahead
doesn’t go far.
He who tries to shine
dims his own light.
He who defines himself
can’t know who he really is.
He who clings to his work
will create nothing that endures.

If you want to accord with the Tao,
just do your job, then let go.”

-Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
translated by Stephen Mitchell

Go-To Yoga for Your Desk Job

8 Apr

Yoga is a wonderful practice you can incorporate into any part of your life.  If you are like 4 out of 5 Americans who have a desk job, it is even more important to bring some healthy, vital movement & breath into your workday.

Here are 5 poses you can integrate into your workplace that fit into a cubicle.


Printable versionDesk Yoga

Feel free to share with your coworkers!

YogAscent ~ What does it Mean?

27 Jan

I have had a number of people recently inquire about YogAscent, the name I chose to represent my yoga offerings.  Synchronistically, the breaking it down to the word “scent” works, as I often use doTERRA Essential Oils in my classes and I enjoy the many fragrances and their relaxing and therapeutic effects.  But that was not my intention in using this name.

Yoga + Ascent:
Heighten Your Practice
Elevate Your Consciousness


I love climbing.  But it doesn’t come easily to me.  So this name, to me, refers to doing the step-by-step-by-step work of ascending a mountain.  It’s not easy, though many points along the way are fantastic.  And the reward–the summit–is more magical than we could have imagined, bringing new perspective, clarity of mind, and a sense of expansion, of peace.  To me, this is the yoga journey.  “Ascent” in YogAscent refers to the process of consciously and systematically rising above our perceived limitations.  Step by step, breath by breath, it refers to going beyond our ordinary existence and finding, connecting to, our True Self.  Gaining access to our highest potential, and living from that place.


On the yoga journey there too is a summit (it has been called God-Realization, Nirvana, merging with the divine, Enlightenment, Samadhi, Ananda, bliss).  We live the journey.  For yogis, there is ever more to unveil, more depth to find, more connection to feel.  It’s the journey that matters, the practice.

So, step by step, breath by breath, we ascend.


TONIGHT! Moving into Stillness …

30 Dec

Embodied Intention Setting for the New Year


Painting by artist Claudia Tremblay

Join Suzy, Sylvia and Jessie for a two and a half hour workshop to help you connect with your body and set a deeply inspired intention for the new year.

Wednesday December 30, 2016
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sedro Woolley Physical Therapy
$5-$15 sliding scale

100% of proceeds will be donated to Animals As Natural Therapy.  ANT offers healing programs based on the knowledge that animals can teach humans important life skills: respect for self and others, trust-building, and clear communication. As a 501(c)3 non-profit, ANT operates out of Windy Acres, a one-hundred-year-old, 5-acre farm in Bellingham. Windy Acres provides a peaceful, secluded spot for animal and human partners to practice their healing work. Over the past decade, ANT has touched the lives of thousands of children and adults.  Learn more here!

The Workshop

Take the classical New Years Resolutions deeper inside for an experience that won’t fade as the year progresses.  When we connect with our physical bodies, we can open a gateway to a deeper truth.  As we listen inward, we can find surprising insights that, if we choose, can guide us through this new year.

This Workshop is open to beginners and all levels.  We will begin with a warm up, exploring gentle yoga and graceful ballet movements led by Sylvia, Certified Registered Yoga Instructor.  Suzy, Yoga Instructor and Licensed Massage Therapist, will guide us through some Tai Chi, Yoga, and neuro-facilitation movements to really connect with flow.  Jessie, Experienced Registered Yoga & Meditation Instructor, will bring us into stillness with a gentle cool down and an Intention-Setting meditation.

Throughout this workshop, we will quiet the mind and connect within to find our highest intention from inside, then set it strongly and affirm it within a supportive community setting, establishing the foundation for a New Year guided by our embodied insights.

No previous yoga experience required.  Bring a mat if you have one, don’t worry if you don’t (yoga mats will be provided).  Bring your friends!  You may RSVP to reserve your spot, or just come join us the day of.


“I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.”


All proceeds benefit Cascade Job Corps HEAL program.

The Instructors

Jessie-ProfileJessie Tierney is a 320-hour Yoga Alliance Certified & Registered Yoga Instructor through the Shambhava School of Yoga.  She is en route to Physical Therapy school, where she plans to integrate yoga, horses, and the outdoors with Physical Therapy for a complete, holistic approach to  healing that addresses the physical, emotional, and subtle body.  Yoga transformed Jessie’s life in profound ways, and she is deeply honored to offer this empowering practice to others.  She currently teaches at the Sedro Woolley Center for Holistic Wellness.  Learn more about Jessie at and; contact her via phone 312.857.3454 or Jessie Yoga at gmail dot com.

suzieSuzy Cornell was born and raised in Seattle, WA and received her BA in Physical Education from Western Washington University in 1985.  She has over 20 years experience in the field of Adult Fitness and has taught Yoga and Pilates for over 10 years.  She received her yoga certification from Pacific Yoga at The Yoga Tree in Seattle, and has continued her education through YogaFit, Inc, obtaining certifications in Levels 1-5, Prenatal Yoga and YogaFit for Seniors.  She was certified in Pilates through Balance Within in Redmond.  She currently teaches at the Sedro Woolley Center for Holistic Wellness.  Learn more about Suzy at, contact her via phone 206.669.0857 or email her from her site.

Sylvia_TraskSylvia Trask began practicing yoga at age 10, inspired by the quiet it brought her inside.  She studies her yoga bible, Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar.  Sylvia has shared her practice for four decades in many settings: on the trail with fellow backpackers and trail maintenance friends, in the classroom, in ballet and yoga studios, and naturally into whatever setting she finds herself in.  Yoga is a central element in Sylvia’s life and flows freely into everything else, including ballet, massage therapy and her gardens.  Sylvia currently teaches yoga at the Woolley Market three days per week.  Contact Sylvia for more information: 360-707-8321.

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(flier coming soon)

New Punch Cards

2 Dec

Punch Cards

If your punch card has expired, come in for classes in December-quick!  All expired punch cards will be purged January 1st.  

Starting in January, punch cards will expire 3 months to the day from when they were purchased.  It is my intention that this will help you make the commitment to prioritize your yoga practice and come consistently to class.  This way, the class can progress and we can all grow together!

10 classes for $100
The best value for those of you who intend to come regularly to yoga.  This option gives you three months for ten classes.  That’s $5 off each class – a tremendous $50 savings!

8 classes for $90
This is a good option if you’re looking for a great value but might not be as consistent with classes.  This option gives you three months to attend eight classes and saves you $30.

Drop in rate is $15 per class

How to purchase
Punch cards can be purchased in person with Jessie or online at my secure shop (I can ship them to you or give them to you when you attend your first yoga class).  Punch cards are a great holiday gift idea!

Both class passes expire three months from the date of purchase.


Note:  Punch cards can now be used for either Back Care Yoga classes on Fridays (must RSVP ahead of time with 48 hours notice of need to cancel for a refund – no exceptions) or All Levels Yoga Classes on Thursday nights.