Holiday Gift Bags!

28 Nov

I hope you all have received a holiday gift bag from our wonderful circle of local healers (just scroll down to meet them!) by now.  If not, join me for a yoga class and pick one up!

My contribution to the bags was a small dram of doTERRA essential oil for you to enjoy this holiday season.  Your dram contains one of the following oils (which are my personal favorites!), plus MANY more goodies complements of Jelan …  Read on to learn more about how to enjoy your doTERRA oils and meet the practitioners responsible for your gift bags!

Balance_15mlBalance® Grounding Blend

  • USES: Aromatic, Topical, No Dilution Needed
  • Promotes whole-body relaxation
  • Soothes sore muscles and joints
  • Evokes feelings of tranquility and balance

OnGuard_15mlOnGaurd® Protective Blend

  • USES: Aromatic, Topical, Internal, Dilute for young or sensitive skin
  • Supports healthy immune function
  • Protects against environmental threats
  • Cleanses surfaces
  • Purifies the skin while promoting healthy circulation
  • Energizing and uplifting aroma

AromaTouch_15mlAromaTouch® Massage Blend

  • USES: Aromatic, Topical, No Dilution Needed
  • Relaxes muscles and soothes joints
  • Promotes circulation
  • Supports a healthy inflammatory response


  • Uses: Aromatic, topical – no need for dilution, internal
  • Widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities
  • Soothes occasional skin irritations
  • Helps skin recover quickly
  • Eases muscle tension

Slim & Sassy®  Metabolic Blendslimsassy_15ml

  • Uses: aromatic, topical and internal
  • Promotes healthy metabolism
  • Helps manage hunger cravings
  • Calms your stomach and lifts your mood
  • Diuretic stimulant and calorie free

How to use Essential Oils

There are so many ways for you to enjoy your oils!

  • A few drops on the clay charm necklace that is included in your gift bag!
  • One drop on the wrist, rub wrists together, then rub on your neck near your lymph nodes
  • Add to a witch hazel spray for a yoga mat cleaner or all-purpose household cleaner
  • Rub a drop or two into the bottoms of your feet

A Note from Jelan:

The Holiday Gift Bags are up and running!  Much thanks and gratitude goes out to this amazing circle of healers for making these little bits of holiday cheer such a huge success!  I could not have done it with out you!

I would like to acknowledge T. L. Garrett of Mountain Sunrise Pottery for creating the darling little charms you will find in your gift bag.  Teri does beautiful pottery.  Many of you have seen some of her pieces in my salon.  She specializes in “functional ~ unique ~ wearable ~ beautiful” pieces.  You may contact her at or 406-696-5195 for customized orders.

The charm has not been glazed on purpose.  It is porous to hold and absorb a drop or two of an essential oil to carry your aroma therapy blend with you throughout the day.  They may be worn as a necklace or simply placed near you on your desk, in your car, on your nightstand, wherever you wish.  They make a nice addition to your meditation / prayer practice, or simply to freshen the air in a stuffy environment.  One drop of essential oil will last for several days.  If you have questions about essential oils or would like to purchase additional oils, contact Jessie.  Enjoy!

In addition to the charms, you will find a few small tumbled stones with a brief description of the healing properties for which they may be used.  To use a stone for healing purposes, take a moment or two to think about an area in your life that you would either like to cultivate or release while holding the stone.  Then simply carry the stone with you in your purse or pocket, or place on your dresser, nightstand, or special place to serve as a gentle reminder to yourself of your intention to create positive change in your life.  Explore your heart and mind and Play!

Wishing Each of You and Your Families a Wonderful Holiday Season!

Many Blessings,


Practitioners you’ll find in your Gift Bag!

Jelan Petersen, Reiki Master / Teacher, Cosmetologist, Proprietor, The Reiki Sylist


“Bringing Beauty to the Body, Mind & Spirit”

Jelan offers a unique healing opportunity for her clients.  Combining the healing energies of unconditional Love and Compassion with traditional salon & spa services, offers a relaxed, fun and safe environment to facilitate subtle shifts of perspective while chatting about day to day events.  Deep healing experiences take place effortlessly as conversations bring issues to the surface.  The energetic environment within the salon offers a reprieve from the outside world, allowing one to connect with their own divine self, relax, rejuvenate, and release.  Healing sessions may be scheduled for more in-depth exploration of your inner being.  Classes may also be scheduled to learn how to connect more clearly with your intuition to heal yourself and others using the healing energy of Reiki.

Jelan combines the healing practices of Reiki,Theta Healing®, Crystal Therapy and her Intuitive Knowledge in her practice.

Hadea Tift, Owner of Skagit Community Acupuncture, Licensed & Board Certified Acupuncturist, Chief Creator

Hadea1Skagit Community Acupuncture provides a radical and yet sensible solution to feeling better on a budget, treating multiple people per hour so that you can afford to come often enough to get better while not breaking the bank.  SCA is a part of a network of practitioners across the country (200 strong!) who believe in offering acupuncture in an affordable setting.  All are individually owned and operated, connected solely by a common goal.

Trained at Bastyr, Hadea uses a Japanese style of needling which is gentle.  She practices distal treatments – meaning that no matter what she is treating (from headaches to back pain to hormonal or digestive issues) she uses acupuncture points that are on your legs, arms, and your head.  Schedule an appointment to experience this unique and effective healing experience for yourself.

Kathleen Sweeney, Reflexologist and owner of the Sedro Woolley Center of Holistic Wellness

Kathleen offers a blend of her many gifts out of the Center of Holistic Wellness, drawing from her most beloved trainings including Intuitive Reflexology, Reiki Raindrop therapy, Structural Relief Therapy, Aromatherapy, custom essential oil blends & perfumes, and plain old fashioned listening!

The Center hosts a lending library, fair trade & local gift store (stop in!), and a myriad of resources including classes, workshops, and healing practitioners to help you find community, wholeness and healing on a deep level.  Sign up for Kathleen’s e-mail list by clicking here.

Suzy Cornell, LMP, CPT, Structural Medicine Specialist, Yoga & Pilates Instructor and owner of Body Free

Suzy Cornell

Suzy integrates her many advanced trainings in the healing arts with an extensive movement background to empower her clients to achieve a high level of freedom and functional ability in their lives.  Through Body Free, she offers hourlong or two-hour massage, Aromatouch, Functional Movement Screens and Structural Medicine treatments out of Concrete and Sedro Woolley.  She also teaches a weekly yoga class at the Center of Holistic Wellness.

Jessie Tierney, Experienced Registered Yoga Instructor & Physical Therapist Aide

Jessie-ProfileI teach therapeutic yoga and offer workshops around the Skagit Valley.  From Therapeutic Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Back Care Yoga and even Horseback Yoga, it is my deepest love to share the benefits of this life-changing practice to all.  I supplement my yoga teaching (and my life) with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade doTERRA essential oils, which I am thrilled to be sharing with all of you.  You can sign up for my e-mail list by clicking here (be sure you check the box that corresponds to your interests!).


DIY all-natural yoga mat cleaner

6 Nov

It’s a great idea to keep your yoga mat clean, and if you love the mat cleaner I provide at SWPT Yoga Classes and Back Care Classes at the Center, you’ll be happy to know that it’s made with love from all natural ingredients, and it is super simple to make your own.  Here is how!

The Recipe

  • 1 cup distilled water
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil (You can use any essential oil you love!  Balance is another favorite, and DoTerra is an awesome company to get pure therapeutic grade essential oils from)

Just shake well, spray down your mat (it doesn’t take much) and wipe dry with a cloth.  Let your mat dry for a few minutes before you roll it up. That’s all it takes for a clean and happy yoga mat!

I sometimes like to spray my mat before my practice so it smells super nice in bhaktasana.

Yoga_ToesHappy cleaning!

General Mat Care

  • If you want a more heavy-duty clean, it is also possible to put your yoga mat into the washing machine on a gentle cycle (cold or warm ~ not hot) with natural laundry detergent.  This is how I usually clean the hayloft yoga mats.  You’ll have to hang your mat to dry.  Another option is to clean it off while you shower!
  • If your mat is super-duper dirty and you want a strong disinfectant, fill the tub up with lukewarm water and vinegar (3:1 ratio if you want to be exact).  Submerge your mat for at least twenty minutes.  Rinse and hang dry.
  • Avoid sunlight exposure or keeping your mat in an area that is close to a heat vent.  It’s a good idea to avoid storing your mat in your car.  It will last longer this way.
  • Some rubber mats, like the eco-friendly Jade Yoga mat pictured above, are better washed with just soap and water (no oils).  Here’s what the company suggests:

“As Jade yoga mats act like sponges – and hold water, we recommend simply wiping the surface of your mat on a regular basis with plain water. If your mat needs an occasional deep cleaning, that is fine, but you should be aware that as Jade mats act like sponges, holding soap and water, you must be prepared to thoroughly rinse and dry your mat. You can wash your mats by soaking in a bathtub, hosing it off or in a front loading washing machine (no agitator) on gentle. We recommend a mild soap. Do not use oils, solvents or harsh abrasives. The yoga mat should then be hung or laid flat to dry. DO NOT DRY IN OR ALLOW PROLONGED EXPOSURE TO DIRECT SUNLIGHT.”

Woo, they’re serious about avoiding direct sunlight.

  • If you are in the market for a yoga mat, you might check into this review of a few mats by Consumer Search.

Free Yoga Class & Celebration!

28 Oct

The Center of Holistic Wellness in Sedro Woolley, WA

This Thursday, October 29th, join Jessie Tierney, E-RYT for a FREE YOGA CLASS, CELEBRATION, and MEDITATION at the Sedro Woolley Center for Holistic Wellness!  (Note: this is the last Thursday Night Yoga class at the Center ~ click for details).


7:00 – 8:00 PM  Yoga Class

8:00 – 8:30 PM Celebration
(wine & chocolate)

8:30 – 9:00 PM Mantra Meditation

Join us!

 … as a heartfelt thank you to all my yoga students who have enabled this class to grow even beyond the walls of the Center!  We will surely miss the ambiance of this special practice space (but if you miss it too much, take a class with Suzy and Cindy, who have classes on Tuesdays & Thursdays, and sign up for Back Care Yoga with me on Friday mornings which will continue out of the Center.  Also, watch for upcoming Yoga Workshops, like Restorative Yoga, Chakra…

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1000 Hours of Teaching

16 Oct

I am very excited to announce that I have officially taught 1,000 hours of yoga since graduating from my first teacher training at Om Ananda Yoga in 2010!


I am feeling such deep, heartfelt gratitude toward each and every one of you that I have had the privilege of sharing yoga with, for truly being my teachers as I learned how to guide you through your practice, developing a relationship with your bodies, your breath and (my hope) your True Self.  I have grown so much from the opportunity to observe, connect, give and receive on this journey.  Thank you!

I often joke that I teach because I’m selfish: I feel that I gain so much more than my students do from the practice of teaching yoga.  It doesn’t matter what my mental state is walking into a class, teaching demands a presence of mind that immediately gives me clarity—everything I thought I was so worried about falls away as I attune to my students’ breath, bodies and needs.  And as I guide students through pranayama, or a simple deep body scan, it’s like a contact high: I feel the benefits immediately, amplified from the group.  As we take care of ourselves, we in effect are taking care of the world around us, cultivating a way of being that is centered and at peace.  There is a tangible, measurable difference.  So it’s really totally selfish to teach yoga: I want a better world for me, so I help you feel better in your body!

Being a teacher is a privilege, and it is my duty to honor that opportunity by living consciously and integrating my own practice into my life so that I can best serve my community.  Teaching yoga has always been more of a way to connect with something beyond myself rather than an intellectual exercise.  For me, it’s like stepping into my truest self, getting out of the way, and letting my intuitive, inner knowing guide me.  I have searched but never have I found something that is more rewarding: teaching yoga feeds my entire life, my body, my mind, and most of all my spirit.  I am most present, most authentic and connected with my blissful Self when I am teaching.  It’s the most awesome feeling ever!

To become a good teacher, one must have great teachers.  I know I would certainly not be where I am today if it weren’t for the many incredible mentors I have been blessed with.  Even before I was official, I had tremendous encouragement and support to begin teaching yoga at The Nature Place and to friends at Sanborn.  From my very first yoga class in Chicago to the incredible experiences with my beloved teachers and friends at Om Ananda, the Chicago Ashram and Shoshoni, I am in awe of my great fortune to have a vast support network of exceptional beings who inspire and propel me.  I feel tremendous gratitude toward the spiritual master who has guided so many of the teachers I admire and has guided so very much of my own growth, Babaji Shambhavananda.  I love you all!

I know that letters and designations don’t really mean much of anything when it comes to the quality of a human being.  I have had yoga teachers in the past who never did an official yoga training but were so adept at self-study that they had far more impact than others who had been to many advanced trainings by the world’s “leading” yoga instructors, who had all the letters and numbers attached to their names but were lacking what really mattered as a teacher—heart.  My ultimate goal is simple: to be the best yoga teacher I can be, living authentically with a deep connection to my True Self.  To be the change I wish to see in the world.  To grow spiritually.

I also know that letters and numbers and designations mean something in our society, and are useful and helpful in some realms.  A worldly goal of mine is to attend an advanced yoga teacher training at Shoshoni Yoga Ashram sometime in the coming year, to grow closer to my teacher, to grow deeper in my meditation practice, and to become an RYT-500 before I begin my tenure as a physical therapy student in the fall of 2016.  These goals are very much within reach as I celebrate this milestone of 1,000 teaching hours.  Horray!

Oh, and here’s a secret.  When I first started teaching, I had no idea what I was doing, almost all of the time.  And that was okay.

Thank you all for being a part of my journey.  I am truly enriched, and I look forward to many, many more hours of practice together.


BIOL 349 Physiology Research Project at WWU

9 Sep


In my Human Physiology course at Western Washington University, we were asked to conduct a research study on a topic of our choice.   My Physiology Lab partners and I studied the impact of Pranayama and Viparita Karani on mean arterial pressure (MAP is a measure of blood pressure) in college-age women.  Above you can see our poster and below a figure from our paper.


Figure 3. Average percent change in mean arterial pressure (MAP) for the treatment and control groups during three time intervals: Posture/Breathing shows the difference between Stages 1 and 2, Recovery is between Stages 2 and 3, and Overall shows the difference between Stages 1 and 3. Error bars show standard error (Tierney et al 2015).

While we did not find a statistically signifiant difference in MAP resulting form the posture; however, we did find that a simple, 5-minute Pranayama practice reduces MAP.  I invite you to have a look at our paper and also take five minutes to practice breathing to the recording I prepared for the study.

Here is a link to the paper.

Here is a link to the breathing recording.

On a side note, our group’s project won Best Poster in our class.
Great work, ladies!


Children’s Yoga at Valley Kids Therapy

31 Jul

This fun class is open to all past and present patients at Valley Kids Therapy in Mount Vernon

Suggested $5 donation

RSVP required

KidsYogaSubscribe to Jessie’s Yoga e-mail list here.

In case you missed it …

22 Jul

The long-awaited Yoga Blanket Folding How-To Video … for your viewing and learning pleasure, from the comfort of your own home!

I have joked so many times about needing to teach an entire class dedicated to the art of yoga blanket folding.  Here’s to spending less time figuring out how to fold a blanket and more time in the juicy postures that we love so much!

Happy folding!


In Gratitude

7 Jul

If you haven’t tried a Hayloft Yoga class yet, don’t let Summer pass you by without treating yourself to this experience! Read on …

I am overwhelmed with gratitude tonight.  We broke a world record up in the Hayloft … fifteen of us lined out our mats and squeezed into the space between hay bales above horse stalls for practice.  I saw kind new faces and dear old friends, and was completely overcome by a sweet, nourishing sense of community.


Sometimes when a large group gets together, it feels scattered or rambunctious, but tonight’s practice was deeply quiet.  Even the swooping, singing barn swallows calmed and came to a landing as we listened to our breath, connected inside, and began to move with awareness.  The loft felt transformed into a kind of sanctuary, lulled by the horses methodically chewing their dinner, shrouded in a beautiful sense of peace.  It was magical to be a part of.

Barn_Aisle_chickens_horseThis type of feeling takes practice.  It is not something that comes so natural or easy for many of us, although as my…

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26 Jun

Don’t miss this intriguing story on NPR about why many indigenous cultures are free from back pain, and what we can learn from them.  You can listen online.


Primal posture: Ubong tribesmen in Borneo (right) display the perfect J-shaped spines. A woman in Burkina Faso (left) holds her baby so that his spine stays straight. The center image shows the S-shaped spine drawn in a modern anatomy book (Fig. I) and the J-shaped spine (Fig. II) drawn in the 1897 anatomy book Traite d’Anatomie Humaine.


5 Minute Pranayama

2 Jun

Today my physiology colleagues and I presented our poster at WWU, where we studied the impacts of Pranayama (breathing) and Viparita Karani (inverted pose or legs up the wall pose) on blood pressure in college-age women.

Our results showed that a 5-minute breathing practice significantly lowered blood pressure from a baseline measurement. The above recording was what we used for participants in all trials. The cool thing is it only takes 5 minutes to create a measurable change!

Breathe deep,


Adventure Yoga Retreat!

23 May

A Biking Yoga Beach Picnic!

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 10.27.21 PMHere’s the scoop:

Saturday, June 27th
10:00 am – 2:30ish (?) pm
Pack a lunch, wear your suit, and bring your bike!

Join us for a leisurely bike ride down the Cascade Trail, where we’ll end at the sandy banks of the Skagit River for a gentle yoga practice, followed by a packed lunch, a dip in the river (it’s going to be a scorcher on Saturday!) and soaking in the sun.  Hope you can come.  Invite a friend!.  Free, in celebration of summer and connecting with Nature!

  • Meet at the small crushed gravel parking lot on Polte Road, just off Township.  We’ll take off at 10am, so arrive in time to unload your bike and pack your backpack.The_Route
  • Bike down the Cascade Trail about 6.8 miles (Google Maps estimates it takes 33 minutes, but we’ll take it easy and stop many times to really take in the scenic farmland & foothills views)
  • We’ll reach the Ann Wolfred River Edge Park, secure our bikes, and walk to the sandy banks of the Skagit River, where we will:
    • Practice yoga in the sand
    • Eat our packed lunches
    • Swim in the river
    • Lounge in the sun
    • Watch for birds and salmon
  • Then we’ll bike back home!


Above, one of the first glimpses of the Skagit River along the way, the perfect spot for a brief Sun Salutation and a few choice poses to help balance a biking-body (that may or may not be in the best biking shape!).

Donation-only for this fun festivity.  Bring your own water and lunch (and sunsrcreen!).

Please RSVP by replying below, joining on facebook or contacting Jessie

Blanket Folding 101

29 Apr

The long-awaited Yoga Blanket Folding How-To Video … for your viewing and learning pleasure, from the comfort of your own home!


I have joked so many times about needing to teach an entire class dedicated to the art of yoga blanket folding.  Here’s to spending less time figuring out how to fold a blanket and more time in the juicy postures that we love so much!

Happy folding!


I am now a doTERRA person, and Yoga Classes are going to smell AWESOME!

23 Apr

I am excited to announce that I have recently signed on with doTERRA and will be using more essential oils in yoga classes than ever before!  Also, stay tuned for essential oils-infused yoga & meditation workshops and classes, coming soon!

And if you like, you can order oils online through my Wellness Advocate page (retail prices).  If you’re interested in the oils and intend to use them frequently, you might consider joining doTERRA ($35 for the first year) to get all wholesale prices.  I would be so excited hook you up!

Jesie's doTERRA page

It’s been very fun to learn more about the benefits of essential oils, and in my experience with doTERRA, the quality really does make a big difference.

My most profound experience so far has been with using the Balance oil blend: I rub it on my wrists every day before I head to school and have been impressed by the subtle yet steady reduction in my anxiety this quarter.  Nathan and I have been calming our seasonal allergies and his sinus troubles with the Breathe oil blend.  I just sent a bottle of doTERRA’s Deep Blue Muscle Rub to my parents and I can’t wait to hear what they think of it!

I have been struck by the quality difference in these oils versus oils I’v purchased in the past from the CoOp or Sup-Supp’s.  I never much cared for the smell of lavender oil because it felt sort of sharp and abrasive when I smelled it (definitely not what I was expecting when I thought it would calm me to sleep), but when I smelled the doTERRA lavender, it was sweet, soothing and just delightful.  Same with Tea Tree Oil: other brands typically need dilution and I’ve even burned my skin, whereas doTERRA’s Melaleuca is soothing, smells nicer, and can be applied topically without the burning sensations I’ve had with other oils.

I’m really getting into the healing properties of these wonderful oils, and I can’t wait to share more with my community!

New! Calendar of Yoga Classes!

25 Mar

I am excited to announce that I now have a go-to calendar for all Yoga classes, workshops, events and more, thanks to Google Calendar.  You’ll be able to find this calendar on my Yoga Classes page on the YogAscent site and on my home page on the Horseback Yoga site.  I hope you find this useful!



Just Breathe.

24 Mar

Ginger Garner, a Physical Therapist and Yoga Instructor, writes in The Amazing Diaphragm about the research on breath control and how breathing quality can be an indicator of other health concerns.  A great read!

Here is an excerpt:

As little as a few minutes of deep breathing can begin to change your stress response and improve your health.

Ginger Garner

Also, enjoy a sweet, related article by Rolf Sovik called Drawing the Diaphragm.

Breath awareness is a practice you can do at home, any time.  Notice your breath.  See if you can, without too much effort, lengthen and slow the duration of your in-breath.  You may choose to count.  As you exhale, can you allow the out-breath to last a few beats longer?  Continuing in this way for just 2-4 minutes can result in big impacts on your health and happiness!