Jackie Prete

Photo of certified Anusara yoga instructor Jackie Prete

I am deeply influenced by my teacher, John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga. So much has shifted in the past 13 years. I was searching for a teacher who could connect me to my heart and give me the tools to help me and my students get out of pain. Going to his workshops and trainings was such a revelation. By following his elegant Universal Principles of Alignment that came out of a deep understanding of the body’s biomechanics, I finally understood that the body heals itself once it is in good alignment. What a gift!

The first principle of Anusara yoga, Open to Grace, says it all. When you open to the gifts the universe freely offers, you are never without support. This system teaches us to see the beauty in ourselves and in our students. My heart softened. I feel more joy and enthusiasm for this amazing experience of having a body. This philosophy says that life is essentially good and if we learn to really strengthen ourselves not from the outside but from the inside out, no matter what comes our way, we have unlimited capacity for fulfillment.

My classes combine both rigor and lightheartedness. I know I have done my job when my students feel better about themselves at the end of class. They feel lighter and less burdened by the troubles they brought to class that day. I encourage students with therapeutic issues to come to class or to a one-on-one session so that they may have a deeper understanding of how to move out of pain and to be able to return to class restored and healed.

There is always laughter and stillness in my classes. There is an opportunity to go in and recognize where we are and where we have been. There is a spontaneity that comes from a shared enthusiasm to see what’s next. Where is my limit today? Can I expand that limit in a way that is safe? Can I experience more freedom, less pain and more joy? This is the invitation in each class.

I feel so blessed to be able to share Anusara Yoga in my classes at the World Yoga Center, Pure Yoga at Equinox Fitness Clubs, and at Studio Yoggy in Japan. My great joy is seeing the transformation in my students and the teacher training programs, immersions and retreats I co-lead with Rudrani Farbman, director of the World Yoga Center and a gifted meditation teacher.

Comments

Wonderful, open teacher

I have truly enjoyed Jackie's classes at the 92nd St. Equinox. She has such a wonderful energy and she really helps me improve my practice.

Ah Jackie ~ yes indeed

True words of a true teacher. Much gratitude! The students at Equinox surely love you....

Stephanie

awesome teacher!

Jackie is inspirational with her positive energy and sense of humor. I might be an official groupie!

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