Jessica Patterson (ERYT500, C-IAYT) has been practicing and discovering yoga since 1993, during which time she has had the great privilege of exploring and learning through many methods, approaches and teachers. Her formal training as a teacher began with a 200-hour program in Colorado Springs. As her own yoga practice deepened, so too did her understanding of its profound transformative and regenerative power. She sought out more and more opportunities to learn and grow as both practitioner and teacher, pursuing training with diverse teachers across lineage and tradition.
Jessica completed her certification as a Yoga Therapist through the Inner Peace Yoga Therapy program in 2013, and has since served as program facilitator since 2014, and as faculty on the Chakras & Healing since 2019. Her work as a Yoga Therapist complements and expands what she is able to offer individuals and groups.
As founder and director of the 7-month, 230-hour RootEd Apprenticeship Teacher Training Program, Jessica leads small intimate groups of students more deeply into the embodied experience of yoga. And in 2015, she opened Root: Center for Yoga and Sacred Studies, a Colorado Springs-based sanctuary for the community that has inspired her work all of these years. In 2020, she began offering upRootEdII: the UNtraining a year-long course that honors the actual Roots (plural) of Yoga(s) as sacred work by re-contextualizing it in the profound and complex histories/herstories, and to share what she is able to share (“through my own limited experience as a fellow student,” she would add) in service of supporting the experiential, the personal, and the actualization of these principles. She is currently embarking as a doctoral student in Religious Studies through the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology, where her studies in the traditions will continue to unfold.