Jessica’s fascination with the human body led her to pursue her degrees in Exercise Science and Clinical Nutrition at University at Buffalo. While working on her Masters degree, Jessica was drawn to yoga for its stress relief and physical benefits. She quickly fell in love with the asana practice and knew it would be an integral part of her life forever. Over the last year, Jessica has dedicated herself to the practice of yoga as a lifestyle and has been blessed physically, emotionally, and mentally by its gifts. Yoga has made her more flexible, patient, loving, and fearless both on and off the mat. Her conscious decision to exist in Divine Love has brought her much joy, fulfillment and appreciation of the present moment.
Jessica completed her 200-hour training at Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja, Mexico in 2015. Her teaching style reflects her personal practice. She provides a playful environment where she promotes growth in ones practice by offering different variations, while providing a compassionate setting for all levels of practice. Jessica believes that a supportive community is a fundamental aspect of yoga and is extremely excited to join us at OWM Yoga Downtown!
Spencer believes yoga is a powerful vehicle of direct personal experience for both physical and spiritual transformation, acknowledging the guru within each of us as the driver.
Spencer first came to yoga in 2008 as a stressed out student at Erie Community College who needed one more credit hour to qualify as studying full-time. He immediately knew he made a life changing decision and fell in love with the practice. Since then his practice has taken many forms and many intentions, from practicing hot yoga to successfully losing and keeping off over thirty pounds, to practicing vinyasa and hatha yoga to recover from a long-standing running injury. In 2015 Spencer completed his 200 Hour Classical Hatha Teacher Training in the lineage of Sri Ramana Maharshi at Kaivalya Yoga Ashram in San Marcos, Guatemala. An intrepid world traveler, he has taught yoga to other backpackers throughout Latin America as well as to children with critical medical needs and their families as part of his work with the SeriousFun Children’s Network of summer camps.
Spencer’s teaching style reflects his own practice of finding stillness in every asana and his belief in making yoga accessible to all people and helping them reconnect to a higher sense of Oneness. A passionate advocate of experiential education, Spencer continues to educate himself through yoga workshops, believing in the mantra of Yogi Bhajan “If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it.”
Carolyn began her yoga journey at a local gym. She first walked into a yoga class because a personal trainer who suggested that she take a group class. Over the next few years her interest in yoga began to grow and her attention began to shift to proper alignment in poses. Her personal yoga practice had grown and made her feel better both inside and out. After about a year of teaching at the gym she enrolled in the Himalayan Institute’s 200 hour teacher certification course here in Buffalo. She is enjoying her ongoing journey through life and yoga. Carolyn’s hope for any individual who decides to give yoga a try, is that they begin to enjoy their own journey too.