“Ten years ago this March, I taught my first yoga class in Clonakilty. I had qualified as a teacher the same month that my daughter Edie was born. So, as I was keen to start teaching, I set up a mother and Baby yoga class, with the ‘helpful’ assistance of my new born”.
And so this newborn yoga business began. The mother and Baby yoga classes that Jessica Hatchett taught were soon overtaken by her dynamic, energising and restorative yoga classes in Clonakilty and Skibbereen.
The first few years of business were quiet but steady. “It wasn’t easy and lucrative having just one or two people in my classes for years, but I knew that if I showed commitment and enthusiasm it would pay off. Also I love teaching yoga and get a huge sense of satisfaction and pride when I see how yoga benefits my students”.
So Jessica Hatchett’s reputation as a committed, knowledgeable and down-to-earth teacher spread and grew, and so did her classes and students.
“Having wanted to try Yoga for years, I kept putting it off because I found it slightly intimidating Your classes however, are so inclusive that I feel anyone of any level would be able to try it. Your ability to explain the poses and movements so that they are easily understandable is astounding. I absolutely love the classes. I genuinely believe that since starting, my awareness and mindfulness have increased hugely. Without exaggerating, your classes are changing my life!” Louise O’Neill
Because yoga is such an effective tool at developing physical, mental and emotional health — demystifying the practice and making it accessible and enjoyable to everyone is so important. Tension, be it physical or mental, is very damaging and Yoga helps to identify the tension and release it. The tension could even be the trauma of walking into your first yoga class and feeling like the most unfit, inflexible person on the planet (which most people do). Then as you relax into the class, and realise that you are able to join in and actually enjoy it, the tension releases and you leave feeling much better about yourself (which most people do).
“In my classes, my intention is always to help people to connect with themselves. To help them release and let go of tension and stress…To support my students to grow and become stronger…To try new things and challenge themselves in a way that’s exciting and rewarding.”
“Having not practiced in your class before, I was anxious that your style of yoga might not suit me. I need not have worried. Your approach incorporates many styles, from very physical to relaxing, as well as the psychological implications of yoga. Jess you are a knowledgeable, inspiring and intuitive instructor.” Aisling Lane
On top of her regular weekly classes Jessica’s real passion at the moment is running retreats. She holds yoga weekends at Dzogchen Beara a few times a year and has also been asked to run a retreat later in the year at Ballinlough Castle in WestMeath.
“These yoga weekends are such a wonderful way to really get to the heart and soul of what yoga is about. I feel so privileged to be able to work at Dzogchen Beara, which is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places, and practicing yoga all weekend here is truly the most restorative and uplifting experience you can have.”
“I cannot begin to describe how wonderful the retreat was. I learnt so much and really developed my personal practice. Everything from the instruction to the food to the setting was magical. It was an amazing experience and I look forward to the next one!” Michelle Fleming
The next retreat coming up is on April 11,12 and 13 and there are still a few places left.
“I so look forward to seeing where the next 10, 20 maybe 40 years of my yoga teaching will take me and my students”. Yoga is an evolving practice that you never complete, because each time you practice you learn something new. “For me Yoga is more like a supportive and testing companion than a job. As you grow it grows with you teaching you and encouraging you to be the most authentic, alive, passionate and beautiful person that you can be.”
For more information about Jessica’s classes and retreats go to www.yogawestcork.com