Today we’d like to introduce you to Jessica Fawcett.
Jessica, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I began my yoga teaching journey in 2015 when I joined a training in Bali with Jolie Manza (founder of YogaKoh) after quitting my job and knowing nothing more than I needed things to change. The previous year and a half had been pretty destabilizing. My father passed away in 2014 and in the wake of losing him, I spent over a year in a legal battle with a woman I had grown up thinking of as family. My whole view of the way things worked in the world had shattered.
It was this experience that forced me to recognize that I only had one life, and I needed to spend it in a way that not only serve others, but that would feed my soul as well. Up until then, I had been going through the motions- nothing more. Nothing deeper. So, I took a leap and ran off to Bali to see if a deep study in yoga could help steer me in the right direction. It was during my training and time spent in Bali that I began to actually learn how to listen to myself. To really figure out what I was feeling and what it meant. With a strong background in ballet and many years as a yoga student, things finally began to make sense. Self-discovery, growth, and healing through working with the wisdom of the physical body. That was what I was supposed to do.
I returned to the states and immediately began teaching yoga. It was during my time in Northern VA that I met a yoga teacher named Marni Sclaroff who became my mentor and one of my best friends. Working with her changed everything. I continued to dive deeper in my ability to answer questions for myself, from the depths of my soul and actually cultivate the courage to follow the information I was uncovering. It was a big change from the way I had been living; surveying everyone around me for what I “should” do, without even a thought about what I actually wanted or needed. I then made it my mission to make this the central point of my teaching. Supporting others in doing the same.
During this time, I was also teaching yoga to children with physical, developmental and emotional disabilities. And the mission was always the same. Support my students in tapping into their own wisdom and strength so that they may grow. No matter where they were or where they wanted to go.
The final step in my journey was attending a Prenatal Yoga and Doula training in VA. As I was signing up for the training, I was also literally asking my friend “So… what exactly IS a doula?” It took only about an hour into the Doula portion of the training for me to know this was the next piece. Taking what I had learned through yoga and bringing it to women in labor and childbirth. The body holds all of the wisdom and strength we will ever need. I help people access it.
Moving back to Boulder in September of 2018 has been such a gift. There is something so powerful and nurturing about the mountains, and I am overjoyed to be back. I have also found that there are so many other women here forging their own paths, different from the traditional business or corporate trajectory, and it is so inspiring to be around.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I joke with people that up until now, I have had more careers to date than most people do in a lifetime. I just kept searching, never settling for anything that didn’t feel right. I look back sometimes and think that if I had stuck with one line of work straight out of college, I may be pretty far up the ladder by now. But would I be happy? Would I be doing work that I believed to be meaningful AND have the fortune of living my life in a way that gives me the space to do the things that feed my soul. The chances are low.
It’s not easy making a change and starting over or being the new person in your field, but what you learn about yourself in the process is worth it.
My advice to anyone looking for their purpose is to keep your eyes open. Consider every opportunity that crosses your path, and never be afraid to change your mind. The key is just to keep going in the direction that feels right until it doesn’t. Then reassess. Life is too short to stay in something that doesn’t light you up.
Please tell us about SoulWise Yoga and Birth Services.
I am a Yoga Teacher and Professional Birth and Postpartum Doula. In both lines of work, my mission is the same. Support people in tapping into their own strength and wisdom. It’s already there. These days, we just aren’t taught how to access it. Whether it’s calming the mind enough to figure out what your next step in life is, to entering the process of labor and birth with confidence and presence, or practicing yoga to unlock blockages or challenges in the physical workings of the body, we each already have what we need. I just help people reach it within themselves.
I teach Yoga at Yoga Junction in Louisville and MamaLove in Boulder. I also offer private in home yoga instruction as well as teach at schools and businesses. As a Birth Doula I support expectant mothers in the prenatal time period with information on how to best take care of themselves and to prepare for the arrival of babe. At the birth I am there to support mom with comfort measures (hands on, the use of water in the tub, food and nourishment etc.) throughout labor and birth. I am also there as a support for the partner, making sure they have everything they need in order be fully present for the birthing mother. As a Postpartum Doula I come into the home and help the family adjust to and learn their new way of living with their newest family member. In both settings, I view it as providing the support our relatives historically used to receive from neighborhood women or extended family members. It brings the community aspect back into the birth and welcoming baby home process.
I teach both Vinyasa and Prenatal Yoga, as well as Yoga for children with disabilities. As a Doula, I support women and families in the prenatal, birth, and postpartum period of their lives in any way that best serves them. I pride myself on having a strong intuition on what others need in order to evolve, heal, or take the next step. I can read a situation or a person’s body well enough that I know where the focus and support needs to be. This includes both on the yoga mat, in the hospital at birth, or at home as a new family is learning and adjusting to life with a newborn. In some cases, it has been all three!
Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
Growing up, I studied ballet very seriously. It took a lot of commitment and willingness to acknowledge that I could always find ways to improve and grow. I think learning those concepts at a young age have definitely influenced how I work now. I’m always studying, learning, and looking to evolve in my work. Staying active and healthy was also a big priority when I was young. I always knew there was something important about being connected to my body. Refining, conditioning, and fine-tuning the way it works. It was in college, at CU as a dance major, that I began to discover how much depth there is in understanding yourself through physical work. Yoga definitely takes me to my edges in that way.
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