Movement Through Life – Jess Glenny

November 24, 2019

#009: Jess Glenny

 
Scott talks to colleague and fellow yoga practitioner Jess Glenny, a London based yoga teacher and educator, on her lifelong dedication to movement practices.  
Those were the days my friend
We thought they’d never end
We’d sing and dance forever and a day
 
Jess is a long term and highly skilled yoga/movement teacher, facilitator and therapist specialising in teaching people how to practice with hypermobility. She brings a personal depth of knowledge to the experience of being hypermobile, dispraxic and autistic, shining a light on how these conditions interact with yoga practice and life.  
 
Jess runs Greenwich and Woolwich Ashtanga yoga self practice classes and yoga therapy session. She also leads courses, intensives and workshops nationally. Jess also has a book, the Yoga Teacher Mentor, coming out in January 2020.  You can find out more about Jess here
 
Jess also has a highly informative blog here

 

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Movement Through Life – Jess Glenny

In this deeply personal conversation Jess share moments of her life that shaped the way she practices yoga and movement. She is incredibly open about her dyspraxia, hypermobility and autistic journey and shares intimately how these have impacted her life. Her courage in meeting these conditions head on shines through and is a deep inspiration to others. Scott and Jess also share their journey of trust as they recollect how Jess felt able to be comfortable practicing in the Stillpoint Yoga London self practice room.

This personal conversation is inspiring, particularly for those who are working through the same conditions that Jess brings up. Jess’ story is one of facing the challenges she found head on, in a beautiful and inspiring way. 

If you like this podcast then also listen to Scott’s conversation with Laura Graham-Dullaert 

Jess talks about:

  • how she got into embodied movement through dance from age 6. How that was truly important for her. 
  • how she was pushed down that this movement was wrong 
  • how she discovered her dyspraxia from an early age. 
  • how she draws on different types of practice to make sense of her experience. 
  • how she first found out that she was hypermobile 
  • explains the differences in hypermobilty syndromes. 
  • talks about the process of having hyper mobility and how it’s not linear. 
  • how Ashtanga yoga really helped her understand her body through the movement principle. 
  • how she came into the Stillpoint room and navigated her relationship with Scott by asking for space and not be helped. 
  • how she navigated her way back into an Ashtanga yoga self practice room. 
  • how she now navigates her needs now. 
  • how practice is about feeling. 
  • how more approaches outside of yoga is needed. 
  • how what she needs in relationship to her autism.
  • how this turned into listening to others needs. 
  • how dancing has been the thread that has run through her life and that has allowed her to thrive. 

Show Notes

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

Jess’s blog on the movement of the mats at SYL. 

 

 

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