Jean is the founder
of Soma Yoga and Soma Yoga & Dance Studio. She has been a yoga
& meditation teacher, somatic movement educator and dancer in
Seattle for the last twenty five years. She began developing
Soma Yoga twenty four years ago.
The integration of
Somatic Movement Education within Classical Hatha Yoga sessions led to
the development of Soma
Yoga. She is continually inspired by the openings in awareness and
understanding that this weaving fosters. Her studies and trainings include Classical Hatha Yoga, meditation practices and studies within the Zen and
Tibetan Buddhist traditions, dance, Skinner Releasing, Somatic Unwinding, BioSomatics, Hanna Somatics, the teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais,
Alexander Technique, developmental movement, Body Mind Centering,
BrainDance, QiGong, Thai-yoga massage and classical voice training.
Her dance background includes Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Afro-Brazilian, Contemporary
African, West African, Improvisation, Contact Improvisation,
Low-flying Trapeze Dance, Bungee Dancing, WaterDance, Skinner
Releasing and Salsa.
She is grateful for the courage and
teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, Ani Pema Chodron, Chogyam Trungpa
Rinpoche, Lama Wangdor Rinpoche, His Holiness the Dalai Lama,
Moshe Feldenkrais, Russell Delman, Thomasa Eckert, Karen Clay, Carol Welch, Bob Smith,
Kevin Spencer, Melissa Middlebrook, Etienne Cakpo,
Daniel Nery Dos Santos Filho (Mestre Pitta), Aileen Panke, Manimou
Camara and many more!