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 over twenty five years. She began developing Soma
Yoga twenty five years ago.
The integration of
Somatic Movement Education, Alexander Technique and Skinner
Releasing 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 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 Open Source Forms.
In addition to Soma
Yoga, she has developed Sounding the Body, Drawing/Writing
Meditation, WaterSomatics & Dance, WaterSomaYoga, Move,
Improvisational Somatics, Soma Yoga & Art and Toolkit for Teens &
Pre-Teens. She sits in huge
heartfelt thanks for the courage and
teachings of her parents, her grandparents, her six siblings, Muriel
Brock, her students, Thich Nhat Hanh, Ani Pema Chodron, Lama Wangdor Rinpoche, His Holiness the Dalai Lama,
Moshe Feldenkrais, Thomas Hanna, Russell Delman, Thomasa Eckert, Bob
Davidson, Stephanie Skura, Karen Clay, Carol Welch, Bob Smith,
Ellen Ziegler, Barry Briggs, Kevin Spencer, Melissa Middlebrook,
Dora Oliveira, Lara McIntosh, Etienne Cakpo,
Daniel Nery Dos Santos Filho (Mestre Pitta), Aileen Panke, Manimou
Camara and many more!