Live Accessible, Adaptive, Chair, and Kids Yoga

Chair Yoga MTWTF 11-11:55AM PST Gentle/Senior/Adaptive Yoga for ID/DD Adults M&F 1-1:45 PM PST byomyoga@gmail.com for waiver and to register! •

ABOUT

About Me


My name is Jackie Gadd, and I am a San Diego-based yoga instructor. I see yoga as a both a mind/body integration practice for inner peace, and a functional movement practice for every body's health.

I took my first yoga class in 2004 as a respite from physical and emotional stress. I had no idea the transformations that it would inspire. After volunteer mentoring in an elementary school under the guidance of another yoga friend, I studied children/teen yoga and continued sharing "mindfulness in motion" in afterschool programs. 

In 2012, I earned both my RYT and RPYT (pre-natal), because I wanted a deeper understanding of the principles behind "what made yoga work." It wasn't enough to do poses, or breathe; I had, and still have, a vested interest in understanding and explaining the "how and why" of yoga, to maximize the mind/body/breath experience.

In a children's class I use books, music, and crafts to inspire yoga-oriented play. We energize, and calm, bringing awareness to our actions, and  teaching love and respect for ourselves and others.

I teach a variety of adults classes; as an Accessible Yoga Ambassador, all my classes take in account differing needs; some are designed specifically for them. Yoga for ID/DD is mindful of extraneous sensory input, uses special language, and often require support from a caregiver. My mat yoga classes welcome generous us of props, rely on student feedback, and emphasize the function of the pose, rather than the form. 

I draw inspiration from different styles like Hatha, Iyengar, Flow/Vinyasa, and Ashtanga, blend in yoga philosophy and mythology, and always include breathwork (pranayama), We finish in Savasana or meditation (depending on class time) to round out the class experience. 

I have found that I am most happy when I am in the service of others, and therefore, journey to share yoga as much as possible. I have offered my services as a yoga "coach" for community classes and  events like:

  • 2020 Pandemic Response: Free weekly live streaming yoga classes for Seniors (5), Children (3), Physical Disabilities (2) and ID/DD (3 supplemented by private sponsor). All recorded classes free for view/download.
  • 2011-20 National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Day 1 Stretch and Yoga Lounge Host for the Challenge Walk
  • 2019-20 Abilities Expo: Live and Recorded Demos 
  • 2016-18 International Day of Yoga Chair/Adaptive Yoga Instructor
  • 2016-18 People First Self-Advocacy Conference Yoga Demo
I have spent hundreds of hours in conferences and trainings, active practice, lecture, and practicum, because I'm fascinated by the developing body of knowledge around this ancient practice. I seek to learn about applications where yoga is a supporting modality not just for fitness and mindfulness in general, but for mitigating deeper mental health issues, aging-related problems, and pain and trauma.

I strive to facilitate a mindful, embodied (and fun) experience in class that can lead to like experiences off the mat. For a complete CV please email me at byomyoga@gmail.com.

Certifications & Trainings

  • YACEP (Jun 2018)
  • YA E-RYT-200 (ID # 118391) (Oct 2016)
  • YA RYT-200 (ID # 118391): Yoga Well Center (Sep 2012)
  • YA RPYT-85 Perinatal: Becalmed Yoga (Nov 2012)
  • CPR/AED/First Aid: ARC (May 2021)
  • TAYMS-65: Yoga Heals Us  (Jul 2017)
  • Accessible Yoga Teacher  & Ambassador (2018)
  • 112 Hours Children/Teen training
  • 30 Hours Silver Sneakers/Silver & Fit
  • 400+ hours post RYT training as of Dec 2020
  • 2000+ Teaching hours as of Dec 2020

Presentation & Media

  • Co-Presenter: Adaptive/Accessible Yoga in Recreational Therapy @ Sharp Recreational Therapy Workshop (San Diego, Jun 2018) (email for info)
  • Co-presenter: Adaptive/Accessible Yoga in the County Library System @ Accessible Yoga Conference (Santa Barbara, Sep 2016) (email for info)
  • Article: "Find your Passion and Center in Accessible Yoga" @ Abilities.com (Sep 2019):
    https://www.abilities.com/community/accessible-yoga.html

Private Yoga Classes

Want yoga at your child's school? I love to be able to provide yoga classes to children of all ages as in-school activities and after school enrichments.

Mommy/me playgroups at a private home or a park can be a wonderful way to bond with your baby AND get in your yoga.

If you yearn for private individual or small group lessons, we can start at a very reasonable per person rate that lowers as more people join!

I am also certified to teach Silver Sneakers/Silver and Fit yoga stretch and strengthen classes. Many insurance programs qualify you to take these classes for FREE. We can work together to create a new class at your synagogue, rec center, senior center, church, or a park near you!

If you are hosting a fundraiser (or work for a non-profit) and want yoga to be a part of your event, don't hesitate to reach out - being able to give back to my community and the global community is part of why I do what I do!

Just reach out byomyoga@gmail.com or call me at 619-578-3863 to discuss how to create the custom class that works for YOU.

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