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Meet the people who make the Jess Be community. 

get comfy. you're home.

Jessica Young

She/Her

Jess Be creator.

 

A 300-hour yoga and movement teacher, artist, and community builder.

 

Specialization in social justice, trauma and eating disorder-informed movement and art. 

Anishnawbe Health Toronto yoga teacher and program developer. Certified Yoga For 12-Step Recovery Leader and Yoga for All instructor.

 

Mental Health First Aid (Mental Health Commission of Canada). 

Creator of Meaningful Movement, a yoga and movement teacher training on how to be more inclusive and RACE: Starting Conversations, a virtual program for those new to anti-racism work.

 

Full bio here.  

Rucha Patel

She/They

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Community Supporter


Guide-in-Training with the GoodBodyFeel Movement Method
Meditation Guide, Artist, Writer, Musician, Mystick of Every Day Magick


Passionate about decolonizing individual and community relations with constant reflection to create new systems, language, and behaviours that support all of us.


As a big advocate for rest, Rucha encourages everyone she meets to slooooowwww dooowwwnn, breath deeply, and take more naps.

You

Here, we're a community. 

Classes, workshops and trainings are customized because YOU are one-of-a-kind and our offerings are a reflection of our collective needs. 

We are always looking to engage and connect. Tell us what you're craving, your passions and what challenges are before you. We're all about acknowledgement, integration and support. 

philosophy

Jess Be offerings are trauma and eating disorder informed while weaving

anti-oppression practices into every session. 

"In community we can be fulfilled by uplifting one another."

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Image by Jason Sung

Jess Be is based in Tkaronto (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). Rucha is based in Onón:takon – Hamilton. We as settlers acknowledge that we are on Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ, Attiwonderonk (Neutral), Haudenosaunee, Mississauga, and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation land.

We, the creators and hosts of this website want to honour and express gratitude to the ancestors and descendants of Indigenous peoples for their continued protection and advocacy of the land.

As modern day settlers, we recognize that the city names we commonly use are so because of the erasure of Indigenous languages and culture. By acknowledging that the land on which we reside has many names, we stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities and their efforts. We commit ourselves to continually examining how our actions and language are felt through intention vs impact.

Our practice of acknowledging the land is ever-changing. As we continue our education, we will find new ways to discuss these topics and take action. We encourage settlers to engage with this discussion both online and in person to more robustly understand our privilege and how we may share it to uplift those who have been systemically oppressed.