Get to Know… Jessica Ashen!

As I mentioned in a previous post, each month one of our spectacular Yoga in the Heights staff members will share a bit of themselves with us so that you can get to know them better. If you read something that makes you laugh or smile, let them know! It will make their day!

In the spotlight this month is Jessica Ashen!pic

Jessica has been with Yoga in the Heights since the fall of 2013. She teaches Level 2 Vinyasa on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm, and Yoga Basics on Saturdays at 12:30pm. She’s also teaching this winter’s Intro to Yoga Series that starts in November.

She describes her classes as fun and playful. And I personally agree!


1. Where are you from?
North Brunswick, New Jersey

2. What is your website?
I LOVE Pinterest. I could spend hours browsing creative ideas.

3. What three words best describe your personality?
Joyful, generous & honest.

4. What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
Plank. The longer plank is held, the stronger we become, second by second! And there are so many small modifications that can change the pose so dramatically. It’s the perfect staple (like peanut butter in the cupboard!)

5. What style do you teach?
A combination of Hatha & Vinyasa.

6. How many tattoos do you have?
Oh boy…as of now, 7. Hopefully more on the horizon!

7. What’s your favorite restaurant in JC?
LITM on Newark Avenue in Downtown Jersey City. It’s where Brian and I had our wedding reception, and we go there every year on our anniversary. They have an amazing selection for vegetarians and are always playing fun music.

8. Favorite song lyrics?
“You belong among the wild flowers…You belong somewhere you feel free.” – Tom Petty, Wildflower

9. What was your first concert?
Haha, NKOTB!!! New Kids on the Block (and yes, my mom was there too…womp womp.)

10. What’s your favorite season?
I enjoy the times between the seasons, the changes. Not one specific season in particular. Change is constant, and I enjoy embracing the seasonal changes. I love when the leaves slowly crisp and fall off the trees; the first snow fall; when the snow melts and the sun is shining; the first beach trip of the summer. It’s all delicious.

11. What goal do you most want to accomplish in your lifetime?
Total and complete self acceptance. We are our own worst critic. There are always things we’d rather have: being taller, thinner, smarter, etc. I want to love every single bit of me, unconditionally, all the time. I know it’ll bring a sense of peace that is indescribable.

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