Oh, hey... I'm Rebecca Jo.
And this is my story… well, at least a bit of it.
I am a multidisciplinary artist, educator, music lover, dancer and Katonah Yoga® teacher. I believe deeply in the healing potential of alchemizing chaotic energy into creative action.
Whether through visual imagery, my writing or conscious movement practices, I seek to support others in seeing and being themselves. I encourage the creation of art for the therapeutic act of making something, moving just to see where you land, and the innate need to express yourself.
In 2006, I graduated from Parsons with a BFA in photography and art history. My formal training in traditional processes, studies in culture, myth and symbolism, and fascination with the formation and disintegration of patterns have all shaped the lens of my teaching.
I support my students in identifying existing habits of movement and thought and guide them in the processes of personal re-patterning and injury rehabilitation with supportive and sustainable movement practices.
My classes focus on building a functional framework for cultivating creative flow with the intention to offer an approachable practice that encourages playful exploration and learning through trial and error.
I earned my first 200hr RYT certification in 2009 while living on a self-sustained farm in the mountains of Spain. I began my teaching practice in New York City, working privately with individuals recovering from injury; supporting them in finding acceptance and peace within their bodies as they redeveloped their physical strength and range of motion.
I have been dancing since the age of 3, but my yoga journey began with injury.
I remember how the very first class I took felt – so familiar – it was like gymnastics. My mind knew the movements. My body had other plans. I didn’t realize how disconnected I was until I tried to do something I was pretty sure I knew how to do.
After 4 major car accidents and a decade of stress from competitive gymnastics and dance classes, my body was a mess and if I’m honest, my mind wasn’t doing all that well either.
I had no boundaries. No direction. I didn’t really know who I was.
After years of medication cycles, I found acupuncture. I began to thaw.
I practiced reconnecting. Studied somatic experiencing and anatomy. Sat and willed my toes to wiggle on cue. I brought myself back to life, one little breath at a time.
These days I’m working on a total integration of self – movement as language, art as a way of existing. We are all innately creative beings; through the simple act of being present we participate in acts of creation.
When we move our bodies with awareness, we open a dialogue between our conscious and unconscious experiences. In doing so, we begin to make sense of confusing emotions, to process the unresolved, to express the unspeakable, and to accept reality as it is so that we can continue to move along on our way.
Well, that’s all for now. Thank you for stopping by.
I offer private online and in person conscious movement and breath sessions, weekly zoom yoga classes, creative workshops and on demand courses.
Please reach out if you are interested in working together.