Jessica Crowley is a highly skilled and celebrated Yoga teacher known for her devotional style of teaching that incorporates both physical and spiritual aspects of the practice of Yoga. She is a “Natural Yoga Bohemian” of the Baltimore culture. Her Vinyasa practice encourages free movement and is a form of Bhakti Yoga–Yoga from the heart, designed to harmonize and restore our vital energy with love. On physical, energetic, and mystical levels, she invokes Yoga to empower, deepen, and heal the cores of students in her classes.
Born on March 1, 1977, to her beloved parents, Jessica has cultivated more than 30 years of life experience. With a background of classical ballet, she is an alumni of the prestigious Baltimore School for The Arts. After graduating from the School for the Arts, Jessica left home for Los Angeles, CA, in 1995. During this period she studied extensively the connection of movement with breath and sound through both Yoga and dance. Her passionate commitment to her Yoga practice moved her back to Baltimore in 1997. She continued her study of dance performance and education at Towson University, which enriched her appreciation of the science and intelligence of the body. While taking classes at Towson, she began teaching children yoga, ballet, and modern dance at The Maryland Youth Ballet.
The teachings of Karma Yoga truly developed for Jessica after she completed her first Yoga teacher training in 2006 at Kripalu with Seane Corn.
Jessica contributed her services to the ownership and operation of Baltimore?s Donation Yoga Studio, Parkside Power Yoga, from 2006 to 2009. It was here that her heart opened and mysteries of the soul unraveled. She knew that she was being called to teach something unordinary, wonderful, and great that would require a lifetime of devotion. She founded a Yoga for Kids program at a neighboring Baltimore City Public Charter School, Hampstead Hill Academy. She completed her second teacher training with Baron Baptiste Power Yoga Level 1 Bootcamp in 2007 at the Menla Mountain Retreat while under the guidance of Sid McNairy. Her third teacher training she holds in high regard; it was completed in 2008 with Kim Manfredi at Charm City Yoga.
Jess?s physical discipline and life experience are compassionate and wise. She has continued studies and lengthy practices of Yoga with international teachers such as Bhagavan Das, Bryan Kest, Ana Forrest, Sharon Gannon, and David Life. She has opened the doors to Baltimore’s award-winning studio Charm City Yoga, which is where she currently holds residence and offers classes as an anchor teacher for the Federal Hill location in Baltimore, MD.
She has appeared and was featured in Baltimore Magazine?s Health and Wellness issue in 1995; The Baltimore Curriculum Project in 2007, 2008, and 2009; and SoBo (The Voice of South Baltimore), From the Battle?eld to the Mat: Lessons in Yoga, by Kim Manfredi, in 2010.