Jess Smiley, RYT 200 What started as a personal quest for emotional growth and healing, led Jess on an educational journey that spans a decade. She began studying yoga and body therapies in California, and after experiencing the benefits in her own life, she became a massage therapist so she could share the love. Seeking to deepen her knowledge, Jess traveled to Thailand, where she obtained certifications in Thai Yoga Massage and Reflexology. This experience changed the way Jess approached body work, and highlighted the importance of movement and stretching. She went on to receive her 200 hour yoga teacher certification at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat in the Bahamas, where she immersed herself in a yogic lifestyle. Her time there gave her a glimpse into the transformational potential available through yoga. She took that inspiration back to Arkansas, and studied Kinesiology at the University of Arkansas and began her 500 hour yoga teacher training at Circle Yoga Shala. Her classes incorporate a unique background with focus on gentle, functional movement. Down to earth and easy going, Jess spends her free time dancing to live music and basking in beautiful natural surroundings.