It is with a huge smile on my face and a heart filled with joy that I type this introduction post. I am honored to introduce Trauma Informed Yoga services to Northwest Arkansas. Vitality Yoga is partnering with i’mindful Studio to offer research based, expertly delivered yoga services that provide tools for coping with stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, and general dis-ease. So what does this mean and how can it help you?
First, let me introduce myself. My name is Jessica Fowler. I have been a Registered nurse since 2004 and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2014. Spending most of my career working in the mental health field, I observed that many people suffering from both long term chronic mental illness and short term reactions to major stressors or life events want something more than medication and need something in addition to talk therapy. In my own life, I discovered yoga in 2014 and quickly fell into a daily practice. Through my yoga practice, I was able to achieve a better overall quality of life, improvement in relationships with others, and improved functioning in my day to day activities. It is my goal to help you discover the same (Please read more about my credentials and experience on the About Page).
Like many people in the world today, I have many roles: I am a wife, mother, professional, yoga teacher, student (currently working on my doctorate in nursing), household co-manager, and the list goes on. I want to be the best I can be in all of these roles, but sometimes, I find myself overwhelmed, exhausted, unable to focus, irritable, and in a word: STRESSED. How am I really supposed to work for 8 hours, pay my bills, eat 3 healthy meals, spend quality time with the husband and kids, take care of 2 successful businesses, do my homework, and exercise ALL IN THE SAME DAY? Throw in some unexpected twists and turns or even major upheavals from time to time, and I am set up for an all-out melt down; however, with my yoga practice and skills and techniques learned through trauma informed yoga, I remain grounded, collected, and in a state of ease. It all gets done, and I am able approach the chaos with a sense of trust and order. Why? Because instead of reverting to the old habits such as avoidance, anger, eating for comfort, blaming others, and feeling guilty, I have replaced those reactions with healthy, intentional, right actions. My hope is to help you find the same sense of ease in your life. The above is an example of my experience with trauma informed yoga. Everyone has a different story. I would love to hear yours and talk about how trauma informed yoga can work for you. Please feel free to contact me through the Contact Page or visit our Services page to book a class. You will receive an intake packet to complete before your first visit so your service will be totally customized to your goals and needs. I look forward to meeting you!
Lastly, I am forever grateful to Jay and i’mindful for the opportunity to teach in such a beautiful space and bring this service to NWA. Thank you to my ever supportive husband, Kevin and my children, Mykenzie and Jaice, who are often times left fending for themselves while mom is tending to business or school. I’m also sending some love to my amazing colleagues including Crystal Beshears (Powered by Heart), Caschelle Smith (LifeCo), and the awesome ladies at Agape Yoga, Maggie Good and Morgan Brown, and my best friend on this planet Jo Johnson: thank you all for guidance, support, and the always welcome, “You got this!”