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About

Jessa

JESSA KIAN MUNION

(NOMAD)

I grew up global in Cameroon, Japan, Canada, and China.I basked in the African sun and danced to the beat of skin covered drums with mango juice running down my chin. I survived multiple bouts of malaria, out ran packs of wild dogs, and was bitten my a chimpanzee all before the age of nine. I traded my thick skinned bare foot days for delicate kimonos, tea ceremonies and firefly festivals in Japan, sat in the quiet morning mist listening to the haunting call of loons on the lake shore of Victoria Island on my first day at boarding school as a 12 year old, and watched the sunrise over Tianamen Square in Beijing on my last day of high school. I was immersed in change, transition, and humanity in all its brilliantly diverse expression. I’ve always been drawn to adventure, to tall peaks, big waves, and experiences outside of my line of sight. I enjoy intimate groups and long excursions, exclusively select the path less travelled, repeatedly choose daunting leaps that enliven me and continually recreate myself in unprecedented ways.

(BELIEVE)

With all that cross-continental experience, I see life as a dynamic learning experience and opportunity to grow. My expansive world-view, eclectic style, open-mindedness, and ability to facilitate lasting transformation are directly correlated to this extended trot across the globe and are the foundation of my professional practice.

Each moment is an opportunity to be a contribution. Resilience, optimism, and a desire to contribute to the greater good are critical characteristics of healthy, happy, humans. Discovering our natural talents and unique gifts, embracing the environments that are conducive to our wellbeing, cultivating the discipline to self care, having the courage to live from and for our values, is our greatest calling and opportunity.

(LIVE FOR)

I am intensely dedicated to exploration, progress, evolution, and transformation. Humans thrive when moving, adapting, learning, and growing. Humans collapse when they stop moving, stop learning, stop growing. Constraints, tension, pain, apathy and boredom are symptoms of stuck energy and blocked flow that can show up in body, or being. Your body and your life are not meant to be spent in pain, settling, and dealing. It is not how it has to be.

We are untapped reservoirs of potential. We have limitless space to unlock. There is more to you than you know. You have more capacity than you believe. There are new sensations, new neuro-pathways, new experiences, and new levels of health in body and being that are yours to discover, reclaim, develop and expand. Yoga, bodywork, and self-discovery will get you there. This, is what I live for.

(LIFE EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION)

Life-long learning experiences are my path to mastery. I recognize a vast array of traditional and non-traditional learning environments, am vested in cross-training, and inclusive of a wide array of cross-cultural modalities. I learn from innovators and pioneers, I mentor with top providers in the field, and I master by teaching what I’ve learned to my students and clients.

I attended Bryn Mawr, an Ivy League Womens College and studied cultural anthropology, enjoyed a fast paced career in consulting while becoming a yoga teacher and running a studio on the side, ultimately merging my entrepreneurial business skill and my love of wellness at The Baptiste Institute, a nationally recognized yoga training center where I spearheaded operations, evolved program offerings, partnered in program content, delivery and staff training, and had the time of my life, while also earning my dual certification in Lightyear Leadership, extended transformational coursework at Landmark Worldwide, and meditation training with the Chopra Center.

Ultimately, I reached a turning point in 2013 where I recognized that while I was working in wellness, I wasn’t living in wellness and I took a sabbatical to attend Myotherapy College of Bodywork. All of my studies and experience indicate that working less not more, being outside and playing, sleeping well and long, cultivating relationships and fun, regular bodywork, personal development, spiritual practice, are cornerstones of wellness. As the founder of Rocksteady Bodyworks, I intend to support each human in discovering their own unique equilibrium and space of wellness, as I continue to explore and refine my own rocksteady.