Jessie Novak is a Registered Yoga Teacher E-RYT 200, Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher RPYT 85, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, and PMA® Certified Pilates Instructor. She received her Pilates teacher training from Pilates Chicago in 2008, 200 Hour Yoga teacher training and 85 hour Prenatal Yoga teacher training from Bloom Yoga Studio in 2013 and 2014. She also completed specialty training with Carolyne Anthony and the Center for Women's Fitness with distinctions as a Pre/Postnatal Specialist and Pelvic Floor Health, and The Center Method® for Diastasis Recti Recovery in 2016 and is on faculty for The Center Method®. Jessie has been on the Lead Teaching Faculty for Pilates Chicago Teacher Training since 2009, a Co-Lead Trainer for Bloom Yoga Studio Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training since 2016, and will Co-Lead Bloom's 200hr Yoga Teacher Training beginning fall 2018.
Jessie has been performing, teaching dance and Pilates, choreographing, and practicing yoga in Chicago since 2002. She trained as a dancer where she was first exposed to yoga, Pilates, kinesiology, Laban, Bartinieff, and Feldenkrais, in addition to dance technique, and discovered her passion for observing the human body in motion from an analytical and postural perspective. She has continued seeking out teachers to further her knowledge of anatomy, body form, and healthy, functional movement for people of all ages.
While rehabilitating several common and not-so-common dancers' injuries, Jessie discovered the benefits of integrating yoga and Pilates into an overall strength and conditioning program and was hooked. After retiring from the professional dance world, she received Pilates certification in 2009 from the Pilates Method Alliance with an idea for pursuing yoga training in the back of her mind. Jessie's yoga practice deepened after the birth of her first child while attending Mom & Baby Yoga classes at Bloom. The mental benefits from yoga and seeking balance as a new mom were invaluable, and she deeply appreciates the community Bloom nurtures with this special population of moms and families. Upon welcoming her second child, she is deeply grateful for the tools and strength her prenatal yoga practice has provided, allowing a space to practice self-compassion and non-judgement.
Whether working with groups or individuals, Jessie is a passionate, engaged teacher, applying a holistic and functional approach, while using creative imagery with a love for anatomy and physiology. She believes movement, music, and breath benefit every body, every age, in every stage.