Welcome to our semi-regular "Meet the Staff" section of our blog! We have such a large staff of wonderful individuals, and we want you to know them and love them as much as we do. This week, we're introducing Jacque Johnson, who has been with us for just over 2 years. She's been an integral part of our community from day 1, teaching classes, regularly offering to sub for other teachers, and working with our 200hr teacher training students. She has lots of knowledge from her years of yoga therapy, and has been teaching yoga since before mats were regularly in use! Join her for one of her many classes each week. And for a special treat, try out her one-of-a-kind "Hands-Free Yoga", perfect for those who are rehabbing wrist or shoulder injuries, or anyone who just hates chaturanga! Jacque teaches at both our Erwin Terrace and Geer St. locations, and can frequently be found practicing in other teachers classes.
Tell us about your first yoga class.
My first yoga experience was in 1976. I went to a class at the community center. It was taught by a man, there were no mats, only blankets, on a hard wood floor. It was a traditional Hathaway yoga class. Emphasis on breathing, moving, stretching. I remember because it changed my life.
What is your favorite pose?
Chair - Utkatasana of course! I'm all about power in the legs. Longevity, quality of life.
Besides yoga, what other passions do you have?
Working towards equality for all; respect, dignity, compassion. Even in academia that was the purpose of my research, I would weave this into the courses I taught.
What is your favorite thing about Blue Point Yoga?
The people - from the members to the staff and the other instructors.
If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?
Quirky, but really probably Motherly
Do you volunteer anywhere?
Not right now, I have volunteered for Red Cross, hospitals, disaster relief, schools, etc.
What is you favorite Durham restaurant?
Geer St. Garden, because it's right across from BPY Geer studio
What book are you currently reading?
What Happened, Hillary Rodham Clinton. It's good!
Where is your favorite place you've traveled to?
Do I have to decide? There's so many, and for different reasons. I'll go with the Alps, summer or winter it's beautiful there. My favorite place is anywhere I am connecting with nature, loved ones, or experiencing some "awe".
Do you have any hidden talents? (Art, instruments, etc)
Well they aren't hidden. But I knit, crochet, tat. Also write, serious matter to poetry. I have a lot to say.
How do you like to spend your free time?
Reading, or walking in the woods.
Share a fun fact about you
I can't jump backwards. Really.
If you would like, include a shout out to someone you love! (Significant other, kids or pets)
I'd like to say thank you to all the students, you've been teachers to me; also thank you to my dearest friends AnnMarie and Ronnie, you've been my teachers as well; thank you to my children, their spouses, my grandchildren, and my husband; I learn from all of you everyday how to be a better human being.
What is one specific moment that you can recall that changed your life?
The day I became a grandma!!!! I didn't know how much more love could be even possible until I held my grand baby, and with each grand baby since.
Where did you grow up?
Very rural northern Minnesota, which probably explains why I just want to walk in the woods most of the time.