Jessica Gershwin began her professional career working as a teacher at an elementary school in East Harlem. While teaching, she was inspired to start an after-school yoga program in response to the high degree of stress and exhaustion her students were experiencing. In 2011, Jessica earned her registered children’s yoga certificate and also completed the Street Yoga Training in New York City. It was during this time that Jessica’s passion for teaching yoga to youth was ignited.
As a licensed clinical social worker, Jessica has worked to bring yoga, mindfulness, and self-care practices to children, youth, and adults who have experienced trauma and adversity. She has experience teaching yoga in diverse settings, including public, private, and alternative schools, shelters, community centers, and outpatient mental health clinics. She currently serves as a Bilingual Child and Family Therapist at the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center, where she provides holistic trauma therapy to children and teens, offers trauma-sensitive yoga groups, and provides mindfulness-based consultation and trainings to educators and mental health professionals in the community. She is also the lead trainer for Young Yokes, a Registered Children’s Yoga School in Denver, Colorado.
Jessica received a Master’s in Education and a Master’s in Social Work with a specialization in childhood trauma from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Jessica completed professional training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a somatically-based treatment approach designed to encouraged the release of trauma from the body. In 2018, she earned her certification in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY) at the Trauma Center in Boston, MA. As a trauma-sensitive yoga facilitator, Jessica strives to create a space where each individual – child, teen, or adult – can use the practices of yoga to experience a sense of self-discovery, empowerment, and unconditional belonging.