Meet Jessie Nichols! TYP's newest Executive Team member. Jessie joined the team this past spring and has been an integral part ever since. In our August edition of "Meet the TYP Team," Jessie shares what she's loved most about her work.
Can you tell us a little bit about your background and brought you to work with TYP?
I have a background in media and public relations and I have also been teaching yoga since I was in college. My husband’s job relocated us to Philadelphia at the same time TYP was looking to fill the role of PR & Events Manager. During my first call and initial interview with Oneika, I felt like I was talking to an old friend! I knew I wanted to be part of the organization and have continued to be blown away with each amazing and dedicated member of TYP.
What do you love the most about your work?
I’ve been inspired to become involved in yoga service due to a desire to continue to be a part of the yoga community; but in a way that facilitates tangible change in people’s lives who don’t have the privilege that is most reflected by the yoga community on social media. Transformation Yoga Project has measured success with their various programming and this continues to inspire me daily.
What do you do for self-care?
All kinds of things! Consistency is always the most important thing for me - also moderation. I always make time for exercise and rest. I’ll get massages, acupuncture, spa-type things are a really fun splurge for me. My husband and I take time to cook and enjoy a really good bottle of wine as often as we can.
What has your yoga practice taught you or what tools do you use regularly in your life?
I’m one year post-partum from two back-to-back pregnancies. This has been incredibly humbling, as I come from a very athletic-based practice. My body is different and my priorities are different, especially when it comes to where I can allocate my time. The days of a two-hour, 5 am practice have taken a back seat to hoping I can get in a few sun salutations and the ending postures. This is non-attachment in action and has made me more (figuratively) flexible and forgiving that I have ever been in my entire life.
Thank you for sharing Jessie! We are so grateful to have you a part of our team. Since joining TYP, you've created a greater awareness of our mission, our programs and the people we serve and we can't thank you enough!