Jessey Nickells
Writing & Yoga Workshop: Cracking the Spine
Writing & Yoga Workshop: Cracking the Spine - Jessey Nickells

Location: West Bucktown, 2528 W Armitage, Chicago, IL 60647.

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Sundays
May 7-Jun 18

regular: $80
member: $64


Week One: Cracking the Spine (Hatha Vinyasa Class)
“I’ve done it, I’ve done it! Guess what I’ve done! I’ve invented a light that plugs into the sun”
-Shel Silverstein “Invention”

Sunday May 7
10am-12pm

regular: $25
member: $20

In this series of yoga classes for writers each 2 hour class will be inspired by a section of a story arch. The intention in class one will be to move playfully. We will flow through sequences reaching and stretching, hold poses and make silly sounds. Leaving our critical eye at the door and trying to find the inner child. Each class will begin with writing prompts and meditation then wrap up with free writing and open discussion. Please bring something to write with and on and remember the studio space is a place of support.

Beginners welcome
Safe space for creation



Week Two: Rising Action (Hatha Class)

Sunday May 21
10am-12pm

regular: $25
member: $20

The second class in the series yoga for writers will be focusing on rising action. We will begin our class with writing prompts then move into a Hatha yoga class. This form of yoga focuses on setting up stances correctly then holding them for several breaths. Focusing our attention on the smaller details and challenging our bodies with stillness. We will leave time at the end of class to expand on the writing prompt or free write followed by an open discussion. Please bring something to write with and on and remember the studio space is a place of support.

Beginners welcome
Safe space for creation



Week Three: Climax (Vinyasa flow class)

Sunday Jun 4
10am-12pm

regular: $25
member: $20

The third class in the series yoga for writers will be focused on the peak or climax of a story arc. We will begin with writing prompts and move through a energetic class. Warming our bodies with sun salutations and challenging ourselves with balancing poses. As or bodies move our minds clear to make space for the present moment. We will end the class with free time to revisit prompts or free write and as always share our experiences or writing in open discussion. Please bring something to write with and on and remember the studio space is a place of support.


Beginners welcome
Safe space for creation



Week Four: Resolution (Restorative class)

Sunday Jun 18
10am-12pm

regular: $25
member: $20

As with the end of each book, our yoga for writers series ends in hopeful resolution. Saturated with meditation and restful poses the intention of this week’s practice is to actively let go. Expanding our tools of meditation to relax the senses and be open to new internal perspectives.
Class will begin with writing prompts and end with free writing time and the opportunity to share any work generated over the series. Please bring something to write with and on and remember the studio space is a place of support. Students are welcome to congregate at 90mile after class for further discussion if they would like.

Beginners welcome
Safe space for creation



About Jessey Nickells

Jessey Nickells began her Graduate Studies in poetry and fairy tales at Naropa University in 2008. This unique school offered contemplative courses in many areas including yoga which she was pleased to merge into her over packed thesis term. When she got to class she experienced yoga in a way the YMCA had never presented it. Instead of a vigorous flow, which left her feeling empowered but exhausted, the instructor began every class with a short meditation, focusing on breath and the effect it had on the heart rate. The heart and lungs, vital organs to life, were intertwined and this basic understanding of the body and her control over it was remarkable. Yoga had offered up a way in which she could regulate her feelings of anxiety or lethargy crucial skills in school and life.
As you come to the mat you are taking time to listen to your breath and body, to the spaces of fatigue, aching or intensity. How much of ourselves do we compartmentalize in an effort to have manageable chunks of life? As we yolk our minds to our bodies a conversation begins, first soft but growing louder with our diligence. Jessey’s vision as an instructor is to strengthen this dialogue between breath, body and mind allowing everyone to act and react in accordance with what is best for them in their present moment.
Off the mat you can find Jessey at open mic nights reading poetry or at the dog park spending time with her 70 pound Coy dog. She is currently seeking new ways to contribute to the Buck town Wicker park community with her interests in teaching, art, literature and gardening. She recently completed her 200 hour certification at Moksha and is honored to have been welcomed into the community.


How admirable!

To see lightning and not think

life is fleeting

-Basho