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#ODDlight Feature: Jessica Rosen

Each month we bring a member of the #ODDfam into the #ODDlight and illuminate their interests, practices, and who they are. There is a real person behind those teachers and it’s their knowledge filtered through their own experiences that make them that person that pulls you into class.

JESSICA ROSEN is being featured for the 3rd time because gosh darn it, she owns the place! Check out her Past 2 #ODDlight features – HERE & HERE.

 

What’s your name?  Jessica Fay Rosen

What do you do here at One Down Dog?  I own this bitch!

Your yoga studio before the remodel

the small room, before the wall.

When you were a little kid what did you want to be when you grew up? A lawyer.

When you were a grownup what did you want to be when you grew up?  

A therapist working with at risk teens and addicts. After 4 years of undergrad and 1 year of an insanely difficult masters program I became a therapist and realized it wasn’t for me. During my MA program I started practicing yoga and that changed my whole life. I started teaching at the rehab facility I was working at and found that to be more rewarding for both myself, and the students participating. Turns out yoga is my jam and I’ve been doing it and teaching it ever since.

What was the original purpose of One Down Dog?

Originally, originally… I created One Down Dog, LLC in 2011 because in the state of California if you work as an independent contractor making a certain amount of money you have to register as a business, and I knew one day this thing would be something. I was working as a yoga instructor at an adolescent rehab facility teaching yoga and leading addiction centered groups. The name One Down Dog came from “one day at a time” – a term often used in the recovery world to remember to stay present to and live life on life’s terms. One Down Dog is a reminder to take things as they come… one down dog at a time.

After years working in other peoples yoga studios, working as a high school teacher and yoga instructor and working as an addiction therapist, I decided to take the leap and create the space I had always dreamed of. One Down Dog as you know it now was created to offer a space for people to connect and feel a part of something in a city where it’s easy to feel alone.

What’s your favorite yoga pose? Down Dog …duh.

What’s your favorite animal? Dog. Patrick Bateman specifically.

What’s your favorite food? French fries.

Top 5 places you order lunch from?

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Sopressata

Forage

Four Cafe

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How do you intend to #MakeAwesomeHappen in 2017? BY OPENING OUR THIRD STUDIO!! Echo Park! YAY!

Tell us about a satisfying or memorable yoga moment?

My first class back after having Max, my kiddo, was less than 2 months post partum on Thanksgiving day 2015. Class was packed with 72 bodies including my cousins. We sang Hello by Adele in unison. I love my ODDfam.

What is a hope you hold?  That I will be an awesome mom and not fuck my kid up too bad.

Fun fact?

I played the Cello for a minute. My mom played when she was younger and had this super old Cello that she spent lots of money refurbishing for me. I took it to school one day and after hauling that big fucking thing on and off the bus I came home and announced that I was switching to viola. I then played viola for 3 years and was in advance orchestra in 8th grade. How’s that for a random fun fact?

What should we be telling people about?

MAKE AWESOME HAPPEN! 6 week workshop with Ellina and myself. Starts 1/27 – http://onedowndog.com/workshops

 

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Baby Daniel and Jessica (she never changes)

#ODDLight: Jessica Rosen

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Each month we will be bringing a teacher into the #ODDlight and illuminating their interests, practices, and who they are. There is a real person behind those teachers and it’s their knowledge filtered through their own experiences that make them that person that pulls you into class.  This month, get to know Jessica Rosen, One Down Dog studio owner and promoter of awesome!

Name: Jessica Rosen

Nickname: Jesi, messy-jesi, boss bitch

Hometown: Metro Detroit!

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Favorite place: ONE DOWN DOG!!! 2nd to that: Big Lake, anywhere in nature/by a fire or water

Favorite color: blue (specifically periwinkle – the color of our studios)

Sign: Scorpio

Most embarrassing moment? I get embarrassed a lot, and that alone is very embarrassing. I turn red for no reason sometimes…not fun in professional settings.

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Most empowering moment? Opening ODD, specifically the day we opened our current Silverlake location. Fun fact: this place was opened with no investors, no bank loan, it started with a small (very very small 7.5k) personal cash investment, a dream and really awesome friends. I don’t have any partners, debt, or people to answer to. I was told for years none of this was possible. The bank turned me down for a loan, accountants and advisors said I would need more capital to make it happen. I didn’t listen because I knew it had to be possible, there was no other way. Before we were in this space, we shared a spot down the street. It was a great way to start off, but wasn’t a representation of One Down Dog’s awesome personality. It took a lot of work and a LOT of risk to get this place open. The day we held our first classes (while the lobby and small studio were still under construction) was one of the greatest days of my life. My lifelong dream had come true and there were people showing up to prove it was all worth it. Since then so many amazing things have happened within these walls – a reminder everyday that ANYTHING is possible. (shameless plug: if you want to hear more about this story and learn how to Make Your OWN Awesome Happen – come to my workshop on January 28th 🙂

Fun fact most wouldn’t know about you? I used to wear big pants…once had a pair as big around on the bottom as I am tall. Kikwear was my favorite brand.

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Fun fact most wouldn’t know about you? I married my high school sweetheart, but I really wouldn’t have called him a sweetheart back then, he’s definitely gotten sweeter with age:)

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Fun fact most wouldn’t know about you? My all time favorite band is KoRn. I had a binder of all things related to the band and did my Freshman year final project on Jonathan Davis (the lead singer). I still have the binder in my closet back home in MI. I saw them live when I was 15 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Have a good story or anecdote to share? I never take no for an answer. When I was 14 my parents took my pager away because I didn’t respond to their page within the allotted time I had to respond in (I believe it was 15  minutes). I really didn’t like being without my pager…it was 1996 and pagers were super important. So I begged, I cried, I gave a list of why it was important to get it back and then when none of those worked I took an entire pad of sticky notes and wrote I want my pager back on each sheet and put them all over the house. Then I sang “I want my pager back, pager back, pager back” (to the tune of the Chili’s commercial I want my baby back). We all had a good laugh. I had to throw out all the pieces of paper. My parents dug my creativity and persistence, I promised to respond in a more timely manner and the next day I got my pager back. 143.

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When you aren’t at the studio, where can you be found? Currently…at home with my baby boy Max. He consumes my world right now. When I have free time I like to spend it with my little fam either hiking or going to the beach or just hanging out at home watching a movie. You can also find me blasting music and have a good dance party in my living room on a regular basis. I love to listen to music and I love to dance.

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How do you define yoga? Yoga is relationship. It is the relationship we have with ourselves and the world around us. Yoga is not a pose or a workout. It’s a work-in. It doesn’t matter how long you can stand on your head, but rather how you relate to what’s going on inside it. It’s about connection, coming together and experiencing more joy.

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Why do you teach? Because yoga changed my world, and I love sharing things that help me with others. The look on peoples faces after a hot sweaty hard class makes my life complete! Yoga has brought so much awesome into my world and I want to share that awesome with others. I sometimes like to call myself an awesomeness promoter rather than a yoga teacher. Can that become a thing?

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what brought you to become an instructor: You want the long or short story? Short story, during my masters program I took Teacher Training. I did it never thinking I would ever teach – thought it would be helpful info to bring to my future career as a therapist. Teacher Training changed my life. There was a class that needed to be filled at the studio I was working at, the owner made me teach it. The rest is history.

What’s your favorite song?: I have soo soo soo many. I love all things hip hop/electronic/90s…anything with a killer beat and a good hook I can sing along to. I wanted to make sure to answer this factually so I checked my iTunes (yes I buy every song I play…support the artists yO!) in order of plays: Three Buddhas, Xumantra – singing bowls savasana song 1180 plays, followed by Latch ft Sam Smith by Disclosure 289 plays.

 

Favorite yoga pose?  Down Dog duh. I love it because it is a transition pose, a pose we often return to between flows to regroup and reconnect. It is both an active and resting pose and to me that represents the duality of life – it’s always an in between.

Memorable yoga moment: Anytime I get to practice next to my hubby.

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Favorite yogi piece/prop: I love everything Beyond Yoga – best fits, fabrics and super amazing brand doing wonderful things in our yogi community.

Favorite Non-profits: I hold Detroit dear to my heart so anything that benefits my city I am a huge fan of. I also hold LAMP community in DTLA close to my heart as they are helping to end homelessness and that is a cause I believe in!

Connect with Jessica@OneDownDog, @JessicaFaybythebay#ODDFamily#ODDbaby, #DogsOfODD

September Teacher in the ODDLight, Meet your guide: JESSICA ROSEN

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Meet Jessica Rosen!

Our Founder, Friend, and Favorite Dance Partner!

We sat down with Jessica Rosen, the amazing force that manifested One Down Dog! She took time to answer some questions about the studio, her personal life, and how the heck she MADE AWESOME HAPPEN!

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What’s your nickname? Jesi, lil J

Where is your hometown? Detroit! (ok fine, West Bloomfield, MI)

Where is your FAVORITE place on earth? ONE DOWN DOG!!! 2nd to that: Big Lake, anywhere in nature/by a fire or water

Favorite color? blue

What’s your sign gurl? scorpio

Do you have a memorable most embarrassing moment? I get embarrassed a lot, but I can’t think of a most embarrassing moment.

Okay, so how about your most empowering? Opening ODD!!

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What is a fun fact most wouldn’t know about you? I do not believe in the word no.

Who is your beau? I married my high school sweet heart (but I really wouldn’t call him a sweetheart back then, he’s definitely gotten sweeter with age)

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yes we did pull this out of the archives!

When you aren’t at the studio where can you be found? Hahaha when I’m not at the studio. You’re funny.  But for real, when I have free time I like to spend it with my man and puppy (friends and family too – ODDfam represent!) – either hiking or going to the beach or just hanging out at home watching a movie. 

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Why do you teach? Because yoga changed my world, and I love sharing things that help me with others. The look on peoples faces after a hot sweaty hard class makes my life complete! Yoga has brought so much awesome into my world and I want to share that awesome with others. I sometimes like to call myself an awesomeness promoter rather than a yoga teacher. Can that become a thing?

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What brought you to become an instructor? You want the long or short story? Short story, during my masters program I took Teacher Training. I did it never thinking I would ever teach – thought it would be helpful info to bring to my future career as a therapist. Teacher Training changed my life. There was a class that needed to be filled at the studio I was working at, the owner made me teach it. The rest is history.

 

What is your favorite song to play in class? Ooo that’s a hard one. I LOVE music! Sam Smith all day, every day. I also love hip hop –

What is your favorite yogi prop or piece to wear or use?  I love everything Beyond Yoga – best fits, fabrics and super amazing brand doing wonderful things in our yogi community.

What special causes or non-profits do you hold dear to your heart? (we will be promoting a non-profit on your behalf throughout the month with our #FLOWforACause) I hold Detroit dear to my heart so anything that benefits my city I am a huge fan of. I also hold LAMP community in DTLA close to my heart as they are helping to end homelessness and that is a cause I believe in!

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Anything else? If you want to know anything about me, JUST ASK! I am always open! Namaste~

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