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Bad Yogi August Spotlight: Jess Hickson

Best known by ‘Jess Lauryn’ within the PB Program Members Only group on Facebook (aka the greatest group in the entire world to ever exist), if you know her, you can’t help but love her.

Always one to provide a smile, a laugh, or simply a round of applause, it’s about time we shined a little light on this ray of sunshine. Get to know a bit more about Jess, below!

*Immediately Yelps where to find poutine locally* 

Q. What’s your full name?

Jessica Hickson but everyone calls me Jess.

Q. What country/state are you from?

Massachusetts

Q. How would your partner/closest friend describe you?

I asked a close friend of 15 years who said:
“She’s one of the most selfless people I have ever know. I am very lucky that she considers me a friend. She is always so supportive of every endeavor that I take on and helps in any that she can. She takes on new experiences with a fearlessness that I’m in envy of. She is kind, loyal, intelligent, and smarter than I’ll ever be. The world could definitely use more people like her.”

Q. How do you find motivation when it feels like you have NONE?

Ten years ago, I did a full marathon cancer walk with no real prep because, you know, walking 26.2 miles out of the blue is super easy… [spoiler alert: it’s not and it’s a terrible idea]. It was rough but crossing that finish line was incredible, so I continue to signup every year. Knowing it’s coming up and remembering how bad the first year was helps get me off the couch. Also, when my great-grandfather was 90 years old, he was living in his own home with just his dog and still very active. So, when I think long-term I think of him and how I would also like to still be independent in my own home at that age.

Q. What do you think your purpose is?

I think our purpose changes throughout our lives and I’m still figuring out what’s next for me. I know I like helping people, whether that’s just making their day a little brighter by cracking a joke or helping them to somehow be calmer, happier, and less stressed.

Q. Do you feel like you’re living it?

In a way, I do but I’m still trying to figure out how I want to help more people be their best self. For now, I’m working on making myself calmer, happier, and less stressed and learning along the way so someday soon I can use those experiences and knowledge to help others even more.

Q.  If all food was “health food” and there were no negative health impacts, what would you eat every day of your life?

Pizza, fries (shout out to poutine!), pasta alfredo, cupcakes, macarons… I probably shouldn’t have answered this one while I was hungry…

Q. Chair pose for 1 minute or plank for 1 minute?

Plank!

Q.  What’s one fact that may surprise people, or that not many people know about you?

I can shuffle a deck of cards behind my back. There is no actual use for it, but I can do it!

Q. What do you wish you would see more of in the world?

Kindness, empathy, patience, etc.

Q. What do you love/appreciate most about the Bad Yogi Community?

The genuine support and cheerleading that goes on whether you did your first ever mountain pose or 108 sun salutations. Every victory is celebrated!

Q. Why yoga?

As I mentioned above, I do things backwards. I walked a full marathon before really training for it. Then I started signing up for fun 5ks as little training checkpoints throughout the year. Yoga started out as a way to recover from training walks and prevent injury and later turned into so much more. Now I use it to recover from and prepare for day-to-day life and it’s even helped me lessen my stress and anxiety in general. The best part is it’s whatever I need that day, anywhere from lazy and soothing to strong and grounding.

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