Jessica Bellofatto, founder and director of KamaDeva Yoga in East Hampton, NY, is best known for her easy laughter, radiant energy, and matchless knowledge of the body. A mother, yogini, doula, surfer, triathlete, and avid stand up paddleboarder (and now SUP racer), Jessica has inspired thousands of students in their journey to better understand themselves and their world. She herself has been a dedicated student of Hatha Yoga for the past twenty years. Her interest in Yoga was piqued at the age of 18, while she was majoring in Dance at New York University. She completed the intensive year-long Teacher Training Program at the Jivamukti Yoga Center with beloved teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life in 1996 and has been teaching ever since. First and foremost a student, Jessica has studied extensively with many notable and amazing teachers, and has been most deeply influenced by her Jivamukti roots, along with the intensity of the Ashtanga Yoga system as taught by Sri K. Patabhi Jois, and the beauty, clarity, and intelligence of the Iyengar system.
A former dancer, Jessica teaches from a deep understanding of movement as art, movement as play, movement as therapy, and especially, movement as a spiritual practice. She is also interested in the stillness within and between the movement; the spaciousness of silence. Jessica's dream for herself and her students is that we may come to remember the love, the beauty, and the miracle of who we truly are, and that we may access this truth through the body. Through reveling in movement, whether it be yoga, dance, surfing, running, swimming, paddling; we learn to honor and respect this incredible gift and gain health, vitality, and happiness in the process. As we dive deeper, we move beyond the level of the physical body to something even greater and more fulfilling.
In 2011, Jessica was chosen to be one of Athleta's Sponsored Athletes, and writes regularly for the ATHLETA CHI BLOG. In 2012, she was chosen to be an ambassador for the Boga Yoga Paddleboard (a board designed specifically for yoga).
Jessica teaches sold out yoga retreats around the world and is most happy outside, in nature, preferably wet.
Om Shantih! Om Peace
"I have known Jessica Bellofatto since she became certified from Jivamukti twelve years ago. She has always been a gifted teacher and an inspiring spirit. She was always the epitome of a yogini, which is why I chose her to represent my nuala yoga inspired clothing line for our first catalogue. She is a beautiful soul inside and out. I continue to learn from her every time I am in her presence and I am grateful for the opportunity always..."
Christy Turlington Burns
Super Model, Entrepreneur & Human Rights Activist
"in a sky full of Yoga stars, Jessica's shines most brightly. She is a natural teacher of Yoga in all its aspects and her classes are rare, perfectly formed gems. Afterwards, I always feel satisfied and am always hungry for more"
"I cannot tell you what a difference starting this practice has made in my life. I’ve always felt like my body was a very loosely held-together bag of bones that never quite worked together the right way with no strength, no unity, even back when I was a teenager dancing 6-8 hours a week. Since starting the practice my body is becoming a strong and working whole. To get to walk around in it is really becoming a pleasure. The chance to focus in that way, to remain calm in the face of exertion, to have my mind and body so completely engaged in the same action, my time in that room is gift. And for once I don’t hate myself for my body’s shortcomings and can meet the challenging parts of the practice with gratitude for the opportunity it gives me. I see how I’ve progressed and the sense of accomplishment has been so important for me.
Jessica, I’m sure you know, but you are such a gifted teacher. Your instruction is so deep, so thorough, so focused, so smart. I’m so grateful that I was led to the opportunity to work with you. The work you offer is nothing short of a blessing. Thank you for making the space for me and welcoming me to the practice... See you in class!"
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