My interest in yoga began about ten years ago after a herniated disc that left me with peripheral neuropathy and sciatica pain. The answer to the pain and inflexibility was Jessica Sharry’s class of Ashtanga Yoga. I truly maintain that this class and Jessica’s approach to healing and her gentle guidance to managing the poses made a huge difference in my life. I am forever grateful to her for the past eight years of classes in Empire, Michigan.  Thank you Jessica – you gave me so much.


My first real yoga class was with Jessica as my instructor. I was not familiar with Ashtanga or any other style of yoga for that matter. She seemed so sure and confident, yet humble and happy to share her experience in Ashtanga with anyone who was willing to learn. It was like she held a secret and wanted to tell someone. I had to know more. I wanted to see just a glimpse of what she knew. I took classes from Jessica for a few years, realizing that I didn’t care to take any other type of yoga class. The next couple of years led to my desire to also share my yoga experience with others. Jessica agreed to mentor me in my own path to becoming a teacher. We now live many thousands of miles away from each other, but her attention to honoring and keeping with the tradition of Ashtanga continues to inspire me. I will always credit her in opening up my world to yoga.