move. smile. release. Uma Spender (previously Jessie Neave) - name in transition - new website coming soon!

Uma Spender (previously Jessie Neave) - name in transition - new website coming soon!

Elissa Wilson

After years of hearing a number of different friends speak glowingly of Jess and her teaching, I found myself on a plane to Bali for one of her week-long yoga retreats. I hadn't practiced yoga in over 6 years and was just emerging from 7 years of pregnancy and early parenting, so it was daunting to say the least. But my fear was immediately dispelled with the warm welcome Jess provided and the sincere, encouraging and safe way in which she presented the sessions and lead our practice. Our retreat became Jess's first ever women's retreat and I have to say it was one of the most wonderful experiences of my adult life. That Jess was able to provide such a diverse group of women with an experience that was unique, life-changing and completely uplifting is testament to her skill as both a yoga teacher and, I think, spiritual guide. Her gentle encouragement and the safe space she provided was just what I needed. I am still gaining so much from my week in Bali with Jess and all of those other beautiful women, and I think that will continue for quite some time.