Jess Frank (she/her and they/them) is the program director for Yoga Behind Bars in Seattle, WA. She has trained over 500 community members and yoga teachers in trauma-sensitive yoga and social justice. Jess is passionate about expressive and playful movement, generative conflict and transformational justice. Her teaching includes Primal Vinyasa, Trauma-Informed Movement, and Yoga Nidra.
Jess’s offerings are shaped by thousands of hours of teaching adults and youth in incarceration settings, seeking and listening to student feedback, and experimenting in many trauma-healing forms for their own life. They infuse their classes with imagery and somatic-inquiry and love when students laugh, ask “why” questions, fall asleep, and fart in class. Rather than use our bodies to get into shapes, may we use shapes to get into our bodies.