Meet Our Teachers
Jessica M. Johnson MSW, CYT 500, Certified Yoga for Scoliosis Teacher Trainer
Owner of Mattawan Yoga
In 1999, Jessica began her journey of practicing yoga to relieve pain from her own scoliosis diagnosis and is heartfelt about helping others on their path to healing. Jessica started teaching yoga in 2009 and runs her own studio, Mattawan Yoga. She is a CYT 500 (Advanced Certified Yoga Teacher) trained in Classical Yoga and Kundalini. Jessica has been teaching yoga full-time since 2014, after completing her first 500 hour yoga training. Jessica has taught as head assistant in multiple 200- and 500-hour yoga teacher trainings with Sangha Yoga Institute and Raviana Yoga.
Jessica is sincere about helping her students translate a doctor’s diagnosis and empowers students by designing yoga sequences specifically for their needs and teaching modifications that work for them. There are many pieces to the puzzle of having scoliosis and back pain. Jessica will help you put the puzzle together to reduce pain, stabilize, lengthen, strengthen, align, release fascia, relieve tightness, navigate other conditions such as arthritis, and so much more!
Jessica holds a Bachelor's in Psychology and a Master of Social Work. Her classes and retreats provide a non-judgmental atmosphere where she shares her knowledge of Yoga, Astrology, Martial Arts, Reiki, and Psychology to heal the body and mind while connecting with spirit. Jessica has a passion for teaching modifications for all types of people due to her personal experience with scoliosis and a belief that yoga can be therapeutic for back pain or any kind of issues.Jessica’s teaching style is accepting and patient. Jessica teaches yogic philosophy intertwined with breathwork and guides systematic relaxations plus meditations that reduce stress and bring you back to your calm center.
Online and in-person group and private classes are available with Jessica. See the "Online Classes" and "In-Person Classes" pages for class information. See the "Private Lessons" page for more info. She is also available for yoga, astrology, vision board, and sound healing retreats and workshops.
Please contact Jessica to discuss your needs and goals:
Sarah Plucinski Kids Yoga Teacher
Sarah Plucinski discovered yoga before she moved to San Diego in 2009. In fact, she envisioned a life of yoga in the sunshine and morning jogs on the boardwalk. It was her vision that moved her across the country from a small town in Michigan to America's Finest City.
Sarah practices yoga to help her stay present and calm. Before starting to practice yoga regularly she found herself anxious, stressed and lacking confidence. With regular breathing exercises, stretching and practicing yoga poses Sarah has found a peace of mind that she hadn't experienced before.
Having such a life changing experience by introducing yoga into her life motivated Sarah to learn to teach children these practices. Sarah trained with Tiffany Gullberg at If I Was A Bird Yoga, located in San Diego. She found that yoga for children is a fun and active experience that offers children a chance to be creative while practicing movement that helps them become mindful of their bodies. Since her training she has lead children's yoga classes in several San Diego schools and at various children's events.
Brian Alan - Reiki Master, Sound Healer, Spiritual Counselor
A Life-long seeker and realizer of Truth, Brian Alan has been Called to embody and live-out Spiritual Principles in daily life…and out of this, been Moved into the realm of Healing, in the form of assisting others (via Holy Spirit Ministry) in all facets of their everyday living: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
In a Sound Therapy session, a combination of Sacred Healing Instruments will be used to facilitate healing, and enhance One’s consciousness and state-of-being, by harmonizing the body, mind, and spirit back to it’s natural state of balance and alignment…Sound Body, Sound Mind, Sound Spirit. Instruments that may be used are: Crystal and Tibetan (metal) Singing Bowls, Gong, Chimes, Drums, Rattles, Tuning Forks, and Vocal Toning and/or Chanting.