Tell Me Your (Yoga) Story: Jianna

Jianna Hoss

Meet Jianna Hoss. She teaches vinyasa and aerial yoga at {be} Yoga in Sioux City, Iowa. She's a barista, caffeine-enthusiast, and adventurer. She comes alive most when she's able to go forward, when she gets to spend a night camping, or road tripping, or in a yoga workshop, or sitting and having coffee with a friend. She says, "Anything that propels me forward and allows me to be very present makes me come alive." 

In one sentence, what is yoga to you?

Yoga is an adventure to your truest path, mixed with a little sweat, magic, and freedom.

How did you start practicing yoga?

I started practicing six years ago to help counter the running I was doing. What truly got me to my mat was a break up at 20, which finally landed me in a studio in 2014. That was that. That same summer I did my 200-hr training at Heartwork Yoga in Northfield, MN.

What does your practice look like now on the mat and off the mat?

On the mat, my practice is constantly evolving. Lately, I’ve been into the more functional and anatomical parts of the practice, but generally I embrace the playful and messy and freeing part of the practice. Off the mat, my yoga involves a lot of reading (currently reading Women Who Run With The Wolves, highly recommend!), quiet time, adventures, climbing, hammocking, and laughter.

Favorite pose & why?

Pincha mayurasana, through and through. It’s a pose that taught me discipline in my practice- I’ve taken the pose nearly every day for a year now. I love being able to see and feel how messy it was, and now how graceful and strong I’ve become from it. It’s a pose that teaches me to become humbled, graceful, and also nonattached to the outcome.

How has yoga made your life better?

Yoga has taught me wonders. I’ve arrived to my mat after some triumphs, after big life events, after having broken hearts, after transitions… my mat has seen a lot of highs, a lot of lows. And because of that, it’s my home base. Yoga is the one thing I can always return to, it’s the place for solitude and healing and transformation. It’s taught me to stop resisting life, to be grateful for the mountains and the valleys of life, and how to love everything harder.

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