Broga Instructor Profile: Jessica Donohue

Jessica Donohue

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A Broga® INSTRUCTOR?

I decided to become a Broga® instructor while I was in the middle of my 200 hr  Yoga Teacher training. My instructor had been a life long athlete and would often mention the importance of combining yoga with strength training. Yoga, alone, doesn’t give the body all it needs for optimal health, he would say. He mentioned Broga® as an example of a style of yoga that weaves fitness into every class, building strength along side flexibility. I checked out the Broga® website, watched some videos and signed up that very day for the online training course.

WHAT SONG GETS YOUR CLASS PUMPED DURING THE H.I.I.T. SECTION?

My two favorite songs lately for the HIIT section of class are Henrietta, by The Fratellis and Here It Goes Again, by OK Go. Both super upbeat and fun songs.

HAVE YOU RUN INTO ANY MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT Broga® AND HOW HAVE YOU RESPONDED?

I think people hear the word Broga® and think it’s a joke, that it’s not a serious class. I like that the first impression makes people smile. Then I tell them what it is, beyond a silly name and most people seem to get it. Get them to a class and the joke’s up. I love teaching a class where people really get to push themselves to new places and see how much stronger they are than they had thought before, both physically and mentally.

WHERE DO YOU TEACH AND WHAT IS YOUR CLASS SCHEDULE?

My classes are Tuesdays from 6:30pm-7:30pm and Saturdays from Noon to 1:00 at a small group and personal training gym called Strength Lab Eugene. It’s only been open for a few months but it’s growing quickly.

IN ADDITION TO BROGA®/YOGA WHAT OTHER FITNESS AND HOBBIES DO YOU ENJOY?

In addition to Broga®, I teach Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga. I became certified to teach in San Diego 2 years ago and I’m the first one to bring it to the waters of Eugene, Oregon! I have my sights set on teaching retreats in tropical locations in the future, combining Broga® and SUP yoga. Keep your eyes out for Yo, SUP Bro!

My personal workout, beyond yoga, is powerlifting. I love surprising people with how strong a small woman can be..

WHAT IS THE RATIO OF MEN TO WOMEN IN YOUR CLASS?

My classes are 1/3 men at this point.

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