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Jessica O’Keefe E-RYT 500, has 20 years of experience guiding people in yoga and movement education. Her understanding of yoga and the human body has been influenced by Body Mind Centering, modern dance, dance therapy, and holistic health.
Jessica assists her students in knowing the joy and wonderment of integrating the mind and body. She encourages an authentic and life-nurturing practice, one that brings greater consciousness to each moment and each movement of the body.

Jessica has taught workshops throughout the United States. She also teaches the 300 Hour Somatic Yoga  Teacher Training at the Dallas Yoga Center. Jessica has been training students to become teachers since 2005.


Since the birth of her son in 2008, Jessica has developed a specific line of research focused on the pelvic floor and women’s health.


Her teaching always remains committed to a sense of ease and acceptance.


Jessica is ever grateful for her students and many teachers.

Jessica instructs the following:
  • Yoga for Women
  • Designed to honor being a woman through gentle, nurturing asana & ancient yogic wisdom. Poses focus on the endocrine system and the pelvic floor. All levels.

  • Embodied Asana
  • Embodied Asana ~ An Asana class centered around experiential anatomy & somatic principles which supports conscious, free, easeful movement. This movement meditation allows the student to observe habits, increase body awareness, enhance motor learning, sharpen mental focus & increase overall understanding of themselves & the world around them. All Levels.

  • 300 Hr Somatic Yoga TT
  • February 25, 2017 - November 10, 2019

    The DALLAS YOGA CENTER presents a unique 300 Hour Embodied Anatomy & Somatic Yoga teacher training program based on the work of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen & Body-Mind Centering®.

    This yoga immersion series led by senior BMCsm teachers Lisa Clark and Amy Matthews presents anatomy thru the lens of embryological development and somatic movement.

    DYC senior teachers Carla Rudiger Weaver, Jessica O’Keefe, and Paula Weithman will train students on how to integrate this amazing approach into their teaching practice.

    Early Bird Discount $6460 by 10/1 or $7200 after 10/1

    7 Month Pymt Plan! Call DYC for details.


    300 Hour Embodied Anatomy & Somatic Yoga Teacher Training:

    ALL DATES & HOURS - Shown below

    Jan 20-22, 2017
    Feb 25-26, 2017
    April 21-23, 2017
    August 4-6, 2017
    Sept 30-Oct 1, 2017
    November 10-12, 2017

    Jan 5-7, 2018
    Feb 24-25, 2018
    April 20-22, 2018
    August 3-5, 2018
    Sept 29-30, 2018
    November 9-11, 2018

    Jan 4-6, 2019
    Feb 23-24, 2019
    April 26-28, 2019
    May 18-19, 2019
    August 2-4, 2019
    Oct 11-13, 2019
    November 9-10, 2019

    Welcome to Dallas Yoga Center’s 300 Hour Embodied Anatomy & Somatic Yoga Teacher Training Program - a dynamic, enriching, and interactive learning space that is designed to deepen not only your yoga practice but also you as a person. We are honored to join together the best international and local DYC instructors to support you on a somatic based yoga journey that brings greater meaning, understanding, inspiration and embodiment to not only your practice and your teaching but also to your way of life.

    This hands-on, collaborative, laboratory training explores the Body-Mind connection through the lens of a yoga practice that is rooted in somatic embodiment principles. Students will crystallize these somatic principles through practice, study, discussion, and teaching.

    The core of this program is based on the Foundations in Embodied Anatomy (FEA) Yoga Immersion Series taught at DYC by international BMCsm senior instructors Lisa Clark and Amy Mathews. Enrollment in the EAY program is required in order to be a student in the DYC 300 Hour Embodied Anatomy & Somatic Yoga Teacher Training. In addition to the FEA modules, students will complete 7 separate weekend sessions on somatic yoga and somatic psychology led by senior DYC instructors David Sunshine, Carla Rudiger Weaver, Jessica O’Keefe and Paula Weithman.

    Combining the BMCsm / FEA program with the DYC 300 hour training gives students an incredible opportunity to take an advanced training that is profoundly transformative. Students will develop a stronger ability to see with and teach from more depth of understanding. The experience of creating and articulating the information for a student’s body will deepen your understanding and take you further into the process of your own embodiment. And you will come away with a better more sophisticated and subtler understanding of the body’s natural intelligence along with a greater precision in language and confidence to teach the body’s inherent evolutionary developmental movement patterns.

    In this advanced somatic yoga teacher training students will crystallize BMC/somatic principles learned in the EAY program through practice, study, discussion, and teaching practice as well as:

    -Learn to listen, observe and connect with students in a deeply felt inclusive way so that you can help your students discover their own movement potential and resources for support.

    -Develop your own sense of embodiment and understanding of somatic principles through in class somatization, observations and presentations. These will also allow you to engage with yourself and students from compassion and empathy.

    -Explore the somatic psychology of the chakra system and how to apply embodiment principles to Body-Mind Integration during two weekend immersions with Senior DYC instructor Paula Weithman. In a supportive group environment, Paula will guide a deeply enriching investigation of the chakra system from the perspective of somatic psychotherapy that includes journaling, mirroring, and body reading.

    -Experience somatic psychology exercises which will allow students to observe cellular memory patterns and experience being connected to oneself and others in new ways. By witnessing thoughts/feelings together and allowing them to be acknowledged without judgment, students will learn to release the tension of old holding patterns and to relax into a deeper connectivity.

    -Teachers are always faced with all sorts of bodies and situations, and to be a skillful teacher we are practicing choice. DYC 300 Hour advanced training strengthens your ability to choose what is applicable in the moment as opposed to aligning the moment with a technique, system, or by prescribing or fixing through a particular technique.

    All 200 Hour trained yoga teachers from various backgrounds are welcome on this journey of questioning and discovery. DYC 300 Hour Somatic Yoga Educators Teacher Training is a space to come for heartfelt exploration, deep inquiry, and exciting ‘aha moments’ grounded in the joys and challenges of daily living.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Carla Rudiger, DYC 300 Hour Teacher training program manager at:


    * Become a Somatic Yoga Teacher
    * Opportunity to teach Somatic Yoga Community Classes at DYC
    * Books and reading materials included