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Off the (Yoga) Mat Chat with Jessica Parsons

Jessica Parsons not only rocks an extra chromosome, but she’s rockin’ her downward dog pose, too. Hailing from the golden state, Jessica’s got those cool Californian vibes. She’s a yoga teacher, artist, and a twin!

At 16 years old, Jessica, whose parents own a yoga studio, began teaching classes on her own for individuals with different abilities through the Down Syndrome Association of Santa Barbara. She’s been teaching ever since.

We caught up with her recently to find out about yoga, her celebrity crushes, and life as an artist. Here’s what she had to say:

Jessica, what’s your favorite yoga pose?

My favorite yoga pose is Twisted Triangle! It’s fun to do and helps my back feel better.

How does practicing yoga make you feel?

Practicing yoga can be hard sometimes. I don’t like some of the poses that are the best for me! But when I keep practicing, I get stronger and that makes me feel good.

What’s the best part about being a twin?

The best part of being a twin is celebrating our birthday together. We always have a great time. We even celebrate our half birthday, just for the fun of it.

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Zac Efron is definitely my celebrity crush. Awww, I just love him!

I know you post a lot of coffee mug photos. Do you have a go-to mug that’s your favorite?

My sister has an Instagram called Mug Content Monday. So every week I find a new mug to post. I have lots of favorites. My current favorite mug says, “It’s Only Rock and Roll,” from a play that I was in with my friends!

What's your message to young artists and yogis who want to follow in your footsteps?

My best advice is to do what you love and just keep practicing. I practice yoga a lot. When I first started teaching yoga, I taught with a partner and learned the routines until I was ready to teach on my own. With art, I keep learning that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be cool! It’s fun to be creative and experiment and try new things.

Anything else you want to share?

Teaching yoga and being an artist has been so fun. When I am teaching yoga, I love having my students in classes and helping others get healthy. I can’t wait to start again in person. I love selling my art in art shows and on my website. I am lucky to have parents and family who have given me lots of support to follow my dreams.

Want to see Jessica’s art for yourself or try one of her yoga classes? Visit her website.

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