Jean Jacques

Haitian-born father, artist, and teacher living in Philadelphia. He started painting in his father’s studio, before he could walk, and later studied at the University of the Arts and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Jean-Jacques completed his first teacher training in Southern India in 2007. His first yoga students were children and prisoners. Jean-Jacques has taught in prisons, public schools, yoga studios, and national and international festivals. He co-leads the teacher training program at Studio 34 in West Philly and is the co-creator of a yoga clothing line with Philadelphia Printworks called “The Embodied Collection”. The line is rooted in the words of Audre Lorde, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgent. Caring for myself is an act of survival.”