Welcome Packet


to the

Aligned With Purpose

200 hour yoga teacher training!

Salento, Italy * March 1st - 27th, 2021

I am so excited to meet you and share the illuminating teachings of yoga and movement with you. Here is everything you need to know about planning your upcoming trip and training. If you still have questions after reading through this welcome packet, please don’t hesitate to contact us at: info@jessrose.yoga - my team and I are here for you and happy to help!

About one month before the training begins, you will be sent a link to join our private Facebook group, where we can share questions, travel plans, say hello before the training begins, and share resources and information during and after the training. Please be sure to click the link once you receive it and join the group!

Sample Weekly Schedule

7:30 - 9:30
Asana, Meditation, Pranayama Workshop

9:30 - 11:00
Breakfast + Break

11:00 - 2:00
Lecture, Lab, Discussion, and Practice

2:00 - 3:30
Lunch Break

3:30 - 5:30
Asana, Meditation, Pranayama Workshop

5:30 onwards
Free Time, Dinner, and Self-Study

* There will be approx. 90 minutes of daily self-study lecture videos in anatomy and yoga philosophy to be completed at your leisure throughout the duration of the training
Times are subject to change depending on the specifics of the daily offerings.

Visa Information

For US, Canadian, and all other non-EU passport holders, all passports must be valid for at least three more months upon entry into Italy, though six is recommended. No tourist visa is needed if the stay is less than 90 days.

Weather Info

  • The average high temperature for Salento in March is 15 degrees Celsius. The average low is 7 degrees.
  • Yoga In Salento is heated, so we will be warm and cozy for the training!

Packing List

Required Reading

Please read these texts before the course begins in order to prepare yourself as best as possible for our philosophy and anatomy lectures. If it's difficult to find the philosophy books written by the listed authors below, feel free to find another version. These are Jess' favorite versions of these classic texts.

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda 
  • The Bhagavad Gita by Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood
  • Your Body, Your Yoga by Bernie Clark
  • Yoga Beyond Belief by Ganga White

* Note about Your Body, Your Yoga: This is a difficult text to read for those without a foundation in anatomy and/or body mechanics. Just spend some time with the book before the training to get a sense of the alignment and anatomy principles we will be covering throughout the course. You can then read the whole text book after the training when it will be easier to understand!

** You are not required to bring the required reading books to the training, but it might be useful to have the Yoga Sutras and Yoga Beyond Belief on-hand for your referencing pleasure during the course. 🙂

Highly Recommended Reading

Even if you don’t have time to read these before the training, these texts are highly recommended for you to read as a yoga teacher to give you even more insight into the diverse practice of yoga, anatomy, and teaching.


  • Your Spine, Your Yoga by Bernie Clark
  • Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain
  • Yoga: Fascia, Anatomy and Movement by J. Avison
  • The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume I by Dr. Ray Long
  • The Anatomy Coloring Book by Kapit & Elson
  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews

Hatha Yoga + Pranayama

  • Light on Pranayama by B.K.S. Iyengar
  • Light on Yoga by B.K.S. Iyengar

Yin & Restorative Yoga

  • The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The Philosophy and Practice of Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark
  • Insight Yoga by Sarah Powers
  • The Language of Yin by Gabrielle Harris
  • The Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson
  • Relax and Renew by Judith Hanson Lasater

Ancient Yoga Philosophy

  • Hatha Yoga Pradipika (no particular translator)
  • The Ten Principle Upanishads by Shree Purohit Swami and W.B. Yeats
  • The Upanishads by P. Olvielle

Hindu / Yoga Philosophy

  • The Yoga Tradition by Georg Feuerstein
  • The Origins and Development of Classical Hinduism by A.L. Basham

Teaching + Career Skills

  • Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer
  • The Art and Business of Teaching Yoga by Amy Ippoliti

Asana + Class Theming

  • Myths of the Asanas by Alanna Kaivalya
  • Theme Weaver by Michelle Marchildon

Buddhism + Meditation

  • A Path With Heart by Jack Kornfield
  • The Path is the Goal by Chögyam Trungpa

Writing Exercises

Put aside some time to write in a notebook, digital document or journal and come to the training ready to share those parts of your writing, at least the parts you feel comfortable sharing, with fellow students.
  • Who do you want to be? (What kind of person? What do you love to do? What do you value? What makes you feel alive?)
  • What are your assets? What are you good at? What are your talents and strengths? What are your gifts?
  • What are your liabilities? What are your foibles, flaws, weaknesses?
  • What does yoga mean to you?
  • What is your reason for wanting to be a yoga teacher? What is your mission in teaching yoga? What do you hope to contribute to your life, and the world by being one?

Practice Suggestions

We will be on the mat up to 5 hours a day practicing asana. To prepare for this kind of physical activity we recommend increasing the frequency and duration of your yoga practice in the weeks leading up to the training.
Your body will acclimate after the first week or so, but just so your first week is more enjoyable, you might want to make sure you are practicing 4-6x a week for a minimum of 60 minutes and up to 3 hours if time allows on some days. This is more of an ideal goal, in an ideal world, so don’t worry if you cannot increase this much before the training begins. Again, your body will get used to it as we go, but it’s best to be as prepared as you can!

Online Practice Tools with Jess

We strongly recommend having a regular practice (as mentioned above) before coming to the training. Now is a great time to get used to my classes and learn a bit more about my teaching style. Not only will this help you meet your practice goals, it will familiarize you with my energy and style of teaching, cues, themes and sequencing. When you arrive, we’ll be much more “synced up” and ready to roll!

Find some of Jess’ classes here :
Classes on yogiapproved.com
Slow Intermediate Vinyasa
Sweaty Advanced Vinyasa

Practice Meditation

During this course, we will meditate daily. Yoga and meditation are two things that have gone hand in hand since the early origins of both practices, and as a yoga teacher, you will probably be asked at some point about your meditation practice, and if you are able to lead meditation. You will learn a lot about meditation during the training, but before we meet in January, take some time to sit in stillness and silence, or follow some guided meditations. Be ready to share your meditation experience with the group.

Any Questions?

Please send any further questions about the training you might have to:
info@jessrose.yoga or post them in our private facebook group - chances are, others have the same questions as you!

I can't wait to meet you in Salento!