Founder: Jessy Raspiller
Ventura Pop Up Yoga was founded in efforts to bring more
people to a yoga mat.
What started out as a playful classes in the park with close friends, quickly turned into the birth of a community.
Founder Jessy Raspiller began her teaching career in 2014, upon completing the first of many trainings. She was encouraged to reach an underserved market and tap into an audience that didn’t perviously have access to yoga. With this in mind, Jessy contacted her close group of friends that had voiced their intimidation of practicing at a yoga studio. Collectively a small group began to gather at Marina Park, for free classes as Jessy found her voice as a teacher.
Six months later, in the Spring of 2015, three friends united to expand upon this idea. Jen Spencer + Heather Perry, alongside of Jessy, committed to bring more yoga to more people. Knowing that the outdoor element removed many of the barriers for new students, the ladies elected to extend their twice weekly Yoga in the Wild classes on a donation basis, knowing that this could be another obstacle to entry.
Ventura Pop Up Yoga was born with a spark of inspiration. That spark was quickly fanned and as the community grew from a group of close friends to up to 60 yogis gathering at our Sunday, flagship class. Our classes continue to grow and shifted each year based on the needs of our community.
We’ve brought yoga to every corner of Ventura County, Popping Up through the years as far as Thousand Oaks. We continue to strive to meet people where they are, whether that’s a playful practice at a brewery, an adventure on a hiking trail, or simply creatively tie dying t-shirts in the park. Sometimes it’s the enticement of something familiar that can welcome someone to the mat for the first time.
We come back time and time again in recognition that none of this could be possible because of one person. This community is based upon the collective; each of you that have shown up even for a single class as well as the array of teachers that have graced our parks over the years. We are #bettertogether.
As we enter our 5th season, we face one of the most unique situations in recent history. What has been a challenge for our small business, has turned into an opportunity to connect with yoga students all over the world via our new online resources. We look forward to the return to our outdoor Yoga Studio, but in the meantime we welcome you to join us wherever you are in life.
An open invitation stands to join us for your first yoga class or
deepen your practice with us.
Our connection to nature, both on and off the mat has always cued to us how to evolve. We have no doubt that as we tune inwards for this period of time, that nature will show us what’s to come for this incredible community.