Dancing Queen, Jaycee Gossett gives us the empowering story of her intimate relationship with movement.
hey LA @theclassbytt team :) I am thrilled to meet you and reunite with class sister @thisisnatalie as I sub for ms. @heatherlilleston this month! 5/17 @ 7am + 5/18 @ 9am in LA!! head to #theclasswithtt website for the location info! | theclasswithtt.com • NYC class team | come sweat with me every Monday + Wednesday 9:30am + Sunday's 10am in TriBeCa • x photo by the amazing @jaimiebaird
How did you get into yoga & dance?
I always say movement saved my life. It found me. My mom had me in dance classes as soon as I could walk. She was so excited to finally have a girl after 3 boys, she was like, “You are dancing!” So dance came the main source of connection for me. Many of my earliest memories in life involve movement. Those early memories were my first experiences of connecting, arriving to a feeling of tapping into something so much bigger than myself. Something so big, it was beyond my comprehension. That feeling of coming home was what drove me to keep moving. It was all I wanted to do. No matter what was going on with me at home, in school, in life, I knew that it would all be okay once I started moving. If I didn’t have the option of dancing, I really don’t know what would have happened to me! It gave me somewhere to put my energy. A way to safely and constructively express myself and transform current challenges I was experiencing. When I was moving, I was able to see past the overwhelming energies that I felt weighing on me. I could move past the present and remember who I was and why I was here.
My yoga journey officially began on a trip to Bali when I was 19. As a dancer, I grew up stretching and was introduced to yoga poses in class, but my first official yoga classes started in Bali. This was the beginning of my breath and body learning to move together as one.
There are so many fitness and yoga classes out there to explore. Can you share some of your top picks?
Yes! the class , created by Taryn Toomey, is by far my favorite workout, fitness experience and spiritual catharsis! I thank the universe everyday for it.
I love it so much I also teach it! the class is a 75-minute cathartic mind-body experience. You shake, you pulse, you bounce, and you use sound to break open and activate stagnant "layers" in the body where stress, tension, and emotions are stored.
In the class , you will find that you are much stronger than you thought. Classes are offered at 291 Broadway in Tribeca, The Movement Fitness Studio, and Studio B at Bandier in the flatiron.
Come to my classes! Monday + Wednesday's 9:30 and Sunday’s @10am.
Favorite go-to drink and meal?
I have had the true privilege of working with founder of Parsley Health Dr. Robin Berzin on a show we both hosted, The Juice. I also choreographed her wedding dance :) I love this woman. She is a force in the world of wellness and an innovator in functional medicine.
Being a Parsley Health member and a Dr. Robin devotee, I start my mornings with the Parsley’s Rebuild plant-based protein powder in a smoothie or just mixed with water or juice when the fridge is empty. The add-ons vary depending on what season we’re in.
Here’s a simple recipe:
- 2 scoops of Parsley’s Rebuild powder
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 cup organic frozen berries
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 3 ice cubes
Vitamix that baby up and drink!
My go to meal is usually involves a big mix of veggies, greens, avocado and anything else super nutrient dense. I can usually be found eating everything at Sun in Bloom in Tribeca. Their Bella Divine salad is my ultimate post workout meal.