Drop-in Baby & Toddler Yoga Classes at Joe's :: Tuesdays at 10am & 11am

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6220 Rhode Island Ave.
Riverdale Park, MD


Joe's Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Rd.
Mt. Rainier, MD

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at Christ Church
620 G Street SE
Rear Entrance
Washington, DC



Jessica LaGarde, RMP

I began studying massage and teaching preschool creative movement around the same time, and have been lucky enough to have remained active in both worlds since I moved to the DC metro area in 2004.  

I joined the staff at Potomac Massage Training Institute after graduation, and worked in the classroom for six years, serving as an intern in their deep tissue practicum and then assistant and later, lead instructor in their Clinical Applications & Integration Classes.  The final hands-on exam in this class ultimately determined whether students were prepared to become professional massage therapists, and I loved knowing that I was "making" colleagues. 

Through my private practice, affiliation with PMTI and employment at DC-based spas, I have worked at city halls, in transitional housing facilities, at private clubs, in embassies, at military barracks, at conventions, in private homes and in high-end spas.

I've been working with children since my teenage years as a babysitter and summer environmental camp counselor.  I am passionate about helping children discover and explore their bodies and the world.  I was trained by Joye Newman, MA to teach creative movement for her former studio, Kids Moving Company begining in 2004, and in 2017, I completed my Baby & Toddler Yoga Teacher Training through Childlight Yoga.  My work with children is informed by Childlight and the Itty Bitty Yoga programs, Joye's "in-synch" philosophy, and Magda Gerber's Educaring approach to treating even the youngest infants as fully formed and unique humans exploring the new world around themselves.

In my free time, I chase my daughter around the neighborhood, begin knitting projects which I rarely finish, garden, cook, take too many pictures with my iphone, and kickbox.

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