wild essence origin.


Wild Essence Yoga, as it is today, emerged from the muck of a deep trauma and transformation. Lead Trainer Jessi Mendez ERYT500 began trainings under a different name in 2015, out of her studio Live Yoga which had been the gem of North Eastern CT for 3 years. The end of 2016 marked a new chapter for Jessi, the studio and the training programs.

Rising from the ashes of personal loss including bankruptcy and homelessness, Jessi had chosen to pass on her studio to a graduate of her training program and pursue her deepest passion to travel and share a passion for Yoga and truth internationally. 

Wild Essence blossomed as the deepest connection to source, to the universe, to each other and to ourselves. The practice of Yoga is so much more than a shape, or the industry. This training aims to eliminate separation and the necessity to fit into any particular box. We aim to call you home to your truest nature, in which all living beings are our relations. We choose not to classify or divide the practice of oneness into a specific title or style. Instead, we expose students to various lineages and encourage each one to seek their own expression of connection even if it remains undefined. We aim to break the confines of the cages, and reclaim our birth right to be WILD.



The way to maintain one's connection to the wild is to ask yourself what it is that you want. This is the sorting of the seed from the dirt. One of the most important discriminations we can make in this matter is the difference between things that beckon to us and things that call from our souls.

- Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves