Somatic psychotherapist, Marriage/Family therapist, Movement therapist, Play therapist & Spiritual director
Jayne Dean is a somatic psychotherapist, marriage and family therapist, movement therapist, play therapist and spiritual director. She maintains a private practice and works with individuals, couples, families and children and incorporates a variety of body and somatic based modalities into her work. She is the owner of Connecticut Aerial Yoga where she offers classes in aerial yoga, aerial acrobatics and Shake Your Soul®: The Yoga of Dance. Jayne is a teacher/guide/mentor and life-long student. Over the years, Jayne has developed and refined her approach to healing and transformation through movement, dance, yoga and somatic psychotherapy.
Connect with a higher power, a source bigger than me.
Stop acting small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. Rumi
A mindful moment with nature
Play time with my aerial fabric hammock
Trust the wisdom of the body. Make time to connect inward, with the deep self and the vast, rich internal world.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
I love living in a small-ish city that is close to NYC. I have been spending a lot of time in NYC for work the past 5 years. Hartford has a symphony, The Bushnell Performing Arts Center (Hamilton is touring right now), museums, diverse restaurants many hiking/walking options nearby and we are big enough that Cirque de Soliel tours here!
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Includes an egg or two, with toast or over roasted vegetables. I prefer to make my own food, usually one-pot meals, warm stews, chili or soup. The Firebox is our go-to restaurant before the symphony with clean, interesting farm-to-table food.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Our dogs wake us around 5:30am. One of us takes them out while the other makes coffee. My husband and I eat breakfast together with the newspaper. After breakfast I take time with a spiritual text and some self-study. What constitutes a spiritual text is quite broad. Right now my texts are: Between the Dark and the Daylight: Embracing the Contradictions of Life By Joan Chittister and the Neurobiology of We by Daniel Siegel.
10:00 AM – On Mondays and Thursdays I am at my office with clients. Other days I am finishing up a walk, hike or time on my Pilates reformer, rushing to get ready to go to the office.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
Noon is a popular client time so I am usually seeing clients. I take a half hour (sometimes less) to eat leftovers I’ve made. A hot meal is what I prefer. When I haven’t had time to cook lunch is a yogurt, which doesn’t satisfy me at all.
7:00 PM – Finishing up with clients or teaching my aerial yoga class. I typically am working on some kind of project, planning a workshop or aerial class so once I am home I will spend an hour on this, then begin to wind down for the night.
11:00 PM – Reading in bed. At bedtime it is fiction only. I am currently absorbed in The Book of Strange and New Things by Michel Faber. Spirituality and God meets science fiction.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
I start the day with 20-oz of coffee in my Contigo insulated mug, half caffeine, half decaf. I like my coffee really hot and this keeps it hot for over an hour. To get through the day I need ice water. I fill my 20-oz Yeti tumbler with ice and keep adding water to it. An ice filled mug is always with me when I am driving or working.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
My instagram account is all about the aerial arts. I only follow other aerialists. Occasionally I post nature or dog pictures on @aerial.therapist
What should everyone try at least once?
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
In the creative process: Whether I am planning a workshop, an aerial yoga/aerial acrobatics class or yoga dance class, I love the twists, turns and discoveries of the creative process and can spend hours in preparation. I find it very nourishing on so many levels.