ABOUT INTEGRITY YOGA
A Message from Jackson Penfield-Cyr
My name is Jackson Penfield-Cyr. I am a native Vermonter, owner of Integrity Yoga LLC located in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire, and the founder of Yoga Sparśa Integration Therapy. I am a licensed bodyworker, with certifications in DermoNeuroModulation, Rolfing Structural Integration, and Yoga Instruction.
Integrity Yoga is the culmination of a decade of pain and resilience — a decade of refusing to accept pain as the new status quo within my body. My experience with chronic pain and autoimmune disease changed me and my sense of self. Through disintegration, I received an education in the science of reintegration and I discovered my yoga with integrity.
Now, informed by my lived experience and equipped with my expertise in manual and movement therapy, I serve those in need, those seeking change. By sharing the lessons I’ve learned and the truth I now live, I invite you to make the choice to practice personal responsibility in your health care. And it is truly an invitation, because no body can do it for you, yet you cannot do it alone.
For people of all ages, abilities and aspirations — from peak performance athletes to their grandparents, from those in chronic pain to those seeking better posture, from infants to adolescents and to mothers and fathers alike — Integrity Yoga is my offer of service to you as well as my hope for you.
Integrity Yoga invites you to invite your Self into a healthier and happier relationship with your Body.
Welcome to Integrity Yoga.
Movement Toward A Grateful Life
The adventure of life is to learn. Jackson was born and raised in rural Vermont, where he lived an active lifestyle. He grew up with a love for movement, participating in many athletics competitively and recreationally as well as dance, theatre, chorus and orchestra, learning how to work and condition his body. In high school, he was a four-sport varsity athlete, in basketball, tennis, track & field, and cross-country running, and a member of four state championship teams. The allure of action and the joy of competition inspired Jackson to challenge himself constantly in his pursuit of peak performance.
The purpose of life is to grow. Evolution is a path of suffering. The summer before college, Jackson suffered a knee injury that changed his life. His collegiate athletic career ended before it began. Poor advice from doctors and misguided physical therapy produced imbalance within his body and led to chronic pain. With competitive athletics a non-option, Jackson satisfied his need for movement through participation in dance ensemble and men’s acapella in college. But upon graduation, he committed to healing himself, with the aspiration of running ultramarathons in five years.
The nature of life is to change. Self-rehabilitation is an act self-experimentation. With trust in his intuition and athletic experience, Jackson began to perform a basic exercise regimen. He also began exploring his movement in gravity while barefoot in order to nurture accurate proprioceptive awareness of his movement patterns and his imbalance within. Initially, Jackson experienced physical improvement, but his good intentions eventually paved a path of self-inflicted pain and suffering.
The challenge of life is to overcome. Pain and suffering offer choice as well as opportunity for change. Upon moving to Washington DC and being in noxious environments at home and at work, figuratively and literally, Jackson’s workout regimen devolved into escapism. The intensity, frequency, and duration mounted exponentially. He began to embody all the stress around him in action and habit. This state of stress also gave an unknown and literal parasite within him the chance to flourish: Lyme Disease. In short, a perfect storm grew within Jackson. It culminated in a death-like experience he still doesn’t fully understand, after which awoke him to existential gratitude — an inner peace offering a new beginning, a movement toward a grateful life.
The essence of life is to care. Yoga is the practice of mindful embodiment. The practice presented itself to Jackson in the form of a modest little yoga studio in Washington, DC. His first class in the space served as a reintroduction to the practice and a reminder of truth forgotten. Promising nothing but the process, he committed to it. Slowly and mindfully, he set to work resetting his habits: physically, mentally, emotionally. He began volunteering in the space shortly thereafter, situating himself securely within a community of caring. The future he hoped for started to unfold.
The secret of life is to dare. Dissatisfaction is the beginning of awakening. After nine months of daily yoga asana practice, Jackson realized he needed additional help to reintegrate his body, particularly his spine. He decided to try Rolfing® on a whim, due to his reservations of other therapies, knowing nothing about it other than it’s reputation as a bodywork that would likely be painful and might help his condition. Similar to his initial experience at the yoga studio, his first Rolfing® session proved a revelation. By combining Rolfing® with yoga asana, Jackson discovered a powerful recipe for physical transformation. In fact, the transformation he experienced inspired him to enroll in a Yoga Teacher Training, with little knowledge of yoga beyond asana, and then to quit his job to study at The Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration, with little knowledge of Rolfing® other than his felt experience. Each enrollment was a leap of faith, and the only thing Jackson truly knew was it all felt right.
The beauty of life is to give. It is in the act of giving that we receive. Almost immediately after graduating from yoga teacher training, Jackson began teaching at his neighborhood yoga studio. With the good faith of the studio owner, four classes per week soon became seven classes per week, and Jackson relished the opportunity to serve others. His instruction style, born of his lived-experience and his mentors, emphasized his role as a guide, holding space and inviting practitioners to be present with themselves in a way other exercise modalities often do not. To come as you are and give your Body and Self unconditional presence: that’s the whole beautiful point of the practice.
The more Jackson learned through study and practice, the more he realized everything is Yoga. He had often described Rolfing® Structual Integration to friends as “manual yoga,” and his studies at The Rolf Institute reinforced this characterization: Dr. Ida P. Rolf studied Yoga prior to developing Rolfing® Structural Integration. This recognition, along with his study of DermoNeuroModulation (a science-based perspective to bodywork that challenges the traditional explanatory paradigms within manual therapies based upon modern neuroscience research, especially pain physiology) revealed the need for us all to remember a divine truth: Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. This is a truth of Yoga ("Union").
Therefore, Jackson founded Yoga Sparśa Integration Therapy in 2018 as a manual and movement therapy to honor both ancient and modern scientific methods seeking principles of truth. In doing so, Yoga Sparśa Integration Therapy serves to give bodywork a modality with a name beyond a cult of individual ego and to remind practitioners of its selfless and timeless principles and origins.
The joy of life is to love. Live the way you love, love the way you live - or, in the words of his yoga instructor, “Teach what you embody, embody what you teach.” Now, Jackson works with clients in private sessions and offers group classes that invite everyone to practice their Yoga with Integrity, on and off the mat. Jackson's joys are simple: roving barefoot around the Green Mountains, sharing time with family and friends, learning about neuroscience and human behavioral biology, and seeking adventures around the world — everywhere and always, practicing his Yoga.