About Jessica

Jessica Cuttance, LPCA, M.S., CRC, RYT-200 has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling and is licensed as an associate in the state of North Carolina with the board of Licensed Professional Counselors. She studied psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was an ardent student of yoga at Carrboro Yoga Company under the expertise and direction of the international authority on Yoga for Athletes, Sage Rountree and Carrboro Yoga Company studio owner and long-time yogi, Lies Sapp.

As a mental health therapist, Jessica believes in the practice of yoga as a tool to promote both physical and mental wellness. Jessica specializes in therapeutic styles of yoga that energize and stimulate the body, calm the mind and strengthen one’s ability to be present in everyday life, both on and off the mat. 

Jessica hopes to challenge you and most importantly leave you feeling relaxed, better able to manage stress, cope with negative emotions and with a deeper connection to the present, here and now.


Success is feeling at peace with yourself, knowing deep down who you are, what you value, and then living your life accordingly.
— Jessica, Yoga Off East Instructor

Q + A

I am happiest…

when I am deeply connected with the people around me.  

My favorite view…

is the sky, anytime and anywhere. The moon over mountains, rain clouds, sunset at the beach, a cloudless Carolina blue… I am drawn to it, wherever I am. 

Morning ritual…

warm lemon water and puppy snuggles! I swear by the magical powers of this combination! 

One activity you do everyday without fail…

going for a walk outdoors with my dogs. 

A good day is…

full of the simple things: a carefree feeling spent with good friends, family, delicious food, sunshine, gratitude and a lot of laughter. 

Last thing you do at night…

before I get in bed, I stretch on the floor (usually pigeon or figure 4). 

What 3 things are vital to your day…

Bean Traders Coffee, a thought-provoking conversation and a good night’s sleep. 

Your most overused phrase…

”My honey bear!” (I say this at least 50x/day…but mostly to my dogs and husband… only occasionally to strangers and inanimate objects)

Go-to websites…

I’d have to say The Facebook and NPR, I have to get my daily dose of friend-stalking and keep up with world events. 

Most used emoji…

The red heart emoji according to my iphone, with the trophy emoji as a close second.

How do you unwind…

I go on a long walk while I listen to part of a book on Audible, then I take an Epsom salt + essential oil hot bath and listen to my breath. If that hasn’t done the trick, I eat a really good meal with my husband and have a glass of my favorite Malbec. 

What was your dream job as a child…

Depending on when you asked me, I either wanted to be a professional Irish Dancer or an international travelling DJ (I still want to be a famous DJ… never give up on your dreams….) 

Who is your greatest mentor…

My parents have been my greatest mentors. Showing me what true love looks like, the importance of hard work and focus, helping me navigate conflicts and troubles, loving me no matter what and treating the world and those around them with kindness. 

What one meeting changed your life…

Meeting my best friend in the 6th grade. Her friendship and our experiences together over the years had a big influence on the person I am today. She is beautiful and brilliant; all I did was try to keep up. 

Biggest risk that has paid off…

leaving a satisfying, well-paying job with great co-workers and international travel to become an underpaid and overworked graduate student constantly questioning myself and my ability to succeed….. To experience the pay off of feeling the freedom and happiness that my degree and current career brings me, but most importantly, knowing that I am helping others in the way I had always hoped I’d be able to. 

Failure is…

one of life’s greatest teachers. Failure is you not trying at all. It’s talking yourself out of taking a risk simply because you believe it is out of your comfort zone and therefore unattainable. It’s not listening to your intuition and instead, giving in to unfounded fears and worries. I think experiencing failure, although tough, is one of life’s greatest lessons.

Success is…

feeling at peace with yourself, knowing deep down who you are, what you value, and then living your life accordingly. 

Best piece of advice…

While it’s hard to say one piece of advice is better than the next, I am immediately reminded of one of my favorite quotes by David Foster Wallace: “The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.”