Vinyasa simply means connecting breath to movement. Jamie´s classes focus on safety and alignment, but also allow people to feel every part of their bodies as they flow and connect each movement with breath. Jamie´s background in psychology and education has led her on a journey to establish a style that is therapeutic but also strengthens and invigorates her students. She believes it is really important to view yoga as more than just a way to gain muscle and increase flexibility. It is an integrative practice that teaches people to connect what they are feeling in their physical body to what might be going on in their emotional body.
Jamie, a life-long athlete, found yoga in 2005 while living in Guatemala. For many years Jamie resisted yoga. She was an active marathon runner for many years and felt that she needed the rush of more rigorous exercise. But, as her body continued to tighten and stiffen and after battling many different injuries she gave yoga a try. Yoga soon became a regular practice and brought a new freedom to Jamie’s body. Many of the aches and pains started to alleviate and to her surprise she became much stronger.
But, the freedom yoga brought was not only in the body. It allowed Jamie space to slow down her overly active mind and lifestyle. It allowed her to become more contemplative and soften her heart. Yoga awakened her spirit. After feeling all of these benefits in her own life Jamie knew she needed to share yoga with others, especially athletes and women who have survived trauma—two areas she felt she has had significant experience with.
Jamie’s first career was working with survivors of domestic violence and she later became a high school teacher. Her background as an athlete as well as in social service work and teaching led Jamie on a journey to establish a style that is both therapeutic and challenging. She believes that yoga is an integrated practice involving a mind-body connection that allows people to become more aware of the sensations in their physical body and how those may be related to the emotions sitting deep within their cells. Yoga can be a profound transformational practice, especially for those who have experienced trauma or battle mental health issues.
Jamie became a Registered Yoga Teacher in 2009 through Core Power Yoga in Chicago, IL. Since then she has continued her training in many different aspects. She attended Seane Corn’s Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training, Yoga to those at Risk Workshop with Hala Khouri, Street Yoga Teacher Training, Off the Mat, Into the World’s Yoga, Purpose, and Action Intensive and the Awakend Heart, Embodied Mind 200 HR Teacher Training with Hala Khouri and Julian Walker. Most recently Jamie has been training with Jessica Jennings of Ma Yoga, for pregnancy, motherhood, and beyond. Each master teacher she has trained and practiced with has inspired the way that she teaches.
Since 2009 Jamie has been teaching vinyasa yoga for many different populations. She has taught in traditional yoga studios, but has also had the opportunity to bring yoga into high school classrooms and to the faculty members of the public schools. She has taught special classes to support high stakes testing, community classes to raise funds for different causes, athletic teams, and several workshops on stress management and self-regulation.
One of the most rewarding experiences Jamie has had was teaching an 8-week series to developmentally disabled adults. Each of these populations required Jamie to mold the practice to the needs and levels of the students and that is what makes instruction a creative process.
Jamie’s classes focus on safety and alignment, but also allow people to have an embodied experience as they flow and connect each movement with breath. Students leave her classes feeling restored, strong and invigorated.
There are several Yoga options Jamie can offer:
Anybody can benefit from a yoga practice, but there are specific populations that Jamie can tailor a class to due to her extensive training and experience in these areas. If you are interested in bringing yoga to one of these special populations contact Jamie for more information.
Both students and faculty can benefit from a yoga practice. It is a great way to relieve stress because of the way the breath impacts the nervous system. It can teach kids (and adults) how to self regulate in times when they might otherwise get themselves in trouble by reacting too quickly. It helps with focus and can be especially beneficial for students who have been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
Athletes of all types can benefit from this practice. Many athletes have imbalance in their bodies because of the targeted muscles that they work in their sport. For example, runners are typically really tight in the hips and hamstrings, but quite weak in their core. Having a regular yoga practice can help runners increase flexibility while strengthening areas that will improve their running and prevent injury by providing the stability that they need. It can also be a practice to restore muscles that have been overused.
Many people who have suffered trauma feel the wounds in places that they are unaware of—especially sexual trauma such as rape, abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence. There is a connection between our physiology and our psychology. Yoga can help people open up places in their body that may have been shut down due to the trauma. One way to protect oneself from the emotional pain of trauma is to hide it or dissociate oneself from her/his own body. Yoga can help people reconnect with their body and if done safely can be enormously therapeutic and transformational.
People with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety can also benefit from a regular yoga practice. Again this can be quite healing. For those with anxiety, yoga can help people gain tools to self regulate when beginning to feel anxiety coming on by using the breath. Movement is a tool that can be used to support those with depression.
Bringing yoga into the work place can benefit people in many ways. Physically many people spend all day sitting hunched over a computer. Yoga can help alleviate any pain that may come from this. Again, it is also a great way to relieve stress and it can benefit people’s overall health.
Designed to both nurture and challenge your body, prenatal yoga empowers you to trust in your birthing journey while providing a supportive community to discuss what you are experiencing. Whether you are brand new to yoga or an experienced practitioner, you will be guided gracefully through meditation, breathing, and movement. The benefits include stress reduction, while strengthening the muscles that support your baby during pregnancy and help prepare you for labor. Reconnect with your body’s innate wisdom about birth, bond with baby, and meet other mamas! All levels and stages of pregnancy welcome.
Throughout the year Jamie will be teaching several different workshops. Check back regularly to see the updated schedule.
Come join Jamie in a group class at various studios throughout South Orange County.
“The best way to find yourself is in the service of others” –Mahatma Gandhi
Jamie is deeply committed to service and she believes that it is imperative for anyone in service to be healthy and grounded. Yoga helps support sustainability in service.
Jamie is a leader for Off the Mat, Into the World. She participated in the 2012 Global Seva Challenge and raised over $22,000 to raise awareness about sex trafficking and bring resources to organizations in India working tirelessly to rescue, rehabilitate, and empower victims of sex trafficking. Each year, Off the Mat sponsors an international service project called the Global Seva Challenge. The goal is to empower participants to raise awareness and significant funds by collaborating with their local communities.
Jamie traveled to India with OTM in February of 2013 and had the unique opportunity to meet the with many of the women running these organizations and the girls they have supported. Jamie continues to raise money and awareness about this issue, as she is extremely passionate about any issues pertaining to the oppression of women and girls.
Tune in to learn more about how you might be able to support this cause. The money donated to this cause will directly change the course of life for many girls and young women. Donors are supporting Off the Mat, Into the World and their partner organizations in India including: Apne Aap, Sanlaap, Kolkata Sanved, Ramana’s Garden and Made By Survivors all of which are run by local women in India, many who are survivors themselves. It may seem like changing one life from across the world is not enough. But if you are that one girl that gets rescued and then is allowed to live her life with dignity because of the resources provided by these organizations—it matters!!!
In addition, Jamie is part of an outstanding organization called Girls on the Run. Jamie is a founding member and volunteer coach for Girls on the Run Orange County–GOTROC. Girls on the Run “believes that every girl can embrace who she is, can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge, can change the world”.
Jamie has been instilled with this deep desire of seva by her family. Her mother was a special education teacher and her father is the founder and president of Beyond Our Door Global. BOD supports a special needs home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti that houses 21 beautiful children. It also has created Barefoot Banking and provided small business loans to women in Haiti, Uganda, and Kenya so that they may be able to support their families and eventually end the cycle of poverty. Since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, BOD has built 7 quad homes in a safe, gated community in Port-au-Prince, providing shelter for 28 families. Jamie has had the chance to travel to Haiti to see the importance of this work and feels she has learned so much more the people she has met than she could ever give back.
Yoga means union–we are all connected.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu: May all beings be happy and free. May our thoughts, words, and actions contribute in some way to the happiness and freedom for all.
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