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 Hanson, E-RYT, RPYT, YACEP became a certified yoga teacher in 2009. Since then she has continued her training in many different aspects. Some of the trainings Jamie has attended are Seane Corn’s Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training, Trauma Informed Training with Hala Khouri, Street Yoga Teacher Training, Off the Mat, Into the World’s Yoga, Purpose, and Action Intensive and the Awakened Heart, Embodied Mind 200 HR Teacher Training with Hala Khouri and Julian Walker. In addition, Jamie is a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher and is currently enrolled in a Yoga Therapy program at Be the Change Yoga in Irvine, CA.
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. She specializes in teaching yoga with a trauma-informed perspective and is a member of The Breathe Network. In addition, Jamie has been teaching prenatal yoga classes since 2014 and teaches prenatal classes at Ma Yoga Living, which offers online yoga and education for pregnancy, motherhood and beyond.
Jamie is a Yoga Alliance Certified Education Provider. She is the creator and lead instructor of the Empowered Yoga Teacher Training™, which is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School and the co-creator of Bridge Yoga Programs, which offers continued education to current yoga teachers.
There are several Yoga options Jamie can offer:
The benefits of private yoga instruction are plenty. Private yoga instruction offers convenient schedule options and the instructor can tailor instruction to the students’ individual needs. It is recommended for anyone who is rehabilitating from an injury or who has a specific condition that makes practicing at a studio difficult. Many people feel intimidated the first time they walk into a yoga studio. The names the instructor is throwing out seem confusing. Private instruction can alleviate much of this confusion for new students who want to begin a regular practice or for those who have reached a plateau in their practice.
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. If you can’t make it to a live class, Jamie also leads classes at Ma Yoga Living, an online yoga and education platform for pregnancy, motherhood and beyond.
Throughout the year Jamie will be teaching several different programs, teacher trainings and 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.
See what students have to say about the Empowered Yoga TT:
“What a phenomenal 200 hour teacher training! It was very well planned, well rounded and transformational. Not only does Jamie offer amazing insight and excellent training in how to teach, but she also provides a myriad of workshops and lectures from very talented and experienced guest teachers. It’s hard to imagine a more all rounded and thought out teacher training. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to become a yoga instructor or deepen your practice. Loved it!”–Graduate, 2017
“EYTT is a truly life-changing experience that impacted me on so many levels. Whether one is looking to deepen one’s own yoga practice, or discover a new way to experience and approach one’s life path, EYTT delves into the true meaning of yoga. Moving beyond the physical practice of asana, one discovers the awesome and beautiful history, philosophy, and tradition of yoga, while learning how to practice mindfulness in all aspects of life. While this course will certainly prepare anyone to be able to teach yoga, this course also simply serves to teach us how to be kind, loving, and compassionate. We learn yoga can heal our minds and bodies, we learn that one does not have to be in a pose to ‘practice yoga’. Finally, we learn that yoga helps move us on the path to whom we are truly meant to be.”–Stephanie, 2017
“Having only a superficial understanding of yoga as a mode of fitness, I blindly embarked on this adventure with only my love for Jamie and a desire to deepen my spiritual connection to my body. Little did I know that by peeling away layers of mind traps and discovering compassion for myself I was able to find truth. Inspired by connection I made with knowledge of yoga and see, I was transformed. My personal relationships have shifted for the positive and I feel a softness and gentleness toward myself and others that I never have before. Thank you for helping me find my true North and show up in the world with serenity.”–Graduate, 2017
“This training was so much more than how to teach a yoga class. A perfect training and experience for those in the human services field. I feel like those who have taken other trainings have missed out on something special. The uniqueness of this training has provided me the safety and confidence to transform the lives of others.” —Kristin, 2016
“Jamie has an uncanny ability to provide honest, effective feedback to trainees in a compassionate and uplifting way. She makes you feel ‘seen’ for your strengths, vulnerabilities, and the reality that you are probably your own harshest critic. She reminds you of the strength and unique beauty within you in the moments you need, and will need, it most. This was a fabulous personal as well as professional investment in myself.” —Niki, 2016
“At the beginning of the teacher training I had no idea what was about to happen. As our time together began to fly by, I started to experience myself on a different level. I was allowed to let go of old, limiting beliefs about myself and my yoga practice. The EYTT provided me with the encouragement and community necessary to look at the world differently. I now feel ready to share everything I learned with the world as well as prepared to learn more about subjects that interest me.” –Sean, 2016
“Completing the Empowered Yoga Teacher Training was one of the best decisions I have made! Jamie collaborated with her network experts from all over Southern California to bring us a broad scope of information on important topics. As someone who has been a yoga practitioner for 5 years and has attended numerous workshops, I found this training to be informative and effective in deepening my practice and preparing me to go out in to the world and share my practice. I was searching for the perfect 200 hour certification in Orange County and am very grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this life changing journey!”–Ashly, 2014
“I had researched Jamie Hanson online, and all of the amazing people she was choosing to bring into her empowered teacher training and I was really impressed! After taking one class with Jamie, I knew I was in the right hands. I really wanted to learn more, and her program fit my craving for knowledge. I came to the training program not having any expectations at all, except to grow.
What happened during our 3 months together I would never have imagined. Jamie Hanson facilitated such a safe space for growth, passion and compassion for all of us. I am so grateful and inspired by my Teacher Jamie. My hope and belief is, that teacher training programs like Jamie’s are going to be the new basis of curriculum for yoga teachers soon. Some of the key elements she included (my favorites) Trauma sensitive yoga, Patanjali’s yoga Sutras and Aryuveda, which all promote whole body wellness!!! I am so beyond grateful for my Teachers, and my group of trainees, they were my teachers too.” —Destiny, 2014
“This training has changed my perspective on the practice of yoga, life, relationships and myself in all the best ways. I was told beforehand that this would be a very transformative journey. And it’s true!… I’ve never felt so physically and mentally healthy.
Whether you plan on teaching or just diving deeper beyond asana (the physical practice of yoga), Jamie’s Empowered Yoga Teacher Training provides either opportunity in such a comfortable and, as the name says it, empowering environment.
I’m so grateful for the confidence I gained in my practice and in myself through Jamie’s teachings and the support of my fellow yogi trainees whom I’ll forever hold close to me.
Such an overwhelmingly beautiful and insightful experience. I’m ready to teach!” —Sheila, 2014
“I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for about five years now. Only a few months into it I knew I wanted to share this practice and teach. So over the past five years I have come across and researched MANY teacher training programs. None have been as dynamic and complete as this one. Not only is Jamie Hanson an amazing teacher herself, she has gathered together an incredible group of teachers and instructors to cover all sorts of topics. She provides a safe and comfortable environment to learn in, with an ease that really makes you eager to learn. She also covers things that most trainings don’t seem to touch upon or just briefly go over. I highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to teach or even just desires to approach their own practice with a more thorough understanding.” —Stephanie, 2014
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