I started yoga for fitness and then I started to notice my chronic back pain, lordotic posture, along with my mental and emotional states improve. Yoga is therapy because it helps direct my body and mind into a positive and healing state despite the chaos I may feel around me. I find my sitting breathing practice every morning, along with modifying poses for my body and watching my breathing during my asana practice, has allowed yoga to be my therapy.
Since I practice physical therapy, I tend to attract students who have a history of injuries, surgeries, or age related changes and who are interested in learning how to do “their” yoga practice for “their” unique body. I also attract students who are interested in learning more about the biomechanics and anatomy of the body to help prevent injuries.
I try my best to weave the first 5 limbs of yoga in my class in a practical down-to-earth way. My classes are mostly focused on asana (poses) and pranayama (breathing). Teaching my students about their bodies and to observe their reactions to their bodies when they are not able to do what they want, is what I love. I encourage my students to just breathe.
Jaimie has her doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT), Yoga Alliance Certified Continuing education provider, an educator for 200 level teacher training (E-RYT), and certified International Association of Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT).