Jamie began her love affair with yoga in the heart of South Carolina. Her first teacher, Stacey Millner-Collins, transformed her approach to physical disciplines and taught her what it meant to live in the moment, breath by breath. After living with chronic leukemia for ten years, Jamie decided to change the course of her life and infuse it with more joy. She moved to San Diego in the summer of 2013 and enrolled in a teacher training program. After two and a half years of teaching, Jamie's insatiable thirst for knowledge and growth inspired her to take an advanced vinyasa teacher training with Jason Crandell in San Francisco. In those immersive trainings, she learned first-hand how yoga throws you directly into the mess of yourself and simultaneously pulls you out of it. It brought her face to face with her obstacles, mental and physical patterns, and crises of faith in a mindful, compassionate way. Through sadhana (daily practice) and svadhyaya (self-study), Jamie fully embraces the paradox of practicing yoga to change certain aspects of herself, yet fully and emphatically embracing all parts of herself.
Jamie's main goal as a teacher is to facilitate the profundity of embodiment. She is driven to share the complexity and majesty of the human body through alignment and anatomical principles and encouraging people to not only accept, but to embrace, the totality of who they are. Jamie brings an accessible approach to functional anatomy and yoga philosophy empowering students to contemplate and rediscover their wholeness. She incorporates mindfulness into each of her classes, focusing on THIS breath, THIS pose, THIS moment. Her classes are challenging, uplifting and playful. She fosters a safe, supportive environment for students to engage with and explore their curiosity and dive deep into the myriad layers of their being.
"Jamie creates such a welcoming environment in her class, allowing you to be comfortable on your mat and delve deeper into your own unique expression of the pose. She has such a playful nature - her flow is always interesting and even unexpected, letting you get out of the typical routine of postures, focusing on the breath. I especially enjoy the themes she introduces into her classes such as Hindu deities, transforming my experience and inner journey. She is a great source of guidance and inspiration on and off my mat!" Leisa S. San Diego, CA
“Don’t let Jamie’s small frame mislead you; she is one tough cookie. She brings to each class the strength, compassion and sense of humor that one only develops through survival and determination. Whether you are taking one of her classes to relax, to build your core, or to add ‘yoga’ to your online dating profile, Jamie works her tail off to make sure students at all levels have stretched their bodies and minds. She is focused, calm and straightforward in her teaching and lets her compassionate heart radiate to everyone present.” Kristen E. Boston, MA
“I love that Jamie can help you enjoy yoga no matter your skill level. She pays attention to her students and provides the perfect amount of instruction. I leave her class feeling calmer, happier, and eager to come back!” Laura E. San Diego, CA