Yoga with Jaime
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A little bit about me…

 
 
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My style of teaching…

I finished my first teacher training in 2015. Since then, I’ve been exploring Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Rocket, and Yin Yoga styles and completed corresponding certifications. In the last four years as a teacher, I have taught over 2,500 hours of classes and developed the knowledge and confidence to create and lead beautiful, well designed classes and retreats.

Always set to a consciously-curated, ‘groovy’ playlist, my classes combine fluid movement with static core-driven holds and playful inversions. Classes are challenging, but always open and welcoming to all levels. I always make time for my students after class to talk through challenges and answer questions, big and small..

You won’t hear me recite passages in Sanskrit, and I won’t ask you to push your body into places it doesn’t want to go. I do not believe one way is the right way and I emphasise that we are all very different bodies on very different journeys.

 What I will offer you is a safe space in which you can breathe. I will guide you through sequences designed to challenge and sometimes frustrate you, in order to remind you that you’re the keeper of your own headspace. I will be there to pick you up when you fall out of your crow pose, and I will try my best to make you smile. In my classes it is not about whether you can touch your toes or balance on one finger; it is about staying present and letting go.

Yoga is not perfect, it is a practice and I aim to provide you with the knowledge and support you need to take it further. Whether that distance takes the shape of movement or breath is up to you.

You can catch me teaching at Flex Chelsea on Fulham Road. You’ll find my timetable here. The energy there is amazing - I hope you’ll join us.

Until then.

 
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My story…

 I always find writing an ‘about me’ difficult. It seems slightly self-indulgent. How to fit a life into in a text box? I sometimes feel as though I have lived many lives - anyway, here goes.

I had a bit of a rickety child-hood before turning into quite an insecure, problematic teen. I was certainly not what you would call “zen.” In fact, I rarely thought past the next moment. On the outside it might have looked like I was having the time of my life, but deep down I was struggling with very significant lows and what I now realise was likely mild depression.  My self-destructive nature led me towards a very dark relationship, and it was then that I stumbled into my first yoga class.

I remember it clearly - we left our shoes by the door, and I was enthralled by the silence. It was the first time I was forced to listen to my own thoughts and I quickly became very overwhelmed. Then the teacher began speaking. Knowing that we were probably all falling victims to our minds, she told us simply to ‘let it go’.

I felt like she was talking directly to me. As though she knew I was exhausted. As we moved through the postures, I found that I struggled mostly with my balance. However, as I continued going to class it became clear that the imbalance came from deeper within. Yoga became my coping strategy, the mechanism which moved my life forward, and soon thereafter my attitude began to change. My reaction to things around me become less averse and slowly bad decisions became less frequent. Instead of swearing when I fell down, I smiled.

I Laughed more, began to heal, and really tried to connect with everyone around me. I let go of any negatives in my life in the process. I started listening to myself more, and followed my longing to travel, in the pursuit of more answers. It was only fitting that my love of travel led me to a kinder love for myself, and to the love of my life, which led me to India to study yoga, and saw me finally settle in London.

Fast forward to now, and though it hasn’t been easy to get here, I am proud to say that I followed through on what I only thought would remain a dream of mine. I am a full-time yoga teacher in London, and I lead several successful retreats around the world every year. I am still humbled every time I see familiar faces in class, and overjoyed when someone tells me I am their favourite teacher. I am forever committed to learning more about myself through my practice and grateful to pass the knowledge on.

If you too are looking for answers, but don’t know where to start - grab a mat.

J x