Born and raised in Northern California, Jamie jumped at the opportunity to explore SoCal life as an undergrad the University of California, Irvine. She graduated in 2006 with degrees in both Dance and Psychology and moved to NYC with intentions to pursue a career in dance.  Jamie soon came to an honest crossroads – her body could no longer take the intensity of life as a dancer. Instead, she dedicated more time to deepening her yoga practice. After her first teacher training at Pure Yoga in 2010, Jamie began teaching immediately. Her teachers over the years include : Heather Lilleston, Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee and Richard Rosen. Jamie is also heavily influenced by her Buddhist studies as well – a devoted student of Ani Pema Chödrön since 2009.

She currently teaches virtually with Yoga Vida and is a mentor and teacher in their 300 hour training. She has been a Senior Faculty member with Yoga Shanti New York since 2017.

Jamie is also Certified Co-Active Life Coach. In 2018, she began studying the Co-Active Model, which aims to balance the being and doing aspects of peoples live to lead them into a life of fulfillment and purpose. Jamie coaches 1:1 private clients and holds group coaching programs. She recently launched her signature online course “Digest + Embody” which is a 6 week course combining yoga and coaching and embodiment methods for lasting transformation.

Jamie splits her time between Brooklyn and East Hampton New York with her husband Evan and 3 dogs : Midas, Moose and Bindi.

Check out what she is up to on instagram @beingjamielugo


Get to know jamie

What are your goals as a teacher?
To show up every day and teach from an authentic place. To teach from my own practice and experience. To never teach something I don’t believe to be true in my own body.
Who/what inspired you to teach yoga?
My injuries. I was a dancer for many years and basically beat myself up. The practice helped me find ways to heal myself. I wanted to help others find that as well.
What keeps you practicing?
The idea that there are still so many things I can discover about myself just by showing up on the mat.
Tell us about your students.
My students are curious of about their bodies. Interested in learning how to heal themselves. They are committed to finding out how to live their life more fully by being present. They love music. They are open minded.
If you weren't a yoga teacher, what would you be?
Probably doing something that helps animals and animals rights.
What does organic mean to you?
Authentic. Natural. From the Earth. Un-manipulated. Fresh. Cooperative. Real.
What advice would you give to someone who is just beginning yoga?
Don’t judge yourself. Realize that you are a living, breathing, changing organism and that every day is different.
Tell us something most people don't know about you.
I love gardening.
How has yoga changed your life?
It has changed every aspect of my life. Mainly, it had made me realize that we all have the power to change our situation.
Besides yoga, what do you do to keep a healthy lifestyle?
I don’t eat animals. I travel often. I drink a ton of water.
What is the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Don’t force.