Bio

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. Seeking to further her practice and knowledge, she went on to study with Rodney and Colleen and hasn’t left their side since 2012. After 4 years as a mentor at Yoga Shanti she is now a lead faculty member in their 200 hr teacher training program. She calls Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee her “Yoga Parents” and is extremely grateful for their honest support and wisdom.

Jamie is heavily influenced by the profound teachings of Pema Chödrön. The book “When Things Fall Apart” changed her life immensely when she read it in 2010 and she considers Ani Pema to be one of her greatest teachers (although they have never met).

Self-study, asana, meditation and philosophy all inform her daily practice and teaching. You can expect a mixture of these qualities in her classes as well as an inspiring playlist. 
 In addition to teaching private, public and corporate classes she is a guest teacher on Yoga for Bad People retreats.

Website

http://www.jamielugo.com

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.
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