Jean Marie got into yoga for a better butt and to stop the anxiety avalanche in her head. She tried everything from Baptiste to Jivamukti, then settled into an affair with Bikram. Ashtanga appeared in and out her life during many of these years; it is now the daily practice she calls home.

While she got into yoga for better behind, she found that practice feeds and inspires her heart center (though the physical side effects ain’t bad). She left her job as an attorney to pursue yoga, completing her 200-hr vinyasa training in New York City with Kelly Morris, and has been teaching ever since (a decade now!)– from Brooklyn to Boulder, Colorado to Washington, D.C., Virginia, Salt Lake and Park City, Utah, where she expects to stay until she turns into a shriveled husk of a human flying down the mountain on skis. She made her first month-long trip to Mysore, India in October 2016 to study with Sharath Jois. She’s also studied with wonderful teachers of the ashtanga lineage like David Garrigues, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor, Peg Mulqueen, David Robson, Keith Moore, David Keil, and Holly Gastil. She also completed prenatal training with De West at the Yoga Workshop in Boulder (April, 2010), Level II vinyasa with Shannon Paige in Denver (summer, 2010), anatomy with David Keil (DC, 2013), along with countless workshops and weekends of Ashtanga Mysore practice with all of the above—not to mention regular practice on her own mat at home and at The Front SLC. Since living in Park City she’s moved into the advanced or third series of Ashtanga under the guidance of Sammy Brown, and has attended several mindfulness courses with teacher Rebecca Brenner.

As a survivor of multiple pregnancy losses, Jean Marie became inspired her to provide a space where students can be all of themselves with whatever energy is present, without judgment: whether that means handstand, child’s pose, laughter, tears —or all of the above. Her irreverent blogs about practice and teaching have appeared in Elephant Journal, Ashtanga Dispatch, Yoganonymous, and Fiterazzi. Her irreverent thoughts, fashion —and yoga pics of her bent over backwards —can also be found in the land of Instagram @jeanmarieyoga


Get to know jean

What keeps you practicing?
Love. I love it. I see my mat in the morning: This is where I want to be.
This is what I want to be doing.
I want to find the song inside myself that I forgot how to sing.
What advice would you give to someone just beginning?
Forget the end.
Forget Instagram.
Forget what it’s “supposed to be.”
Allow yourself to start where you are.
Allow yourself room to become something you cannot imagine yet.
Oh - and have fun.
What is your goal as a teacher?
It is my wish to provide students with a space where they feel both safe and empowered, loved and not judged, accepted as they are and encouraged to grow—a time to be all of themselves.