Jean Marie’s first experience with yoga came courtesy of an incredibly cheesy video during a college break. In the years that followed she dabbled in everything from Baptiste to Bikram and Jivamukti. Ashtanga appeared in and out of her life during many of these years; it is now the daily practice she calls home. While she got into yoga for a better body, she ultimately found it gave her a better mind and heart (though the physical side effects ain’t bad). She left her job as an attorney to pursue her interest in yoga, completing her 200-hr training in New York City in 2010, and has been teaching ever since — from Boulder, Colorado to Washington, D.C./Virginia and now 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 combines a home ashtanga practice with weekly trips to her Ashtanga family at The Front Climbing Club who inspired her to make her first month-long trip to Mysore, India this past October to study with Sharath Jois. She has also studied with wonderful teachers of the ashtanga lineage like David Garrigues. Over the years, her irreverent blogs about practice and teaching have appeared in Elephant Journal, Ashtanga Dispatch, Yoganonymous, and Fiterazzi.
“Amanda Palmer once said ‘Go where the love is.’ That’s why I’m here on my mat. That’s why I share it. And that’s why I teach it.”
In her classes you can expect high-energy vinyasa sequencing inspired by her own Ashtanga practice, breath awareness, and a little music.