Jaime first did yoga at the age of 14, “I was into it because I was a gymnast. I went there, and I thought I was real good at it, but actually I was just real good at asana. I thought ‘oh I can do this! I can do a headstand, whatever’. I never really got into yoga until i was 21 and i was living in Miami and I was going through a big life transition. I started going to a Buddhist center and started doing yoga classes there. I got more into the spiritual and philosophical underpinnings. I practiced yoga and I practiced buddhism there for two and half years, and at some point that really transformed my life. I decided to stop pursuing the law degree I was after and shift gears to psychology. I took all the seeds I had planted and pushed them out of the way to move towards a career and a life where I could focus on something a lot more healing and energetic and spiritual. I wanted to bring good stuff to the world. I did my yoga teacher training at Prana Yoga in Coral Gables. My teacher at the time, Ma Lochana (Rossella Rossi) was a ridiculously good teacher, very demanding but with a gentle hand and i liked that. The training there was ‘Vinyasa’ and I do consider myself a Vinyasa, or Flow teacher. I taught there for a couple years. One thing that I really liked was that she really emphasized Pranayama and meditation, it wasn’t just this physical practice, there were these deeper elements. I infuse a lot of Ashtanga inspired vinyasa into my class, but in a less traditional way.
She says of teaching, “I think for me it started by looking within, looking at my own experience with it. My inspiration for teaching came from how much yoga impacted my life, it grounded and connected me at the same time. It has helped me ground to myself and connect to something bigger than myself. I experienced that and I wanted to bring that to others. It’s an opportunity to share and an opportunity to enrich the lives of others. It feels good.”
“I definitely come back heavily to yoga when i face challenges and i need to go beyond what i’m thinking and create space. Yoga has helped me make sense of things, it helps me to trust the process, and trust ‘the plan’, and trust the purpose of whatever happens, to assimilate any suffering in my life as something transformative and important. It keeps me grounded also through little ups and downs, everyday challenges. When you feel like you don’t have time for yoga, that’s probably when you really need it!”