JAMIE DUFFY

RYT-200, 20-HR AERIAL INSTRUCTOR

 

“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” ~Dalai Lama

 

My masters degree is in engineering but I fall somewhere between engineer, nomad, and nature-loving hippie. I'm constantly balancing my creative free-spirit and my desire for structure. I spend my time working at a hospital, teaching college classes as an adjunct professor, practicing/facilitating yoga, playing volleyball, hiking, and trying my hand at making homemade dark chocolate and brewing my own kombucha. 

 

I'm weird. Learning is important to me... always learning. Mother Nature is an abundant source of inspiration to me. Between the strength of the women in my life and the love of the men in my life, I am beyond blessed. 

 

I started practicing yoga at a Bikram Yoga studio in my hometown of Manhattan Beach, California. The studio was within biking distance from my house, and it sounded like a fun new thing to try. When I was in class, there were so many things to think about and focus on. I felt free from all judgments and found comfort in the liberating ability to explore and discover my own body and ultimately, my own being. When leaving the class, I felt mentally and physically detoxed. I was in love.

 

I didn’t get my teacher training until after college, when I was working in Seattle, WA. There, I found an Iyengar Yoga studio and became fascinated by the structure and alignment based teachings of the practice. The concept of “lengthen to strengthen” spoke to me as a college athlete. 

 

My mission as a teacher is to facilitate the feedback you receive in the process of practicing yoga. I am passionate about finding safe ways to practice by using tools: straps, blocks, blankets, bolsters, walls, etc. which gives you the full benefit of the pose, at all ages and at any level. 

 

I believe that you can always learn something new from a pose, no matter how many times you've done it, but the closest I've come to mastering a pose would be the 'Eagle pose' or Garudasana--Wrapping my long limbs into an awkwardly tight human pretzel is relatively easy for me in comparison to other advanced poses. If there is a deeper meaning there, I've yet to pinpoint it. 

 

What pose did you, or will you, first master?

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