Jami’s raw love and appreciation for people emanates from her in her practice and teaching methods. She believes the most powerful aspect of yoga is the connection of body to breath and that one’s practice can be as simple or as complex depending on what each student seeks to gain from their time on and off the mat. There is no right or wrong way, and she assures her students that the level they are at is the level they are supposed to be but motivates them to find their edge and push themselves to the max. In the studio, Jami leads a stimulating, revitalizing, and therapeutic class. She goes above and beyond to create a comfortable space for everyone in the room.
Jami took her first yoga class in 2000. Her love for people and movement inspired her to begin teaching soon after finding her own practice. In 2005, Jami started working part time for Yoga to the People and began an apprenticeship in 2006 mentored by Greg Gumucio. Through Yoga to the People, she completed the 200 hour Power Vinyasa Certification and 100 hour Traditional Hot Apprenticeship, and has been teaching full time since 2008.
She also facilitated the first nine 200 hour teacher trainings at Yoga to the People in New York. She moved to San Francisco in 2011 where she began teaching and managing the Yoga to the People Hot Berkeley Studio for 3 years. She is one of the lead teachers who guides and facilitates teacher training programs for YTTP in both Hot and Vinyasa at the Berkeley location where two of Pacifica Beach Yoga instructors were trained, Kimberly and Ryan. She also helps manage the YTTP San Francisco studio. Many students she’s mentored refer to her as the “mama-bear” due to her considerate nature and nurturing, candid spirit. She has inspired many to pursue a deeper level in their practice.
Jami has taught over 20,000 classes and completed over 500 hours of training, additionally she is certified in Yin and Thai Yoga Massage, and is currently in the process of completing certification for Yin Yoga.
She is a believer that yoga poses, breath techniques, and meditation are an important and effective means to maintain overall health and wellness while offering each of us the opportunity to cultivate physical, mental, emotional and spiritual awareness and mindfulness. When she’s on the mat or teaching, her mantra is always to be present in each posture simply as an opportunity to learn, to make intelligent and sensitive choices, to keep what’s useful and let of go what’s not.