Jodi feels that yoga is a precious gift and one of the greatest influences in her life. Initially drawn to yoga for the physical benefits of becoming stronger and more flexible, she soon realized there was something even more profound than the effect it was having on her body. Yoga deeply touched her heart, spirit and mind.
Practicing yoga for many years led Jodi to seek teachers and teachings in many places, close to home in Seattle, as well as in many parts of the world. Yoga became her passion, in addition to the work she was doing with different nonprofit organizations as a grant writer.
Drawn to sharing yoga with others, Jodi began teaching in 2001. Since, she has continued her studies by taking numerous teacher training courses, workshops and retreats. The path also led Jodi to become a certified pre-and postnatal instructor and labor support doula. She has also studied yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda. Jodi offers trainings in Pre and Postnatal Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga and Foundations in Ayurveda annually in Osaka, Japan. Recently, Jodi spent six years in Goa, India where she co-directed a yoga retreat center and taught teacher trainings and community yoga classes.
With a background in Iyengar, Vinyasa and Ananda yoga, a devotional style of yoga based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, Jodi draws from these traditions to create a fluid and meditative practice. She teaches to inspire others to experience yoga within all aspects of ourselves, creating a sense of wholeness among our hearts, bodies, minds, spirits and hearts. This sense of wholeness or oneness also dissolves our sense of separation from others. She encourages students to go inward; nourishing themselves, deepening their intuition and honoring the divine within.
Jodi hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Leadership. Her yoga training includes completing the Ananda YTT, Seattle Holistic Center’s Hour Pre-and Postnatal YTT, Brahmani Yoga’s Advanced YTT, Baron Baptiste’s Level I and II Power Vinyasa YTT, as well as trainings with Seane Corn and Shiva Rae. She has also completed the Silver Age YTT to teach chair yoga to seniors and people with mobility issues. Additionally, Jodi has been a lead teacher on the Brahmani Yoga YTT, in Goa, India, Shakti Spirit YTT, in Goa, India and Ubud, Bali and Spirit Yoga’s YTT in Osaka, Japan. She also teaches prenatal yoga on the Be Luminous YTT in Seattle, WA, as well as Yoga History & Philosophy on Shakti Vinyasa Yoga’s teacher training in Ballard, WA.
With her dear friend Tami Hafzalla, Jodi teaches 200-hour and 300-Hour Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher Trainings through the school they founded together, Synergy Yoga School.
Her Ayurveda training includes studying at the Ayurvedic Natural Health Center in Goa, India. She has studied pulse diagnosis and marma point therapy with Dr Lad at the Ayurveda Institute. She is currently enrolled in the Ayurveda program at Kerala Academy. Jodi is also an LMT, specializing in relaxation, healing and prenatal massage.
Jodi is most grateful to her teachers: Lisa Black, Gyandev McCord, Diksha McCord, Julie Martin, Johm Weddepohl, Colette Crawford and Emil Wendel.
Jodi is a registered teacher with the Yoga Alliance. Yoga Teacher Trainings and Continuing Education include:
- Ananda Yoga at the Expanding Light – 200-Hour (2002)
- Power Vinyasa Yoga with Baron Baptiste Level I – 80 Hours (2003)
- Power Vinyasa Yoga with Baron Baptiste Level II – 80 Hours (2003)
- Pre and Post-Natal Yoga with Colette Crawford – 100 Hours (2003)
- Vinyasa Yoga with Shiva Rea – 24 Hours (2006)
- Vinyasa Yoga with Seane Corn – 40 Hours (2007)
- Brahmani Yoga’s Advanced Yoga Teacher Training – 200 Hours (2009)
- Silver Age Yoga Teacher Training for Seniors – (2012)
- Relax & Renew® Restorative Yoga Training with Judith Hanson Lasater – 24 Hours (2015)
- Yoga for Chronic Pain with Gary Kraftsow (2015)
- Yoga for 12-Step Recovery with Nikki Myers – 20 hours (2018)
- Trauma Informed Yoga with Hala Khouri – 20 hours (2018)
- Insight Yoga Training with Sarah Powers – 70 hours (2018)