Monday, September 8, 2014

Thank you Oklahoma - Los Angeles is up next!

Thanks, Oklahoma, and The Canebrake's Yoga Barn for having me this past weekend. What a special few days! I'm already looking forward to my next visit. Up next this month is Los Angeles for classes, private instruction and 4 continued education clinics.

With so many yoga teachers certified at only the 200 hour level, its more important than ever for continued education trainings. I'm really looking forward to teaching four continued education clinics next weekend in Los Angeles at The Yoga Loft and Santa Monica Yoga. Please spread the word to friends and contacts you have in the area, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Exhale, Venice:
Fri. Sept. 26th, 10:45 - 12 pm. Yoga Basics
Sat. Sept. 27th, 7:30 - 8:55 am. Open, all levels

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Slowing Down (for today!)

Greetings from Steamboat Springs, CO where we’ve spent more time this summer than originally planned, and happy for every day of it!

Morning on Rabbit Ears Pass near Steamboat Springs, CO
Its a trailer, its a home, its in a great camping spot, and....

Its also an outside practice room!

Recently, my yoga practice has gone through significant changes. My physical practice used to be filled with “Vinyasas”, strength building poses, and everything that I could possibly think of that was “hard”. Times have changed for me both mentally and physically. My body isn’t the same as it was ten years ago, and my mind and emotions have changed even more. (thank god!) These days, I feel its more important than ever to bring cardio and strength building in to my life, although not through my asana practice, but instead through mountain biking, hiking and outdoor activities. My asana practice is quieter than ever, and that’s hard for me. For so many years, I’ve been drawn towards physical activities that were challenging. The challenge has always made me feel as if I’m being “productive” and really “accomplishing something” (ha!). On the flip side, always practicing in a challenging way is a distraction for what comes up in the quieter times. Recently, I’m craving a quieter practice and meditation. This type of asana practice feels like exactly what I need right now, but does not feel like my nature. What feels “normal” to me, is an internal dialogue like “I’m fine. I can do this. I can handle anything”. This goes along with an asana practice that is based on strength. As time goes on, I realize, I can’t handle anything and everything, and a slower, soften asana practice is showing me that I don’t have to. In the past I felt wimpy and unproductive when I practiced any physical activity that was slower. A softer practice is my daily guide right now in really listening to my instincts, and not simply operating from my usual place of handling everything. We need the gamut when it comes to physical activity,and thankfully, I’m ready to incorporate a softer practice that teaches me more about myself now, and not continue to operate from who I was 15 years ago.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Finding Balance in Steamboat and new videos, "Vinyasa Flow without the Vinyasa"! (finally)

Recently, while teaching in L.A I recorded a couple new short Vinyasa Flow sequences for your at home practice at Yogis Anonymous. Check them out on this link. Breathe, Move, Flow without the vinyasa!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

On the Road Again!

After a couple of weeks in the Denver area, its time for us to get back to the mountains. Once our nervous systems acclimate to space, trees and fresh air, we can only hang in the big city for so long! Time to get back to mountain biking, practicing outdoors and enjoying the Steamboat Springs, CO area. I’m continuing to create and work on my continued education manual and Tobin is wrapping up the finishing touches on our travel trailer. The trailer is now completely off the grid, with solar to give us all the energy we need, including to power the frig, and propane to heat water and cook with. Thanks to Tobin, all the systems are working well! 

I’ll write again soon and give specifics on my up coming travel schedule which includes teaching in L.A, Wagoner, OK, and Seattle.

Enjoy the summer, get outside as much as possible and take time to breathe the fresh air!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Teaching THIS week in L.A and our touring rig

This past weekend I assisted one of my favorite people, Annie Carpenter, at the Wanderlust Festival in Aspen/Snowmass, CO.  It was a really nice few days of assisting, practicing and mountain biking in one of our favorite areas. Here are a few pics of the "rig", our home away from home, as a hot air balloon was launching at 5:45 am. near us!

Now, I'm on my way to L.A to teach for the week at Exhale, Venice ( Hope to see you soon either here, there, or on the road. Here's the Exhale schedule for the week:

Friday, July 11th: 10:30 am.
Saturday, July 12th: 9 am.
Sunday, July 13th: 10:30 am.
Monday, July 14th: 7 am. AND 5:30 pm.
Tuesday, July 15th: 9:15 am.
Wednesday, July 16th: 7 am. AND 5:30 pm.

*E-mail Jamie directly at to schedule a one-on-one session

Friday, July 4, 2014

Good morning from Aspen/Snowmass & Santa Monica workshop sign-up

The Jamie Elmer Yoga trailer and truck at Wanderlust Aspen/Snowmass -
solar panels in full effect!!

Don't forget everyone, to preregister for my upcoming workshops and con't ed. series at Santa Monica Yoga!

To get the early registration price, you must sign up, and pay, prior to the 11th of July.

You can go to the Training and Workshops page of my site, and pay with a credit card via PayPal, or you can send a check via the address on the Contact page.  Please write in the memo line, the date and name of the workshop you'll be attending.  All checks must be received by 7/10/14.

JULY 12th 
Posture 101 - Lower Body
In Part 1 of this series you’ll learn the bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments of the lower leg, and how they are a part of our everyday alignment. We’ll look at this area of the body in relation to Tadasana (mountain pose), and our yoga standing postures. 

You’ll learn the most common imbalances of the lower leg, common injuries and aches and pains, and how to help remedy these imbalances through correct yoga alignment.

You’ll also learn take home yoga, pilates and physical therapy exercises for yourself and your students directly related to this area of the body.

JULY 13th
Let’s get inverted
This inversion (going upside down) workshop is for you if:
  • You’d like to learn how to go upside down safely and with proper alignment.
  • You’re intimidated or scared of inverting!
  • You love to invert!
We’ll practice the building blocks of how to go upside down in to Handstand, Forearm Balance, Shoulder Stand and Headstand. We’ll build strength and flexibility where it is needed to work towards these inversion. We’ll also practice and learn the process of how to eventually go upside down without using the wall.
There is a place in this workshop for everyone, regardless of your level or length of time practicing yoga.