Born and raised in Northern California, Jamie jumped at the opportunity to explore SoCal life as an undergrad the University of California, Irvine. She graduated in 2006 with degrees in both dance and psychology and moved to NYC with intentions to pursue a career in dance. Jamie soon came to an honest crossroads - her body could no longer take the intensity of life as a dancer. Instead, she dedicated more time to deepening her yoga practice. After her first teacher training at Pure Yoga in 2010, Jamie began teaching immediately.
Seeking to further her practice and knowledge, she went on to study with Rodney and Colleen and hasn't left their side since 2012. After 4 years as a mentor at Yoga Shanti she is now a lead faculty member in their 200 hr teacher training program. She calls Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee her main teachers and is extremely grateful for their honest support and wisdom.
Jamie is heavily influenced by the profound teachings of Pema Chödrön. The book "When Things Fall Apart" changed her life immensely when she read it in 2010 and she considers Ani Pema to be one of her greatest teachers.
Self-study, asana, meditation and philosophy all inform her daily practice and teaching. You can expect a mixture of these qualities in her classes as well as an inspiring playlist.
In addition to teaching private, public and corporate classes she is a guest teacher on Yoga for Bad People retreats. You can visit Jamie in NYC at Yoga Vida and Yoga Shanti Tribeca OR in Summer at bYoga in Montauk and Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor.
Jamie began studying the "Co-Active" Coaching Method at The Coaches Training Institute in April 2018 and has recently added Life Coaching to her repertoire as a teacher and mentor.
Check out what she and her chihuahuas are up to on instagram @beingjamielugo
Photography by Renee Bevan @ Yoga Vida NYC