Jamie A. Fitzgerald
Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga
It was my curiosity that brought me to my first yoga class. I had always wanted to try it and see what is was all about – so I talked my neighbor into going to a class with me. It was not what I had expected at all and my curiosity kept growing! I continued to go to class, but the problem was that I had to travel a ways away until I found out a yoga studio was coming close to my home! I was thrilled! So, for the next 3 months I took as many classes as I could – the curiosity became more of an obsession so to speak. I just couldn’t get enough. I always thought yoga was for “flexible people” and all these other things, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Just as I was really starting to get into basic yoga poses and some of the terminology, our teacher informed us that she was moving out of state! I was devastated! What was I going to do and where was I going to go now? She had just completed Teacher Training at Open Way Yoga – she asked me if I had ever gone to class there…I told her that I had not, and she encouraged me to attend a class and suggested that I get into the Teacher Training. I thought she was absolutely crazy! To make a long story short – I started attending classes at Open Way and saw they were just getting ready to start 2017-2018 Teacher Training – the next thing I knew I was signed up ready to go. All sorts of things ran through my mind and I began to really convince myself that I had made a huge mistake. After a lot of encouragement and support from my husband and 3 grown kids – I became a certified 200 RYT yoga instructor a few months after my 50th birthday and I have not one single regret! It was my teacher’s subtle messages and quiet whisperings of the spiritual side of yoga, the philosophy, mantras, meditation and mudras that “called” to me – Yoga felt like home. My yoga offerings are simply to share my passion with everyone. I encourage the use of props to bring the pose to your body. I will always be a student to the practice and I’m thrilled to be a part of this awesome Yoga family!