Jamie Knox is our Teacher of the Month for April! Her eclectic style pulls from many schools of yoga and leaves her students feeling freedom, alignment and a sense of self love. You can catch Jamie’s Warm Vinyasa Flow on Thursdays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. She gives so generously of her time, also coming in to sub classes often as needed. She is also a part of the healing arts team, offering Ayurvedic Wellness Counseling. Thank you Jamie for the many ways that you contribute to our community, we are so lucky to have you! Read on to learn more about Jamie.
What was the experience with yoga that got you hooked? I was living in Los Angeles and I began taking yoga classes. One day we were practicing with the windows open and there was a lot of noise on the street. The whole class was getting irritated and you could tell. Then, my teacher said, “It’s not about the world becoming peaceful for you, it’s about YOU becoming the peace within the chaos of the world.” A lightbulb went off and I was never the same.
What inspires you to continue yoga? The older I get the more I need the practice for my mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. I would be a mess without it!
What is your favorite pose? “Wild Thing” or “Star Pose” Makes me feel exhilarated, free and like a fancy dancer!
What is your most challenging pose? ANY inversion or psoas opener. Ugh!
What is your favorite time/place to practice? I love to practice in nature in the sun, preferably on a mountain or by the sea. I’m also a picky little thing and if I’m too hot, I just want to be inside with a nice view.
How has yoga changed your life? I don’t even know where to start. Or how to start. Yoga changed the entire course of my life. The whole thing. Yoga not only helped me heal from serious grief and helped my body become stronger and flexible, but because of yoga I found my true calling in life. Because of yoga, I stopped pursuing something empty and instead the doors opened for something meaningful. Because of yoga I moved to Asheville and am now a certified Ayurveda Wellness Counselor. It is not that I chose to do yoga, but that yoga chose me, and that has made all the difference.
Do you have a favorite yoga book or video? Living Your Yoga by Judith Hanson Lasater
What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself? Passionate, Funny, Ambitious
Is there a recurring theme that runs through your yoga practice? “Can my mind take a seat here?” If not, I back off.
If you could just share one practice that has helped you the most, what would it be? Once a teacher asked my class, “Why do we settle for being ‘good enough’? Why don’t we aim for being ‘great!’”? And this is the theme whenever I have self doubt. I aim for great. “Good enough” has no place in my path.
What is your current or all-time favorite song or artist for a yoga playlist? Deva Premal’s version of Gayatri Mantra
What is your mantra? Choose to react in a way that serves the higher good.
Do you have a passion other than yoga you’d like to share about? Oh yes! I’m a local actor and playwright and my husband and I are a musical duo called The Tuesdays. We’re adorbs!
How did you find Asheville Community Yoga? The day after I moved here I asked a friend where to go. She said Asheville Community Yoga and I never stopped.
What’s your most embarrassing moment in a yoga class? Sometimes when you’re a teacher people expect you to be perfect in a pose. I’m pretty good about letting it go, but you know, losing your balance or tumbling completely out of crow pose while demonstrating might bring some rosiness to my cheeks.
Thank you for being such a great part of our community Jamie!