Jodie is a registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 500, YACEP), Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, Three Wisdom Traditions wellness coach, mindfulness practitioner, space holder, and changemaker. She values yoga as a holistic healing arts practice, providing guidance to learn more about ourselves, each other, and how to live more peacefully in the world. Her heart-centered desire is to serve others by sharing the tools of yoga and Ayurveda to allow for a life with more joy, ease, and purpose.
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Growing up in a small beach town in Australia, Jodie’s initial encounter with yoga was through books. Her personal journey with yoga picked up in the early 2000s when she found her first yoga home at a Brisbane city ashram while completing her Bachelor of Communications degree. Observing the profound effects on her wellbeing, and inspired by her teachers’ gentle, uplifting classes, Jodie became devoted to the practice of yoga and its powerful tools for compassion, healing, and fostering sustainable personal and spiritual growth. She studied courses in yogic lifestyle and philosophy, and in 2006 undertook the ashram’s yoga teacher training program.
After moving to the United States in 2011, Jodie continued to deepen her studies and completed a 200 hour Ashtanga yoga teacher training program with It’s Yoga International in Nicaragua. In 2014, Jodie met her beloved teacher Cyndi Lee, where she was immersed in the integration of yoga and Buddhism. She completed Cyndi’s OM Yoga 500 hour advanced teacher training program in 2016.
Fascinated by the self-healing practices of Ayurveda, yoga’s sister science, Jodie studied with teachers Kathryn Templeton and Sarah Gugliemi from the Himalayan Institute to complete her training as a certified Ayurveda Yoga Specialist. She also completed studies in yoga, Ayurveda and psychology with her teachers in the Institute’s 3 Wisdom Traditions wellness coaching program. Jodie continues her Ayurveda studies through the Institute’s Ayurveda Health Counselor and Ayurveda Yoga Therapist programs.
Over the years, Jodie has studied with a diversity of teachers that have informed and inspired her teaching and practice. She has undertaken trainings in vinyasa flow, yoga for women, yin yoga, restorative yoga, pranayama (breathwork), meditation, yoga for social justice, yoga for self-regulation, yoga for anxiety and depression, and yoga for resiliency and trauma recovery. A dedicated practitioner for over 15 years, Jodie is grateful to continue to study and practice under mentorship with her teachers, and honored to share her passion with others on their unique path to remembering and celebrating their inherent goodness.
Grounded in a deep love for yoga and Ayurveda, and influenced by her teachers, community, and personal practice, Jodie’s teaching style blends heart-centered intentions and purposeful action with lighthearted, compassionate instruction. She weaves in themes from daily life, shared experiences, and the wisdom traditions of yoga and Ayurveda with mindful movement, breath work, and meditation. Jodie invites you to arrive to practice open to your infinite possibilities.
Jodie joined Asheville Community Yoga as a staff member in 2015 and served as Associate Director until February 2019. In addition to her role on staff, she offers community yoga classes and workshops, and facilitates Continuing Education programs. You may email her at Jodie@ashevillecommunityyoga.com.
Gentle Flow (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 am
Sweep the grounds for your day with a gently energizing, spirited and sweet practice floating between effort and ease. Guided by the breath, contemplative themes, and heartfelt intentions, we flow from movement to stillness with compassion and mindfulness. This practice will allow plenty of time to unwind, restoring peace in mind, body and spirit. All welcome.
Yin Yoga (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Wednesdays from 2:00-3:30pm
Yin Yoga is a contemplative practice of quiet transformation, nourishment and equanimity. Through longer holds in postures between 2 to 8 minutes, we allow muscles to rest, accessing the deep, connective tissues and subtle energetic systems of the body, allowing prana (life force energy) to flow and harmonize. Weaving in themes of yoga philosophy, Ayurveda, the rhythms of nature, and daily life, this practice cultivates gentle mindfulness through observation of sensation and breath. We reconnect with ourselves, in body, mind, and spirit. All welcome.