Jodi Blumstein has been practicing Ashtanga yoga for 17 years. From 1999 to 2005 she was the director of Priya Yoga - the first Ashtanga/vinyasa yoga school in Chicago. Jodi sees the Ashtanga practice as a highly transformative experience; it is physical exercise to keep the body clean, it is mental exercise to keep the mind sharp, and it is a tool for waking up to who we truly are, beyond name and form. Jodi has the unique ability to work with students of all levels, ages, and physical ability and to guide them towards establishing a consistent, daily practice to improve health on all levels.

She encourages students to explore the unknown both on and off the mat and not to take anything too seriously. She has helped thousands of students begin their journey in this practice, and she holds the space for many communities to build thriving Ashtanga yoga programs. Currently, Jodi is living in Los Angeles where she teaches the Mysore program for Yoga Works at the Center for Yoga near Hollywood.

Recent classes

A strong introduction to Ujjayi breathing and then bring breath work into Sun Salutations and standing poses, including warrior poses and standing twists. Focus on specifics of the breath as you move through the sequence. Class ends with Yoga Mudrasana and a brief meditation focusing on Uddiyana Bandha.
Practice Focus: Breath

Level 12 20 min

Extension of the spine and the movement of back bending is extremely important for all of us in an age where sitting is how we spend so much of our time. Moving into extension and backbends not only elongates the hip flexors after sitting so much, but also energizes the central nervous system. Move through a very basic introduction to a classical sequence of backbends which resembles the beginning of the 2nd series of Ashtanga Yoga.
Practice Focus: Backbends

Level 12 45 min

Why do pictures of BKS Iyengar and Sri K Pattabhi Jois doing the same poses look so different? For answers to these questions, come on a journey through a basic Ashtanga yoga class where the concept of Ashtanga Alignment is introduced. This is an opportunity for students of all levels to gain a different perspective and learn why traditional Ashtanga practitioners look so different. Includes some beginning lecture and lots of explanation of poses.
Practice Focus:

Level 2 60 min

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