I'm J.Lowe! I've been fascinated by the connection between body and mind from a very young age. I took my very first yoga class in 2007 when I was 17 years old. However, I believe my journey as a yogi began when I was 4 years old watching the 1992 Summer Olympics. Watching the gymnasts flip, spin, twirl, jump, and bend with such ease and power inspired me to try. I set up pillows on the floor to cushion my fall while I tried to teach myself to do cartwheels and back walk overs. I swung from my dad's pull up bar in the hallway attempting the tricks the girls were doing on television.
Finally, my mom had enough and signed me up for gymnastics classes. I was in heaven! I was surrounded by mats and proper gymnastics equipment. I met friends with the same interest and drive as me, and most importantly, I had coaches to guide me.
For six years I practiced and competed, until I realized I was done with gymnastics. During my training I learned a lot of important skills that I continue to use and apply to my life today. I learned body awareness, the power of the mind, how falling is part growing, and how to deal with injuries.
Since my gymnastics training I have also been a swimmer and diver. Being active has always been important to me. I went into my first hot yoga class looking for an intense new work out, but when I came out of that first class I knew I had found something truly transformative. It was one of the most challenging and exhausting things I had ever done, yet I had never felt better or more alive than I did when I walked, soaking wet out of that class.
The beautiful thing about yoga is that no matter what age you are, phase in your life, fitness level, background, or goals, yoga has something for you and will transform and evolve with you. My practice when I first started yoga was focused on the challenging, fancy poses and transitions. Now my practice is calmer, simpler, and gentler.
I completed my first 200 hour teacher training at Corepower Yoga in 2011. There I learned to hone my skills of teaching challenging power vinyasa classes. In 2013, I began to turn towards a more therapeutic approach to yoga during a 300 hour teacher training at The Soul of Yoga in Encinitas, CA. The two teachers who have had the biggest impact on my practice and my teaching are Brian Dorfman and Leslie Kaminoff. Both teachers strongly emphasize a breath centered practice. I combine elements of all the different aspects and approaches to yoga that I have studied thus far to create safe, effective, challenging, and healing practices.
Photo taken by Stephanie Dana