Jean Marie’s first experience with yoga came courtesy of an incredibly cheesy video during a college break. In the years that followed, she dabbled in everything from Baptiste to Bikram and Jivamukti. Ashtanga appeared in and out of her life during many of these years; it is now the practice she calls home. While she got into yoga for a better body, she ultimately found it gave her a better mind and heart (though the physical side effects ain’t bad). She left her job as an attorney to pursue her interest in yoga, completing her 200-hr training in New York City in the Spring of 2010, and has been teaching ever since — from Boulder, Colorado to Washington, D.C./Virginia and now Park City, Utah, where she expects to stay until she turns into a shriveled husk of a human flying down the mountain on skis. She does a crazy fun ashtanga vinyasa home practice coupled with weekly trips to her ashtanga teacher in SLC, climbs and skis (well, tries to), and hangs out with her husband, four-year-old, and two dogs. She has studied with teachers who inspire her, from notable teachers of the ashtanga lineage including David Garrigues, to her local Park City vinyasa teacher colleagues who push her outside her comfort zone. Over the years, her irreverent writings about practice and teaching have appeared in Elephant Journal, Yoganonymous, and Fiterazzi.
Jean Marie teaches a sweaty, strong vinyasa practice that nods to both her ashtanga love and her inner wild thing. She teaches to the individuals in her classes – yes, she will call you by your name! — and tries to help each person realize how much he or she already has. Students have called her everything from charismatic and upbeat, to dedicated to proper alignment and form, as well as inclusive of all. She loves teaching and being part of the wonderful community at Tadasana.