Meet Jaymie Meyer: Restorative Yoga Teacher for Over 12 Years

by Restorative Yoga Poses on February 25, 2012

Jaymie owns and operates her own business, Resilience for Life, out of New York and San Francisco. She brings dynamic healing programs to individuals and organizations to educate and motivate them on their path towards wellness, including recovery from illness or injury. See her complete profile.

1. Restorative yoga is a beautiful style of yoga, both powerful and gentle. How did you initially come to learn about this type of yoga?

I have always been drawn to the therapeutic aspects of yoga. Having a background as a spokesperson, and having worked in the corporate world, I felt that I could offer many benefits to people in the business world who are unaware of the physiological benefits of a restorative practice. I sought out master teachers Judith Lasater and Cheri Clampett and not only learned from them, but in the case of Judith, apprenticed for 100’s of hours at her trainings all over the US. When my own business ( evolved to include private sessions, I found restorative yoga to be an integral part of what chose to offer.

2. What key intentions do you share with your restorative yoga students?

That depends on the person and what they need at any given moment. Restorative yoga is quite different from the many styles of yoga which most people practice. In general, darkness, warmth, and comfort are essential for the practice to work.

3. Please share any personal transformations and insights that you’ve gained through your practice of restorative yoga.

I am a typical Pitta and have lots of natural energy. While this serves me well in many areas of my life, I find that committing to a regular restorative practice not only allows me to teach it authentically, it keeps me balanced on many levels.

4. In your opinion, what is the biggest benefit of restorative yoga?

Activating the parasympathetic nervous system, a state in which the mind/body receives invaluable benefits of healing, deep rest and rejuvenation.

5. If you could name one pose that has truly supported you in a way that allowed you to open, release, and restore your body and mind unlike any other pose what was that pose and why was it so empowering?

I have used many poses over the years; I select the pose I need depending on what is going on in my life at that time, but I would say that savasana is the probably the most valuable.

6. Would you say you are a different person after practicing restorative yoga? In what ways has restorative yoga changed your life?

Restorative yoga helps me feel balanced and allows me to recharge my batteries. Including this type of practice with the many active things I enjoy is essential for my well-being and health, especially in this noisy and stressful world.

7. What would you recommend to students who are new to restorative yoga?

Many teachers sequence poses so that students only stay in each pose for 5-10 minutes, less than the 15-20 minutes I recommend. It’s better to go deep and do fewer poses than to do many and not get the benefit because you haven’t allowed the necessary time.

8. There has been some inquiry for restorative yoga poses for women with breast cancer. Can you suggest any poses that would be particularly helpful?

I’m not trained in this area, but there are many resources available, including many scientific studies. I recommend as a resource for yoga research. Timothy McCall’s Yoga As Medicine is also an outstanding book that every yoga teacher would do well to own.

9. Please share any specialties (ie. Aromatherapy, meditation, sound healing, etc) that you include in your classes and/or areas that you focus on in particular (anxiety, stress relief, chronic pain).

I typically teach restorative yoga when I am working privately. In the first moments when someone is coming into a restorative pose, I may use visualization or guided breathwork to help a person “settle.” Occasionally, I may also offer energetic or therapeutic touch. Otherwise, as an Ayurveda Health Educator and a student in the lineage of Desikachar I believe pranayama is essential is the practice of hatha yoga. Without the integration of breath I don’t believe it’s actually “yoga”; it might be a work out or gentle exercise, depending on what you’re doing, but “classic yoga” must incorporate the breath.

10. What do you think will be the future for restorative yoga? Do you see the need increasing and in what ways will restorative yoga be able to serve people in the coming years?

Most people are unaware of the gentler, restorative practices until they are called to them due to stress or health concerns. Obviously, I think restorative yoga could benefit everyone. I don’t see our world becoming less complicated and I think being able to turn inward and experience pratyahara is one of the primary gifts of restorative practice.

To start today with Restorative Yoga classes find Jaymie and other teachers listed on the Restorative Yoga Teacher’s Database.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Linda January 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm

I’ve been lonoikg for a post like this forever (and a day)

Mari April 12, 2015 at 8:55 pm

Marilyn-I do not know how universally acpetced those definitions are, but they are old, working definitions based on our study of Love, Power and Justice by Paul Tillich which may be a starting point for your research. These are definitions the Ministers of Breadbasket used in talking to our congregations about why picketing and an economic boycott were necessary actions of ethical Christians.Your notion of restorative justice as applied in the criminal justice system seems to me to be a widely acpetced application of the concept and consistent with the working definition I suggested.

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