Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Fuller.
Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I discovered yoga during a transitional time in my life when I went from years of being a special education teacher to a stay-at-home mom of two young kids. I found myself loving the time with my kids but missing the parts of my life that made me feel like me. I took my first yoga class hoping to relieve the back pain I was experiencing from back-to-back pregnancies but never intended to make it a part of my life, let alone my daily routine. However, each time I stepped on my mat, something shifted in me.
I enjoyed the movement, but I also enjoy the quiet time with my thoughts. These moments became sacred to me, and, what was originally only supposed to be a quick experience to relieve back pain, turned into a daily practice and multiple yoga teacher training programs. When the global pandemic hit in March of 2020 and studios were forced to close, I recognized the need for myself and others to still have an opportunity to practice studio-like yoga daily. Together with a dear friend and colleague – Andrea Rabenold of Flow State Yoga STL, we created YSA Wellness. YSA Wellness is an on-demand yoga studio that promotes an everyday yoga lifestyle through the practice of many different types of yoga classes. We seek to create community both virtually and in-person through live events in and around the Saint Louis area.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The journey to co-create YSA wellness was about a 10-month process. The transition from solely teaching in the studio to online was challenging because we wanted to ensure students felt the same connection to us online as they would normally feel in the studio. This took many attempts to create classes that we felt provided that connection. Also, by trade, Andrea is a speech and language pathologist and I am a special education teacher, so much time was spent creating, managing, and learning the business side of owning a yoga studio.
We ultimately launched in April of 2021, which in retrospect was not the best timing because communities were starting to open back up. This challenge, however, provided us with the opportunity to partner with a local studio – Namaste Yoga, and has since given us many opportunities to grow our business through events, trainings, and collaboration projects.
Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
When you’re not taking my classes online, you can find me teaching locally in person in Saint Louis at Namaste Yoga and Westborough Country Club. My classes are known for their great playlists and for providing students the opportunity to create space and strength in their bodies through fun movements. I spent most of my life saying I wasn’t flexible and that yoga wasn’t for me, so I take pride in being able to help those that think similarly about their bodies and yoga journey. I think this is what sets me apart from other teachers and why students continue to find time on their mats with me both virtually and in person.
I have so many plans for the future! I think first on the horizon is a destination yoga retreat. I’d love to provide a weekend of practice, community and rejuvenation so keep an eye out for dates and locations. I also hope to see you in a brick-and-mortar location one day.
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- YSA Wellness class download $4.99/class
- YSA Wellness class rental $2.99/class
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- Website: www.ysawellness.com
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