Jodi Blumstein - Personal Biography
Jodi Blumstein has been practicing Ashtanga yoga for 24 years and sharing her knowledge of this amazing practice from the start. When she discovered the practice at the age of 24, Jodi had already established herself in Chicago as a fitness instructor and personal trainer. As soon as she stumbled upon Ashtanga yoga, she naturally began to pass her discovery, like a treasure she had found, on to her clients and students.
In 1998, Jodi opened the doors of Priya Yoga, Chicago's first Ashtanga vinyasa yoga studio, and for the next 7 years she hosted workshops with the world's top Ashtanga teachers and traveled herself around the world to continue her studies. She was fortunate to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, both in Lakshmipuram, Mysore, South India, as well attending many of his U.S. visits to New York, Los Angeles, Encinitas and San Francisco. She has spent countless hours under the guidance of Tim Miller, Dena Kingsberg and Nancy Gilgoff, who have influenced her life and teaching the most, and she is grateful to have been exposed to virtually every senior Ashtanga yoga teacher on the planet.
This wide variety of influences has broadened Jodi's understanding of this ancient practice. She is able 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. She is also the founder of Shanti Shala in Silver Lake, which is her home-based yoga shala. She is the director of Shanti Shala Events which regularly hosts workshops with the world's best Ashtanga yoga teachers around the Los Angeles area. Jodi travels to teach weekend workshops and weeklong retreats around the U.S. and abroad.