The clues to our passions in life often lie in our childhood. For Jayelle, the first somersault and cartwheel, the first tree climbed, the first fence walked were the beginning of an ongoing fascination with movement. Physiotherapy satisfied a part of that curiosity but it was only in her first yoga class that she discovered something else that she had been looking for…an integration of breath with movement facilitated by awareness.
Teaching movement was already in her repertoire from 20 years of rehabilitation experience so she knew even as a beginner yoga student that she wanted to qualify as a teacher. That was more than 25 years ago and she is still learning again and again how to begin.
Living Yoga & Health opened in the fall of 1995 and was the first Yoga studio in Guelph.
By 1984, Jayelle was working full time in Toronto as a partner in a busy physiotherapy practice and teaching 3 yoga classes a week in her free time. She was looking for a new challenge in her life and work and went on a 6 month sabbatical at a Kripalu Center in Sumneytown , Pennsylvania.
She resolved on her return to leave the hectic pace of Toronto and to focus her attention on teaching yoga as her primary employment and move physiotherapy to the sideline. She was fortunate to arrive in Guelph in 1995 where she established Living Yoga & Health in the same location it exists today.
There is something very special, often intangible, that occurs when a group of people place their attention on the same thing at the same time. It might be a breath, a part of the body, even a possibility. There are always as many teachers in the room as there are people present. She is constantly learning and growing as her students share their experiences and questions.
Of course, her favourite yoga pose changes from day to day but during this true Canadian winter she is enjoying the heat of Surya Namaskar (sun salutation) more than ever. Regarding a challenging pose, she has always found Sivasana (corpse pose) to be a challenge her busy mind.
The following poem from Lao Tsu brings inspiration to her work and life.
Do you have the patience
to wait until the mud settles
and the water runs clear?
Can you remain unmoving
Until the right action
Arises by itself.”
– Lao Tsu