I’m Jamey, Owner and Teacher here at Bones2Skin Hot Yoga. I wanted to take a more casual and personal approach in my BIO instead of the standard third person introduction and give you a little background on how I discovered this amazing, healing yoga, how it has changed my life, and how Bones2Skin Hot Yoga came to be.
I first discovered Bikram Yoga while living in Baltimore, MD. I was pursuing a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do at a local Dojang and also training for my third Marine Corps Marathon. A fellow student who was also a yoga teacher (not Bikram ) mentioned Bikram Yoga and the heat and I got the feeling she thought it would be a good match. At that time, I was driven by sadness and tragedy. I had been through a divorce that left me feeling inadequate, and unworthy of happiness. A failure. I ran every marathon in memory of a friend lost in the Iraq war. I had always wanted to try yoga and I was intrigued by the idea of another challenge. I googled a local studio and found Bikram Yoga Severna Park MD. I had no idea how this healing yoga was about to change my life. I didn’t practice regularly at first. I can’t even begin to describe the emotional roller coaster I went through every class but I kept going as terrifying as it was to walk through the door of the hot room that had flames painted on it. I was hooked from day 1. I’ve mostly only referred to the physical benefits I initially experienced. Better endurance as a runner, pain management from prior injuries, better balance and flexibility and focus during stressful times like competition or a race. I never experienced an injury in any sport during my initial introduction to Bikram. I don’t often talk about this but looking back I realize why I had such an emotional upheaval in class every time. As a child and an adult I experienced and witnessed verbal and physical abuse. I had no idea how it had affected my mind, body and spirit. My beloved yoga was just scratching the surface of what was to come.
About six months into my discovery of Bikram Yoga I was
re-united with a friend from high school. A single, active-duty Marine and full-time father of twin boys. Long story short, we fell in love and I moved to Jacksonville NC, home of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. We were married in 2010. I resigned from my ten year job as a flight attendant and mainly focused on transitioning from a single, jet-setting flight attendant to being a wife and stay-at-home-mom of twin five year old boys. Let me tell you all, it wasn’t pretty, yet, since moving here my life has been filled with so much love and purpose.
At that time, the closest studio was two hours and fifteen minutes away and my practiced suffered. I experienced depression and weight gain but I always held out hope for a studio to come closer. Speed ahead a few years, a studio opened an hour away. My husband bought me a year package for my birthday and my practice continued. I told the studio owner at the time that she needed to open a studio in Jacksonville NC. The military community needed it. Her answer: ”That’s your job.”
I took those words very seriously and to make a long story a bit shorter, those words sent me to Bikram Yoga’s Fall 2013 Teacher Training.
My husband (now a retired Marine of twenty three years) has also fallen in the love with this yoga and is reaping so much benefit from injuries sustained during his active duty service. We have converted our garage into a home studio and are now growing a small community of amazing hot yogis since 2014 and we are grateful every day for the testimonies and positive reviews and feedback we receive from our students on how this yoga is helping them.
We hold a small, intimate space, for practitioners of all levels. We encourage community prior to and after class. You’ll be treated like family here not just by my husband and I, but our yoga family too.
Offer a safe, professional, accepting environment where all fitness levels can come and explore the many benefits this method provides.
BE KIND always.
This yoga is accessible to all. The only thing that is absolutely mandatory in our hot room is that you breathe. Everything else is optional. We believe the goal of yoga is not in achieving perfect physical posture but living a better life outside of the yoga room through the practice of yoga. Thank you for taking the time to read this and get to know us a little better.
We hope to see you in our hot room soon!
“Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can and never give up.”