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Certifications
 
  • Vegas Hot Yoga - 200hr
  • SmartFLOW Yoga - 200hr
  • SmartFLOW Yoga - 300hr
  • Yoga Mazé- 300hr
  • Prenatal Vinyasa - 40hrs
  • Pilates Mat 1 & 2 - 50hrs
  • Yoga Therapy RX Level 1 & 2                                  @Loyala Marymount University - currently enrolled

About Ivorie

NAMASTE! My name is Ivorie Jenkins and the 3 loves of my life (so far and in no particular order) are Yoga, Dance and Travel! When I am doing any one of these 3 things I feel the most alive and of the most use.
My Mom is a chiropractor. My Dad was a basketball player. I am a Yoga teacher. I was a dancer. Therefore adjustment, agility, power of breath and movement are all influential in my life, some even since birth.
I was a professional dancer for 15 years and constantly witnessed the value of exploration. I explored how far I could push the physical body and yet keep my instrument happy and functioning at the highest of standards.
Once I became a student of Yoga, I began the exploration of my own mental landscape including my limiting thought patterns and doubts and fears that paralyzed me from becoming great. My initial intro to Yoga was a Bikram class. It was a mandatory, weekly requirement from Dallas Black Dance Theater, my...


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NAMASTE! My name is Ivorie Jenkins and the 3 loves of my life (so far and in no particular order) are Yoga, Dance and Travel! When I am doing any one of these 3 things I feel the most alive and of the most use.
My Mom is a chiropractor. My Dad was a basketball player. I am a Yoga teacher. I was a dancer. Therefore adjustment, agility, power of breath and movement are all influential in my life, some even since birth.
I was a professional dancer for 15 years and constantly witnessed the value of exploration. I explored how far I could push the physical body and yet keep my instrument happy and functioning at the highest of standards.
Once I became a student of Yoga, I began the exploration of my own mental landscape including my limiting thought patterns and doubts and fears that paralyzed me from becoming great. My initial intro to Yoga was a Bikram class. It was a mandatory, weekly requirement from Dallas Black Dance Theater, my first professional company job. The physical ambition required in this 90 minutes resonated with the ambition that drove me at this point in my life. I continued as a student of Bikram Yoga for the next 6 years.


Then I met Annie Carpenter. "When the student is ready the teacher will appear." She was a fierce teacher of Yoga and alignment and a former dancer with the famed Martha Grahmn Dance company. I knew she my teacher. I completed her 200 hour teacher training and all of a sudden Yoga made a shift from the physical to the sacred. We explored ethical codes of conduct, the subtle body, sacred chants, Gurus and gods.
Now began the real exploration of the “churnings” of my mind and the subtle whisper of the breath. A seemingly simply shift of becoming the witness quieted so much of my negative, unproductive chatter. I knew I was embarking on something special with this practice. I knew this would be a lifelong journey because the more I learned the more I realized how little I knew.


My travels for both work and pleasure have led me to many countries and several continents. The most memorable trip was my trip to Incredible India! In February of 2014, after 4 arduous years of dancing 10 shows a week/2 shows a night with a Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, I decided to do some “Soul Travel.” I named it Soul Travel because I was in need of a revival. I had given more than I thought I had to Cirque du Soleil. My body was tired, my mind was foggy and I was not even sure if I wanted to dance anymore. Yoga was my constant place of comfort so I decided India, the homeland of Yoga, would be my destination.


I spent 101 days in India. I was a tourist in 14 different cities and traveled over 4,000 miles domestically. I stayed in 3 ashrams, 14 hotels and in the home of the Subba’s, one of the most gracious and kind host families I have ever met. I practiced Yoga daily; I spent 10 days at a Vipassana meditation retreat; I was a volunteer teacher to 12-17 year-olds; I tasted the sweetest mangos; learned to cook from a Bengali local; I ate copious amounts of street food; I followed the Ganges from Rishikesh to Kolkata. I got a lifetime of amazing experiences in less than 4 months (See my mental musings at the Blog I kept while away. Lots of funny stories).


Currently, I am teaching public and private Yoga classes full time in Los Angeles, California and continuing my Yoga education with more trainings as well as the Yoga Therapy RX program at Loyola Marymount University. My goal as a teacher is to inspire my students to pause, breathe and explore -explore their own bodies, minds and emotions via the practice of Yoga. How you do one thing is how you do most things. Have a daily conversation with yourself every time you step onto your mat and see what your Yoga practice has to tell you. Pause. Breathe. Explore.


Gratitude to My Teachers: Homer Hans Bryant, Mary Early, Cheryl Taylor, Annie Carpenter, Noah Mazé, Dr. Larry Payne, Rocky Heron, My Mother, My Father, Mother Nature and my small still voice.

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Accreditation

Ivorie is a member of IAYT (International Association of      Yoga Therapists)

Ivorie Jenkins - Member Yoga Alliance