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Jodie Rufty-Graux

Jodie Rufty-Graux

Jodie Rufty-Graux

Jodie Rufty-Graux

 

Jodie Rufty-Graux

Jodie Rufty-Graux

Jodie Rufty-Graux
Jodie Rufty is a Senior Trainer and East Coast Director of Trainer Development for YogaWorks in NYC. She has been teaching Yoga since 1995 throughout New York and California as well as internationally. Jodie is registered to teach through Yoga Alliance at the EYT 500 hour level and has been certified to teach both by Alan Finger in the ISHTA lineage as well as Alison West of Yoga Union and Yoga Works. She is also a Reiki Master receiving training in 2004 by Dayna Wittenberg and Carol Hubbard. Jodie co-founded Amrita Yoga Center NYC in September of 2002 and helped launch Nava Yoga Center in Zagreb Croatia in June 2004. She is also the author of “The Art of Yoga Sequencing” published in 2008. Jodie has continued her education with many teachers including Rodney Yee, Genny Kapuler, Desikachar, and Ana Forrest, completing several Training Intensives in 1998, 2000 & 2003. While living in California in 1998, Jodie taught at the Yoga Studio of Mill Valley and continued her studies at YogaWorks in Los Angeles with many teachers such as Lisa Walford, Eric Schifmann & Shiva Rea. In 2001 and 2002 Jodie led part of the Teacher Training program for Yoga People in Brooklyn, NY. 
 
Jodie now resides in NYC where she continues to study, practice and teach Yoga at YogaWorks as well as privately. She currently leads the 200 and 300 hour Teacher Training programs for YogaWorks throughout the US and abroad. She continues to draw much of her spiritual inspiration and guidance from Amritanandamayi or (“Amma” the hugging mother from India) and is incredibly grateful to all her teachers over the years. Jodie also teaches many workshops and retreats worldwide throughout the year.
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Number Of Years Teaching

20 + years 

Style

YogaWorks (Ashtanga/Iyengar) 

Inspiration

The Yoga Sutras & Amritanandamayi

 

FAQ

What Inspired You to Teach Yoga?

I met Amritanandamayami ( Amma,"the hugging mother) from India in 1997. I had never met anyone in my life with such compassion and selfless service toward humanity. I remember thinking "If God were in human form on earth she would be it". She mirrored what I always felt in my heart and mind was the ultimate state of yoga. It was beyond asana, beyond the mind and the body, a true union with all of existence . Her example inspires me every day to continuously strive to attain this state of compassion and union with all life/all beings and to inspire this in my students.

Who are your most influential teachers?

Amritanandamayi, Rodney Yee, Alison West, Lisa Walford, May Ezraty, Anna Forrest

How would you describe your style?

I have studied numerous styles and methods of yoga. Currently, I practice more Iyengar yoga but teach within the YogaWorks method, which is influenced by both the Iyengar and Ashtanga styles. In my public classes, I teach a flow style with continuous attention on alignment in the asanas, as well as alignment of the mind - remembering that the true purpose of this practice is to be in union with one's higher consciousness.

Why do you feel retreats are transformational?

Retreats are transformational because they allow us to slow down, temporarily leaving behind our busy lives, bringing our attention toward what matters most. This can assist us in seeing things for what they really are and gaining a better perspective. When our minds & bodies can rest, the clouds are able to clear, and we can open up to the possibilities available for us to heal.

What is your favorite pose to teach?

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog). It's a pose we do A LOT, but one that very few practitioners understand. There are many components within this asana, therefore, many asanas that arise from within it, making (what seems like a simple pose) rather complex.

What is your favorite pose to practice?

Many, however I most enjoy going back and exploring what are considered more "basic" poses like Downward Facing Dog. As my practice matures, and as I age, I am less interested in the "pose" itself or in "tricks" and more curious about the process of "arriving".

Where are your favorite places to travel?

India definitely! But I also love France, the French West Indies, and any warm coastal island.