Looking back on my life in hindsight, I can see the Empath in me was always present. I was practically born a vegetarian, my family forever baffled regarding what to feed me, besides sugar. As a child I was so hyper-sensitive, I would cry at the drop of a hat. In the 6th grade I won an award from Ted Kennedy, for a project I coined “Solution for Pollution” that recommended recycling, a practically unknown concept at the time. I was a dancer in NYC in my 20s, and it wasn’t my technique that got me jobs, but my heart-centered ability to express myself through the art of dance that opened doors for me. But then I came down with Graves Disease, a hyperthyroid condition that forced me to change directions, and walk a path of self-discovery, eventually healing myself through nutrition, self introspection, yoga, and meditation.
I became a NY State Licensed Massage Therapist in 1995, eventually having a successful private practice in the Hamptons NY for the rich and famous, massaging people like Donna Summer and Uma Thurman. I studied with some of the most well known yoga teachers of my generation, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Dharma Mittra, and Rodney Yee, and I finally received my teaching certification through Sivananda in India in 1998 after a month long trek to Everest Basecamp. I practiced Zen Buddhist Zazen extensively with my dear friends, two Zen Buddhist monks from Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kongo-ji Rinzai Monastery in upstate NY. And I was always experimenting with diet and nutrition as a means of healing, until I finally got certified in Applied Vegetarian Nutrition. Having never finished my degree in Dance from NYU, I went on to study Sociology at CU Denver and Death and Dying at University of Delaware. I founded 2 non-profit Yoga foundations, have had a number of yoga centers, and developed projects for at-risk kids, death row inmates, the elderly, and cancer patients, as well as leading retreats and teacher trainings.
In 2007 I had my first spiritual emergency, or as I like to call it, spiritual awakening. It was direct experience with Oneness, with Source, with the Divine Creator, and I went on to have 8 more spanning an 8 year period and transforming my life forever. It was a long journey, but I made it through to the other side, finding purpose and mission in acceptance, compassion, contentment, and unconditional love first for myself, and then for the world.
And so here I am today, a single mom sharing my life with my son and my two cats, grounded in the present moment, in Mataró, a beautiful beach town outside of Barcelona. I still work summers in the Hamptons, but the majority of my time is spent in Spain, directing Yoga Maresme Wholistic Healing Center and Associació Akasha Yoga Mataró. I am currently conducting trainings in Akasha Yoga and volunteering in the online spiritual emergency world. I now work as a transpersonal mentor, combining yoga, meditation, prayer, journaling, intention, manifestation, conscious nourishment, healing, and bodywork to help people to awaken their consciousness, open their hearts, and guide them on their path to healing. My specialty is working with anxiety, depression, addiction, dis-ease, trauma, empaths and spiritual emergency.
Though my journey has been long and painful, it has brought me to where I am today and I am forever grateful to all of the ancestors, teachers, and guides that came before me, for your heart, hard work and dedication to humanity, and most of all to Akasha for all of the gifts that I have received from You.
In service, gratitude, grace, love, and light! Blessings,
Jordana Jyoti xo 🙂
Spiritual Guide, Healer, Teacher of Meditation & Yoga, Empath, and Mental Health Activist.