Life happens. Then somewhere along the way, the “happening” catches up to us and we find that our body doesn’t function with the same ease and comfort that they did in the past. No one can avoid the effects of time and gravity on the body, not to mention the injuries, both physical and nonphysical, and the compensatory patterns they generate. What usually happens is we ‘chalk it up’ to old age and we justify our condition, but you don’t have to do that. A consistent Avita practice will reverse the effects of time on your body.
I’m no different. I’ve experienced the trials and tribulations of life and am grateful that I discovered yoga at the age of 22. It breathed fresh life into my body and soul, but a few decades later I found myself searching for ways to recover from a ski accident that severely impacted one of my hips. For the first time, yoga wasn’t solving my problem. Lying on my back in Savasana one day after yoga class, I willed a better way. I closed my eyes and, without attachment, I asked for a way to resolve my hip pain and fulfill my vision of providing yoga that could help more people. My prayer was answered and with the willingness to work with the pain instead of trying to “get rid of it,” it is with an open mind and a grateful heart that Avita Yoga® was born.
I discovered yoga in 1986 in my hometown of Gunnison, CO. I remember walking out of my first class feeling as if I had taken my first full breath! I fell in love with the physical and spiritual intelligence of the practice of yoga and never stopped. I have a diverse background in the yoga traditions of Iyengar, Vinyasa, and Yin. I have had wonderful and inspiring teachers along the way including those from my Rolfing training in 1993. All have led perfectly to the creation of Avita Yoga, the method he currently teaches and practices. He has an appreciation for the power of yoga as a moving meditation—an element that often finds its way into his classes. Jeff has found that with a curious, self-accepting approach, yoga can mend almost anything.
We are all blessed with the inner resources necessary to handle life’s demands and influences on the body–the realization of which is our yoga. This has been my inner process and the journey that led to the development and evolution of Avita Yoga®. It won’t seem like it at first, but Avita Yoga is a complete practice. It is a moving meditation that shows us what needs undoing to realize our healing power and to be free in body and mind. It is a physical practice that naturally nurtures an inner self-reflection that heals. Various shapes and movements (sometimes active, sometimes passive) are used to stimulate the body’s healing physiology and access the healing power of the mind.
What better goal could exist? It’s what makes Avita, yoga for a lifetime®.
I have always had an appreciation for the introspective power of yoga as a moving meditation – an element that naturally finds its way into my classes. I have found that with a curious, self-forgiving approach, yoga can heal almost anything if we are willing to use the body to get closer to the healing power of the mind…and as you mend the mind the body will follow.
Jeff Bailey Trainings, Certifications
Jeff is RYT 500 certified. He holds two 200-hour teacher certifications and a 300-hour certification and has logged over 6,400 teaching hours in his lifetime. He also heads up Yoga Loft’s 200-hour Avita Yoga® Teacher Training program. As a trained Rolfer, he weaves structurally integrative elements into his classes that have practical “off the mat” applications in life. Jeff is a teacher. He has a way of reducing the complex to simple, understandable terms. He works with people of all ages and is particularly skilled at addressing and resolving chronic pain and injury. Jeff is the proud father of his daughter Georgia, a Cobber at Concordia College. Along with his wife Lori, Jeff is the owner of Yoga Loft in Boulder, Colorado.