Jamie Driver is a trauma informed yoga therapist and mindfulness instructor. She was introduced to yoga and meditation 20 years ago at her secondary school in Sewanee, TN and completed her first teacher training in 2010 before receiving her B.A. in Psychology. Jamie began to refine her specialty in trauma informed practices while leading a yoga program for veterans with PTSD and managing outreach for a yoga service nonprofit. She has experience teaching survivors of domestic violence, people recovering from addiction, those with chronic and/or terminal illness, caregivers, children, healthcare providers, and first responders. Jamie is passionate about sharing mind-body coping skills for empathic overarousal with frontliners. She spent 2.5 years serving in end-of-life settings to better understand pain, grief, and the stressors placed on caregivers. During this time she also worked at Vanderbilt School of Medicine Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment facilitating simulation learning for students refining their skills in patient-provider relationships. She has volunteered in hospital NICU/PICU/children's oncology units, the burn unit, and recently began participating in ride-alongs with law enforcement and fire service.
Her classes focus on guiding students to find their inner teacher by referencing their own bodies to detailed, alignment-oriented instructions, and centered attention on the mind/body/breath connection. She uses methods from somatic therapy, Ayurveda, Zen mindfulness, and evidence-based research. Jamie believes a “good” practice is that which is safe—physically, mentally, emotionally—and is dedicated to constantly refining these parameters.