Jake Hays' personal journey to yoga began as a weightlifter with a desire to increase his flexibility and strength. Not only did yoga significantly improve his athletic stamina, it brought him new-found peace, awareness, self-acceptance, and self-love. These values are the foundation of his teaching path, which he shares with his students, encouraging everyone to experience their own practice as a journey of discovery by tapping into the energy of radical self-acceptance. Jake’s extensive knowledge of body types has benefited the many athletes he teaches with purposeful modifications and adaptations.
Jake’s yoga teaching philosophy is influenced by his athletic background and his belief that yoga is for EVERY body, regardless of gender, size and physical limitations. Through his teaching, Jake invites men and women to fully experience yoga, including breath awareness, mindfulness and enhanced flexibility, to enhance their strength building. He welcomes every student with an open heart by fostering an atmosphere of respect, fun, and judgement-free self-discovery. Jake is dedicated to sharing his ongoing study of yoga, pranayama, reiki, meditation, and wellness modalities with all his students.
Together with Daniel Sernicola, Jake is the co-founder of embodyMEN™ Yoga, offering classes that integrate flexibility, balance, strength, and breath work to improve endurance, power, fitness, and focus for all ability levels. Their signature classes include Sekoia™ and Embodymen™ Yoga for Athletes.
Jake trained at Yoga on HIgh and received his RYT-200 through Yoga Alliance in 2014. He is also a Level II Reiki Practitioner and a certified Sekoia™ Yoga Teacher. Learn more about Jake and Embodymen™ Yoga by following him on Facebook.