a little about me
this is my story.
As a Bikram student and yogi, I’ve always had a passion for the connection of mind, body, and spirit. These elements were strengthened by my cultural experiences, a personal philosophy of authenticity, and my education. Truly, it was through my studies of economics + conflict management that I began to see this correlation between cause + effect. where there is scarcity, there is inflation. where there is a surplus, there is a deflation.
I realized that the body is very much the same. your body talks to you everyday, giving you insight to what needs the most care. You can build, break down, and re-build your system.
i was introduced to bikram yoga in 2011. that’s the year i started to study myself. for the first time, i was improving my physical strength. i experienced a new mental flow. i was able to eat cleaner + meditate my way into a place of loving kindness. it was something only I could create.
if i could tell you the biggest takeaway from my experience with yoga, i would tell you that hands down, Yoga has helped me grow to love myself and to look inward more often. It was through my personal challenges that I learned to seek solutions, not excuses. Changing the way I responded to life's ups and downs was paramount to my growth. I had to eliminate a lot of "wasteful thinking". i had to stop listening to "the noise".
Negative thoughts + beliefs are what hinder you from expressing your truest self.
after practicing bikram for 6 years, I finally made the decision to further my education in yoga. In the Spring of 2017, I became an RYT® 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor. since becoming an instructor, i’ve worked with clients of all backgrounds and age groups.
with Life on a mat, My hope is to share what I’ve learned over the years. my hope is to enlighten others in terms of finding greater self-understanding, overcoming challenges, and organizing a lifestyle conducive to your needs. this is a place of non-judgement. the wellness industry tends to focus on a specific image, sometimes seeming unattainable. but I want this to be a place for strong yoga practice, beautiful style, and integrity.
it is a place of mindful movement.
life on a mat is my “hoop dream”. I grew up in a very dynamic, multi-ethnic family. i struggled quite a bit as an adolescent, always living in limbo of my identity. i experienced my own traumas and lessons. but i never gave up on myself. after many 12 step meetings, it was My mom who introduced me to the practice of yoga.
today i approach my life by watering every seed that I see, spreading a little love + positivity to others along the way. Life is very short and so I plan to enjoy what I can while I’m here.
I hope you’ll join me.
“Jasmine was my yoga instructor for almost a year, and I can honestly say that she not only helped me transform my body but my mind as well. I was able to tone my body, build stamina, maintain concentration longer, and better manage stress under her guidance. Her class is the perfect combination of body strengthening and mind relaxation that gave me a center to build my fitness routine around. Jas, thank you so much for starting me on this wellness path. At 51 years old, I feel better than I have felt in years and my body is so much stronger now.”
reviews by law enforcement officials
“There is a NEED for health and wellness in Law Enforcement. I appreciate Jasmine brining something different that could motivate some to do more for their health.”
“This was an outstanding class. Learned about how Yoga can be a benefit to the wellness and safety of officers. Even with lower back issues, I was able to do the session. I felt relaxed and think our department should have this done for our officers.”
“Well done. Passion showed with high level of organization.”
“I actually enjoyed this class a lot more than I expected. I look forward to looking into yoga a little more. Thanks for the experience.”
”Great session and instruction. Enjoyed the class far more than I thought I would. Instructor was very excited and it motivated the students”
how did you choose the name of your blog?
Life on a Mat is about creating a healthy lifestyle no matter where you are in the world. It’s a way of life for the stylish and creative yogi. Whether you’re traveling, working, or simply having a night in, you can create a center of solitude and happiness! The mat is my safe place to be me.
Favorite Flower Hibiscus
Favorite Yogi Chaukei Ngai
Favorite Pose Tree Pose
What is your ethnicity?
I feel like I’ve answered this question a million times in my life lol but I am African American and Filipino. My ancestry also includes Native American, Spanish, and European decent. I was born and raised in Texas.
Favorite Non-Yoga Things to Do
Eating With Friends, Enjoy My Youth, Stargazing, Watch Documentaries
Favorite Thing to Eat
I love a good Sushi Night! Add some Sake or a Lychee Martini and I'm golden.
Where did you go to school?
I received my Bachelor's degree in International Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2011. Shortly after graduating I interned at the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C. in the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science, and Research. I came back to Dallas to complete my Master’s degree in Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution in 2013. I am also a certified Mediator in the State of Texas.
current fitness routine
Bikram Yoga, weightlifting, sauna steams, cardio, and some boxing
current lifestyle meals
quinoa chips + miso paste, Siete vegan queso, lots of fruits + veggies, coconut oil, garlic quinoa fried rice + shrimp