Episode 20: Returning to Original Greatness with JoAnn Jaffe
Joann Jaffe is on a mission to activate the Original Greatness of each person she serves!
Combining her extensive experience raising money, working with non-profits, and embodying yoga as a way of life, Joann was intuitively guided to answer the call to serve and help heal people who have experienced trauma. She answered the call by founding the non-profit @og.yoga. The OG stands for Original Greatness!
Our conversation is deep, vulnerable, and interactive as we discuss several pressing societal issues and how Joann is committed to standing in her discomfort to help solve them.
Listen in to hear Joann’s journey as a Radiant Achiever in her community, family, and the legacy she is building including:
• How Joann’s journey in non-profit work gave her a boots on the ground understanding of the core issue that needed to be addressed
• How her history with social services and yoga set her up to provide new solutions to a growing problem
• Why she waited two years to bring her work to the community
• The key shift she made to live from the inside out
• The power of standing in her own uncomfortableness and how that’s impacted her life
• Her journey with breast cancer and being introduced to the healing power of restorative yoga
• Where trauma is stored and why we must engage our body to fully heal
• The one key practice she utilizes when she doesn’t have an answer
• The power of Letting Go and being intentional about who you are journeying with in life
• Her key advice for those not yet following their calling
This conversation is a testament to the fact that we each can make a difference in our own unique way and that everything we have done and gone through prior to now has set us up perfectly to help others. I know you will get a lot out of this conversation!
MORE ABOUT JOANN & OG YOGA:
JoAnn, Founder of OG Yoga, created this non-profit organization in 2015 to address trauma, make yoga accessible to San Diego’s under-served communities, and intervene in the complex processes of trauma.
JoAnn worked in the homeless/prisoner re-entry sector for 10 years as Director of Development for Second Chance. She witnessed the painful cycle of poverty, drugs, incarceration, and homelessness. She felt that a holistic yoga component would offer a forgiving approach to help affect positive change with homeless, addiction, violence, and prison problems.
From Second Chance, JoAnn worked at San Diego Jewish Academy as Director of School Advancement. JoAnn is also a professor at Pacific College of Health & Science, Adjunct Faculty Introduction to Yoga for Specialty Populations.
About OG Yoga:
OG Yoga offers four distinct programs that are interrelated:
1. Community Partnerships to bring trauma and diversity informed yoga on-site
2. Overcoming Trauma through 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training and 30-Hour Continuing
3. OG Yoga Studio- San Diego’s first accessible trauma and diversity sensitive studio
4. Hosted Events- Participation in community wellness events like the Suicide Prevention Council, Live Well San Diego Advance, and Black Tech Link
Visit her site https://www.ogyoga.org/ for more information.