Since childhood, Donna Jay has been drawn to the path of dance, music, writing, ritual, storytelling,theater and art as a means of transformation,expression, healing and celebration. She was introduced to Yoga and other mind body breathing and movement training techniques as a dancer and undergraduate theater student 20 years ago and continues to honor these practices as a means to strengthen and heal the emotional physical and energetic bodies, sustain concentration and focus, transform mental afflictions and blockages, and to create an open energetic state to allow creative gifts a path in which to flow.
She is ever grateful for the opportunity to share in the teachings of Yoga and feels blessed to be part of a community that serves to bring more vitality and balance into the world. She received her first Yoga teaching certification in 2004 through It’s Yoga while living in San Francisco, where she has spent a total of 10 years dancing and playing amongst the diverse wealth of teachers in the vibrant Bay Area Dance and Yoga community. She began instructing Yoga in SF and has continued to train, practice and teach wherever she goes. Donna has taught pre school and also specializes in guiding children in creative movement, music and yoga. She loves developing creative yoga and mindfulness curriculum for children of all ages . Donna Jay is native of Pittsburgh Pa and a graduate of UC CCM’s drama dept. She currently writes sings and plays guitar in the Cincinnati based indie rock band, Fists of Love and spends as much time as possible getting lost and finding her heart in nature.
In 2008 upon returning to Cincinnati ( for the second time) she formed the 3 Legged Dog Yoga Collective, a community healing arts studio in Northside, named after her beloved tripod and bone cancer survivor dog Bunny, who Donna forever considers to be her most important and beloved of teachers.
She is delighted to help guide and empower students to cultivate a Yoga practice in a way that is challenging yet always nurturing, graceful, honest, playful, and steadily fueled with gratitude and love. Donna’s favorite aspect of the greater Cincinnati Modo community is the wonderful diversity of teachers and students that it kindly welcomes.