Jodi Chmielewski, a native of Southern California, was a several-sport athlete when she was young, and she was recruited to play D1 softball in the PAC 12 for Oregon State University and drafted to play professional softball in the Women's Professional Softball League for the Tampa Bay Firestix in Florida. Her first season in the league, she garnered a championship world series ring. She went on to play and coach professionally for clubs in The Netherlands and in South Africa. Her first season in Holland, her club won the European Cup Championship in Spain.
In the last decade Jodi has coached NCAA, D1 and D3 softball and facilitated youth softball camps and clinics. She moved to Lexington to coach for the University of Kentucky, and she currently coaches softball for Transylvania University as well as managing the Bikram Hot Yoga Studio.
She was coaching softball for the University of Kentucky, and at work her body, especially her lower back, was in tremendous pain from the wear and tear. She started practicing Bikram yoga, which healed her back pain. She couldn't believe how much her body improved in flexibility. The positive improvements in her body and in her quality of life inspired her to pass this yoga sequence to others.
Jodi absolutely loves the supportive yoga community and teachers at Bikram Hot Yoga Lexington. The studio enjoys welcoming beginners with high stress, joint or back pain into their first yoga practice as well as encouraging long term practitioners to improve balance, strength alignment, flexibility and quality of life. Young and old, fit to healing Lexington's Bikram yoga community is amazing.
Jodi's favorite ways to sweat are a good Bikram hot yoga class, which allows her to continue playing kickball, flag football, dodgeball and ultimate frisbee in sports leagues with her husband and favorite teammate. The enjoy cooking healthy meals from their garden, traveling the world and scuba diving.