The spark of Jai Rhythm Yoga was first lit when Colin Brightfield met Rebecca Schol shortly after completing his yoga teacher training in 2008. Rebecca was interested in learning yoga and Colin needed a student to practice his freshly learned vinyasa yoga teaching from Rolf Gates. Rebecca would show up on Colin’s parents’ doorstep with her mat and ring the doorbell, and together they would practice yoga outside on the back patio every morning for the almost whole summer. Colin did his best to apply his training while Rebecca tried her best help Colin progress as a teacher.
Soon after both Rebecca and Colin found themselves living in nearby Washington, D.C. following their passions. They reconnected through their love for yoga as Colin was teaching vinyasa flow at several studios in the area and Rebecca was leading Bikram classes at many of the studios in D.C. They studied with many of the passionate and experienced teachers in and around the city while also attending trainings and retreats led by master teachers. They both dreamed of one day creating a yoga community based around the values of fun, service and community and even thought about opening up a yoga studio in the D.C. region or beyond. Eventually, Colin was asked to lead a surf and yoga retreat and his interest in developing a studio near consistent surf was ignited.
While at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Colin and Rebecca befriended motivating and entrepreneurial people who believed in their dream of one day opening a studio by the beach in California. Through several visits to California, they became close friends and Colin and Rebecca solidified their goal of moving to California to see what would happen if they followed their dreams.
Colin moved to Pierpont in Ventura, California in June 2012 without much money or a job but he was thrilled to be following his passion and to be living his truth next to the Pacific Ocean. He noticed a gorgeous beachside park three blocks from his new home and began to offer daily and sometimes twice-daily donation based yoga classes in Marina Park in Pierpont. Some days only a couple people showed up and some days there was a legitimate crowd, but Colin taught whoever showed up. When the weather turned cool and the days got shorter, students volunteered their homes for a community yoga practice in their living rooms. A warm, local, community had developed around yoga and Colin felt that the dream of opening a new yoga studio in Ventura was close.
During this time, Colin and Rebecca began developing plans for a studio and working to lease a space that would align well with the Jai Rhythm values and offer a space where the community could thrive. Finally, they signed a lease at the Working Artists Ventura (WAV) for the initial Jai Rhythm Yoga studio. Construction was finished the following summer and Jai Rhythm Yoga officially opened its studio doors for their first practice on July 19th, 2013.
Together, the Jai Tribe fosters community and leaders in a movement towards awareness, commitment to excellence, sharing positivity and passion to create experiences of presence, celebration, and inspiration. At Jai Rhythm, we hope that by living to our fullest, we can inspire you to be triumphant in your own life.