Playful and powerful, Jodi Komitor says yes to authentic living. She boldly walks her talk with grace and integrity, regardless of the ups and downs of life; always courageously dedicated to living and sharing her truth. She is a hands-on visionary who shows up with consistent authenticity (and vulnerability) as she navigates her way through the amazing life she has created for herself.
Check out her Story of Bold. It models that possibilities abound when we live our personal truth.
Jodi is a pioneer who felt her passion, recognized her unique niche… then took action. She’s paved the way providing increased wellbeing and career opportunities for future generations by bringing children’s yoga into the lives of countless individuals. A successful entrepreneur using her brilliance to bring peace and wellbeing into this world.
Founder and CEO of The Biz of Kids Yoga and now 19 year old Next Generation Yoga. Jodi ensures mindfulness becomes as common practice as teeth-brushing. She’s been living her purpose and on fire for just shy of two decades!
Meet badass beautiful Jodi, a leader who offers a beacon of light to her community.
Leanne Tibiatowski (LT): Let’s start with a fun question. Years ago, you and our shared friend, Kali Love, introduced me to a concept that I now embrace every year … YESvember. A fun way to invite more opportunity into the month of NOvember by saying yes as much as possible each day. Tell us how you two came up with this concept and why it is valuable in your life.
Jodi Komitor (JK): YES! I LOVE that we are starting with this question!
To me, language is everything. What we say and how we use spoken word creates our reality.
Seems obvious, so why not truly go there and play with words, too.
YESvember is simply a way to remind us to bring more positivity into our daily lives.
While it IS about saying yes more than no, like trying things that we might not ever have said yes to, it is also about being a full yes even to our no.
With YESvember, we are in no way suggesting to forget your truth or saying yes when you mean no— rather we make choices, decisions, and live life with a full embodied yes … even to our no.
LT: What have you learned about bold action through your travels in life?
JK: Always. Always. Always. Listening to my heart.
LT: It can be so easy to get caught up in the busy nature of life … so busy that we can lose track of our intentions and goals. How do you integrate and sustain the practice of bold living in your life?
JK: With sacred pauses.
I agree, it can be so easy to lose sight of our goals, intentions, and desires. I, personally, can forget my truth and my needs, and ignore my intuition mostly because of the hurry up, fast-paced world in which we live.
I make conscious efforts to take time to do nothing on a daily basis. I take a sacred pause. I daydream. I stop what I am doing to get still. Sometimes it’s 30 seconds, sometimes it’s five minutes. Regardless of how long, this practice helps me boldly step away from the busy-ness of life and more into the presence of my heart and soul.
LT: Well before yoga was mainstream, you started Next Generation Yoga, manifesting your vision to bring yoga to children as a teacher and a trainer. Now wildly successful, your business touches lives globally. You’ve experienced obstacles and victories … your dedication steady unwavering even when the going got tough. What advice do you have for others who have a vision to share with the world?
JK: It’s been a windy entrepreneurial ride of up’s and down’s, challenges, and obstacles. I’ve had to make big decisions, shifts, and take actions that weren’t always easy.
Here’s how I see it; I like to think of all of us humans as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. We’re all on a journey, trying to get somewhere – could be “hOMe.” On our path, we meet all kinds of people, aka: characters, that teach us things. Like to use our brains, to listen to our heart, and to have courage. Brains, heart, and courage are the quintessential qualities that help us on this adventure of life.
When you make the choice to access your courage, listen to your heart, and use your brain, success IS right around the corner on your yellow brick road.
LT: What is one thing about life you wish you knew when you were a child?
JK: I wish I was taught to trust my choices — that “I” know what is best for me. This has been my curriculum as an adult, and I truthfully wish I had more training in this as a kid. Perhaps it’s why I do the work that I do, sharing Yoga and empowerment practices with children.
LT: What is the boldest action you have taken in life?
JK: Currently I am living “home-free.” About 6-months ago, I boldly listened to my heart and soul and chose to step out of my comfort zone by letting go of my home and putting my stuff in storage. Being a Taurus, a creature of comforts and lover of nesting, not having a home is edgy for me. But I chose it, and I boldly re-choose it every day.
I am committed to personal growth, living life outside of my “bubble” and learning about myself and the world in which we live. I’ll do whatever it takes to boldly honor my desires for freedom and growth because in the discomforts, the magic of boldness resides.
So I dove into life in a big and unusual way for me. ..through this one choice I’ve received so much. I’ve discovered how to let go of attachment to materialism. Each moment of this experience has been divine medicine, helping me to trust in the movement of the universe. Home-free living has allowed me to remember, with clarity, that life always works if you allow it to work for you.
Jodi is living bold and saying yes! Will you?