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By Lisa Bailey



January 19, 2018

Lisa Bailey

Jennifer Bandy at her yoga studio in Aztec

Jennifer Bandy had a vision for an Aztec yoga studio, and today, her shop "Namaztec" is the result. Having practiced yoga for several years Jennifer reflected on what attracted her to yoga in the first place. "I wanted Aztec to have some place small, intimate, clean, and safe to enjoy yoga." she said. She was tired of driving to Farmington and Durango to attend classes. Jennifer feels the studio location on Aztec's historic Main Ave. provides the hallmarks of a good yoga studio, while keeping classes affordable.

Apparently Aztec and surrounding area residents agree. Since opening with her first class on November 8th, the business has grown, attracting fans from outlying communities Navajo Dam and Blanco. This has allowed Jennifer to add instructors Tammy Rinerson, and JulieAna Wortman. Jennifer, Tammy and JulieAna are all certified in "Sacred Hot Yoga" methods. You may not know from the name, but this is not strictly limited to a hot or warm practice.

With deep roots in Aztec, the Bandy family are not strangers to the community nor to servicing its residents. Jennifer, and husband Jarrod actually were married at the Aztec Museum. Jarrod is the grandson of William (Bill) Bandy, who took over the Aztec Kroeger location in 1935. He and Lyle McWilliams later purchased that location and changed the name to B&M Supply, now known as Aztec Feed & Supply, right across the street from Namaztec Yoga.

A California native, Jennifer feels blessed to call Aztec her home. She adamantly professes her love for Aztec and is proud of the Bandy history. However, she has been forced to navigate some challenges along the way.

It was not long ago that Jennifer faced significant health challenges in the form of an auto-immune disorder. That is when she turned to yoga, first with the aim of doing something for herself, or as she put it, "filling my cup."

A decreased need for medical intervention, led her to learn more about yoga, and to a desire to become an instructor. Jennifer believes it is the restorative power of yoga that brought changes in her health, and is excited to share those benefits with her clients. For more information on Namaztec Yoga call 505.486.9766.


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