Komers work together

Costa Mesa couple creates business that meshes yoga with traveling and philanthropy.

December 26, 2013|By Steve Virgen
  • Instructor Jaime Komer begins with basic moves as she leads a yoga class to the girls of Girls Inc. in Costa Mesa. Komer, who donates her time, partnered with Ivivva of South Coast Plaza who donated the yoga mats to each girl following the class. The class also teaches the girls in goal setting practices they can carry into their every day life.
Instructor Jaime Komer begins with basic moves as she… (Don Leach, Daily…)

Matt Komer doesn't hesitate when he talks about his wife, Jaime. He jumps at the question, asking about her style when it comes to working as a yoga instructor.

"She is very inviting to all levels," Komer says of his wife. "She can work with young girls and older athletes. She is very patient when teaching newcomers. She's open to adjusting each person and talking them through a certain pose … with the background she has it can be intimidating but once they get in the class she is very welcoming."

Matt Komer and Jaime Komer, both 32, who live in Costa Mesa, know each other well. They met while competing in their respective sports at UCLA, Matt in volleyball and Jaime in the pool with water polo.

Back then, they were friends and study buddies who soon dated and later became engaged. They took the same classes when both studied psychology.


Jaime had a feeling the marriage would also lead to a career together.

"We could always see ourselves working together," said Jaime Komer, a former goalie who won a 2008 Olympic silver medal with the U.S. women's water polo team. "This has been in our playbook."

The athletic husband and wife are in business together, as they are in charge of Athlete. Yogi. Traveler. It's a unique yoga experience that features a mix of luxury travel with yoga.

They are preparing for a trip in May to Tuscany, Italy. They have done four trips, including two to Nicaragua.

They also integrate yoga on "local" trips. They are planning a trip to Santa Barbara to have yoga for a 10K race nearby. Those trips include a partnership with GRIT Yoga, a new yoga studio in Newport Beach that is partly owned by Marisa Wayne, the daughter of John Wayne.

It's a fulfilling experience for the couple, and they want the people in the group to feel the same way.

Yoga has been important for Jaime Komer. She sought yoga after recovering from hip surgery before she eventually stopped playing water polo.

She was also an instructor at YAZ in Costa Mesa. She just stopped teaching there this past summer to work on AYT with her husband.

"We really decided that we want to make this our lifestyle and career," Jaime Komer said of yoga. "We are combining everything who we really are."

Recently, Jaime Komer shared part of that lifestyle with about 40 girls, grades second through fifth, at Girls Inc. in Costa Mesa.

Jaime teamed up with Ivivva South Coast Plaza to bring yoga to the young girls. Ivivva provided mats that the girls were allowed to keep and take home.

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