Jill Knouse

About Jill


I’m here.  I’m here now.  I am.


Sweat & soul, wisdom & levity, artistry & inquiry seem to weave together effortlessly in the yoga experiences Jill creates. This emerges from fourteen years of teaching, over five years as a practicing massage therapist, countless deep explorations into the practices of yoga (including study in India) and also from simply walking through life with all its ups and downs. Jill’s recent journey through and to the other side of breast cancer has left her thriving and even more motivated to bring the healing practices to others. She believes wholeheartedly that yoga philosophies and practices help guide us to riding the waves of life with added grace. During her most challenging times, she has been profoundly supported by the tools of these teachings. 

Jill has led upwards of twenty retreats around the globe over the past decade. In addition, through her creation of Elevate Yoga Trainings in 2012, she and her team of Elevate instructors have supported countless yoga teachers in sharing these practices directly from their hearts. She recognizes the value of being flexible, cultivating balance and understanding alignment through asana practice. Even more importantly, she recognizes how crucial these principles are to our lives and to our living. Jill’s ongoing fascination with the human spirit — its resiliency and strength — keeps her inspired, learning, expanding and always integrating. She is passionate about sharing her gathered knowledge and lived experiences in an honest, grounded way. It is a mission of Jill’s to encourage students to pause, to recognize what’s present and to cultivate both mental and physical fortitude.



The Path of Ongoing Self-Study

Jill continues her own personal study and exploration of the practices in a variety of ways

including completing the following trainings:

2019 Alexandria Crow, Deconstruct to Reconstruct

2018 Judith Hanson Lasater, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra + Philosophy

2016 Jason Crandell, Sequencing Asana

2016 Cristina Star Ryan + Hareesh Wallis, Meditation & 20 Tantrik Yamas & Niyamas

2015 India Teaching Immersion, Janet Stone, Hareesh Wallis, Shiva Kumar

+ continued 500 hour studies with Janet Stone: Deities, Intuitive Sequencing, Svadharma, 8 Limbs

2009/2010 Ana Forrest + Ellen Heed, Anatomy Immersion

2008 Oregon School of Massage 500 hours

2006 CorePower Yoga 200 Hour


“If the whole universe can be found in our own body and mind, this is where we need to make our inquires. We all have the answers within ourselves, we just have not got in touch with them yet. The potential of finding the truth within requires faith in ourselves.” ― Ayya Khema