Jill Knouse

About Jill

Sweat & soul, wisdom & compassion, artistry & inquiry seem to weave together effortlessly in the yoga experiences Jill creates. This emerges from her passions including movement, travel, music, imagery, yoga philosophy, spirituality and a genuine interest in human nature. Countless deep explorations into the practices of yoga, including study in India, continue to expand and enrich her teaching. This is not to overlook all that has been gleaned 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 looking through a new wider lens and she is even more motivated to learn, grow and share.

“I believe wholeheartedly that yoga, the concepts and practices, guide me to riding the waves of life with more grace, clarity and understanding. During challenging times, I have been profoundly supported by these tools. It is a lifelong path of exploration and growth. I remain excited for every step.”

Jill recognizes the value of being flexible, feeling fortified, cultivating balance and seeking appropriate 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, pursuing and continuously 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 stability.

 

The Path of Ongoing Self-Study

Jill is a devoted practitioner, seeking to further her understanding of life and how to live it harmoniously on this earth.

She is registered as an RYT, E-RYT 500 and has a registered Yoga School via Yoga Alliance. Through her years guiding classes, workshops, retreats and trainings she has acquired upwards of 10,000 teaching hours. She continues her own personal explorations of yoga and expression in a variety of ways including participating in the following trainings and workshops from beloved teachers:

2020 The Wisdom of Yoga, Applied Yoga Philosophy Immersion, Nicolai Bachman

2020 Ayurveda and Nutrition, Nicolai Bachman

2020 A Year of Ayurveda, Matthew Remski

2020 Silent Meditation Immersion + Study, Open Gate Sangha, Adyashanti

2020 Foundations of Tantrik Yoga / Embodied Yoga, Hareesh Wallis

2019 Deconstruct to Reconstruct, Alexandria Crow

2019 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Training, Saki F. Santorelli & Florence Meleo-Meyer/Founder Jon Kabat-Zinn

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

2018 Energy Therapy, Reiki Level 1 & 2 Attunements 

2017 Beyond Yoga Alignment + The Role of Anatomy & Biomechanics in Yoga, Jules Mitchell

2016 Sequencing Asana, Jason Crandell

2016 Yin Yoga / Paul + Suzee Grilley Method, Paul Terrell

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

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

2013 Anatomy Immersion, Ray Long

2010 Anatomy Immersion, Ana Forrest + Ellen Heed

2007-2008 Oregon School of Massage: 580 hours

2006 CorePower Yoga 200-Hour

Jill looks to the writings and teachings of thought leaders and influencers of past and present including (in no particular order): Eknath Easwaran, Mark Nepo, Pema Chodron, Vasant Lad, Steve Hagen, Matthew Remski, Stephen Cope, T Krishnamacharya, TKV Desikachar, J Krishnamurti, Stephen Mitchell, Nicolai Bachman, Tara Brach, Brené Brown, Judith Hanson Lasater, Pramahansa Yogananda, Hiro Boga, Adyashanti, David Whyte, John O’Donahue, Ramana Maharshi, Georg Feuerstein, BKS Iyengar, Amy Matthews, Peter Blackaby, Mary Oliver, Shankara, Mark Singleton, UG Krishnamurti, Mahatma Ghandi, Patanjali, Vyasa, Marcus Aurelius, Sri Swami Satchidananda

 

“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