““…there are no wrong turns, only unexpected paths.”
― Mark Nepo

IMG_20131028_165841“I have practiced yoga over the last 15 years under the guidance and teaching of many gifted, spirited and experienced teachers. Each one of them gave me more reasons to continue my practice and made me feel the wonderful benefits of yoga.

But each time I take a class from Jill, I realize the true value of her personality, her passion, her excitement, her skills, her Karma she presents each and every time. It is sooo contagious, makes me happy, feeling awesome and ready to conquer the world.

You rock, Jill!”

-Dieter Waiblinger

t“I’ve been taking Jill’s classes for over a decade now and I feel so lucky that I found her. Jill has a unique ability to create fun sequences of poses that feel natural, challenging and invigorating. I always feel like my daily stress just melts away as soon as I walk into her class. I love how refreshed, relaxed and strong I feel every time I practice with her. I truly arrange my weekly schedule so that I can attend Jill’s classes during the week. I am addicted to Jill’s Yoga and I LOVE it!

After years of looking for a teacher that would inspire and challenge me on a daily basis, I am so happy that I finally found one.”

-Maria Milazzo

600617_10201177136805028_797826366_n-1“Jill is one of the best vinyasa yoga instructors I have ever had the joy of practicing with. Not only is she challenging, but she is very in tune with the abilities of her students. My style is a mix of strength holds as well as cardio flow of which she teaches exceptionally well. She welcomes suggestions and is very good at providing step by step instruction, but not the point of boredom. She is also one of the few instructors who makes sure she knows the names of each of her students. Her enthusiasm is contagious and her yoga skills are impeccable. I do my best to attend all classes and even travel around the city to attend other classes for which she substitutes.”

-Beth Christy

DSC_0485There are no words to describe how exceptional Jill Knouse is as a yoga teacher. I have been trying to find the words for this review for the last 4 months….so here it goes. This past November I ventured on a journey to Mexico for one of Jill’s Yoga Retreats. I have been practicing for 7 years and have always wanted to go, in 2013 I was finally at a good spot in my life to commit to the trip. The only problem was, I had fallen out of yoga and hadn’t really practiced in about 1 year. I had been missing my yoga practice, but whenever I went it just wasn’t the same, there was no connection and I felt broken. There are many situations in my life that transpired and led to this “rock bottom” yoga state, one of which was a extremely painful foot injury another was a divorce. One day it occurred to me that I should still go on the retreat, if a week in Mexico with Jill couldn’t fix my relationship with yoga then nothing could. After months of anticipation I arrived at the yoga retreat and began the journey back into my practice. The first couple days were rough and it still felt forced, however something clicked around the middle of the week. Jills classes were so filled with her own heart and passion, I started to find my passion for yoga again through her carefully crafted and passionate classes. I really believe Jill gives everything to each of her classes and to her students (I don’t know how she does it)! Everything from the carefully selected sequences to the perfected playlists create an experience where you feel loved and supported. In that type of environment you can relax into your practice and truly find yourself. Without Jill I I would likely still be struggling to find myself again, my passion for yoga and my happiness. Jill saved me in a way, she gave me back my love for yoga and I cannot thank her enough for that. I highly recommend Jill’s yoga retreats, classes and any other services provided. Portland is lucky to have Jill in it’s yoga community!

– Trisha Bennett