by Catherine Madsen
Bliss Crafter, Austin Yoga Tree
This week I have the pleasure of introducing Jill White to the Austin Yoga Tree community! Jill is our extremely dedicated studio manager who is always the first to volunteer to help and regularly goes above and beyond the call of duty. Not only does Jill oversee the daily ins and outs of the studio, but she is also our designated restorative yoga guru! Make sure to catch Jill on the mat for soothing tunes and poses that will change your life. She teaches our Candlelight Restorative on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm as well as the Restorative Yoga class on Saturdays at 11:00 am. But wait, that's not all! Jill and her husband are also our gong gurus! Keep your eyes peeled for the next gong concert, they are not to be missed! Let's hear from Jill...
Tell us about your yoga journey!
Several years ago, the company where I worked offered yoga during the lunch hour. The teacher was fabulous and I began attending her classes at a local studio. I loved yoga so much that I decided to become certified to teach. Because I started practicing at the tender age of 47, I have a soft spot for teaching people who are new to yoga and who might be a little nervous about it. I have attended advanced teacher trainings in order to learn to teach people with M.S. and mobility issues. I am also certified in Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy techniques.
Why do you practice yoga?
I practice yoga because it improves every aspect of my life.
What is your pose of the moment and why?
If I had to choose, it would have to be Supta Baddha Konasa or Reclining Bound Angle pose for it's calming and restorative effects. My students frequently ask for it!
You just got out of a soulful, sweaty yoga class, what do you do next?
Drink water and relish the 'post yoga class glow.'
What is one goal that you are currently working towards?
To make the time to read all the wonderful yoga related books sitting on my bookshelves!
What is your spirit animal?
I do not know, but since I live with and adore many dogs, it ought to be the wolf!
What does the word “mindful” mean to you?
It means focusing on one thing at a time. My dogs remind me to do this every single day when I walk them. They are intent on the walk, one smell at a time. They stop every few feet and worshipfully sniff whatever is under their noses (frankly, I do not actually want to know the source of the odor). I mean they REALLY know how to blank out everything else around them and just drink in one thing at a time!