INTERVIEW WITH:  Jill Forsythe

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What brought you to yoga?

The first time I practiced yoga, I was in my late 30s. I literally left the studio skipping down the street. It made me feel young again, to move in a freeing way, childlike.


Why did you decide to become a teacher?

I want people to know yoga is available to everyone and how good it can make you feel / return to a feeling good in your body.   Yoga isn’t about the pose; it’s about healing … or freedom. Truthfully, I fought the idea of becoming a teacher for a decade due to my introverted nature.  It was definitely one of my biggest challenges – to stand up and be seen, AND to direct people in postures. I believe in this form of movement so much that I had no choice but to finally overcome my fear.

What do you love most about teaching?

The energy in the room – the shakti that’s generated when people move beyond self-limiting beliefs and surprise themselves in a pose. When students give themselves time and self-love to heal and when they notice the positive change in their bodies. The studio vibe – It’s so loving, and full of positive potential. I want to be there as a teacher / student as much as possible.

What is your favorite pose?

One I haven’t performed yet – hummingbird.   I love binds – mainly because releasing them feels so liberating.


What should students expect from you?

Solid foundation and commitment to safety Honesty, truth, compassion.Support. Perhaps a tad bit of awkward humour.


What do you want your students to take away from Yoga?

The ability to breathe, feel a little bit lighter, shoulders down. To feel better equipped both on and off the mat to face the world.


Proudest yoga moment?

Performing a handstand against the wall.


Most embarrassing yoga moment?

No doubt is yet to come I am a klutz – please stay tuned.


Favorite quote?

 Commit to the process, not the goal.   


Yoga inspiration?

The students.