INTERVIEW WITH: Jill Forsythe
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.
Commit to the process, not the goal.