Who do you listen to when your body needs a tune-up? Who helps you find modifications for poses when you are injured? It’s your yoga teacher of course, and we are so grateful to them for moving out of these challenging places more quickly. Jill White Lindsay is one such instructor. With a focus on therapeutics, she often comes up with solutions for her injured students or those with varying abilities and challenges. Therapeutic yoga, however, is not just for the ‘mature’ or injured, it is a practice every body can benefit from by going deep in a safe and healing way. It’s a practice that helps to strengthen and stabilize but also unwind and restore. Take a peek at who Jill is on the inside, and check out her amazing programming coming up this year, including a Therapeutic Immersion and a 1-Month, 200-Hour Summer Yoga Teacher Training.
What does your yoga practice look like and how has it changed your life?
I find these 20-30 minute chunks throughout the day to play with and explore my practice. I practice what I teach: therapeutic yoga. And my practice has evolved as I have matured…I do not have the same practice that I did when I was 25, and I love that. The physical aspect of the yoga that I teach and practice is rooted in safety and sustainability, so it’s changed my life because I move in a wiser, kinder way both in and outside of the studio.
Which teachers influence your practice?
Ganga White, Harvey Deutch, Janet Stone, Robin Gueth, and my dog Bowie.
What inspired you to become a yoga instructor?
Once I really started deepening my personal practice, I couldn’t wait to share this art with others. Yoga has gotten me though the many storms of life: break ups, loss, illness and injury.
What is something you wish your students knew?
And it’s not just a physical practice…there’s so many other pieces that make up the art of yoga: breath, meditation, concentration, devotion, observances, etc.
What is your favorite thing about being a teacher?
The relationships I get to build with my regular yogis is invaluable, and I enjoy showing various tips/tricks to help people lessen their pain or discomfort.
with Jill White Lindsay This fun and simple exercise is great for lubricating and opening up the wrists and forearms via pronation and supination (Anatomy Nerd Alert! Pronation means a "side-to-side" movement, Supination means "rotating to face forward of the body"). This move is especially great if you work behind a computer most of your day, as it moves the congestion out from those distal joints.
Posted by Namaste Yoga + Wellness on Thursday, January 10, 2019
Do you have any go-to yoga and wellness books or podcasts?
I will always love Living Your Yoga by Judith Lasater and It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness by Sylvia Boorstein.
What is your morning or evening routine?
I love to sleep, so I value my preparation for rest: during these colder months I get my heating pad going in my bed, I have my little face care ritual, then essential oils and then cuddle up with my hubby and my puppy.
Tell us a few of your favorite things:
Knitting, Book Club with my high school girlfriends, hip hop class at Hipline, Bay Area scenery, Bay Area FOOD, and logic riddles.
Join Jill for her regularly scheduled weekly therapeutic yoga classes: Mondays and Wednesday 4:30 at Namaste Berkeley, Tuesday 6:00pm at Grandlake, Thursday 4:30 at Rockridge and 10:00am at Grandlake.
Go deeper with Jill and join her for the upcoming 25 Hour Therapeutic Yoga Immersion from May 9-12, 2019. Take your therapeutic practice to the next level. This is your opportunity to learn more about your body, the functionality of its movements and how to maintain a safe, sustainable practice. This will be a great platform to ask questions from adaptations for injuries, to how to create a customized therapeutic home practice.
Jill will also be the Anatomy + Therapeutics instructor for our summer One-Month 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. Learn more here.