MIND, BODY, SOUL & CACAO...
Jyl is a Senior Instructor of Prajna Yoga and her primary influence continues to come from Tias & Surya Little. She has received both her 200 hr & 500 hr certifications through them, and assists them regularly around the country. She is also certified to teach their SATYA work*. Currently dividing her time between the United States and Peru, Jyl leads workshops and ceremonies around the world. She brings an interdisciplinary approach to her teaching, combining alignment & flow with therapeutic somatic movement in the classes, workshops, retreats and 200 Hour Teacher Trainings that she leads. She has also studied yoga for women’s health with Surya Little and Linda Spackman and is certified in pre and post natal yoga.
In Sanskrit the word Prajna means 'deep wisdom or insight'. Tias describes Prajna Yoga as a 'style-less style', where the yoga should fit the student, and not the other way around. A firm believer in yoga being a practice for everyone and anyone, Jyl co-founded the Austin-based non profit organization, Community Yoga Austin, in 2010 and is passionate about modifying the practice of yoga so that anyone interested may have the opportunity to experience it's healing benefits. She has brought yoga to prisons, schools, veterans, recovery centers, shelters & senior centers; and has trained with Street Yoga, Little Flower Yoga, Bent on Learning, M.D. Anderson Integrative Medicine & The Prison Yoga Project.
She is a Licensed Massage Therapist who is currently studying & practicing Visionary Craniosacral Therapy with Hugh Milne, Visceral Manipulation, and Zen Shiatsu with Yoshi Nakano . And she is passionate about using plants and food as medicine. And as an extension to Yoga. The food/plant nearest and dearest to her heart is her beloved Cacao. Her exploration of cacao as plant medicine has turned a lifetime chocolate addiction into a profound part of her life's journey & she shares Sacred Cacao Ceremonies on a regular basis.