What brought you to ashtanga yoga and what kept you there?David Keil brought Ashtanga Yoga to me, right to my (yoga) doorstep in Philadelphia. At that time in my life it all made sense, the pieces that I was struggling to fit into a puzzle suddenly slid right into place. The simplicity of the method with the infinite complexities appealed to not only my physical sense of practice but also engaged and quieted my mind. What kept/keeps me there is that I have seen/felt/experienced directly that what was once was impossible has become possible, what is possible becomes firmly established through practice, the practiced is then polished, and the polished perfected. Through this practice my whole life has been changed.
Who are your teachers?
David Keil, Sharath Jois, Guruji and the method itself.
What is the importance of a daily practice? It is the basis of all knowledge. It is the base at which the teacher teaches with an authentic voice. They say the experience is the transformation…so no experience…. no transformation. A daily practice is EVERYTHING!
Why is chanting useful/important along with an asana practice? As a student and a teacher of yoga there is no difference in the way I practice the movement of the body and the movement of sound. The study of these aspects of yoga simultaneously has led me to understand the tradition of yoga more fully, to teach with more clarity, and to sit in a state of yoga more readily. I often call these reflective practices.
What other hobbies/interests/passions do you have?
You can read more about Jill at www.JillManning.com and enjoy a wonderful video made recently by her students and friends at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6axxKkugOg&feature=email