Jill Manning has devoted herself to the study and practice of yoga since 1998. In June 2000, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree from NYU, but more importantly her initial teaching certification from the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City. In 2005, Jill began the practice and study of Ashtanga Yoga and made her first trip to Mysore India to practice with Shri K Pattabhi Jois in 2006.
Jill continues to travel to Mysore, India annually studying with R. Sharath Jois and received Authorization to teach Ashtanga Yoga from the KPJAYI in Mysore in February 2011. She is one of only a handful of teachers in the state of Virginia with that distinction. Jill’s American teacher, mentor, and all around major influence/inspiration is Miami-based Ashtanga and anatomy teacher, David Keil. She studies “and stuff” with beloved Sanskrit and recitation teacher, Dr. M.A. Jayashree and philosophy professor, M.A. Narasimhan and credits any and all success to her majorly yogi (but non asana doing) husband Mike Mergen.
She humbly dedicates her practice to her teachers.
In recent years, Jill has become a sought after internationally teacher. She has been invited to teach in Scotland, Costa Rica, India; most recently in Amman, Jordan providing a two-week mind-body awareness training for Iraqi refugee women in collaboration with a local grassroots organization.
“Just wanted to say that the thing I really love about your teaching is how you keep it real and honest. It is so helpful to hear that some parts of your Ashtanga practice haven’t always come easily for you. It is down right inspiring in fact. And thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing your funny-ass humor into the room each morning. It warms up the studio quicker than any space heater; that’s for sure. Oh and your assists are awesome, too! There are many more compliments I could give about your teaching style that are remarkable (i.e. your dedication, your experience and knowledge, your direct-and-encouraging classic Keil style, your choice of wardrobe) but then I would just start to sound like I’m sucking up……”
“Jill has expanded my practice and tremendously enhanced my ability to teach. Her commitment to the integrity of this practice and her unwavering focus on the point allows her teaching a depth and passion hat is not to be missed! Through her workshops and classes, Jill engineers a rare experience of concentration, contemplation, and attention that allows students to feel like they’re truly ‘snuggling up to the source!'”
“I’ve been wanting all week to find the time and the words to e-mail you. I never really found either, but I didn’t want to let another week go by without telling you how awesome your workshop was. It was wonderful to have you back in Philly, even for just a few days, and I’m so grateful to have been able to practice with you. I knew I missed you, of course, but I didn’t realize how intensely I missed your teaching until I was back in your class. You give so much of yourself. I can’t think of anything more articulate to say than this: thank you.”
For more information on my upcoming teaching schedule: http://www.jillmanning.com