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Jill Abelson

I first found yoga in my family’s living room, watching “Lilias Yoga and You”- the public TV series starring Lilias Folan, the lady who introduced the magic of yoga to the American mainstream. I found Lilias fascinating and beautiful, and thereafter spent most of my time upside down. This love of movement drew me first to gymnastics and then classical ballet.



I rediscovered yoga at age 25 while living in Washington, D.C. and by the late 1990s, was exploring Ashtanga Yoga with teachers David Ingalls and Gail Harris — as well as Vinyasa Yoga, growing popular at the time. In Massachusetts, I studied at the Kripalu Center with Michael Carroll and Stephen Cope, and in New York City continued my determined efforts to unlock the magic of Jivamukti Yoga. By 2001, I had completed teacher certifications with Shiva Rea, David Swenson and Lex Gillan. Having synthesized the beauty of each of these lineages, in 2005 I completed Jivamukti’s 300HR TT program, graduating in the illustrious class of 2005, and brought Jivamukti to Flow Yoga Center in Washington, D.C. It was in this training that the depths of yoga philosophy and devotional practices I so loved as a child began to come together. I completed the Jivamukti apprenticeship program with mentor Nicole Nicols in 2008, and in 2012 became Advanced Certified. I had the honor to serve as a Mentor at the Jivamukti TT at Omega in 2016, working alongside Emma Henry and Camilla Veen.


As a yoga teacher and dancer raised on the East coast of the U.S., one could not hope for a more artistically inspiring hub than San Francisco, beyond my wildest dreams. Living here for 8 years has shaped both my practice and my teaching. Among the many bright lights with whom I have practiced, studied and collaborated are Rusty Wells, Stephanie Snyder, Darren Main, Mark Morford, my extraordinary dance teacher, Lee Wei Chao of Alonzo King Lines Ballet and spiritual master teacher Vaisesika dasa in Mountain View.


To my family, friends and yoga community I owe deep thanks and appreciation for the gift of this life, each and every breath and the journey ahead.





500E-RYT – Yoga Teaching Certifications:

Jivamukti Yoga 300 hour (2005) + 800 hour Teacher Training (2008) + Advanced Certification (2012)

Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Shiva Rea (2001)

Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training with David Swenson (2001)

Art of Assists Studies with Yoganand Michael Carroll  (2003) + Raja Yoga Studies with Stephen Cope (2002) both at Kripalu Center for Yoga

Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Lex Gillan (1999)