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Jill Lawson Yoga

Dolores, CO

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About Jill Lawson Yoga

Jill Lawson Yoga offers all-level vinyasa flow yoga, core yoga, Pilates and fitness classes plus freelance writing for health, fitness and meditation. In addition to writing and teaching regularly scheduled classes, Jill Lawson Yoga provides private yoga classes, specialty and seasonal yoga classes for golfers, skiers, and surfers, as well as injury recovery and stress reduction classes. An annual retreat in Mexico, and local and national workshops are also scheduled throughout the year.

Jill Lawson is a certified yoga and fitness instructor with a master's degree in exercise science. In addition to teaching and leading workshops and retreats, she is a freelance writer for yoga and fitness magazines.

Join Jill Lawson for her annual Yoga and Surfing retreat in Sayulita, Mexico. It is a time not to be missed. Hosted by the retreat professionals of Via Yoga, it is a classy, well-designed, fun and relaxing experience.

"Jill is the best at teaching to a wide variety of abilities without making people feel insecure." SB

"I always look forward to her classes. She really pays attention to us and seems to know exactly what we need." JM

"Jill's voice is the most soothing voice I have ever heard. Her instructions are so clear and concise, I rarely have to look around to see what I should be doing!" DK

Location

100 N. 4th Street
Dolores, CO 81323

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Question and answer

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. With nearly 20 years teaching fitness, ten years concentrating on yoga and Pilates and a master's degree in exercise science, I have developed a strong base of knowledge not only in the academic sense, but in my ability to work with all types of people. I have had a lot of practice with all levels of fitness, ages, abilities and have developed an effective way to adapt and make the modifications needed to deliver the highest results. My yoga teaching and my writing is born out of experience and it comes straight from the heart. People recognize this and see the value in having their teacher "walk their talk" so to speak.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. What I love most about my job is that I get to see a transformation in people from stressed to blissed. This may happen in one class time or over the course of several years, but it happens and it gives me great satisfaction to know I am helping them in this way. I love writing about yoga because it gives me a chance to assimilate yogic concepts and ideas and this makes it all so much more real than just "knowing" about those ideas and concepts.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I used to pretend I was teaching my stuffed animals gymnastics. I would stretch them out and have them do backbends and handstands. I had a grade book for all of them (they all got an A). I've always been a teacher at heart and I've always loved to move my body in some way or another, so it just felt natural to become what I am today. As far as the writing goes, I've always kept a journal so I've been practicing writing for years. I never thought I'd write as often as I do now (for work) but I love it and it just keeps getting better.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. Yes, I attend yoga workshops and conferences, plus I read many books and articles. But the most important continuing education I do to stay current in my field is to maintain my own yoga practice. Every time I practice, I learn something new about myself, gain some insight into a challenging pose, understand what it feels like to be a student, etc. I am always searching for ways to become a better teacher and that doesn't always come from attending a lecture. Sometimes even a walk in the woods with my dogs is the best continuing education, as long as I am paying attention to the gain in perspective such an activity can offer.

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. If you want to be a yoga teacher you must understand what yoga is. It is more of a lifestyle than anything else and if the yogic lifestyle does not resonate with you, don't teach. I am not saying you must adhere to the classic yogic rules of vegetarianism and the like, but if your heart does not embrace yoga, neither will your students embrace you as a teacher.

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