Bennu yoga is owned and operated by Jana Hill, who has spent half her life honoring yoga, with ongoing study and practice. She certified as a yoga teacher in 2012, completing her 200-hour training at Pacific Yoga in Seattle, Wash. She has studied with a host of yoga teachers across the West Coast, and is more than halfway to her goal of becoming an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, E-RYT. Her most recent studies were with Hala Khouri, Doug Keller, and Carol Mason.
For nearly three years starting in 2015, Jana taught yoga as a vocational-focus. She took regular and sub-classes in the Stanwood-Camano and Snohomish County area, branching out widely, but always returning to a core slow-flow practice that drew from her home practice. She also taught Yin, Restorative, two modes of Chair Yoga (seated and ambulatory for functional movement), and Pilates, as well as a flowing version of TRX, and a mindful version of step-aerobics.
She has, in the past, registered with Yoga Alliance, but from one spring in 2018 to the next spring a year later, she took some time to settle her practice, without focusing on yoga-teaching as a set of goals. She was setting out to make her professional life more lucrative, to provide better support for her family life.
Jana’s foundational practice was seeded in Iyengar Yoga, and years of independent practice, in flow. After certifying to teach, instability in movement continued to be her most intense fascination, and she attended suspensory movement workshop-style classes taught by her primary trainer, Theresa Elliott. The body’s response to rhythmic movements, precision in flowing movement, and instability in a pose are the touch-points that always make their way into her yoga-classes.
Her past professional life was in writing, editing, with projects that included an indepth guide on yoga for breast cancer survivors and patients, as well as interviews with various yoga-greats, such as Seane Corne, Judith Lasater, Krishna Das, and Mary Pullig Schatz. She considers “yoga” to be a mental-practice term, and includes her time in dementia-care as a string of yogic moments. It was then that she discovered that being quiet, and applying fierce attention to the moment had deep value, when connecting with people with limited speech.