It is a gift to have these teachers as part of our Asana family.
Josh is the main man who holds Asana together. When he’s not at the shop helping customers, ordering products, or merchandising the store, he’s mostly likely moving his body to the max. Josh’s passion for connecting to nature, and his own physical limits, have allowed him to see life in a different perspective than most. His passion for running, yoga, climbing, and cycling has given him the ability to help others in their journey too. You are in for a treat when you’re with him, his knowledge about products and body movement are not to disappoint.
Jill is a guiding light who leads by her own inspirational connection to spirit and the creative sacred forces of the divine feminine. She is known for her unique and long sequencing plus a fun, loving approach to the yogic practice. Her classes range from vigorous and playful vinyasa flow to mindful, meditative practices.
Jill has been exploring her personal path of yoga for over 10 years and has been inspiring and challenging students for the past six.
Yoga and meditation are my passion!
Since I started my practice in 2007 I have never looked back. My whole world has changed. Through yoga I found great treasures of inner peace, self-love and the awareness of how lucky I am just to be alive. I teach with the hope that others will find all the treasures they desire in their practice and life.
My passion is to spread the joy and life-changing benefits of yoga to students who are seeking more flexibility and balance in their lives, especially to those are older, to those who think they are not fit or flexible enough to “do” yoga, and to those students seeking a slower paced class they can feel comfortable in and keep up with.
I fell in love with yoga in my 20’s and harbored a desire to teach it, but convention won out and I spent the next 40 years toiling in the corporate world. I attended yoga classes occasionally as well as practiced on my own but in my mid-60’s as the decades rolled by, I was getting stiffer in spite of an active lifestyle and this was the push to finally make the commitment to seriously begin practicing. And I found my second home at Asana!
As I gained deeper flexibility and found sweet inner peace the flames were fanned on that deeply buried yearning and I made the commitment to realize the dream. I completed my Zen yoga teacher training through the Zenways program in early 2018 with their training focus on alignment, breathwork, and mindfulness which speaks to my own deeply held beliefs about yoga.
And to continue throwing convention to the winds, I am retiring from the corporate world as well as undertaking the precepts to formally become a Buddhist. So embrace change, be bold, follow your dreams, and live life to the fullest! Life just gets sweeter!
The reason Tara initially struggled with yoga was the same reason she ended up sticking with it. Her first teacher made yoga look so fluid, so beautiful, so easy. That was not Tara’s initial experience. Over her lunch hour from her corporate sustainability job she struggled to keep her mind on the mat and on her breath and mostly not tip over. Eventually she found that yoga helped to provide the grounding and community she needed in her life, especially as she moved with her husband from Minnesota to Idaho to Nevada to Virginia to Alaska to Okinawa and most recently to Klamath Falls.
Tara pursued her 200 hr Hatha Vinyasa Teacher Certification to deepen her personal practice and was surprised to discover a love for teaching. She had the opportunity to apprentice for her mentor, Rebecca Cohen learning and practicing the art of assisting. She continues to study with Janet Stone, seeking to best help students listen to their bodies, connect with their breath, ground their body in gratitude, work toward opening their hearts and maybe even laugh a little along the way.
Tara is constantly inspired by nature, and when not outside or on the mat, can be found behind a camera or shuttling her two little boys to all the things.