Jillian Michelle Purna Yoga Ambassador/ 2,000-Hr Certified, practicing since 1998, teaching since 2011, founder of Yelm Yoga Center ~ Purna Yoga 360. Background and current passions: The owner of Purna Yoga 360, she grew up in Snohomish WA were she enjoyed life as a dedicated team gymnast for 20 years and then naturally became a team gymnastics coach. As a certified USA Gymnastic Instructor she enjoyed helping gymnasts excel and win scholarships to various colleges. After graduating from Lake WA College in personal training, physical fitness & nutrition, she continued her education with a BA from Cornish College of the Arts, double majoring in Interior Design and Motion Graphics. It was in her later college years she started a weekly Yoga practice in between all the sitting required for editing and animating cartoons. She found that Asana helped bring more balanced to her life and helped her feel more content. After realizing she didn't want a career in animation as fun and creative as it was, she didn't want to sit for hours a day. She started to look into finding a real Yoga school. She almost gave up when she finally came across The College of Purna Yoga. She was supported to transform and connect to the importance of life again. Through her transformation she felt a deep passion to share the knowledge that helped her wake up from a numb, and armored state of living, to a life rich in beautiful feelings and meaning. She enjoys to teach the teacher training's and witness others progressing in their bodies and connecting deeply to their hearts through a beautiful lifestyle. To keep her passions Alive on a weekly basis she joins many continual education classes at the College of Purna Yoga each week. On the weekends she enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and joining healthy fun public gatherings. "My priority is to live kindly and to create beauty in the world from the inside out."
Keanne Rutter An affiliate Purna Yoga instructor, and a graduate of The College of Purna Yoga at the 200 hour and a 500 hour graduate. She is a registered Yoga Alliance instructor (E-RYT 500) and takes weekly continual education classes.
Background and current passions: As a resident of Yelm Washington, Keanne graduated from near by Rainier high school and President of the Local Community Service Club. Keanne enjoys playing piano and guitar when she's not practicing Asana along with appreciating the outdoors. Winter is her favorite season as she loves to ski. Yoga has been an Absolute in her life allowing her to exceed in all of these activities bringing full awareness and ability to value every moment. She began her yoga practice in 2011 when introduced to Jillian and her beautiful studio. She ran track for a few years before she started yoga so she needed to stretch out her tight hips/hamstrings. She is now much more flexible the transformation is major in her body, her consistent practice and dedication has created so much stability, strength and flexibility in her mind and body. She treasures the knowledge that her teachers and Asana practice has given her. Yoga Teacher Training has given her the knowledge about Nutrition, Anatomy, Self Discipline, Self Love and Care. These things have helped to create her into the woman she has become who lives a life of Progress, Love, and Healthy living. To be able to share her passion of yoga with others, brings her Joy!!
Catherine Flick An affiliate Purna Yoga instructor, and a graduate of The College of Purna Yoga at the 200 hour and a 500 hour graduate. She is a registered Yoga Alliance instructor (E-RYT 500) and takes weekly continual education classes.
Background and current passions: Nine years ago I was blessed to find Jillian and Purna Yoga. This was a perfect finding to launch my new life having just retired from 40 years of teaching in the public school system. Purna Yoga offered knowledge, support and guidance to create and keep my body, mind and spirit healthy and whole. Beginning as an avid gardener I was continually challenged with back and shoulder pain. That is now a thing of the past. I still love to garden, hike, travel, explore sacred geometry, and spend time with friends. I enjoy sharing all I have learned: the joy of creating a healthy, happy life at any age.
Sara Layseca An affiliate Purna Yoga instructor, and a graduate of The College of Purna Yoga at the 200 hour and a 500 hour graduate. She is a registered Yoga Alliance instructor (E-RYT 500) and takes weekly continual education classes.
Background and current passions: Sara has made yoga a foundation for her life, and lifestyle. She started attending Jillian’s classes at age sixteen. She decided to take a chance and learn more about yoga. Since then she is certified in alignment based yoga from the college of Purna Yoga in the 200 HR and the 500 HR teacher training. She is very grateful to have a yoga practice in her life and is passionate about sharing that with others. Sara is committed to creating presence, joy and gratitude in her classes. She teaches all levels class. It’s important to her that students leave the class feeling uplifted, light hearted and connected to themselves. Sara enjoys cooking, going to the gym, her cats, and of course family and friends!