Jill Holden is a Certified Yoga Teacher and the co-owner/operator of Modo Yoga St. John’s. Jill is passionate about helping people better connect to themselves and their communities. An engaging teacher, Jill offers a great balance of her knowledge in anatomy, yoga philosophy, and teachings from her life experiences in a way that sparks a light, humour, and connection.
Yoga has been an integral part of Jill’s life for over twenty years. She first discovered yoga as a means of therapy to help recover and heal from a running injury, and quickly realized the amazing physical benefits. Through building a regular yoga practice, Jill began to truly experience the therapeutic benefits and discovered more balance, strength, flexibility and peace – not only in body, but also in life.
Jill has completed over 2,000 hours in trainings over the last 10 years. She completed Modo Level 1 Teacher Training in Kerala, India in March 2009. Shortly after her return from India, Jill met her now co-business partner, Joanna Thurlow, and their shared dream of opening a Modo Studio in St. John’s came to fruition in February 2012. Jill left behind corporate life to explore her passion and love of yoga more deeply and to create a strong, vibrant and sustainable Modo community in St. John’s. Jill has completed trainings in Modo Level 2, Yin Yoga, Blissology, and Vinyasa Krama. She has attended several mini retreats with the late Shôken Michael Stone, as well meditation and yoga retreats with Whit Hornsberger, and Eoin Finn and Insiya Rasiwala-Finn. Jill is also committed to mindfulness and self awareness practices with her mentor, Moira Darling.
Jill has co-led several yoga and meditation retreat offerings over the last four years as JOY (journey, ocean, yoga) Retreat – which have been hosted in Nicaragua, Panama, Morocco, and an upcoming retreat offering this November in Peru.
Jill believes that life should be lived with joy, gratitude, and to embrace practices and experiences that inspire living in the present moment. Some of her best life teachers are the ocean, nature, and travel – she’s always up for an adventure!