Humu Yoga and Pilates is a small private studio on the windward side of Oahu. Here Jill works with her clients to help them explore and discover balance in their bodies while learning awesome technique through yoga and Pilates.
"It is about learning how to use the amazing design of our bodies. Ideally, we work hard but with little effort while building a firm foundation from the inside."
Jill's eclectic background — personal trainer, professional windsurfer, cabaret singer, actor, theater dancer— allows her to find a personalized path for her clients as she continues to grow and refine her own practice.
Her life journey has brought her to a deeper understanding of the mind-body-spirit relationship. A place where it is not just about a physical pose but about finding alignment deep within ourselves and journeying outward.
Finding balance helps relieve stress; increases flexibility, core strength and endurance; and creates mindfulness.
In Hawaiian, humu translates to join together or to bind. Yoga also means to yoke or bind, to create union. And Pilates teaches a mindful structure that leads to a deep place of strength and alignment.
The Humuhumunukunukuapuaa also is Hawaii's state fish — a beautiful, colorful fish that happily cruises around Hawaii's reefs. The Humu was Jill's logo during her professional windsurfing career and has stayed with her as symbol of a lifelong passion for awesome technique, lightness and freedom of mind.
Jill specializes in incorporating yoga into her Pilates practice and the principles of Pilates into her yoga practice. "I teach with a sense of lightness even though the work requires mindfulness."
Jill combines expertise with hands-on caring, offering personalized adjustments to allow each client to get the most out of each session.
Jill practices what she preaches. She is formally trained in Ashtanga, Iyengar, Tantric yoga and an ongoing practice of Pilates. She is currently involved in an Anusara Immersion program.
Since returning home to Hawaii with her family, Jill has incorporated the principals of Pilates into her practice and teaching, helping her and her students to grow. "Joseph Pilates clearly practiced yoga," she says. His exercises and equipment are an amazing teaching tool."
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