Our Teachers

 
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Jill Huddleston

Jill Huddleston owned and operated Hanford Yoga from 1998 until 2018. She truly believes in the transformative and healing powers of yoga. Her innate ability to intuit what her students need in a class, keeps all of her classes fresh and constantly evolving.  With over 33 years of practicing and teaching yoga, she is eternally grateful to be able to share her knowledge of yoga with this wonderful community of individuals looking to simply feel better emotionally, physically and mentally.  Her teaching style is light-hearted, playful and informative, which is the perfect recipe for an enjoyable yoga class.

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Jill Knick PT, DPT,  PMA®-CPT

It is my pleasure to introduce to you, Jill Knick who owns and operates the Pilates program at our studio.  She is a certified Pilates teacher and licensed physical therapist.

Jill began her Pilates journey over 6 years ago when she stumbled across a mat class that a friend had invited her to attend. Almost immediately she was drawn to the entirety of the Pilates approach. The focus on quality of movement and integrating the whole body in each exercise lined up almost exactly with the way she approached her physical therapy practice. It was very clear that Pilates had the potential to benefit not only herself, but also her patients. Within that same year, she went on to complete a 450 hour comprehensive rehabilitation program with Polestar Pilates in 2012 and later became a certified teacher through the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA®-CPT). She also holds her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy, graduating from the University of North Dakota in 2007.

She believes in treating each client as a whole person. With her rehab background and experience, she has developed a keen eye for identifying inefficient movement patterns and addressing imbalances. But that is just one aspect, connecting the mind to the body is where it all really begins. Discovering Pilates was just the beginning and has impacted her life in ways she never could have imagined as she walked in to that first mat class. She is passionate in paying that forward to each of her clients. 

 

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Chrisity Camara- Gomes- Owner

After spending time in various careers, Christy found her calling as a yoga instructor. Christy loves sharing the benefits yoga has had on her life, even more she loves sharing the benefits of yoga with others. After a decade of burning herself out in retail pharmacy, she transitioned to the beauty industry while perfecting her skills as a manicurist. Christy’s need to continually learn, grow, help others led her to a search for more. During this search, stress and anxiety led her to practice yoga. Once she began practicing yoga Christy realized she had finally found her calling. A Registered Yoga Alliance instructor, Christy offers yoga classes with the intention of making her classes a space to set aside anxiety and stress.

 
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Shanon Lopez

Shanon’s love for yoga started at our very own Hanford Yoga about 18 years ago. The art and flow of yoga just seemed to come naturally to her. Life took over the way it does sometimes and she put her love for yoga on hold until an injury stopped her from working. When she heard that she could have a chance to teach others about yoga and the benefits of the practice, she jumped at the chance. Shanon is a 200 hour RYT through Yoga Alliance and a diligent instructor at Hanford Yoga.