Our Teachers

 
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Jill Huddleston

Jill Huddleston has owned and operated Hanford Yoga since 1998 and 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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A. Jamie Hutcherson PT, DPT, CYT

Okay, where do I even start with this one?Let's get her credentials out of the way first.  Jamie is a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT). She is also a Doctor of Physical Therapy currently serving as the Manager of Acute Rehab Services for Adventist Medical Center Hanford.

I feel the need to put my own 2 cents worth in while describing the integrity and selflessness of Jamie Hutcherson.  She is both generous with her time and money when it comes to being charitable.  But here's the thing, she'll never take the credit and will remain anonymous if its at all possible.

Jamie has a quiet and caring passion for improving functional mobility for her patients and yoga students. Her yoga classes are perfect for those who are healing from an injury or in need of what I call intelligent nurture. She is impeccably trained to offer what is best for beginner, intermediate and advanced yoga students.

Jamie started her yogic journey in the autumn of 2005. This yogic journey didn't start out as the physical limb of yoga (Asana).  Instead, Jamie found herself desperately unhappy in the career she always thought she wanted; Public School Mathematics Teacher.  After much introspection and family discussion, she left her teaching position in hopes of finding her true calling elsewhere.  Within 2 months she discovered the Hanford Yoga Center.  Yoga felt like a perfect match and she was inspired to acquire her Yoga Teacher Certification from Yoga Alliance.  As life would have it, one thing leads to another and with much hard work and study, we all proudly have the privilege of calling her Dr. Hutcherson.

Jamie is also a military dependent. Her husband, Jason, serves actively in the US Navy. The Hutcherson's want us all to know that they are grateful for the welcome they have always received from Hanford Yoga and the greater Hanford community.