Jill Frere is on a mission to create a life for herself and others that is free of fear and anxiety — a life where the body, mind and life itself are fluid expressions of spirit. Through the constant practice of yoga, we remove physical and mental obstacles to that expression. Dance brings Joy. Through dance we can change our own perspectives and gradually the culture at large. Especially now, there is a need to lessen the consumption of fear, and embrace our natural state of peace. Find out more about how you can embrace your fearless self, through Yoga, Dance or Both!
200 hour DYC LOAY (Dharma Yoga Center Life Of A Yogi)
500 hour DYC LOAY
800 hour DYC LOAY
1000 hour DYC LOAY
Dancing Spider Yoga certification
BFA from New York University
North Carolina School of the Arts, High School NC Scholar
Jill was born in Knoxville, TN. She has always been a dancer. She loved her time at North Carolina School for the Arts high school because there, all parts of her life revolved around art and dance. She learned many different ways of seeing, being and performing and also learned to see everything from the magnificent to the mundane as infused with its own life and essence. This is an idea she is still exploring in her dance work and meditative practices today.
Her love of yoga first began in 2001 when she took some classes in college and read Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahamsa Yogananda. After graduating from New York University in 2004 with a BFA in Dance Performance, she started taking classes at Dharma Yoga Center in NYC, where yoga became not just something that she enjoys, but a life long path.
Jill loved living in NYC for 10 years where she danced with Cilla Vee Life Arts, David Dorfman Dance, Ellis Wood Dance, Gina Gibney Dance, Jody Oberfelder and Company, Larry Keigwin and Company, and Naomi Goldberg-Haas Dances for a Variable Population (DVP) among others. When employed with DVP, a company who’s members ages ranged from 22 to 92, she discovered her love of working with seniors.
Jill is now an RYT E-500, and a Dharma Yoga Registered Teacher at the 1000 hour level. Jill feels grateful to Dharma Mittra for transmitting the knowledge of Hatha Raja Yoga, and for teaching compassion, and mental and physical wellbeing to Yoga Teachers and students around the world. Dharma Yoga's goal is Self Realization. As Dharma Mittra says, “Be Receptive to the supreme teacher within!” Learn more about Dharma yoga and practicing with Jill.
In 2010, Jill moved back to Knoxville where she continues to share her passion at the Glowing Body, Lotus Light, and Strang Senior Center, as well as with Private Clients, Studio Arts for Dancers, and Go! Contemporary Dance Works. Jill is fervent about all aspects of yoga and weaves many different elements into each class, from breathing and meditation to the philosophy and physical practice of yoga and dance. Jill is currently developing a moving meditative practice called Moving Ground. Which can be done as a performance or as a personal practice.