Jillian Pransky is an international presenter, the director of Restorative Therapeutic Yoga teacher training for YogaWorks, and a founding Director of Bright Spirit Yoga Trainings. She infuses her yoga classes with mindfulness practices, compassion, and ease. Her seamless style of working simultaneously with the body, mind, and spirit, while attuning with nature and the environment, creates inspiring classes and an integrative healing experience. Her technique focuses on harmonizing the inner and outer worlds, leaving students feeling grounded, relaxed, and open.
At age 9, Jillian was first introduced to yoga as well as initiated into TM Meditation (her mother’s idea of ‘family counseling’). But it wasn’t until the early 90’s that she began a passionate study of yoga. She was first certified to teach yoga in 1994 and in 1998, was initiated into the ISHTA yoga lineage by Yogi Raj Alan Finger and his father Mani Finger.
Since then she has been graced with the opportunity to study deeply with many masters and today, her work is greatly influenced by Erich Schiffmann, and somatic movement therapist Dr. Ruella Frank. As a student of Pema Chodron’s since 1998, Jillian’s yoga is infused with Buddhist meditation and spirituality. She also draws from trainings and intensives with T.K.V. Desikachar, Sharon Salzberg, Gary Kraftsow, Angela Farmer, Stephen Cope, and more. She is a E-500 Registered Yoga Alliance teacher, ISHTA Yoga Certified, Anusara trained and Certified in Restorative Yoga Therapy and Thai Yoga Healing.
In 2000, after 10 years in the corporate world, Jillian left her position as Mass Market Marketing Director for St Martin’s Press to transform her part time yoga career into her a full time passion. Since then she has been featured in Dr. Memhet Oz's video YOGA 101, as well as many magazines including Yoga Journal, Self Magazine, Family Circle, Yoga Dork, Kripalu Bulletin Magazine, Yoga Journal Mentor, and has appeared on CNN.
Her Relaxmore CD has garnered excellent reviews from many including Dr. Memhet Oz and is used in the healing program at the Heart Institute, New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center.
Yoga Alliance Therapy Disclaimer: The yoga therapy components of Jillian's teaching and trainings are based on her extensive training, study, and personal experience of many healing modalities, including alignment-based yoga, yoga for chronic illness and anxiety, restorative therapeutic yoga, somatic movement therapy, thai yoga massage, physical therapy, healing touch, energy work, therapeutic yoga for injuries, and her own illnesses and injury. These techniques are not derived from her status as an ERYT-500 with Yoga Alliance Registry.