(So)(Co) Sit Down with Jill Camera

When I  became a regular at Sacred Sounds Yoga and was finding my way with different teachers and classes, I stumbled upon Jill Camera and was immediately hooked. Jill has a true understanding of the body and the yoga sutras and makes you want to take a deeper look at how yoga can play out in your life. I don't think I've ever walked out of Jill's class without laughing at least once in the class...I truly appreciate that especially while feeling challenged in certain poses. I heard this song for the first time in Jill's class and was so enamored by it (as the original version is a camp song that I love) and now it's become a thing where she gives me a shout-out every time in class that it plays...even years later...and it always makes me smile. One of my goals for 2016 is to make it to more of Jill's classes on a regular basis (Saturday and Monday) because I always feel that much better. I'm so grateful Jill came into my life and has helped me enhance and embrace my yoga practice. 



How do you spend your days?

My days vary each week, but a typical day would be teaching a private yoga session in the late morning, taking a Pilates or Gentle Yoga class, then home to do some work and finish with teaching either a group yoga class or a yoga philosophy training later.

What are three things you are grateful for?

My large and loving family, my fiancé of 17 years and my many friends.

Explain your lifestyle in 5 words or less.

East Village Bohemian Chic

If you were to attend a potluck dinner, what would you bring?

Italian cookies from Venieros Bakery

If you could gift everyone you meet with one book, what would it be and why?


On Becoming an Alchemist by Catherine MacCoun. She explains some of life’s mysteries in a non-mystical way.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Clean my mouth, brush my skin, drink water, have a warm beverage…

If you could change one thing in your daily routine, what would it be? What would it take for you to make that change?

I would adopt a less frenetic work schedule. This will occur naturally this year when I turn 62 and collect Social Security benefits, LOL.

What does being healthy mean to you?

Being able to function with good energy and attitude throughout your day.

Have you ever been faced with health concerns that pushed you to change your lifestyle? 

Not really. I’ve been a vegetarian for 40 years, and don’t find it a chore to enjoy and eat plain, nutritious foods.

What song can immediately change your mood in the best way possible?

Any David Bowie song.

What is one piece of advice someone has given you that shifted your way of thinking?

My dad always said “You can do whatever you want to do.”

What article of clothing/outfit do you feel most empowered wearing?

My Chanel handbag…yes, I know. Not exactly a yoga teachers standard gear :)

Complete this sentence: “In order to be happy, I need to….”

…have a glass of wine.  Just kidding. Seriously and sincerely: gratitude, give service and let things flow.

What do you have going on in your life that you’d like to share with the (So)(Co) Community? (business, upcoming event, book launch, new product etc.)?

I am (slowly) working on a series of lessons/articles on Yoga and the Tarot Cards…eventually hope to complete and compile them into a published book.

Jill Camera began teaching yoga in 2001. She is trained in Vinyasa, alignment and classical philosophical methods via the Krishnamacharya lineage. She completed her advanced certification in 2003 and co-authored the book, Yoga Fan in 2004.

She is the Director of Philosophy for Sacred Sounds Yoga 200 and 500 HR teacher training programs in Manhattan.  Jill is a member of the philosophy faculty of The Toms River Center for Health and Healing teacher training in New Jersey. She is a guest Yoga Philosophy teacher trainer at ISHTA Yoga, Atmananda Yoga, Sacred Brooklyn Yoga, Yoga 216, Earth Yoga, Hosh Yoga and Dou-Yoga in NYC.

Jill teaches group, private and corporate asana classes weekly in Manhattan.

Jill is a long-time student of western esoteric philosophy, most notably Rudolph Steiner, Dion Fortune and Ken Wilber.

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