Jillian Minter is a yoga and pilates instructor and owner of local studio, Pilates + Yoga, which offers classes, workshops and yoga/ pilates teacher training. She is also the curator of the health and wellness workshops offered at Ferguson’s Market in the Alley.
What originally prompted your interest in yoga?
I was doing obstacle course racing and running actually and I kept getting injured. A girlfriend wanted me to go to yoga with her, so I tagged along and then I realized once I started doing it, I stopped getting injured. So I started it as a kind of rehabilitation.
That makes sense. Like a way to stretch your muscles! How long have you been practicing yoga? And do you have a favorite style?
I’ve been practicing yoga for eight years, and yes, I practice mainly Vinyasa and Yin. I also love Ashtanga.
What are some other things you enjoy when you’re not practicing?
I enjoy pilates, running, Crossfit, cooking and traveling.
Can you tell us about your studio, Pilates + Yoga?
Pilates + Yoga has been around for just over six years and I’ve had the studio for a year-and-a-half. We do pilates on the mat, then we also do Reformer Pilates. We have yoga as well … so a little bit everything!
You teach pilates as well then?
What is Reformer pilates?
Reformer Pilates is pilates done on a spring-based apparatus machine that uses resistance. It’s a lot of fun and the most popular class at the studio.
Very cool. And what would you say to someone who’s interested in trying yoga or pilates, but is intimidated?
I would say that everyone’s a beginner at some point! You have to start somewhere and really, everyone’s focused on themselves, so not to be worried about it!
What are some life philosophies that you’ve learned through the practice of yoga?
There are many things! Yoga — for me and I think for most people — really starts as a physical practice, but it’s so much more than that. And really, the spiritual journey is kind of what led me from not just practicing, but to teaching.
And do you teach at every Market in the Alley at Ferguson’s?
I do, yes. I always instruct a class but then we try to bring in other instructors as well. So whether we have pilates, yoga or kids yoga — we do a little bit of everything. This month (July 15th), we’ve got yoga and beer inside of the Bunkhouse at 9:30 a.m.!
“Yoga for me and I think for most people really starts as a physical practice, but it’s so much more than that.”
And what are you looking forward to as Ferguson’s expands into opening the motel side as a Market Square this year?
I just think it’s exciting to see the growth throughout the last year; I’m excited to see the continuation of that and all the people that are coming and learning about it and being excited and just watching the community grow.
Have you been working with them since the market started last year?
No, we started incorporating a health and wellness aspect in February and added yoga then.
Oh wow. And what are you rooted in?
I would say self-care. I think that everyone really needs to take care of themselves to be able to be their best self for others.
I agree, 1000%! Where can people find you/follow you and learn about the classes you’re teaching?
The full studio schedule for Pilates + Yoga is online Lasvegaspilatesyoga.com and the Market in the Alley schedule is always posted on Facebook- the time varies and sometimes we have different classes. You can also find me on Instagram and Facebook.
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