About Jill

Jill is the former owner of Jabulani Yoga Studio in Corona Del Mar. She is a certified iRest teacher and 500 hour Somatic Yoga Therapist, she studied under Richard Miller PhD and Janice Gates respectively. Currently, she is the Head JV girls basketball coach at Corona del Mar High School.

Jill with her dog
Jill has joined with friend and yoga teacher, Stacey Fettermen at Mini Street in Santa Ana to lead literacy programs incorporating story time yoga with a resiliency & empowerment curricula using her award winning book Nothando’s Journey which is currently part of Think Equal’s Global Curricula in 17 Countries and 154 schools around the world.

Jill loves pen pal programs for children and connecting children in LAUSD and NMUS to two schools in Swaziland. Please contact the Jill for more information on her curricula and story time yoga.

For the past 5 years Jill has participated in Greet The Day, leading meditations for men and women in cancer treatment. For the past 3 years she has worked with St Joseph’s Hospital – Center for Cancer treatment and prevention leading mindful guided meditation.


Jill works to make a valuable contribution in communities across the globe by writing, illustrating, speaking and teaching self-love, self-awareness and self-knowledge. She believes through strategic partnerships, and strong curricula all generations can access self understanding. She believes human connection occurs through self understanding and empathy.


Jill is thrilled to partner with educators, social workers and organizations who share her desire to increase kindness through self awareness. Her books, thanks to Think Equal, are in 147 schools across 15 countries. Thanks to dedicated teachers, principles and librarians her books are in school libraries and classrooms. Thanks to dedicated yoga teachers – story time yoga is offered locally. Follow Jill’s blog and Instagram where she shares regular meditations and inspiration.


Jill photos
Contact Jill
Author loves to do school visits. Teachers and librarians please feel free to contact me to arrange yoga/story time.
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