Jill Weiss-Ippolito

Jill Weiss-Ippolito

Founding Director and Yoga Teacher


UpRising Yoga

Los Angeles, CA USA


There was no authenticity, there was nothing I was connected to...until yoga helped me heal.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Her parents divorced when she was young, and her mother remarried a man who was extremely abusive.
Her mother had some yet-undiagnosed mental issues, and wasn't always equipped to take care of her daughter.
She started smoking marijuana in the sixth grade; by seventh grade, she was regularly going to parties and drinking until she blacked out.
Says her life was spiraling downwards-she called herself a "dead girl walking"-until she finally found yoga.
She had "deadened" her feelings with alcohol and drugs, but yoga helped her heal, and helped her clear her mind.
Her husband worked at a juvenile detention center in L.A. and saw a lot of trauma; one day, she asked if she could start teaching a yoga class there.
Coincidentally, her mother later pointed out that she'd picked up Jill from that same detention center as a child; she knew she'd found a calling.
Working with those children sparked a fire in Jill; she decided to start UpRising Yoga so that she could take on new yoga teachers and help more kids.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
associates
Associate's Degree
English Language and Literature, General
Santa Monica College
certification
Certification/License
Yoga Teacher Training/Yoga Therapy
Career

Career

Founding Director and Yoga Teacher

I use yoga to help heal trauma with incarcerated youth, foster children, and underserved communities that need it most.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Sports
Sports
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

I teach yoga in juvenile hall and underserved communities as well as Trauma Informed Yoga Trainings for all.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You should get certified as a professional yoga teacher.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Get involved in your community and help out wherever you can. Go where the love is.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

certification
Certification/License
Yoga Teacher Training/Yoga Therapy
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"I'm just a dead girl walking. "

Due the struggles I had with addictions, neglect, and violence growing up, I often felt like I was dead inside and was just barely making it through. Yoga helped me heal those things and forgive. I began to love that feeling of mind-calm and how I was learning resilience.

Challenges I Overcame

Drugs / Addiction
Drugs / Addiction

I started smoking marijuana in the sixth grade; by seventh grade, I was regularly going to parties and drinking until I blacked out. I didn't know names for emotions because I deadened them all with drugs.

Gangs / Violence
Gangs / Violence

My mom and dad divorced when I was 3, and my mom remarried pretty quick to a stepdad who was very violent, very abusive.

Neglect
Neglect

My mom had undiagnosed mental health issues and really wasn't equipped to take care of me.