Jillian Bender

My yoga story began about 10 years ago in Bellingham, Washington. After experiencing a variety of hardships throughout my life, I was not sure how to deal with my emotions, how to love my body, or how to heal. I received a free class pass from a friend for a local studio and after my first class I felt light was finally able to break through into my heart and I was hooked. I spent 4 years cleaning the space and mopping the floors in that same studio everyday in exchange for free yoga classes. Since then, my yoga practice has taught me how to piece together the parts of myself and find peace I did not know existed! Yoga has taught me to love myself, others, and this beautiful messy thing we call life! In 2014, my journey led me to Anchorage Yoga’s Teacher Training. I will be forever grateful for the teachers here at Anchorage Yoga and my fellow students that made the experience such a powerful and transformational one! I like to teach classes that challenge the body and the mind while incorporating the occasional laughter and silliness. My wish is that students leave my class feeling light, joyful, and strong!


Jillian Bender instructs the following:
  • Hot Flow*
  • All levels. 60 min version of our Signature Class! Hot Flow is a dynamic vinyasa style practice that combines elements of Bikram, Anusara, Kundalini and Ashtanga Yoga. This "perfect" combination of balancing, strengthening, energizing and deep stretching poses set to music and practiced in a room heated to 95°. This class is appropriate for newcomers as well as the more experienced yogi. From head to toe your body will feel invigorated and detoxified while you sharpen your mental focus and renew your spirit. Be prepared to SWEAT!

  • Hot Flow*
  • All levels. 60 min version of our Signature Class! This alignment-based vinyasa (or flow) class is rooted in the tradition of classical Hatha yoga, infused with a touch of heat and linked together with fluid transitions. Designed to be similar or the same sequence every class it is perfect for beginners. From head to toe your body will feel invigorated and detoxified while you sharpen your mental focus and renew your spirit. Be prepared to SWEAT!