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Jillian Mariani Niyama Founder

Jillian first started practicing yoga in the late 1990’s while in her 20’s. Through exploring different styles of yoga, she fell in love with the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa, but also enjoys Hot Yoga, Restorative, and Yin. Jillian practiced regularly for almost a decade until her practice was completely side-swiped by the double hit of young children and intense career demands. Long days at the office, frequent work travel, balanced by joyful weekend-morning family cuddles replaced sun salutations and headstands for a time. In 2017 Jillian fulfilled a long-held dream of completing a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, and began leading vinyasa classes part-time. Jillian is grateful to many teachers on her journey so far including Ian MacDonald, Cynthia Funk, Ron Reid, Marla Joy, and  David Gellineau.

Career-wise Jillian has 20+ years’ experience in the Natural Health & Nutrition category; beginning her career in Sales and Brand Management and advancing to Executive level positions in Marketing and Innovation. Jillian has benefited from working with both specialty and mainstream natural health brands including Quest Vitamins, WEIL Nutritional Supplements, Progressive Nutritional Supplements, and Jamieson Vitamins. In her 12 years at Jamieson, Jillian led the launch of over 150 products, from concept stage through to launch execution, with support campaigns across a variety of media including TV, Print, Social, Digital, Out of Home.

Jillian holds a BA from University of Toronto, an MBA from Schulich School of Business, a Diploma in Nutritional Management from George Brown, and a 200H YTT from Downward Dog. (She really really really likes school!)

Jillian lives in Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood with her husband/soulmate, their four dynamic and seriously awesome children (she does admit to bias here), and two adorable but naughty cats.

Check out this recent article on Jillian's entrepreneurial journey - thanks to GoSolo for including us!