Jana Hill: Writer, Editor, Yoga Instructor
Jana Hill started writing and editing professionally in 1998 (then Jana Alexander), the same year she began her yoga practice.
Past roles include editorships at the Enterprise Newspapers (a Washington-Post-owned weekly), the Skagit Valley Herald, and a nationally circulating business-to-business magazine based in Bellingham, now called Retailing Insight. She started her career-life as a general-assignment reporter, for the Snohomish County Tribune, covering education, public safety, and government.
Jana left her daily news job in 2006, and started a freelance business. In that time, yoga was a daily go-to and an intense study-subject. She took a step back and thought “what next?” With a traveling husband and a busy family life, freelance work was the best answer to that question, and she later certified as a yoga instructor.
In her freelance days, she landed projects that developed her yoga-knowledge, interviewing Seane Corne, and penning an extensive brochure on yoga-and-breast-cancer, and a glossary, for that same freelance-client. She wrote numerous business-articles for Northwest Business Monthly, a Bellingham magazine. Copy editing has always been the foundation of her career. She also developed skills in marketing, and developed a specialization in health-and-wellness content.
In the summer of 2014, she implemented a slowing of her freelance business, taking less work to make room for a retraining effort. She was considering a shift into physical therapy. In 2016, that slowing turned into a “soft closure” of her freelance business, to make time for new roles in yoga-teaching and dementia-care. She now works as support-staff for the Camano Center, and a yoga instructor for Movement Arts; building on her skills in media.