Get to know Hilary, Co-Founder of Jollie
Oncology nurse, certified yoga instructor, cancer survivor, and mother of four, co-founder Hilary Amburgey lends her first hand experience and passion to the Jollie products & mission. Let’s get to know her a little bit more.
What was the inspiration behind starting Jollie?
Jollie took off during the pandemic while I was home with three children. I was working out every morning from the confines of my home and with little children watching me. I saw them trying to move with me and thought it would be great to have inspiring mats not just for myself but for my children as well. I also wanted a high quality, easily accessible outlet for them to guide them through mindful movement (that didn’t come from screen time), which is where the concept of the Happy Kid Kit came from.
Where did the inspiration for your prints come from? How will you look for it in the future?
I am always looking at current trends in the design industry. I wanted a product that would match my own personal style and the other decor in my home. All of the mat prints are prints I would put on a pillow and showcase in my home.
When did you start doing yoga?
I started finding joy in mindful movement and exercise in my 20’s following a diagnosis of cancer. I realized that not just yoga, but all forms of exercise and mindful movement allowed for me to clear my head during high periods of stress.
What are your go-to poses?
I love a good forward fold. It sounds so easy but is a great stretch for your back and lower body. I could stay in a forward fold for a long time.
What are your favorite yoga classes to teach?
I only teach children’s yoga. Children have zero expectations and have so much fun while moving. I love to watch them learn new poses and tell stories through yoga.
What is your favorite non-yoga workout?
I am a spinning fanatic. I love to clear my head in a heart pumping spin class. RIDE in Houston is my favorite spinning studio.
Who are other female founders/female-founded brands that inspire you?
Weezie. The co-founder, Liz Minch, is a good friend of mine. She is a super talented artist and creative. She had a vision and crushed it! Spanx because it's ridiculously successful and Romney Pilates because I love their classes and brand.