Jill Kostrinsky was born and raised in New York. She graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a BS in accounting and went on to forge a successful accounting career. After getting married and having two children, Jill and her family moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1992. Jill took time out from work to raise her children, went back to school, and is now a graduate of the esteemed Western School of Feng Shui. She specializes in residential and business Feng Shui, has been featured on the top 40 radio show, STAR 94 in Atlanta, and has become a highly sought after speaker, on land and sea, throughout the world.
Her hobbies include chess, tennis, yoga and Hebrew language studies.
In 2010, Jill and her family moved to Southern California. She lives in Tustin with her husband, and has three children, ages 29, 26, and 20. She recently adopted a Havanese/Poodle dog named Jaxson.
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui (pronounced “fung shway”) literally means wind and water. The practice of feng shui dates back several thousand years. Early practitioners of feng shui looked for the most auspicious places for burial sites because they wanted to be sure that their ancestors would be happy in the afterlife (and that they would take care of their living descendants).
An auspicious location was one that was above the flood plains and below strong winds; a balance between two extremes. They looked for settings that were located in a safe embrace of land which was blessed with harmonious energy (chi).
Western development presents a very different scenario than that of the original feng shui practitioners. This presents the 21st century feng shui practitioner many challenges. Many times, we are not able to choose which direction our home or office faces or where the bedroom is located. Nevertheless, feng shui gives us many tools in order to transform our environment to one which uplifts and supports us.
Feng Shui can give one the knowledge to transform his/her life. In Feng Shui, the quality of one’s life, and the quality of his environment, are intimately connected. This has nothing to do with what kind of house someone lives in or how much money they spend on decorating. The whole premise of Feng Shui is based on one idea - the places that one habitually spends time, such as a home or workplace, are mirrors of the inner self, and the inner self is reflected back in these places.
Feng shui bagua map
One of the most results-producing tools in feng shui is the Bagua Map. Bagua literally means “eight trigrams.” These trigrams are each associated with life aspects such as health, fame, love, and creativity. The Bagua Map charts where each of these life aspects are located in the home (or workspace) and shows where the Chi of these life aspects flows through the home, giving every part of the environment special importance and meaning. There’s no place to hide when practicing Feng Shui - every square inch counts.
It’s uncanny how often people find a correlation between the way their homes are designed and their ongoing problems. When working with the Bagua map, one can create a flow of vital energy in oneself and in the home/workspace.
One of the greatest challenges in our abundant world is to simplify and organize our possessions. As the old is released, new opportunities and belongings come in. Organizing possessions reinstates creativity and vitality. Decongesting a space makes everybody feel happy and energized. There are no spaces that can hide from “feng shui eyes.” When you clear clutter you get rid of stagnant energy and make way for healthy, positive flow of Chi (energy) to your home or workplace.
Feng Shui concentrates on striking a balance between two extremes. Early practitioners called these extremes yin and yang. Yin relates to qualities such as dark, feminine, low, cool. Yang relates to masculine, light, high, hot. Most people prefer a balance of yin and yang.
The five elements of water, wood, fire, earth and metal are considered to be the building blocks of everything physical on earth. Sometimes a balancing of the five elements is all that is needed to bring an environment into balance.