Julie is one of New York’s most sought-after yoga teachers known for her spirited and intelligent teaching style. Teaching and educating for nearly 15 years, Julie’s classes are a living mix of her deep wonder of yoga, passion for practice, and understanding that yoga needs a practical approach to take root.
Julie’s classes are infused with clear instruction and smart sequencing for students to feel integrated, strong, balanced, inspired about life, and more freely in touch with Spirit. She conveys sage teachings in a useful way, is able to make the difficult more accessible, and creates an environment for everyone to connect the practice of yoga to the path of personal growth.
Julie is ERYT-500 and leads the registered Shaktiyoga New York 200 + 300 hour Teacher Training programs at Bend and Bloom Yoga, as well as teaching Yoga Immersions, yoga Therapeutics, and yearly retreats to Costa Rica. Find Julie at www.shaktiyogany.com.
Years Practicing Yoga: 20
Years Teaching Yoga: 15
Julie teaches Shaktiyoga Align + Flow yoga: a thoughtful blend of physical, mental and philosophical focus creating a healthy balance of yoga as a life practice.
Julie began teaching right out of teacher training in 2002 and hasn't looked back. Reaching certification with Anusara Yoga in 2005, Julie remained loyal to that path until 2012 when she felt called to forge her own way.
A disciple to the depth of yoga and always a seeker, Julie has been devoted to learning and becoming a teacher of Neelakantha meditation for many years with Paul Muller-Ortega and Blue Throat Yoga. She has worked extensively with Douglas Brooks learning the Tantric traditions of south India, as well as other prominant scholars Christopher Wallis, Bill Mahoney, and Sally Kempton.
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DESCRIBE YOUR UNIQUE VALUE ADD AS A TEACHER. WHAT ABOUT YOUR STYLE MAKES YOU STAND OUT?
TELL US ABOUT YOUR INTENTION IN BEING A PART OF THE LOCAL COLLECTIVE OF GATHERYOGA?
Around 5 years ago I made a conscious decision to not become a traveling yoga teacher and focus instead on my home base and being a Local teacher. That decision marked a great crossroads for me, and although I did travel to teach workshops, retreats and the like, it has always been my local studios and communities that have been most fulfilling to nurture and be part of.
Gather Yoga stands for the power, value, and luminescence of the Local Teacher. The Local Teacher, often under recognized, is the one present with students week to week often practicing side by side, representing the very way we all aim to live the light of yoga's teachings every day. Yoga studios can truly be community centers; places where sometimes entire families gather, even if separately, to nourish a part of their soul through the practices of yoga. The Local Teachers are the foundation of that life line to traditions that more and more people are remembering have great value in building happy and healthy lives.
I aim now to be an ambassador to the Local Collective of teachers all around the country who show up, daily, and remain committed to their personal stewardship of the yoga they teach. Through our individual expressions and experiences of yoga both taught and practiced, we are forging a great lineage together that will hopefully remain the strong midline thread for yoga being taught in community for generations to come. #longlivethelocalstudio
WHAT FIRST BROUGHT YOU TO THE MAT?
An old boyfriend brought me to my very first yoga class in 1997 in New York, which was Kundalini with Lea Kramer. I had a profound opening during that one class, opening a floodgate of expressive feeling that I didn't know a physical practice could allow in such a personal, intimate, and safe manner. I had recovered from an eating disorder when I was in my 20's and found physical balance through going to the gym, but something was missing. I knew my emotional being needed different expression through my physical being, and my intellectual side was craving stimulation. Yoga became the method to fulfill both of those needs. While I didn't fall in love with Kundalini yoga, I did make my way to a general vinyasa practice at a time in NYC where yoga was just coming into itself, and there were very pure teachers leading the core of the practice with great integrity. I luckily found a few, and then found myself very drawn to Anusara for its alignment technique, and the Tantric affirmation of the body being the vehicle for spiritual expression and exploration, for self acceptance and self love. I found my home there as a way to explore the meaning of yoga on and off the mat.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO TEACH?
What primarily inspires me to teach is that I remain a student of all components of the practice of yoga.
But also I am an educator at heart and in general, I love helping people. I am also a seeker who adores learning and being a student, so I study all philosophy, yoga mythology, and yoga theory. I am a devout meditator, deeply attracted to the pulsation of the absolute and how the practice of meditation continues to help pluck away the thorns in my heart, simultaneously opening the bliss of my heart. I am a passionate and curious practitioner of asana and remain excited to continue learning about anatomy and bio-mechanics, especially as I age. I am most interested in the way the physical, emotional and intellectual layers of being are expressions of Spirit and yoga is a medium to facilitate others to learn this too.
And, that every single day is different and a new opportunity to go deep.
Julie teaches currently at 4 studios in Brooklyn and NYC:
Bend and Bloom Yoga: www.bendandbloom.com
Abhaya Yoga: www.abhayayoga.com
Twisted Trunk Yoga: www.twistedtrunkyoga.com
Yogaworks Soho: www.yogaworks.com
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