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Julia Jonson

Co-Owner, Creative Director, Yoga Educator, E-RYT 500®, YACEP®, YTT Lead Instructor


Julia has devoted much of her life yoga and the practical application of yogic philosophy. Since finding yoga and meditation in 1991, Julia has completed advanced study and apprenticeship with her primary teacher, Gabriel Halpern. She has also studied with other esteemed yoga & meditation teachers, including Desiree Rumbaugh and Venerable Bhante Sujatha. With more than one thousand hours of training and decades of personal experience, she is dedicated to helping the world be a better place through the ancient practice of yoga. In addition to teaching and continuing education, Julia mentors rising yoga teachers in her Yoga Teacher Training as well as one-on-one.

Growing up, Julia experienced migraine headaches and chronic back pain from scoliosis. It wasn't until a college yoga lesson with her drama teacher that she had a felt experience of the connection between physical and emotional pain. Yoga gave her the opportunity to get in touch with what she was truly feeling and to take better care of herself, which resulted in relief of most of her symptoms.

Julia shares yoga in a therapeutic way, which is especially helpful for people experiencing physical or emotional pain, nervous system dysregulation, or simply want to feel better in their mind and body. She combines functional, mindful movement with inspiration for mindful living that's rooted in yogic philosophy and Ayurveda. She also holds a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell and offers plant-based coaching and healthy lifestyle support.

Earning a degree in Broadcasting & Film with a minor in Sociology from the University of Central Missouri, Julia worked for more than a decade as a television newscast producer in the South Bend, Orlando and Chicago markets. Drawing from this background, Julia integrates her communication skills and storytelling prowess into her yoga instruction, offering a unique blend of engaging content and expert guidance. She also shares her insights on yoga, stress relief and mindful living through her blogs, articles and published children's book - Just Me & The Trees, a Children's Guide to Meditation - demonstrating her commitment to spreading awareness and wellbeing to diverse audiences.

Julia is the proud mother of a young adult, a teenager and two rescue dogs. She enjoys nature walks, plant-based cooking with her husband Andrew, ballroom dancing, barre classes, reading, and of course, yoga.

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