Co-Founder, Creative Director, Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 500®, YACEP®
Growing up, Julia experienced migraine headaches and chronic back pain. It wasn’t until she found yoga in college and started deepening her practice that she realized the connection between physical and emotional pain. Yoga gave her the opportunity to get in touch with what she was truly feeling and take better care of herself, which resulted in relief of many of her symptoms.
Today, Julia is passionate about sharing yoga in a therapeutic way, for people experiencing physical pain, illness, or simply just want to feel better in their mind and body. She is known for combining alignment-based, mindful movement with wisdom teachings of yogic philosophy and Ayurveda. Julia enjoys working with athletes, those recovering from injuries and illness, and people with cerebral palsy and other physical limitations.
Julia has been practicing and studying yoga and meditation since 1991, and teaching since 2007. She has many years of therapeutics and general study with Gabriel Halpern, founder and former director of the Yoga Circle in Chicago. With more than one thousand hours of training, Julia also draws inspiration from Desiree Rumbaugh’s instruction and the wisdom of the Venerable Bhante Sujatha. 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. Julia blogs and writes articles about yoga, stress relief and mindful living. Among her published works is a children’s book, Just Me & The Trees, A Children’s Guide to Meditation. Julia is also the mother of a young adult and 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.