Julia Jonson

TBY Creative & Programming Director

Yoga Teacher

Julia has been practicing and studying yoga and meditation since 1991 and teaching both disciplines since 2007.

Julia incorporates restorative postures and Ayurveda into her practice sessions with a strong emphasis on eastern philosophy. She takes a therapeutic approach to both her group classes and individual sessions. She has experience working with special populations, including athletes, those recovering from injuries and illnesses, people with cerebral palsy, and more.

Julia holds E-RYT yoga educator certification with The Yoga Alliance. She has more than 800 hours of therapeutics study with Gabriel Halpern, founder and former director of the Yoga Circle in Chicago. Julia also draws inspiration from Desiree Rumbaugh’s expert instruction and the wisdom of the Venerable Bhante Sujatha. She holds a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell.

Julia and her husband Andrew are co-owners of a thriving yoga center in Chicago’s suburbs, TBY Yoga, where Julia is the creative director of programming and marketing. Julia also co-created and directed the not-for-profit Seeds of Love (S.O.L.) - Empowering People. S.O.L. brought yoga to public and private schools, night shelters and other not-for-profit organizations.

Earning degrees in Broadcasting & Film and Sociology/Race & Ethnic Relations from the University of Central Missouri in 1994, Julia worked for more than a decade as a television news producer in the South Bend, Orlando, and Chicago markets. Julia blogs and writes articles about holistic living. Among her published works is a children’s book, Just Me & The Trees, A Children’s Guide to Meditation. Julia is the mother of two teenagers and a rescue dog. She enjoys nature walks, plant-based cooking, reading, and ballroom dancing.