Julia is a lover and student of nature, both inner and outer and the infinite space in between. She discovered deep reservoirs of flow and power in yoga and meditation in high school and began a regular lifelong meditation practice in 1977 and has been a regular yoga practitioner since the early 2000’s.
Ever the lifelong student, Julia continues to explore and learn how to deepen and sustain our connection to our true nature of peace, ease, resilience, creativity, appreciation, curiosity and awe.
During the pandemic, she started studying nature-based mindfulness meditation practices with Mark Coleman and is currently participating in his 2021 -2022 “Awake in the Wild” teacher training. Look for her new series offerings in 2022!
As of 2021, the currents of creativity are flowing towards creating nature altars with deep bows of gratitude to Day Schildkret and exploring how Chi Gong can further unwind energetic obstacles thus enhancing openness and resilience in the body.
And yes, YOGA! Julia is a registered yoga teacher and trainer (E-RYT 500 & YACEP). No longer leading yoga teacher trainings in order to pursue nature-based studies, she continues to joyfully offer drop-in / Zoom classes, thematic series, and private yoga sessions to meet individual needs. Yoga teachers looking to maintain their Yoga Alliance certifications can get their hours by taking workshops, series, or trainings with Julia.
By slowing down their yoga practice, Julia invites her students to a more mindful and yet rigorous yoga practice. By increasing proprioceptive awareness (knowing where their body is in space), she encourages a sustainable healthy range of motion for joints and ligaments as well as stimulating bone density and muscle tone. This awareness then paves the way to a deeper inner connection at the heart of yoga.
Julia completed her 500 hour yoga teacher trainings (200 hr. and 300 hr.) with Scott Anderson, founder of Alignment Yoga and an inital 200 hour yoga teacher training with Sarahjoy Marsh, founder of DAYA. She has additional certifications from Dr. Loren Fishman, (Yoga for Osteoporosis) and Dr. Baxter Bell (Yoga for Healthy Aging). She continues to study with Leslie Kaminoff (Principles of Anatomy) and Anne Cushman (Moving Into Meditation). She incorporates her studies of Tom Myers (Anatomy Trains / fascia) and Sue Hitzmann (MELT Method) into her yoga.
Julia’s daily home practice includes some combination of meditation, Yoga, Pilates, foam-rolling, Chi Gong, and walks in the woods nearby.
Off the mat, Julia co-leads monthly bird walks and seasonal workshops like “Birding by Ear” for Mt. Pisgah Arboretum with sprinklings of classes like “Yoga for Birdwatching”. As a lover of nature, she enjoys traveling (especially when it involves yoga, meditation and bird watching). She’s in love with her sweet husband, Alan, with whom she shares a garden paradise along with their cat, Pistachio and a myriad number of teddy bears.
Happiness is our default.
“Oooohhh!…” praise from the Peanut Gallery as Meddy actively engages the superficial back line.