Julia believes in the potential of yoga to transform lives. She is passionately focused on spreading awareness about the benefits of yoga through community service. She is a co-founder of YogaCare and Socially Engaged Yoga Network (SEYN). Both organizations reach out to communities and offer tools to feel better through the vehicle of yoga.
YogaCare provides affordable access to yoga in under-resourced communities. They improve individual and community health by providing low-cost therapeutic tools to manage stress, pain, and chronic diseases in collaboration with community health centers. They empower community members to develop healthy lifestyles, building healthier communities.
SEYN is a local organization dedicated to supporting yoga teachers, community organizations, and other stakeholders committed to sharing the benefits of yoga in a variety of communities including schools, jails, shelters, community gardens, health centers in the Chicagoland area.
Julia studies and practices from the lineage of Krishnamacharya, under the influence of Iyengar and Desikachar. She served on the Apprentice Faculty at Yoga Circle directed by Gabriel Halpern where she developed her baseline for teaching therapeutic yoga. Most of her training and development of her yoga practice was guided by Rich Logan and Daren Friesen of Moksha Yoga Center.
Some of her additional training includes Prenatal Yoga (with Lela Beem and Cassie Rodgers from Amala School of Prenatal Yoga,) Yoga for Kids and Families (with Mira Binzen from Global Family Yoga,) and Yoga for Cancer Survivors (with Ingrid Yang.) She also attended 1000+ hours of workshops including Aadil Palkhivala, Tias Little, Seane Corne, Kino MacGregor, and Chuck Miller.
Her curiosity has also guided her to explore Buddhism and insight meditation through the style of Vipassana which means to “see things as they really are.” The experience blew her mind and opened up perspective. She intends to continue training and exploring mindfulness meditation and share what she has learned along the way.
What once began in 2008 as an exercise to help her shed baby weight evolved into a journey of exploring a variety of practices to help strengthen mental and physical muscles that tuned into moments of spiritual bliss. She hopes to plant seeds of curiosity that can help peel away layers of false beliefs as her teachers have pointed the light for her.