Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher – 200 hr
Yin Yoga Certified with Josh Summers
Reiki I & II Certified Practioner
Reiki Master Level Attunement
Julie discovered yoga in 2013 as a way to help cope with her grief after the unexpected passing of her father-in-law. Initially cautious and unsure of herself, she found the courage to let go of worry and the need for perfectionism in her practice. After just a few months, she found that she craved the peace that stepping onto her mat brought. As a busy wife and mom, she knew she needed to make time for self-care, and her yoga practice became the foundation of a more intentional lifestyle. Almost immediately, she wanted to share her newfound awareness and knowledge with others and began to consider the possibility of teaching yoga. In 2017, Julie completed her training with Gail Lachs at Windsoul Studio as a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor.
Julie feels that yoga, meditation and energy healing are tools that everyone can use. Her classes are carefully sequenced and designed to be accessible for beginner as well as seasoned yoga practitioners. She encourages her students to discover what works for their individual bodies and skeletal structure. As a master level Reiki healer, Julie loves to offer Reiki healing energy as an option for those in her classes, and believes in creating a secure space where students can go within, challenge themselves and find inner stillness. Her goal for each of her students is that they are able to come to their mat, focus on their breath and move their body safely and in ways that feel good, cultivating a deep sense of ease and self-compassion.
With two daughters of her own, Julie recognizes the importance of yoga and mindfulness for children, and her teaching practice would not feel complete without her children’s classes. She loves to balance active movement and play with breathing and quiet time and frequently finds herself amazed by what her youngest students have to teach her.
From the moment she walked through the front door of Windsoul Studio, Julie knew that it was a truly special space. She loved how welcomed she felt, the energy of the space, and the compassion and care offered by every staff member. Windsoul became her second home. In 2016, when Gail and Steve offered her the opportunity to join the Windsoul team, Julie jumped at the chance and pivoted away from an entirely different career path. She loves interacting with clients and welcoming members to Windsoul. She knows how challenging it can be to walk into a yoga studio for the first time and strives to make everyone feel comfortable when they walk through the door.
When she’s not officially on duty, you’ll likely find Julie practicing alongside her husband, Derek, either in the studio or out on their paddle boards, or with her daughters, Tessa and Maeve. You might also find her at the library, where she stocks up on reading material and also serves on the Board of Library Trustees.