Julie was a collegiate and professional indoor/beach volleyball player before she was called to connect with yoga. As an accomplished Division I athlete [2 time All American at The University of Tennessee - with Sweet Sixteen and Final Four appearances under her belt] Julie has had a lot of insight into the mind and body of the elite athlete. The spirit and teachings of yoga coupled with the asana practice, Julie believes, is the key to connecting the mind and body at the highest level possible. Her long-term goal is to work intensely with collegiate athletes to utilize yoga and meditation to elevate the athlete’s game to its peak.
In addition, through years of performing at such a high level, the injuries incurred and multiple surgeries she had, caught up with Julie. She found that yoga was the practice that really helped to ease the pain of the aftermath of these injuries. Through deepening her practice she has been able to connect further with the teachings of mind, body, and spirit connecting in yoga. Under the instruction of her mentor, Carla Cooper, an experienced yoga instructor who trained at Moksha Yoga Institute Chicago, Julie said, “I was able to really allow the sensations that yoga helped create, give an awareness of my body, and teach me to heal these injuries and ease pain from shoulder and foot surgeries I had in college,” As a former High School French Teacher and MA Education holder she also feels a great connection in mentorship and goal setting for high school and college age young adults. Spreading yoga is the main goal of her practice receiving her 200HR Registered Yoga Certification from Prairie Yoga in Lisle. As a teacher she uses not only the asana practice to spread yoga, she also incorporates yoga history and spirituality into her classes. Her passion lies within sharing her personal experience and how yoga has changed her life, not only physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well. “citta vrtti nirodhah, yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind” – Yoga Sutras, Patanjali.