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Julia Julia

I attended my first yoga class more than seven years ago after my best friend invited me to go with her. Physically active but extremely inflexible, I was delighted to notice a change in my range of motion after just that one practice.

But I soon learned that yoga does so much more than help people touch their toes. During my third or fourth class, the teacher eloquently stated that yoga is about letting go of the past as well as the expectations of the future – and in doing so, inner peace is possible. This simple, yet profound logic has stayed with me ever since, and I continue to turn to my yoga practice as a way to calm my perpetually busy mind and let go of physical and mental tension.

With a desire to deepen my knowledge and practice, I completed the 250-hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Yoga Passage in 2010. I went on to take a 30-hour Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Janice Clarfield in 2011. And in 2012, I traveled to Rishikesh, India, to complete my 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Yogi Vishvketu (Vishva).

I'm thrilled to be part of the wonderful Yoga Shala community as a student and teacher. When I lead a class, it is my intention to help other practitioners find their inner peace and a sense of bliss on the yoga mat, so they may take that out into the world.