Julie comes to yoga through a social justice lens and strives to create classes that are inclusive, compassionate, safe and give space for all to experience embodiment. She is passionate about bringing education and empowerment to yoga teachers and students through trainings, workshops, retreats and classes based on principles of body acceptance, Health at Every Size® (HAES), Body Vulnerability™, radical acceptance and embodied anatomy.
Students have referred to her classes as a “Hatha” style with an emphasis and passion on anatomy through an approachable and experiential method from her studies with Amy Matthews and Todd Jackson. She received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training from Kripalu Yoga Center in 2008 and has been studying Body-Mind Centering® since 2013. She began studying yoga in 2006 when she found herself fully immersed in the Kripalu Seva program where she spent two years studying the science of yoga.
In 2013, Julie created Yoga for Bigger Bodies which continues to grow and develop. Yoga for Bigger Bodies is designed to bring yoga to those who feel that the traditional class setting is not providing the support and encouragement that is needed to feel successful in Yoga. This series is open to all shapes, ability levels and sizes. This is an inclusive and nonjudgmental class that emphasizes Health At Every Size®, body acceptance and joyful movement. There is no weight requirement and everyone is welcome.You can find Julie teaching at The People's Yoga in NE Killingsworth in Portland, Oregon.