When we think of Shri's vibe we like to think that teachers and students like Julia are the energy at the heart of what we strive to be. With her energetic, athletic, and joyful teaching style, her class is an athletic moving meditation set to seriously fun music.
Julia’s yoga journey began almost 15 years ago while she was living in downtown Chicago. Julia immediately loved the way that this ancient healing practice nourished her mind, body, and spirit. While working as an attorney, Julia got hooked on an early-morning TV practice led by Steve Ross. During her 10 years as a lawyer and even through two pregnancies, Julia continued to practice yoga at various studios, often early in the morning so that she could carry the calm with her as long as possible.
Julia has spent the last few years as a stay-at-home mom to her two children (her most rewarding job to date), where practicing yoga off her mat is essential, as well as patience and a steady mind (most of the time, anyway!). Julia will forever be a student of yoga, and has learned from many teachers along the way. She currently loves to practice Ashtanga, which is quiet and challenging, and Vinyasa, in which she finds inspiration in the music and movements. Julia aims to bring positive vibes and upbeat music, including hip hop and reggae, to her classes, while helping students find the peace and strength that yoga has given to her.
Julia recently completed her 200-hour training with the faculty of Shri Yoga Center—a certified teacher training program under the Yoga Alliance. Her yoga philosophy is: let go of the ego, laugh when you fall, focus the mind, release negative energy, breathe, sweat, find freedom, and know that the journey never ends. When Julia is not on her mat, she enjoys traveling, cooking and playing sports with her family, spending time in nature, and eating good food and chocolate.