Children's & Youth Yoga Teacher
Hi! I’m Julia, I’m a social work student with a passion for working with children and a spirit of adventure. Yoga found me many sun salutations ago, but I believe that in a way I really wasn't myself until I stepped onto that yoga mat for the first time when I was 15. As soon as I entered the room, all fear left me and I felt safe. I felt at peace. I felt like I was in a room where I could be who I was unapologetically. I could make mistakes, I could fall, or I could succeed and it was all okay. I loved the acceptance of yoga, and slowly I began to find that acceptance in myself. It was a long journey, but with the help of yoga I did learn that I didn't owe anything to anyone and that I could be myself, and more importantly I learned to love who I really was. And that was a game changer for me. I started to love my life, and find little things to be grateful for every day.
Last May I was re-inspired by my yoga practice and how it could influence social work, by empowering those who are vulnerable in society. With this in mind and a fresh optimism for life, I went to India to get my 200 hour yoga teacher training. It was amazing, I loved every minute of it, and I love having the opportunity to teach yoga. Through teaching, I am able to experience a state of absolute presence and be the most genuine version of who I am. I can honestly say that in teaching and sharing yoga with others, I have experienced a deeper connection with myself and a deeper understanding of what it means to truly be in the moment. To me, yoga is community of people sharing their true selves, their strengths, and their vulnerabilities… and it’s even better when it’s KIDS! I love working with kids because of their honesty, their curiosity and their love of life. Taking my kids yoga teacher training with Jenna was an absolute dream, and I’m so excited about sharing the gift of yoga with children! My big dream is to combine the practice of social work with the teachings of yoga because I believe that there are so many physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of yoga and that the people who need yoga the most often do not have access to it.
I am patient, compassionate and always do my best to ensure that all children and youth feel as though they have a place where they belong and they can be themselves. See you in the studio!
If you could be any superhero, who would it be and what powers would you have?
I’d be my Dad – seriously, that guy is the best. His super powers are always having a lame joke ready to tell and never taking anything too seriously.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I changed my mind fairly frequently as a kid, but I vividly remember a time when I wanted to be the animal trainer for the Telus commercials (and I also vividly remember when I found out that job doesn’t exist).
What should every kid know?
Every kid should know that it is always best to be themselves.
Words to live by?
Wherever you are, be all there.