I first discovered yoga in my home country of South Africa, and then I welcomed mindfulness, meditation, and yoga as a blueprint for balanced living during my career as a business exec in Europe and the US.

Many Oms later, with several 200-hour and 500-hour yoga and meditation certifications from the US and India, it’s a joy for me to teach in the US and to lead international yoga retreats to exquisite destinations.

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Julie’s Yoga Nidra Albums

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CALM — relieve stress and connect with a sense of inner peace

PURPOSE — bring more meaning and focused intention into your life

FLOAT and RELAX — guided meditation to add to the bliss of a floatation tank


I’m best known for my Yoga Nidra guided meditation albums—it’s truly my calling and I love to see thousands of people benefiting from these recordings.

You’ll find me as Julie Yogaressa on the global meditation app, Insight Timer, as well as Spotify, Amazon, YouTubeApple Music, iTunes, Google Play, and CDBaby. Enjoy!

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I’ve been fortunate to study under many of the “big name” international yoga teachers, and at the same time, I remind myself of the statement, “the Guru resides within”.  I am grateful for all my yoga mentors and I’m particularly fond of Betsey Downing, Jaye Martin and Yogi Sivadas. And of course, the students in my classes are often my best teachers.



Yoga retreats are a fun way for me and fabulous yoga teacher, Karen Pagano, to host groups in exquisite destinations; co-creating transformative experiences which last long after returning home.

There are some 10,000+ hours that have gone into my yoga and meditation training and practice. I am passionately curious about this vast subject, and I will always have a desire to continue learning.


I’m constantly inspired by the positive impact yoga has on people’s lives — I love the motto, “If it doesn’t change your life, it’s not Yoga”.  And when I’m not immersed in meditation, yoga and photography, you may find me sipping fermented  grape juice, eating chocolate, and watching Dancing With The Stars (true confession).

In my personal yoga practice, I enjoy the increased flexibility and awareness of body, mind and spirit, and my wish is to share this experience with others.

May your yoga adventure bring you positive transformation, inner peace, and a ton of joyful laughter—for the benefit of all.

Peace ॐ



My Favorite Music and Books

Some of my favorite recommendations for good meditation music and yoga reads. Click to explore

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  1. Hi Julie! We met last night at your oh-so-inspiring Yoga in India class! It was a delight to meet you. You radiate so much joy and beauty! I couldn’t wait to read your blog and was delighted to see your pictures and read your stories. I cried when I read about your encounter with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. What an incredible experience! He’s so wonderful, I’ve often daydreamed about hugging him and just being in his presence..somehow! I also found it interesting that you visited Tushita, the Buddhist meditation center. I don’t know if you recall last night that I told the class I was thinking of/planning on going to India. Well, I’m planning to go to Tushita for a 10 day meditation retreat when I graduate from grad school. Interesting how law of attraction works..I’ve been thinking so much about India and then I stumble upon your class!

    Anyways, you said last night that you wanted feedback about your blog and encouragement to keep writing. My point in writing this email is to tell you: your blog is beautifully written, funny, and clever! Thank you so much for sharing your lovely experience, Julie! I hope to see you for part 2!

    Namaste 🙂

    Krystal Zielinski

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    1. Krystal, thank you for such a heartwarming response. It was a treat to meet you and have your energy and smiles in our Yoga in India class. I LOVE it if my recount of the incredible experience with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama brought you to tears. (Yes, I love to “make” you cry)! That means I’ve managed to convey some of the joy and awe I felt on meeting him. And if, through writing, I can evoke laughter, tears, inspiration or contemplation, then I am happy and it encourages me to continue writing. Thank you for feeding that aspiration.

      Vipasana at Tushita will be an extraordinary experience for you. Do it. And when you’re planning your visit, I’m happy to chat about the where/what/how of travel plans and what else there is to experience in the area.

      Look forward to seeing you at the next “Yoga in India” session 🙂


  2. Hi Bob, so sorry about your sciatica, that can be extremely painful and frustrating. I have a ton of info at home on yoga/sciatica (I’m out of the country at the moment), in the meantime I found this useful article for you – some easy stretches we often do in our classes. http://www.paddingtonclinic.com.au/sciatica-then-avoid-these-3-exercises-like-the-plague/

    A note for pose #4 – do this one with the raised leg bent rather than straight.

    The “very slowly” part of your message is really important – take your time to ease back into things … this is a good time to practice patience 😉

    Finally, you were really missed on our yoga retreat to Guatemala! Our next trip is Oct 21-25 so please join us on the next one 🙂 http://www.yogaressa.com/yoga-retreats

    Speedy recovery and Namaste,


    1. Julia, thanks for the link and advice. Yes I will take it slow although we are taking an Alaska cruise @ months end. Enjoy your summer, your next retreat however is literally the week I return. Possibly in the spring.

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