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.
Julie’s Yoga Nidra Albums
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.
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 learn more; it’s vital for continued growth.
- Teaching Certifications:
- 200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga Alliance) — Living Yoga Program, Austin, TX, USA, 2007
- Anusara Yoga Teaching Immersion, Garden of the Heart Yoga, Sarasota, FL 2008
- 300 Hours Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance) — Kailash Tribal School of Yoga, McLeod Ganj, India, 2014
- Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra training with Jennifer Reis, McLean, VA, USA, 2016
- 200 Hours Yoga Nidra training (Yoga Alliance) with Swami Yogaratna from Swami Satyananda’s teachings, Shankar Prasad Ashram, India, 2018
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 inner peace, joy, and a ton of laughter.
My Favorite Music and Books
Some of my favorite recommendations for good meditation music and yoga reads. Click to explore