About Julie

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Julie is celebrating two decades of yoga practice!

Yoga Background

Julie began serious study of yoga as a refuge from the heavily competitive atmosphere of the New York City theater world. Her earliest influences were her teachers in New York City: Peentz Dubble (Iyengar), Sharon Gannon, David Life (Jivamukti) and Dharma Mittra.  In California she continued her studies with Amy Cooper, Rodney Yee, Mark Whitwell, Patricia Sullivan, Ramanand Patel and Angela Farmer, and more recently with the School for Body Mind Centering and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, as well as the beginning certification process in Yamuna Body Rolling.

In multiple trips to India, Julie has been priviliged to study Ashtanga yoga with founder, K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore with a small group of dedicated students. She spent time in private study at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai where her yoga was supervised by T.K.V. Desikachar and where she delved into a study of vinyasa yoga, yoga therapy, chanting and yoga psychology. She studies North Indian classical vocal music and chant with her music guru Sri Karunamayee of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi.

Julie is on the staff of the Northern California Functional Restoration Program in Emeryville where she serves as the Yoga and Movement Therapist for patients who have chronic pain. She has presented workshops on Yoga for Anxiety and Depression at The Yoga and Healing Conference presented annually in Marin County. Julie founded and directed the Yoga Bliss teacher training program. Many of her students are now yoga teachers.  Julie has taught at numerous Bay Area Yoga studios beginning in the 1990’s in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Counseling and therapy background

Julie’s belief in body/mind practices has inspired her to bridge her love for yoga and the “body as container” with the depth work of psychotherapy. She integrates somatics into her counseling work and is in the Advanced  training year of  Somatic Experiencing a form of somatic therapy. http://www.traumahealing.org

Julie  is a licensed Marriage, Family Therapist, (MFT LIc. #36095) Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher in private practice in Berkeley, CA. She holds degrees from Wesleyan University and The California Institute of Integral Studies where she graduated from the Psychology/Drama Therapy Master’s Program.

Julie is also a fiction writer and the author of “365 Yoga: Daily Meditations,”  a Tarcher/Penguin book of  yoga wisdom for every day!

Currently classes are held in a private studio in Berkeley, as well as Ironworks Climbing Gym, and Yoga Tree Telegraph.

Julie has taught and/or held retreats at many locations worldwide including:

  • Green Gulch
  • Yoga Mandala
  • Yoga Tree
  • Studio Valencia
  • St. Mary’s Psychiatric Center
  • Open Door Yoga Studio
  • Clifbar and Co.
  • Jivamukti Yoga Center
  • Sivananda Yoga Center
  • 7th Heaven
  • Hampi India and Mandrem, Goa
  • Iguana Lodge, Costa Rica
  • Martha’s Vineyard
  • Kalani Oceanside Retreat, Big Island
  • Samasati Retreat Center, Costa Rica
  • Haramara Retreat Center, Mexico