Julia came to the mat in 2002 as ‘preventative medicine’ to address niggles from cycling & tennis and to fend off encroaching middle age. She was immediately at home with the combination of strength, flexibility and relaxation.
She practised Iyengar yoga for10 years before branching out to explore many forms of yoga and commencing her teacher training whereupon she found deep wisdom in the aspects of yoga beyond the asanas (postures).
Julia completed a British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Course in 2015/16 in London with experienced yoga teacher trainer Diana Currey.
Julia completed her Yoga Alliance 200 hour Teacher Training Diploma in London with internationally renowned Yogacampus in Spring 2018.
Julia has been teaching several classes a week since Spring 2016.
Julia has been a member of Southampton Yoga Association for many years. SYA is network of yoga practitioners and teachers which hosts monthly workshops by visiting tutors. Julia was Chair of the Association from 2018 to 2022.
Julia moved to Ghent, Belgium, where her husband comes from, in April 2022 and will be starting new classes there soon.
Her approach to yoga is for it to be accessible and integrated into everyday life, nurturing a ‘Sangha’ (supportive community) and enhancing general wellbeing to help us live life to the full.
Her teaching style is to work holistic themes into the classes to provide an instinctive and natural flow of breath and movement combined with thought provoking meditations to instil the yogic way of life.
Off the mat Julia enjoys playing music and the great outdoors.
Sustainable Yogic Lifestyle
I’ve always loved being on my bike, walking and using public transport and disliked car travel. As with yoga, the journey is to be relished, not just the destination. My travel time is meditative - in my own rhythm, moving my body, breathing in the fresh air, being in the elements – rain or shine, light or dark, observing the seasons - autumn leaves, winter skies, warm sun, fresh spring..... watching the world go by.
I travel sustainably whenever possible, including to all my regular yoga commitments, whether teaching or as a student.
I encourage students to integrate their yoga into their travel patterns, embrace what’s on their doorstep - and on a practical level, since my luggage is constrained, please bring your own mat, purchase your own block to elevate your sit bones in seated postures and of course, bring cosy layers for savasana.
Here’s my trusty 2-wheeler and nifty pannier with spare mats, and rucksack with bricks and belts.
If you are interested in joining Julia's classes please download, print out and complete the Registration Form. It must be brought along to the first class.
All ages and abilities are welcome, classes are suitable for beginners
Bring a mat and wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Julia moved to Ghent, Belgium in April 2022 where she will be starting to teach classes soon.
Julia continues to teach the online corporate class for Abri on Tuesday at 5.30-6.30 UK time.
Julia can arrange to teach a 6 week (or similar) Beginners' Course for your organisation.
Over the 6 weeks we will cover delights such as :-
what is yoga? (although I won't chat too much - I'll get you moving!)
the 8 limbs of yoga https://www.yogajournal.com/practice/the-eight-limbs
the yogic breath
basic seated postures
basic standing postures
basic floor-based postures
introduction to philosophy/meditation
That should hopefully give you a solid foundation to move into a general class.
As well as you, your mat and some water, it would be handy if you could have a blanket or two. Blankets are a versatile prop for sitting, kneeling, a pillow for relaxation and for keeping warm in savasana (the best bit).
There are no Workshops scheduled at the moment
I have had the opportunity to work with Julia over the last few months; we introduced a 6 week yoga for beginners programme to compliment our weekly intermediate yoga class.
Julia made this very easy for us to move to a virtual platform so that we could provide this to all colleagues and provide further support to our wellness offer.
Julia's approach and style is very proactive, collaborative and works in partnership with you to ensure the programme delivers what you are looking for.
Thank you Julia for your support and look forward to continuing the great work
Nick, People Development Manager, Corporate Client , July 2020
I Love Yoga with Julia, she is gifted in many ways. She is an excellent teacher and every class is unique. She provides a warm and supportive atmosphere for her students and is attentive to everyone’s needs. I look forward to my weekly classes and highly recommend.
Sharon , Fair Oak classes, July 2020
Julia is an excellent yoga teacher.
I have been practising yoga with her weekly since 2016 and I can honestly say I have rarely missed a class. The benefit to my body, especially my back (following an injury some years ago) has been immense and Julia has shown great patience and encouragement in helping me to improve my flexibility. Having never been able to hold Trikonasana, it is now my favourite pose!
Julia has a wonderful style of teaching which encourages you to work within your own body’s capabilities and she will assist you in exploring postures, carefully guiding you with gentle enthusiasm which makes the class really enjoyable. She is hugely knowledgeable and her passion shines through.
Her classes are well structured and varied - no two sessions are the same so you can look forward to focussing on different parts of the anatomy at each class. She provides options so you never feel you have to try something which may be out of your comfort zone.
When I finish a class I always feel beautifully stretched and balanced. It nourishes my mind as well as my body!
If you are considering joining Julia’s class, rest assured she is friendly, kind, welcoming and puts anyone new to her class completely at ease in a relaxed environment.
Derra, Corporate lunchtime classes
I’ve been taking classes with Julia for almost two years. I love her style of yoga as she gently challenges you but offers alternatives if you can’t manage the advanced poses. She is great at explaining things and easy to understand. You don’t need to constantly watch what Julia is demonstrating which means that you can put the time and effort into your own yoga practice.
Yoga is Julia’s passion and she is constantly learning and evolving. No two lessons are the same as she spends time and care on writing a new yoga practice each week. What’s great is that we also get a link to her YouTube lesson afterwards so that we can repeat the practices that we’ve particularly enjoyed or found challenging.
I couldn’t recommend her highly enough (oh, and she makes us lovely healthy vegan sweets!).
Nicky, Corporate after work classes
I find Julia's classes very inspiring; they are different each week, and explore many interesting and varied themes. Julia has the ability to make her classes fun and accessible to a variety of abilities, and I find I leave her classes uplifted, as well as stronger and more flexible. I believe Julia is the best yoga teacher I have ever had.
Liz, Fair Oak community classes
Here are some articles and information about yoga and its benefits
What is yoga and origins
The 8 limbs of yoga
The poses (asana)
The benefits of yoga
Types of yoga
Yoga mat and equipment
A good quality 'sticky' mat is best, to stop your hands and feet slipping in the asana (poses).
The thickness is personal choice. A thin mat is light to carry and a thicker mat provides better padding under the knees in kneeling poses.
I like a mat which is machine washable, please consider how you will keep your mat clean when you purchase it.
Consider a mat holder/bag for easy carrying and protection of your mat.
It is best to have a yoga specific mat and not a pilates or other fitness mat since the mats do not all do the same job.
A blanket is a versatile prop for sitting, kneeling, a pillow for relaxation and for keeping warm in savasana (the best bit).
A yoga strap is a useful prop.
A 'brick' shaped block is also useful prop.