My name is Julie and I began my yoga journey in my late thirties. I started to practice yoga for my health and weight loss. I have struggled all my life with my weight and self confidence. During my years of practicing yoga I have lost weight, gained it back and lost it again. I have had physical issues that have forced me to step back and re-evaluate my yoga practice.
During my journey, I decided to get my 200 RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) to enhance my practice and learn more about the origins and history of yoga. Two years after completing my 200 RYT, I decided to create my own yoga organization. Om Yoga Kalamazoo began February 21, 2017.
Continuing my yoga journey, I am in the process of obtaining my 500 RYT through Beaumont School of Yoga Therapy (BSYT) at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. In this class I am gaining insight to the Yoga Sutras and the physical body. Through BSYT I was introduced to Y12SR.
I was intrigued by the combination of yoga and 12-step recovery and received my Y12SR certification in January 2019. Alcoholism has been an influencing factor in my life and I am amazed by how the practice of yoga on your mat can translate into a practice in life for coping with addiction.
In January 2017 I received my certification in Chair Yoga. Chair yoga makes yoga more comfortable and accessible to anyone. You can bring your yoga practice up off the floor!
In August of 2017 I completed a certification in Yin Yoga. Yin Yoga slows down your practice and focuses on the hips, knees and back.
My goal is to make yoga accessible for anyone. Whether you are suffering from a physical limitation, or depression, or grieving, or have an addiction, yoga can help you physically, emotionally and spiritually. Yoga truly is for everyone!