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My teacher and mentors influencers

Over the years of practice, I have taken a class from hundreds of teachers, as I get older and more mature I find myself gravitating to just a few who have the ability to make me dig deeper.  Check out these fabulous yoga folks who have greatly influenced me.


Ashtanga was my entry point into yoga asana and although I never became a hardcore ashtanga, I still gravitate toward the practice, mostly due to the encouragement and support of the lovely Melanie Green at Berkeley Yoga Center.  http://www.melyoga.com


By far the most influential teacher in my true yoga practice off the mat. She is supportive, challenging, intuitive, deeply human, and inspiring in her unwavering attention to the yogic principles.  I am also lucky enough to have her as my boss and my mentor.  Mynx Inatsugu is the real deal people. http://www.inner-revolution-yoga.com


I took my training with Yogaworks for several reasons, mostly convenience I’ll admit, but it was definitely the right decision at the right time which brought this lovely woman into my life.  If you’re looking for inspiration, motivation, big love, and passion you won’t find a better teacher than Melanie Salvatore-August. She’s my Yogaworks giggle sister!  https://www.melaniesalvatoreaugust.com


As my physical practice developed and refined and my teaching brain grew I found myself seeking a teacher who would make me think rather than just sweat. I never fail to learn something from the remarkably talented Annie Carpenter. http://anniecarpenter.com


While I am generally a voracious consumer of fiction I do keep a library of yoga books for reference that I find extremely helpful.  Here’s a list of my favorites:

  • The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice by T.K.V. Desikachar

  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali commentary by Sri Swami Satchidananda

  • The Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long

  • Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual by David Swenson

  • Yoga for Wellness by Gary Kraftsow

  • Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

  • Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh


I love music, while often I teach without it when I do have a playlist you can bet it’s carefully crafted.  I love the pace and rhythm of teaching and practice to a really great song. I love the emotion and memories that music brings up and I really love it when the music choice I make gets the whole room grooving.  Here are just a small sampling of musicians and bands that are heavy hitters for my yoga playlists.


  • Michael Franti and Spearhead

  • Thievery Corporation

  • Mo’ Horizons

  • Anything World Music, check out Putamayo World Music for great compilations 

  • Atlas Bound

  • Beats Antique

  • Boozoo Bajou

  • Brent Lewis

  • Citizen Cope

  • David & Steve Gordon

  • DJ Drez

  • Message to Bears

  • Donavon Frankenreiter

  • The Dum Dum Project

  • EarthRise SoundSystem

  • The Commodores

  • Earth, Wind & Fire

  • East Forest

  • Fleetwood Mac

  • Geoff Bennett

  • George Michael

  • Girish

  • Indigo Girls

  • Michael Jackson/Jackson 5

  • James Bay

  • Kc & The Sunshine Band

  • Keb’ Mo’

  • MC Yogi

  • Zero 7


This is just a small sample, look for the playlist and other music resources to come!

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What others say ...

“Julie’s teaching style is extremely straightforward and clear.  Julie is down to earth and very approachable.  She imparts her extensive knowledge and wisdom to help her students grow both in the classroom and in life.  She is a true inspiration in the yoga community and has mentored many students who went on to become amazing teachers themselves.”  Shannon H.


“I first discovered Julie’s classes while working a stressful corporate job.  Julie’s skilled teaching and knowledge of body mechanics immediately resonated with me, and Yoga became a much needed addition to my weekend workout routine.” — Marion H.


“After sitting in front of a computer all week, Julie’s class is the perfect release for me.  Her knowledge about anatomy feeds my analytical side; and, her fun and friendly spirit is exactly the dose of calm and relaxation I need.”  — Melissa M.


“There are many dimensions to Julie’s teaching; from bringing joy into your life through yoga, to helping you through your own personal healing journey. Her respectful irreverence reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously.”  Karen S.