Julia wrote a wonderful blog post at the beginning of the month. If you haven’t read it yet I recommend you do so right now! Here is a little bit more about this wonderful yoga teacher. If you’d like to get in touch with Julia you can do so through Facebook or email.
Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am from a small town called Pugwash, in Canada and grew up in Australia. I have moved consistently every 2 years since. I was born under a wandering star. I’ve been to four universities, in two countries and ended up with a Bachelor degree in Marketing and Public Relations which I never intend to use. I’m still trying to work out how that all happened. In what feels like a former life, I worked in travel because that is the only way I could work out how to fund our own travel. After living in London we moved to Stonehaven via Aberdeen where I had 3 children in 3 years and I am still recovering.
When did you first become interested in yoga and how long have you been teaching for?
About 5 years before I was born. My Mum won Winter Carnival Queen with yoga as her talent. Growing up it was so emeshed into my up bringing that I didn’t even know it was yoga. When I was 15 years old a yoga studio opened next to my school bus stop. I used to get up every morning before school at 5am and go to class. I’ve practised consistently over 20 years. Everytime I move somewhere I join the library and find a yoga teacher I could learn the most from. I have been teaching for three years now but created Starsparks Stonehaven in summer 2015.
What inspired you to become a yoga teacher and what do you enjoy most about it?
The person who is most surprised I am a yoga teacher is me. My yoga teacher in Stonehaven at the time, Louisa Craig, recommended I read “The Four Desires,”by Rod Stryker. Five years later I did, only to be enlightened with this revolutionary fact that I was being called to be a yoga teacher. To be fair, I feel like I was called a long time ago, I just wasn’t brave enough to do it.
I feel extremely fortunate to be able to do what I love. It feels indulgent to receive more from each class than I give. What I enjoy the most is the deep gratitude I feel after each class that energises and fulfils me.
How would you describe your teaching style?
One of my students dubbed it “bonkers” which is one of the greatest compliments I have ever received and probably the best explanation. My intention is for people who come to my classes to see yoga beyond the mat and experience more than the physical, asana, practise.
I mostly draw inspiration from yogic philosophy, bringing awareness with this knowledge to empower people to trust the intuitive wisdom in their own bodies. I would hope my teaching style is a reflection of who is in the room, on what day, in relation to the moon and relevant to the world we live in. People may come to my class for a physical practice, but I always hope they leave feeling they are more than just that.
What classes do you offer?
Monday Stonehaven Town Hall
4pm-5pm P1-P3 Kids
5pm-6pm P4-P7 Boys
Tuesday Stonehaven Town Hall
10am-11am Adult Yoga
1115am-12pm Mother & Baby Yoga
Wednesday Dunnottar School
830am-850am Kids Meditation Meetup *Dunnottar students
Thursday Shepherds Hall
6pm-7pm Teen Girl (P7+)
Kids Relaxation Retreats offered during most school holidays.
Dana (donation) basis, suggested £5. Mats provided.
Suitable for beginners. Drop in for adults and teens. Waitlists currently for kids yoga.
What advice would you offer to someone who is interested in your classes but has never done yoga before?
My advice is find your own path. Try all the traditions, teachers, classes available to you and see what resonates most strongly. Then trust that intuition.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
“If you can breathe you can do yoga” – Krishnamacharya