Hi I'm Julia and I set up Oceanlight Yoga to share my long-term love of Yoga. I'm a warm and caring teacher, with a background in counselling, healing, training, meditation and mindfulness along with 25 years of my own yoga practice. My initial teacher training lasted over 3 years with Linda Morley at the British Wheel of Yoga and subsequently with Scaravelli inspired teachers Sandra Sabatini, Bill Wood and Caroline Lang.
Those who enjoy my yoga classes, workshops and retreats are aged 18 - 82 (the majority 40-70 years old) and come from all walks of life. The Yoga I love to share is nurturing, soulful, playful and transformational. Modern life is demanding, requiring so much effort and striving that we even end up finding our sport and recreation is the same.
My Yoga is more of an 'undoing' and will help to re-balance and restore a sense of ease, joy and relief in mind as well as body. Increasingly I'm blending energy healing into my teaching so that you will receive extra clearing and support from the practice.
"As a psychotherapist, I attend frequent courses, but the way you hold space, Julia, the way you enable others to explore and connect to themselves and each other is exceptional. You've brought so much warmth, humour and depth it's remarkable. And what's also remarkable is that these 'ordinary' women have embraced it so wholeheartedly too" Tess
I'm a member of the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) and hold their prestigious 500 hour Yoga Teacher Diploma, the highest qualification available in the UK. I practise Yoga daily (but don't think you have to!) and bring the heart and values of Yoga into my everyday life and teaching.
My over-riding inspiration comes from Vanda Scaravelli, who pioneered a sensitive, integrated and supportive approach to Yoga. I'm naturally sensitive and empathic, teaching organically in response to the energy of the group or individuals in the case of private sessions.
Like many of you, pain (or should I say pain relief) was what first got me seriously into Yoga. Read my story if you'd like to find out how an accident in my twenties led me on the path to where I am today. I hope it gives you the courage to give Yoga a try or to keep on your journey if you're already practising.