Julie's Story

My road to transfomation began on what appeared to be a gorgeous fall day in New England.  I was young, healthy, married, and the mother of two young children.  It should have a been a pretty good time in my life, but I had a thought.  "Maybe I should just drive into that reservoir and end it all."   I reasoned that of course, my husband would be upset, but then in a few years he could find a new wife, a happier wife.  The kids, too, could get a more patient and present mom, a mom that would actually play with them.  It was a flash of a thought, a blip on a radar screen. Instead of reacting to this thought and driving into the reservoir, I recognized that I had never had these thoughts before and something was very wrong. Instead of driving into the reservoir that day,  I  drove straight home.

That night, I had a long talk with my husband.  I had always been a happy-go-lucky person and I was no longer that person.  What happened?  What transformed me from an out-going, smiley person into a person so miserable that I had thought about driving into a reservoir? We realized that after the birth of our children I began to change.  Years of late nights,  lack of sleep, and loss of identity left me feeling angry, resentful, fatigued,  and impatient.  How could I get back to my old self?  How could I begin to feel better?

I began attending a weekly yoga class on Thursday nights.  What happened after that was pure magic. Little by little, I started feeling better.  Yoga became my time, my time away, my time to talk with other adults, my time to sweat, my time to recharge. I loved it when my instructor would remind the class of different ways to look at life and all of life's challenges. Slowly, but surely, I started feeling better.  More patient, less angry, stronger, more confident.   I began to see my children’s faces.  I even began to play!  Just play!  I started to change my whole outlook on life.  

Yoga, meditation, and regular exercise helped me come back from this dark place.  I now recognize that life is made of both difficulties and joy, that nothing is permanent, and that actually being present takes practice. Once we can truly experience "now", we can truly begin living.  

It is through teaching yoga, mediation, Reflexology, and my online course, I can help you begin to live a more joyful and present life.

I teach Yin Yoga 3 times a week at Studio YEMM.  Yin Yoga is a wonderful style of yoga that emphasizes the release of muscular tension in order to increase your body’s range of motion.  Because Yin Yoga also emphasizes stillness and silence, it can be a wonderful bridge to beginning a mediation practice. Feel free to hear what my students have to say here.

I also have my own Reflexology practice where I listen to my clients’ needs and tailor a Reflexology session especially for them involving foot, hand, and/ear Reflexology.  My clients often leave with feelings of lightness and well-being, increased circulation, and fewer stress-related symptoms. Feel free to hear what my clients have to say here.

I received my RYT 200 hour training from Kim Valeri/Yoga Spirit Studio.  I have also studied with Josh Summers (Yin Yoga Training I and II).  In addition to yoga, I am a certified Reflexologist and I am presently the Secretary of the Reflexology Association of Rhode Island.  I am also a level 1 Crossfit Trainer. 

When you take a class or workshop with me you can expect transformation.  I blend humor and a firm knowledge of yoga and anatomy with practical techniques you can apply to your real life. I strive to keep the communication between my clients and students going through my Facebook page and website.  If you would like to know more about how I can help you,  feel free to contact me or check out my facebook page and become part of a growing community of like-minded individuals.