Most South Bay yogi’s have already taken at least one of Julie Rader’s fabulous, challenging, and spiritually centering yoga classes… But now read on to learn a few more details about what has shaped Julie into the special yogi and talented teacher she is today! She is a long standing brand ambassadors for lululemon athletica, the founder of the Mukti Yoga School, providing teacher trainings as well as sports yoga to amateur and professional athletes, as well as the most knowledgable yoga teacher I know with thousands of hours of trainings under her belt as well as a Masters in Exercise Physiology. A new addition to her family is due in a couple of months so get yourself to her class before she takes some time off to spend with her newborn! Julie teaches at The Green Yogi on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6pm and Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:30am.
Why and when did you start practicing yoga?
I started practicing meditation as a teenager. My mom taught me the power of the mind and visualization, she used visualization to help heal her body of cancer and taught me meditation to enhance my gymnastics and soccer performances. I took my first yoga class in college and fell in love, there was no turning back from there!
What do you love most about your own practice?
I love that my practice is evolving all the time. Now more than ever I’m adjusting my practice to accommodate my baby bump. Sometimes I just want to lie on bolsters and do restorative poses others I want to backbend and go upside down. Whatever path I take in my daily practice the end result is the same, peace of mind.
Who are your favorite yoga teachers?
Swami Janakananda, who taught me Kriya Yoga and Yoga Nidra. He has influenced my teaching and life in powerful way. I also love Shiva Rea and Sienna Sherman.
Why did you want to start teaching?
My yoga path has lead me to a deeper understanding of myself and I wanted to bring self-awareness to as many people as possible. I believe if everyone were truly aware there could possibly be peace in our world.
At The Green Yogi our motto is Be Inspired, what inspires you in your daily life and what inspires you in your teaching?
I am inspired by my husband, the ocean, sports and music. When I teach I’m inspired by the peaceful expression on a student’s face after Savasana.
In your opinion, what are the greatest health benefits of practicing yoga?
Where do I begin! Yoga lowers blood pressure, balances hormones, strengthens the immune system, increases muscular strength and flexibility. Most importantly yoga calms the central nervous system which becomes overtaxed in our busy lives. The end result is clarity, increased energy, and peace of mind.
What is one piece of advice you would give to your students?
Don’t take yourself so seriously. Who cares if you can’t do crow pose or any other pose. Enjoy everyday you come to your mat. When you let go of the pressure to do everything perfectly somehow the poses become more perfect.
When you are not at the studio teaching, how do you spend your free time?
During my pregnancy I’ve been spending a lot of my free time napping, walking and eating! Normally you can find me anywhere in nature, watching or playing sports, sipping tea or reading.