"Words can't express how good I feel on so many levels after one of her classes..." - Connie, Sherman Oaks, CA
Julia Carpenter, RYT 500, RCYT, Certified Reiki Practitioner
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I teach hatha yoga with a focus on balanced action, alignment, and breath. I focus on finding the softness & surrender within the strength & effort of each pose, something that I am also continually working on in my own practice. This type of yoga practice not only builds strength in the body, but also allows us to release tension and be more present for ourselves.
My yoga story....
I started doing yoga many years ago as a way to focus and energize my body for acting. I discovered later that it also helped relieve severe shoulder pain that I was experiencing from spending hours at the computer editing photos and websites. That's when I started doing yoga on a regular basis.
After practicing for a while, I noticed that not only did my body feel better, my mood also improved. I moved from doing yoga at home to exploring local yoga studios, and found that having a yoga instructor's personalized attention and energy helped improve my practice immensely.
Yoga was also instrumental in helping me cope with some difficult personal times - specifically, dealing with trauma that I had locked in my body from abuse. It also helped me to deal with the other things that life presented me, a stressful job, my dad's debilitating stroke, and my pregnancy. I don't know what I would have done without my yoga practice during those times.
Yoga made me feel so much better - body, mind, and soul. I wanted to share yoga with everyone I could. So, I decided to become a yoga instructor. I completed City Yoga's 200 hour teacher training program with Rebecca Benenati and Anthony Benenati in 2012. In 2013, I trained in Prenatal Yoga with Rebecca Benenati. I also completed Hi Yoga! Kids Yoga Teacher Training in 2013 so that I could teach yoga to kids. In August 2018 I completed an additional 300 hours of yoga teacher training with Noah Maze and Rocky Heron at Yoga Maze, so that I am now a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher. I love teaching yoga.
In 2019, I also received my level 1 + 2 Reiki certification in traditional Japanese (or Jikiden) Reiki as a means to further help my students on their journey to wellness.
In 2019 and 2020, with an eye towards better assisting those who have been through trauma, I received my certifications in Para Yoga Nidra and iRest Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra is "sleep yoga" or intensive relaxation. It helps you totally relax and find a safe place within. I had been trained in and practicing Restorative Yoga since 2013, but I also went through a Restorative Yoga certification program in 2020, as I found Restorative Yoga specifically helped me to release the stress and locks in my body from trauma and abuse that I held within.
Much gratitude to all of my mentors and teachers for guidance and encouragement.