Julie rocks her yoga glow on retreat with us. :)
This Bodhisattva Yoga Blog series spotlights our rock star body of practitioners, for whom we are proud. The series is intended to inspire, thought-provoke and nurture the growing, friendly Bodhisattva Yoga community. When you see a featured Bodhisattva Yogin in class, say hello!
This year marks Julie’s third year with us at Bodhisattva Yoga and boy are we grateful to have this aspiring yogini in our tribe of trained teachers and practitioners. She’s sweet, fun, and moves with a beautiful grace that brings calm where she goes. It’s no surprise that same spirited calm she exudes on the mat is found in the new logo she generously developed for Bodhisattva Yoga. (Check it out on our Facebook page!)
In addition to teacher training with us, Julie has joined us on several workshops, retreats to the Catskills and Dominican Republic, and gained invitation to the Sati (Advanced – Invitation Only) class.
While Julie ranks among one of our strongest practitioners, we love and champion her beginners-mind (you’ll still spot her in Basics-level classes)– and attitude. She’s quick to laugh and smile, and is modest of her current asana siddhis (accomplishments). She’s a wonderful embodiment of the Bodhisattva Yoga aspirant.
Let’s give it up for Julie! Whether or not you’ve met the friendly, consistent aspiring yogini yet, give her a shout the next time you see her in class.
1. Bodhisattva Yoga: What is your age? Your profession and other life interests?
Julie Regina: I’m 26. My profession consists of two passions– being creative, and helping people. I work as an interaction designer, making digital products (e.g. websites and mobile apps) easy and intuitive for people to use. Sprinklings of other things I love include reading, cooking, biking, and trying to beat my sister in Words With Friends.
2. BY: How often do you practice at Bodhisattva Yoga on a weekly basis?
JR: I do my best to make it to class at least twice a week. I love that BY offers weekday evening classes that fit in well post-work.
3. BY: What classes do you take on a weekly basis?
JR: I love starting my week off with a dose of inspiration and motivation from Monday’s Bodhisattva Flow class. I often take SHILA as well as SATI. I enjoy taking the instructional classes so that I can ask lots of questions related to the asanas.
4. BY: Where do you live and what is your trip like to and from Bodhisattva Yoga?
JR: I live on 16th St. off of 8th Avenue– it’s about a 10 minute walk or a 5 minute bike ride. While my trip to the studio is often rushed, my trip home is always blissful, usually enjoying a piece of dark chocolate offered after class. :)
5. BY: What is it that you like about practicing at Bodhisattva Yoga?
JR: What makes BY stand out from other studios is the care and attention Vivekan and Jess give to each of their practitioners. They know from personal hard work and experience, the best, safest way to approach the practice. This knowledge is imbued in their instruction and seeing first-hand the development of their students is a testament to their offering. The studio itself is intimate and relaxed– walking in feels like being wrapped in a warm, cozy blanket that you never want to leave.
6. BY: What is it that you like about your fellow practitioners at Bodhisattva Yoga?
JR: I love that regardless of the gap in age or practice careers, everyone is warm, welcoming, and quick to share a smile. Props and encouragement abound, and it’s easy to feel surrounded by the most kind, kick-ass people in Brooklyn.
7. BY: What is it that you’ve mentally/physically/emotionally experienced as a result of practicing at Bodhisattva Yoga?
JR: Physically, I’ve become more in-tune with my body and have found it easier to maintain a balanced diet, sleep easy, and melt away stress. Mentally and emotionally, my happiness has increased exponentially. Meditation and breath work have helped calm my mind, build self-confidence, increase patience, develop deeper intuition, empathy, mindfulness, creativity… I can go on! I like to compare my (ongoing) experience to Michaelangelo chipping away all the marble that was not David until David emerged. BY has helped me chip away the excess, and damn it feels good!
Want more? Read the inspiring past Portraits of Bodhisattva Yogins here!