Yoga Foundation Workshop

On 26th Nov 2016

Yoga Teacher Training New Zealand

Bali Yoga Retreat

This Yoga Foundation Workshop will be a valuable investment if you want to learn how to practice yoga correctly and safely with an experienced teacher of 16 years.

I am seeing way to many students in flow classes that are not aware of correct alignment and not knowing what options to take that best suit their needs.  As it is a flow class, the teacher doesn’t have time to spend on each individual and therefore the students are vulnerable to injury.  This is where this workshop fits in.  It will set the student up with a good solid, stable foundation from which to progress from, to prevent injury and therefore maintain an ongoing enjoyable yoga practice.It is also a great opportunity to ask lots of questions and if needed, utilise the workshop time to work through and rectify particular issues.

What will you get out of this  Yoga Foundation Workshop:

  • Yoga Philosophy – The principles behind your practice
  • Pranayama – specific breathing techniques
  • Learn how to use yoga props correctly to aid specific injuries or structural issues
  • Alignment of all Asanas (postures)
  • Mindfulness

LOCATION: Hot Yoga Studio, 20 Nile St, West, Nelson

TIME: 10am – 1pm

PHONE: 0221987 348

Please pay Julie directly or pay online before the 26th Nov to secure your place. 

After practicing Yoga for over 25 years and getting to experience many different yoga teachers with different ways and styles of teaching, you are bound to come across a few gems on your journey. For me, Julie is one of those gems who always leaves you in a better space mentally and physically after every session. There is never any pressure to perform in any way and yet there is always a gentle prompt or invitation to find your edge and find new challenges and boundaries.Anytime I have experienced pain or injury, it has never been a problem to be guided into an alternative asana or to be guided to an alternative approach. Julie’s experience and compassion in her teaching is awesome.”  Dick Ezendam

About Julie Stephens

I started my yoga journey approximately 30 years ago and after many years of travelling around the world I decided I was ready to commit myself to becoming a yoga teacher.The draw card for me was/is more of the spiritual aspect as I have always been curious about the bigger picture, meditating and finding contentment. The physical side was an added bonus.In the late 90s, I was living on the Gold Coast in Australia and practising regularly at the Gold Coast Yoga Centre. In 2000, I started my yoga teacher training apprenticeship – at that time it didn’t have an end to it. I was basically told that I would be finished my training when they saw that I was ready. This took 18 months of practising six days a week, 30 hours a week. There were no excuses for missing the training and if I didn’t turn up, I would have been expelled from the program. With hindsight, this was one of the most important lessons I learnt, as it gave me the dedication to continue my six-day-a-week practice no matter what the circumstances were and I can tell you, there were many interesting situations where I would be practising amongst the local people in Mongolia, China, The Tibetan plateau, Nepal, India etc, on trains, planes, airport disabled toilets because they were big… anyway, my point being, is that I had to maintain this combination of devotional practice and study which has allowed me to gain a much deeper knowledge and understanding of the amazing art and science of yoga.Since I qualified I have owned a yoga studio on the Gold Coast, taught in Korea, Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Australia, Bali and of course New Zealand, which is where I am now based. For me this has been the perfect balance of doing what I love, teaching yoga and travelling.I am blessed to have trained with a lot of great inspirational teachers along this journey, such as Erich Schiffman, Donna Farhi, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee, Ana Forest, David and Sharon, the founders of Jivamukti, Andrey Lappa from Universal Yoga, Nicky Knoff (Iyengar), John Friend (Anusara), David Soul Ray, Lance Schuler, Clive Sheridan and of course my teachers: Kameron Story, Mark Togni and Suzanne Grey from whom I learnt the Ashtanga Primary and Second series, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Yoga, meditation and pranayama.The style of yoga I predominantly teach is Vinyasa Flow, which leads you through a flowing series of postures with an emphasis on the breath. Options are given and the yoga class is structured so that each pose prepares the student for the next. Everybody can do my yoga from a beginner level, pre-natal, general through to advanced. In the beginner and pre-natal yoga classes the emphasis is on the foundations of yoga with the correct use of props ie; blankets, blocks, straps and bolsters, to enable the student to practise safely.I also teach Hatha, Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga. I offer beginners’ classes and yoga therapy.The class environment is positive and fun, so you can feel at ease and comfortable to practice at your own level, after all it is ultimately about your own self exploration.As a yoga teacher I feel truly honoured and privileged to be able to share such an ancient practice – one that offers not only great physical benefits, but ultimately allows us to be mindful, happy and content.

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