Julie Watson Yoga
I'm a Yoga Therapist whose work integrates a holistic care approach to pain management and mental health. With over 13 years of experience and working with healthcare professionals to help adults improve and manage their physical, mental and social well-being, I focus on educating others to learn about their bodies and how to heal and be well. My experience includes teaching yoga for chronic pain, orthopedic issues, seniors, those with cancer, and social service, health service and emergency management providers, as well as being part of an interdisciplinary team of doctors, psychologists and physical therapists at an integrated pain care center. I also have extensive experience teaching functional movement and exercise to help improve overall strength and stability. My work combines postures, therapeutic movement, self-myofascial release, breathing techniques, meditation, and Ayurveda.
My goal is to empower others to live a better and healthier life.
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
New students will be required to complete a client information form. The first session will include client intake, consultation and an initial practice.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am yoga therapist and 500ERYT with over 9000 hours of training and in-the-field work. My training and teaching experience is in hatha/vinyasa, yoga therapeutics, anatomy, functional exercise, breathwork, prenatal, ayurveda and meditation. I also have extensive training and experience working as a colleaugue along side doctors, physical therapists and psychologists.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have dedicated many years to serving those with chronic pain, orthopedic issues, pre-hab/rehab needs, anxiety, depression and trauma. My experience includes teaching yoga for adults/seniors, those with cancer, athletes, social service providers, and health service and emergency management providers, as well as being part of an interdisciplinary team of doctors, psychologists and physical therapists at an integrated pain care center.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Ask for a teacher's credentials and confirm legitimacy of certifications and training experience at www.iayt.org and www.yogaalligance.org. Yoga Alliance provides a good explanation of their training and teaching guidelines here:
The International Association of Yoga Therapists requires 800 hours under an accredited school, as well as an intensive hands-on and mentored practicum curriculum.