Julie's Yoga Story: BALANCE + OVERCOMING FEAR

I am one tiny dot on this huge gigantic world and I have to make a stand.
— Julie Johnson, 2019 Heartwork Graduate

I started yoga May 2017. I was always intrigued by yoga, but honestly I thought it was a way to relax and be one with yourself. I had no idea that there was so much behind practicing yoga. From my first day walking onto the studio, I was in love. It was a hot yoga class, and i felt this energy stir around me. I was dripping with sweat and I was so empowered. I had never worked out in the gym and sweated that much but the workout was different, it was so intense... I was hooked and had to have more. I canceled my gym at the local YMCA and started attending the studio in my little town.

I fell in love with yoga because my body was starting to transform without me realizing it. I was seeing muscles i haven't seen since starting our family. I was getting stronger and my Wine Wednesdays were not as important to me anymore because I really wanted to be in the studio early Thursday morning class.My husband was noticing the changes and so were my kids. I was starting to feel like a new person and it was all because of yoga...

Yoga Teacher Training has taught me more than I would have ever imagined. I love living in the present moment and I realize when I start to get fear or anxiety...I need to come back to the moment. Well, it is here….and I am ready to take on the world. I had this vision to change my outlook on life a few years ago, but I really didn’t know how that was going to come into fruition. I wanted to be healthy. I wanted to have a strong body. I wanted to take adult beverages out of my life because there is a strong negative vibe in my family. I wanted to accomplish something that meant I can help others become the best they could be too. The part of me saying all of that I wanted to do to change the world...I looked at myself in the mirror and knew that from that moment it had to start with ME. It has happened...I am at the start of the next chapter in my life and I am so excited for what is to come. I signed up with Heartwork Yoga Studio because that is where my teacher went and she said it was life changing. I knew my path was to start there and I signed up after researching myself and it was the best decision I have made for myself.

I called the local yoga studio and set up an appointment to meet to see what the next step would be for me to be a teacher. We set up a demo class that would be offered free if I wanted to invite anyone. I was extremely nervous but I knew I had to jump in with both feet and see what I learned. Well to make a long story short...I choked on my own words. It is like my mind went blank and I forgot everything.

I looked up and the 5 people in my class I could tell they felt sorry for me and I was extremely embarrassed. I got some good and bad feedback (me always staying in the positive mode and usually only seeing the glass half full) knew it was a lot more negative feedback than anything. I kept smiling, took on the challenge to face the good and bad criticism and cried to my husband on the phone as I left the parking lot. I told myself that I was going to just be a student and maybe someday I will be a teacher. I want to never have to deal with that again. It was a nightmare.

Fast forward a week... I was not going to let fear and anxiety take me down. I covered myself in my essential oils. Vetiver and Balance essential oils were my best friends. I took the bull by the horns, I came this far and I was not going to listen to my inner self. I am one tiny dot on this huge gigantic world and I have to make a stand.

I since then have met up with Jillian, the local yoga studio owner, and we set up a game plan to meet once a week. I am working on my confidence level and ironing out the kinks I learned from my demo class. What if I decided to never share my love of yoga and oils. I am so proud of me and what I have accomplished.

I am soaking in all of the good and bad feedback and incorporating it into my classes. I dream of being a boutique studio teacher during the summer months and during the winter months teaching yoga on the beaches in Florida. I incorporate oils into my practice and eventually into my classes. I feel they both go so well together and it is truly a gift to share with everyone I come into contact with.

Our son graduates from high school in 2 weeks and that means my husband and I will be empty nesters. That seems really weird because when they were babies, we were figuring out what age we would be when our baby graduated high school. We would laugh and look at each other and say… ”can you imagine what we are going to look like when we are in our 40s...at least we weren’t going to be 50 yet!!”

I just giggle now. What I know now compared to what I thought I knew then- I would never have guessed that I LOVE being in my 40s, and every trip around the sun is a gift in itself. I have more energy now, and I actually like myself. I am looking forward to what is to come and embrace it all with what I know now at this exact moment in life.

The friends you meet will be forever connected to you in your yoga teacher training. You will become so close to them and you will probably share things about you that nobody else knows. It is a connection that nobody can take away. We had the best class and always had to have the bell ring because we were so chatty. My sister and I took the YTT together and that was so much fun. We stayed at the studio some weekends and we also stayed at the hotel to for our girls weekends. The whole training really is an experience you will treasure forever.

Thanks again to Heartwork Yoga Teacher Training, you are more than getting your YTT certificate- it is a life changing experience and I hope a lot more people will invest in themselves and learn.

ABOUT JULIE

Julie has been married to the love of her life for 23 years. They have a 21 year old daughter and an 18 year old son, and live in a little town right across the St. Croix River in Wisconsin called New Richmond.

Julie loves yoga, doTerra essential oils, riding her beach cruiser bike in the town of Stillwater, her 2 dogs (River, a Colorado Bulldog, and Willow, a French Bulldog), and reading/listening to books onAudible. Julie works with her husband in their dog training business. Julie graduated from Heartwork's Advanced Yoga Study & Teacher Training Program in 2019.

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