Julia Barnard

About The Teacher

Jules has been teaching a variety of styles of yoga for just over five years and has developed a well-deserved reputation from followers who proclaim her to be "the very best Yin Yoga teacher ever." (thank you KA!). Julia was always passionate about movement. She was happiest when running, dancing, paddle boarding, bouncing about generally. Those happy endorphins make life exhilarating. In her 20s, Jules discovered yoga, it was a game-changer. She had a young son and finding an exercise, discipline and mental relaxation was like finding the elixir of life. She asked her tutor how she could learn to teach and share the practice. She was told to go away and learn about life first as she needed to have experience and empathy with those she practiced with. Harsh, but realistic. When her children were less demanding of her time, Jules did the RYS 200 Yoga Teacher Training Course where she studied every form of Yoga. As a particularly active person, Jules was surprised to find that it was recommended that she taught Yin Yoga. This was a discipline Jules thought was rather less exciting than most - until she researched it more deeply and fell in love with it! Happily, Yin is a gentle art which is accessible to most people and is invaluable for accessing energy and reducing anxiety. Combined with Jule's beautiful, kind reassuring voice will take you to your happy place! It's about starting to love yourself To give yourself exactly what you need to feel. Loving yourself is not always possible, but by honouring emotions, you can accept, understand and release yourself from unresolved issues. Push experiences back out through the body. It's Restorative Yin is the answer to the question - essential magical dust for everyone. Jules’s interpretation of Yin Fifteen minutes a day of breathing and specifying body shapes is a powerful potent. Connecting the organs with breath, stillness and gentle compression of body parts, pressure points, nervous system to organs and brain motorways through the body and connective tissue. By accessing parts of body and mind you feel you have no power over, you can learn to change emotional state, help control panic attacks, anxiety and depression. It is a bridge between hopelessness and hope by helping yourself. With a plethora of Yoga styles to choose from there is a style available to absolutely everybody and the benefits are endless. I adore both Yin, Yang and Restorative Yoga Nidra but Yin has to be the icing on the cake for me – it has transformed my life. The term “yin yoga” comes from the Taoist tradition. Yin is suitable for beginners and more experienced practitioners alike. Yin for me has a unique quality in that it enables me emotionally to drop into my parasympathetic nervous system much quicker than that of a stronger faster paced yang style practice and feels deeply healing and nourishing. It allows me to settle and ground when experiencing a scattered mind or physical anxiety and it leads me to a space of inner calm, always leaving me feeling revitalized, with profound energetic and emotional effects. Perhaps Yin IS the perfect antidote to the stresses of daily life. Yin involves slightly longer, static holds compared to that of a Yang style practice. These longer holds enable us to access yin tissue – fascia and connective tissue in order to access and soften the web of connective tissue throughout the body. Fascia and connective tissue exists in the body as a continuous web that weaves in and around not only our muscles but also our organs, nerves and lymph. To keep the interior landscape of our bodies healthy and springy, we need to keep it hydrated. The quite often-funky Yin style shapes/poses are designed to apply gentle pressure and then our breath, gravity and the weight of our bones all contribute to what I believe to be the truly magical effects of this fascinating practice. Yin as with all styles of yoga promotes mindfulness too it allows us the time to sit and observe the ‘mind chatter’ we may experience either a slowing down of that or sometimes clarity of thought – either way we may develop skills that can be transferred from the mat to everyday life. When we are stuck in worry or frustration we can bring the same kind of attention to those thoughts and sensations of the workings of the body and the workings of the mind into our every day lives– becoming more aware of habitual thought patterns and reactions that over time we become more equipped to deal with rationally. Yin yoga is a simple, quiet and meditative practice. I truly believe it to be the elixir of life, it stimulates perception and awareness of the quality and joy of the breath, and therefore of life itself.

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