Julie remembers doing yoga as a child with her mom in the late 60’s, long before yoga was the “in-thing”. At age 28, she re-discovered yoga and became a regular student, in both Kripalu (gentle) and Sivanada (more vigorous) then Bikrams (most energetic) styles of yoga. Within three years she was trained as a teacher at the Kripalu Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, for the 200-hour basic certification (1994). A year later she took the 200-hour bodywork training (massage) and began doing both massage in her home office and teaching yoga at various yoga studios, gyms and private clubs in Toronto.
She moved to rural Nova Scotia in 1998, and has led weekly yoga classes and intermittent workshops in Annapolis Royal, Bear River, Cornwallis, Digby, and Bridgetown.
Julie loves the way yoga connects her to her higher self and to others, raising compassion & awareness and creating a sense of spiritual community amongst the group. In 2005, Julie created a Yoga CD: A Guided Kripalu Experience. In 2009, she put out a Yoga DVD: Yoga Time with Julie Palmer. Both are still available.
Julie practices yoga every day and deepened her understanding with a yoga study trip to India in 2010.
Since 2009, Julie has offered a Chair Yoga Teacher Training weekend to teach others to lead Chair Yoga for Challenged Bodies. Semi-annually she and Andrea Wegerer offer a weekend yoga retreat at Mersey River Chalets near Kejimikujik National Park in Nova Scotia. From 2011 to 2104, she was a trainer with Atlantic Yoga Teacher Training which certifies trainees at the 200-hour level of yoga teaching.
Julie has a Bachelors (U of Waterloo 1987) and Masters degree (York University, Toronto, 1993) in Environmental Studies.
Julie is a member of Yoga Atlantic Teachers Association, the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association and Yoga Alliance.