#7 Julie Martin

Julie Martin is probably one of the most inspiring yoga teachers right now and I am so grateful to have had this conversation with her. She empowers many students and teachers to step away from traditional yoga asana practice and tune into a practice that allows people to feel and move their bodies in a more natural way. In this episode of the YAY!YOGA podcast, we talk about Julie’s Vedantic background, the old school way of becoming a yoga teacher, how and why she moved from traditional Ashtanga yoga towards an embodied movement practise and we talk about the process of elimination as a way to come back to the present moment. 

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photo and quote Julie Martin

Shownotes: stuff & people we talked about

  • Vedas are the oldest religious Hindu texts where the word ‘yoga’ first appeared in scripture.
  • Vedanta is the spiritual philosophy based on the Vedas and the Upanishads (part of the Vedas).
  • Mantra’s are sounds and syllables that are mostly chanted in the context of religious or spiritual practices and rituals.
  • Ramakrishna Vivekananda Center in Hollywood
  • Swami Vivekananda played a huge role in introducing Vedanta to the Western world.
  • Puja is a Hindu celebration or offering ritual
  • Kristina Karitinou – the teacher that trained Julie for 3 years in ‘the old school way’.
  • Gary Carter – movement and yoga anatomy teacher who Julie studied with after getting injured many times during her ashtanga years.
  • Yoga body: the origins of modern yoga posture practice by Mark Singleton (book)
  • Vanda Scaravelli was a student of Iyengar and Desikachar. She realised that her teachers were all men and that a woman of her age needed a different practice so she created a practice that was still very static but more in line with what felt natural to her.
  • Fighting Monkey – a movement practice
  • Ido Portal created a movement practice that is influenced by a mixture of movement practices such as dance and martial arts. He also likes to say that he created a ‘movement culture’.
  • Teachers that inspire Julie: David Kam, Raphan Kebe, Seane Corn and Dr. Joe Dispenza
  • Book recommendations:
    Fascia: What it is and why it matters by David Lesondak
    The great work of your life by Stephen Cope

Connect with Julie

Instagram: @brahmanijulie
Website: www.brahmaniyoga.com

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