Julia Simone Fogelson, known affectionally by her friends, family and students as Jules, is a Bay Area based yoga teacher. Jules received a BA in psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to earn her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Smith College in Northampton, MA. In 2014, Jules completed a her yoga certification which allowed her to begin teaching at non-profit organizations, yoga studios and universities as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). Jules' life passion is to help others reach their best, self-actualized selves through both the mind and the body. Jules extensive background in mental health informs the sensitive awareness she brings to teaching yoga. Psychology and yoga are deeply complimentary practices and Jules feels blessed to help others experience the inner-connectedness of the brain and body.
YOGA FOR EVERY BODY. Whether needing a chair, extra time laying down, a few extra breaths, additional instructions, or anything else, yoga should be accessible to all! Don't let anxiety or fear of exercising or practicing yoga in public deter you from trying a class out. I am happy to speak with you before class via email or the phone if you need extra support. I am also committed to making yoga accessible to folks from all economic backgrounds. Read more about my body-acceptance yoga journey on my blog, here.
Jules' own yoga journey began as a teenager growing up in Los Angeles. Suffering from anxiety and the woes that come with being an adolescent, she can still remember the sense of stillness and calm that met her on the mat the first time her parents took her to a local class. While studying in Santa Cruz, Jules became hooked on yoga, practicing a vigorous vinyasa-style flow regularly on campus. Upon graduating with her BA, Jules continued to practice at local studios in Los Angeles and widened her contemplative spiritual practice by finding a spiritual home at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society, a Vipassana meditation group under the lineage of Noah Levine and Jack Kornfield. Jules became fully immersed in the world of yoga and contemplative practice, working in the yoga industry by managing the front desk of two yoga studios in L.A., attending her first silent retreat, and multiple day-longs on Buddhist teaching and the dharma.
In 2013, Jules felt the calling to begin her own path as a yoga teacher, studying with the world-renowned master teacher Annie Carpenter in Venice, CA to complete her 200-hour certification. Jules completed 75 hours of further teacher training with Emily Perry in Santa Cruz, CA in 2015. Meanwhile, she trained in Reiki with the American Reiki Academy in Los Angeles.
Jules leads a vinyasa flow rooted deeply in the breath and the spiritual practice of movement meditation – a balance of strengthening and stretching to heat up the body and cool down the mind – while always embracing alignment and safety. With a joyful, light-hearted approach, Jules provides a safe and playful space to meld the physical asana practice of yoga with the breath to create love and compassion for ourselves and others. Jules has a nurturing and playful teaching style, offering her singing voice, guided relaxation, gentle hands-on adjustments and hand-chosen playlists that accompany each class.