Julia Sopalski

Nisswa, MN
United States

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My interest in Asia and all things Eastern began in childhood and I pursued this interest with studies during my college years in upstate NY. I moved to NYC after college and began formal training in yoga at the Integral Yoga Institute in 1974. There I was fortunate to study under Swami Satchidananda, one of the pioneers bringing yoga from India to the USA. From Swamiji, I learned yoga as a holistic practice that included physical, mental, spiritual and ethical dimensions. Swami Satchidananda taught me to move through life with compassion, tolerance and a great deal of humor!
My yoga practice and training has included traditional hatha in NYC, Iyengar in Alaska, and Vinyasa in Washington. She has lived and traveled in Japan and India studying a wide variety of Asian religions and forms of meditation.
Julia holds a Master’s degree in the study of World Religions with an emphasis on Asian religions from the University of Hawaii. She has taught World Religions on the college level at University of Hawaii Manoa, Alaska Pacific University, University of Alaska Anchorage, and at Central Lakes College here in Brainerd, MN.
At the age of 60, Julia decided to begin teacher training through YogaFit, Inc. She has received certificates in Vinyasa, Anatomy & Alignment and Senior Yoga.
Before moving back to Minnesota to be with her husband’s family, she worked in social services and taught yoga on Whidbey Island in Washington. Her desire in teaching yoga is to make yoga accessible to all through non-competitive classes stressing gentleness and the ability to laugh at ourselves!

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