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Meet Yoga Teacher and Standing Leg Raiser Julie Gagen

What type of yoga do you teach?

Vinyasa, Postnatal, Hot yoga, Restorative, Power, Kids, Slow Flow, Meditation

Do you teach at a studio?

Yes, I am the owner.

Which studio/s?

Be the Love Yoga + Wellness

Where is your favorite place to practice yoga?

At my studio 😉

What do you like the most about practicing there?

I love the community, the variety of classes, and how each class compliments the other.

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

I’m in year 4 of teaching and now offer between 8-12 classes each week, in addition to workshops and managing my studio. I also have two little kids (age 2 and 6). My work days can go all day and night. Life is busy. And I love it.

Compassion. Imperfection. Grace

Compassion is the practice I offer both to myself and my lifestyle. I am not perfect. I do not expect perfection out of my students, and I certainly don’t expect perfection out of my kids, but somehow I still have moments where I recognize I have held myself, my partner, or my community to a standard of perfection. 

That is when conflict appears. In the stuff. In the hard moments. When, even for a breath, I lose myself. 

And that is when, most importantly, I turn back to compassion for myself, compassion for all those involved, and give us all the grace to continue to be imperfect.

The world ends tomorrow. What would you indulge in tonight?

Laughter and family.

What was your first experience as a yoga teacher?

I had the good fortune of learning from a yoga school that had a well established community. In our final days of training we co-taught classes to a full 60-person room. It was MAGIC. I loved being in a moment where I could build off of what another teacher had started. I loved witnessing the excitement in the community as they got to experience the very first class their favorite teachers had lead. I loved building up the room to a place where someone else could take over. And I loved the ease that came from knowing that it was not all on me. And that we were in it together. Supported. Encouraged. Embraced. It was beautiful.

What is your favorite food?

Fresh pressed apple, beet, ginger juice.

Imagine you’re on the cover of Yoga Journal. What pose would you strike?

Standing leg raise. No question.

What inspires you to teach yoga?

People. Witnessing the progression of their practice. Watching minor instructions land in their bodies. Seeing the physical shifts that occur when something that I say lands on their bodies.

If you could teach yoga anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Exactly where I am.

What has been your most embarrassing yoga moment as a teacher or practitioner?

Teaching class with baby food all over my shirt.

What would you say to someone who is on the fence about practicing yoga?

What are you waiting for?

What music are you jamming to right now?

Hymns of Spirit by a Beautiful Chorus

What has been the most rewarding thing about being a teaching yoga?

I have always known that if I didn’t teach, I would never practice or invest in my body and self development the way I do BECAUSE it’s my profession. I am exceptionally grateful for a profession that requires me to take care of myself.

Where else can we find you?

You can find me and my team on the following channels: 

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/betheloveyoga
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/betheloveyogastudio
Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/bethelove
Website: http://www.bethelove.yoga


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