Episode 8. Rethinking yoga creatively with Julie Martin
Updated: Mar 2, 2022
Today’s guest is Julie Martin. Julie is an embodied yoga teacher who wants her students to think outside the box, get off their mat and shake up old dogmas! She wants us to find freedom to unfold into the beauty of a yoga practice that emerges from the inside. It is a practice of inquiry - a somatic exploration of sensation, movement and stillness. With over twenty-five years of experience, Julie offers teachings for yoga teachers, who wish to evolve and empower their practice and teachings, as well as encourages yoga students around the world to break free from linear, injurious yoga to embrace a practice based on how it feels - not what it looks like.
Now more than ever, we need to focus on our well-being, physical and mental, and to me yoga is the union of both. I’ve been taking Julie’s classes online for a couple of months and her creative approach to teaching yoga has led me to invite her on the Creativity for All Podcast.
She talks about how, after twenty-five years, she’s had to break the rules and follow her own path to rethink her yoga practice and teaching creatively and how she sees yoga as an exploration and an opportunity to develop a relationship with our body, without judgement, and to discover sensations through movement.
After listening to this episode, I’m pretty sure you will be tempted to start a yoga practice or refresh an existing one or, at the very least, your take on movement and your own body is likely to change, so enjoy!
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ABOUT THE CREATIVITY FOR ALL PODCAST
A maths teacher can be creative. So can a financial adviser, a community builder, and a yoga teacher. Not to mention a speed painter, a potter, or an actor!
Creativity is everywhere and I love nothing more than to explore it in The Creativity for All Podcast, either by focusing on a theme – such as perfectionism, feeding your creative brain, or the pressure to be creative – in my solo episodes, or through my conversations with all manner of creative people.
I want to challenge the perception of creativity and, in the process, debunk many myths attached to it: it's painful, for artists and the chosen few, etc.
My guests and I are keen to zoom in and dissect the origin of an idea, the impulse that makes us engage with our own creativity, with the hope that it will inspire listeners to get creative too.
My podcast is designed for anyone who’s already being creative, or is tempted to use their creativity, in particular those of you who think they are not creative or can never be. I would love to change your mind!
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