Want to dive deeper into the fascinating world of yoga?
Come with us to Yogaland!
Yoga School is our 200-hour yoga teacher training.
But it's not just for those who want to teach.
About half of our students do it to teach and the other half do it simply to deepen their practices.
We are Yoga Alliance-accredited.
Let's take a peek inside!
Discover depth you never knew existed.
In addition to their deep, vast knowledge and experience and their heart-melting compassion and kindness, these ladies are super-FUN to hang out with!!
BREE MORENA DE SANTOS
Bree is a lifelong dancer (still performs with her ballet company!), was a cheerleader for UNM, and has a passion for running and of course YOGA! She joined the Yoga by Julia team 10 years ago and was one of our first Yoga Schoolers! Her belief in the mind-body connection is what motivates her to teach introspective mindful movement.
"I absolutely love seeing my students connect with one another and most importantly, connect back to self. Yoga illuminates exactly what it is that you are in need of, at the most perfect timing. I'm immensely looking forward to sharing yoga with you! My goal is that you will be encouraged to explore your own practice in ways you have yet to imagine. To be able to have the utmost confidence to guide students through their practice. To intellectually feel capable of teaching to all ages and all abilities. To be an inquisitive lifelong student."
I (Julia) joke that Bree has more certifications than anyone I've ever heard of. Most teachers have only their RYT-200. Advanced-certified have their RYT-500. Bree has her ERYT-500 (the "E" means she's taught over 2,000 hours), Yoga Therapist 800, RCYT, RYPT, and YACEP. She is also a Certified Ayurveda Nutritionist. She specializes in Trauma-Informed Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Pelvic Therapy, and Postpartum Depression. Oh, she's also a doula!
Laura, a New York native, was in NYC completing her yoga teacher training when 9/11 happened. She trained with Alan Finger - a well-known and deeply-revered yoga master. Laura has been teaching yoga for over 20 years. She is also a retired professional ballet dancer! She trained at the School of American Ballet in NYC, then danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet. She is passionate about movement and sharing that love with her students!
"I'm thrilled to be a part of the yoga teacher training faculty at YBJ, so that I can help others learn and deepen their practice and understanding of Yoga. As a teacher, I feel that my role is to transmit as much as I can about the essence of this ancient practice, which takes each person down their own unique path of healing and toward more joy, love, forgiveness, and acceptance. I am so grateful to have found yoga 20+ years ago and that each day I have the opportunity to grow and heal, strengthen my body and mind, and ultimately, share it with others. It is a true privilege."
Laura is also our beloved Studio Manager 🙏💖
Cristin loves life and lives it to the full!! She's been practicing yoga since the early 90's, when it was just starting to gain momentum here in the West. She lived in California, where much of the yoga scene that influenced today's Western yoga was. She practiced with "that crowd"! She was a ballerina growing up (ages 6-18) and later added gymnastics and modern dance. She started teaching yoga almost 20 years ago after getting her certification with Larry Sholtz, inventor of Rocket Yoga and a distinguished name in yoga.
"I love teaching because I once met a teacher who changed the course of my life and I want to be that for others. My teaching style is unique in that when I start class, I energetically check in with those who showed up and base the beginning sequences on the vibe I'm getting from them. As I start to feed off their energy, the rest just flows. I'm a life junkie . . . I just can't get enough of the vast amount of experience we get to be part of here!"
Julia (ERYT-500) found yoga after suffering health problems and debilitating depression in her early 20’s. Her journey to health and happiness - along with her spiritual pursuits, which have always been the most important to her - led her to yoga before she knew it was yoga. She studied in India (most notably with Ashtangi Saraswathi, daughter of the legendary Pattabhi Jois) and sought out the most authoritative teachers in the world to deeply understand the why, not just the what and the how of yoga.
"Teaching has changed me almost as much as practicing yoga. Okay maybe not quite as much, but it taught me to connect with people on a whole 'nother level. People I used to think I had nothing in common with, now I'm like, 'we're both humans! That gives us plenty in common!!' Learning to connect with whoever walked through the door, doing life together on a daily basis . . . that's one of my favorite gifts that teaching has given me."
Do a monthly "yoga weekend" with like-minded people who love yoga as much as you do!
Is this for me?
Most of our grads say it changed their life! Most say they made FRIENDS for life, too!!
It's so cliche but SO true: when you're at your best, you're better for EVERYONE else, too. Loving yourself is one of the best ways you can love your loved ones and everyone else.