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Julie Preston has been practicing yoga for 20 years, and teaching since 2007 with over 8000 hours of teaching experience to students ranging from 3 to 98 years old! She is an RYT & Yoga Alliance 200 & 500 hour senior qualified teacher.
She was born, and grew up, in Belfast, but spent many years working, living and adventuring in other countries until settling back here in 2007 to co-create Yogabelfast with Chandra.
Julie's deep love and respect of Yoga as a way of life and state of being, not just a physical practice, shines through in all her classes, making the practices accessible to all. Her skills as a teacher lie in combining her ongoing personal studentship with creativity, compassion and encouragement, to share classes that inspire you to go beyond your self-set limitations, and to live life fully with more joy, balance and peace, so that your yoga experience extends far beyond your mat.
Julie had her first taste of yoga back in 1997 when her life had hit a cross-roads, and her health and well-being were at an all time low. During that class she remembers so clearly that short but sweet taste of inner peace, a quietness on the inside which she'd never experienced before. It was love at first yoga, and since then Julie's yoga journey and ongoing studies have taken her all around the world, inspired by many styles and teachers, but always bring her back to her own sacred time on her trusty yoga mat.
The many ways in which yoga had helped to shift and transform Julie's life, inspired her to follow her heart to become a yoga teacher. In 2006 she said goodbye to her high-flying London career life, and took off on an incredible journey of learning and self-discovery via Europe, USA, Canada and finally India where she immersed herself in living a yogic life at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala and, whilst there, gained her first hatha yoga teacher training certificate. Since then she as gone on to gain her advanced teaching 500 hour certificate in Hatha Yoga, 200 hour certification in Vinyasa Flow, and specialised qualifications in children's yoga, pregnancy yoga, chair-based yoga, and ayurvedic yoga therapy, nutrition and cookery. She loves practicing and studying many forms of yoga, and is deeply grateful to all her teachers and students over the years who have helped inspire her learning so that she can share it with others. She is currently immersed in deeper study with Yogarupa Rod Stryker (read more at paragyoga.com) and Elena Brower (elenabrower.com)
Julie spent her childhood studying classical music, gaining her honours degree in music, and she now combines this background with her love of Kirtan (a call and response form of chanting healing powerful mantras with music) leading kirtan events with her husband, Victor Tyrrell (bioenergybelfast.com). It is with deepest gratitude that she honours her kirtan teacher and mentor, Jai Uttal (jaiuttal.com), in giving her the support and encouragement to follow her heart in bringing kirtan to Belfast since 2011.
Chandra has taught and lived Yoga for more than 35 years. Swami Vishnu Devananda was my teacher and mentor. I met him right at the beginning of my yoga journey and it is with his blessing that I teach. Swami Vishnu Devananda was a world authority on Hatha and Raja Yoga and one of the most influential figures in the transmission of yoga to the West. I spent many years teaching under his guidance teaching in London, New York, and Canada.