Our mission is to provide a genuine and sustainable yoga practice that supports and evolves the physical and emotional health of our students. Mayu is known for its dedicated and knowledgeable teachers and for providing quality Vinyasa yoga classes that emphasize the importance of breath and alignment. We look forward to welcoming you into both our Mission and Noe Valley locations!
In 2010, Julia’s existing yoga practice deepened and expanded when she moved to the East Coast for graduate school. Julia spent 5 years studying, working, and living in NYC, where she also became a Yoga Alliance certified instructor and the head of teacher training at Prana Power Yoga. Julia is delighted to be back home in Northern California and looks forward to meeting you!
Julia’s teaching is rooted in compassion and inspired by the idea that yoga is a moving meditation which helps people connect to their breath so they can feel more present and at ease. In her classes, Julia aims to create a safe atmosphere for students to challenge and explore their physical and emotional selves and experience lightness of being. Julia infuses her classes with creative and dynamic sequencing while still honoring the importance of body alignment and the sacred, grounding aspects of the ancient yoga lineages.
Julia is also a talk therapist and licensed clinical social worker. Her dharma, or life purpose, is to combine traditional mental health treatment with yoga and meditation. Julia’s intention is to empower people to discover and embrace inner strength, heightened awareness, and true joy. In her spare time, Julia can either be found outdoors or on Spotify making new upbeat music playlists for her yoga classes and travels.
"While San Francisco is full of yoga studios, it is difficult to find a studio that is a good fit. I've seen many yoga studios, including one with a version of Richard Simmons with a headset in 120F heat. Over the last 10 years, I have witnessed Yoga change from foreign and estranged (my first introduction to yoga was a class in "Stretching 101") to something emerging from off the fringe. Once in a while I hear folks saying, "Oh I should get back into yoga again." Yoga is becoming the thing more and more body’s need. Over the last two years, Yoga Mayu has become my home studio. It leans slightly towards the traditional side of yoga (mix of Raja, Flow, Ashtanga, Hatha) and I like this because you are less likely to injure yourself that way, and you leave feeling physically challenged and refreshed. The ambiance is calm, welcoming and generally allowing you to learn / teach yourself, without worrying about others around you. People are friendly. It's a great place to learn and recollect yourself before heading out into the big, bad world again"
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