Julie Beynon

Birthplace? England

When did you move to OZ (if born overseas)? I came to Sydney in 1987 to work as a midwife at Royal North Shore Hospital.

What’s your signature dish? Ayurvedic Kitchery

Tea or Coffee? Both coffee strong & black, tea strong with milk.

Favourite café? https://curlyscafe.com.au, Great food at reasonable prices and unpretentious

Cat or Dog? Both!

Star Sign? Gemini

What quote do you live by? May all beings be at peace, May all beings find the true peace that lies within their own hearts “ Chris Barrington” Director of Dru Yoga

What Yoga style do you practice? Dru yoga & Prenatal yoga

How did you start yoga? In 2001 I was looking for a nurturing holistic style of yoga and I found it when I went to a Dru Yoga class with Mary-Louise Parkinson.

Can you sum up what Yoga gives to you in a few words? I’ve found a deep unshakable peace and feel happy regardless of what’s going on. I’ve discovered a lightness of being I never knew was possible. I’ve come home to myself and found the real me.

When and where did you do your first Teacher Training? 2001 in Kincumber 4 years 500hrs DYTT

Favourite pose?  Downward facing dog

Least favourite pose? Sitting twist

If you could study with any teacher, who would it be and why? Judith Hanson Lasater-for all her years of wisdom exploring yoga on & off the mat and her expertise in restorative yoga

Best in-class blooper? Not sure it’s blooper but a memorable comment.  I like you, you’re a real woman

Lululemon or Dharmabums? Lululemon

Where would be your ultimate Yoga retreat destination? A beautiful island with sandy beaches, a coral reef teeming with sea life, surrounded by a tropical jungle, with hammocks to relax and swing in, open air fully equipped yoga space and yummy organic food.

What do you love most about your job? Being able to share simple yoga tools that can help with everyday health issues and challenges. Making a difference in other peoples lives.

What have you given up to teach yoga? I have given up my nursing career to live my passion and teach yoga.

What have you gained by teaching yoga? Enormous pleasure in sharing great life skills and seeing peoples stress just melt away.  

What did you learn from Lockdown(s)? What a blessing it is to have a dedicated personal yoga and meditation practice to weather the challenges. To be a woman of steady wisdom(to quote the Gita)

If you could talk to your pre-yoga self, what would you tell her?  Do yoga, it will help your body mind & soul-it’s worth the effort.

What hobbies/activities do you have outside yoga? I love knitting

How long have you taught at Qi? I’ve been teaching with Qi since 2013, maybe even earlier-prenatal yoga and relief Dru yoga teacher.


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