Julie Bernier teaches women the art of self-care so that they feel their healthiest and happiest in their own unique bodies. This holistic approach to individualized wellness is rooted in the ancient Indian knowledge of Ayurveda: a complete medical science and way of life which explains that our wellbeing blossoms when we align ourselves with nature. Julie is a registered Ayurvedic Practitioner and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist with the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) as well as a Certified Massage Therapist. She studied each of these modalities in the US and straight from the source in India. Julie has been highlighted in Sakara Life, Jenni Kayne’s Rip & Tan, WMNJournal and Vogue.
Divine Yoga Shop had the humble privilege of interviewing the world renowned Julie Bernier who shares her journey of discovering Ayurveda- the ancient Indian system of healing through Herbs and Natural Living. She has a divine vision of a world full of Health, Wealth and Happiness.
DYS: How did you begin your Ayurveda journey?
Julie: Somewhere along my Yoga journey (which I started 15 years ago), I heard the word “Ayurveda”. Super curious, I bought and devoured my first Ayurveda book: Prakriti by Dr. Robert Svoboda. It all made so much sense to me. I loved and respected how Ayurveda is so dependent on nature. I’ve been on the Ayurveda path ever since!
DYS:. How old were you when you first started showing interest in Natural lifestyle?
Julie: While by no means was I raised by hippies, my parents weren’t really into Western medicine. There was always a sort of “your body will heal itself” attitude in my family, which I carried into adulthood. I’ve always believed in the body’s innate power to heal itself. And I love feeling good, so it’s easy to treat my body well.
DYS: How was your love for Ayurveda born?
Julie: I give so much credit to Dr. Robert Svoboda. I devoured his book on Ayurveda (called Prakriti: Lifestyle Wisdom) and it really ignited my love of Ayurveda. From there, I learned a bit in my Yoga Teacher Training in India, and then went full force ahead studying Ayurveda formally with Ayurvedic doctors from India. As I continue to practice, live, and study Ayurveda, my love of it grows all the deeper.
DYS: Who are your teachers who inspire your Lifestyle?
Julie: All of my Ayurveda teachers! They may live in India or I may not get to see them often, but their words and teachings are in my heart always.
DYS: Is a Vegan/ Vegetarian diet important for a Ayurvedic lifestyle?
Julie: Not necessarily! Ayurvedic wisdom can be layered over any diet to make it more wholesome and suitable for the person who’s eating it. Certain meats might support a person’s health, while certain vegan and vegetarian diets are actually quite unhealthy. A real Ayurvedic diet takes into account an individual’s constitution, current state of health, digestive capacity, habits and customs, and the season. As in most things Ayurveda, it all depends on the person!
DYS: Any upcoming events/ Yoga sessions you are organizing where people can come and talk to you and understand more about your Ayurvedic Lifestyle?
Julie: I teach workshops on all things Ayurveda throughout LA. Anyone not in LA can join me June 1-5, 2018 in Tulum, Mexico for a very special Living Wisdom Tulum Retreat. I’ll be teaching the ins and outs of an ayurvedic lifestyle, and my dear friend and co-teacher Celeste Young will be teaching mindfulness meditation. It’s a great opportunity to invest in your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being!
DYS: What is your daily motivation?
Julie: I try to continually grow each and every day. I want to be my best self — to be positive, open, and aware. Everything I do is working toward this goal.
DYS: The best way for people to contact you- Your website/ Social Media/ Email etc.
Julie: Find out more on my website- True Ayurveda
Connect with me on: Instagram
Write to me: email@example.com