Hi, I'm Julia
I am a devoted student of yoga with over 25 years of experience ( RYT-500 certified teacher). I'm known for my irrepressible enthusiasm for life, beauty, and learning, and my ability to share this with others.
I’m also a professional fine-artist painter. I have been teaching and leading retreats in the disciplines of yoga and/or cycling, painting, and culture internationally since 2001. I founded Julia Ingersoll Retreats in 2012, to share my passion for soulful travel, yoga, art, food, and culture with small groups of like-minded adventurers on the path.
After seven years as a professional mountain-bike racer and member of the US national cycling team, I moved to Italy to further my academic study of painting at the Florence Academy of Art, thus realizing my Italophile dreams.
I stayed to live in Tuscany for nine more years. During this flourishing time I worked as an artist, and I led over 35 cycling tours, all the while expanding my love and knowledge of both Italian and Greek life, history, language and culture.
I am fluent in Italian and French, with passable Greek, and continue to spend several months in Europe each year. (In Italy, Greece, and France.)
I actively and continuously study with great teachers from a variety of backgrounds, to update and infuse my teaching and practice with the latest evolutions in yoga, biomechanics and fitness. I believe that yoga has a multitude of expressions. It can transform and heal us, teaching us to engage everyday life with more ease, joy and clarity. My personal experience of the power of yoga to support and optimize all aspects of my life – health, energy, creativity, connection to a sense of the Divine – fuels my passion for teaching the art and the science of yoga.
My teaching style emphasizes personalized alignment to honor the innate intelligence of the body, and offers playful challenge to help each student discover her/his own power, beauty, and courage.
My teaching is influenced by many years of in-depth study in Anusara and Iyengar yoga, with master teachers Desirée Rumbaugh (ongoing), Noah Mazé, Thomas Fortel, and Richard Freeman. I have a B.A. in philosophy I’m on the faculty of the Esalen Institute, and I live in Big Sur, California when not traveling.