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Hi, I'm Julia

I am a yoga practitioner with 25 years of experience ( RYT-500 certified teacher) and an irrepressible enthusiasm for life, beauty, and learning. I’m also a professional fine-artist. I have been teaching and leading retreats in yoga, cycling, painting, and culture internationally since 2001. I founded Julia Ingersoll Retreats in 2012, to share my passion for soulful travel, yoga, art 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 study of painting at the renowned Florence Academy of Art, 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 of Italian life, history, language and culture.

I am fluent in Italian and French, and continue to spend several months in Europe each year. (In Italy, Greece, and France.)

I continue to be a dedicated student of traditional yoga, meditation, and the mindful wisdom traditions, as well as informing 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 self and to a sense of the Divine –  fuels my passion for teaching both the art and the science of yoga.

As a teacher, my style features personalized alignment that honors the innate intelligence of the body, and offers playful challenge to help each student to discover her/his own power, beauty, and courage. 

My teaching is influenced by many years of in-depth study with master teachers Desirée Rumbaugh (ongoing), Noah Mazé, Thomas Fortel, and Richard Freeman. I have a B.A. in philosophy and also studied with Douglas Brooks, a leading Sanskrit scholar in the Tantric tradition. I’m on the faculty of the Esalen Institute, and I live in Big Sur, California when not traveling.