About Julie Byrd and Jbyrd Yoga
Julie Byrd Q & A
Q: How long have you been teaching yoga and what is your educational background?
I have been a yoga instructor/comedian for over 24 years and I am the expert that many yoga instructors seek out to help resolve their injuries and muscle imbalances. My education includes a B.S. in human biology and I worked for years as a chiropractor. Some further influences also include over two decades of practice of Tai Chi and Chi Kung and I am also certified in Chu Meridian Balance.
Q: Did you say comedian? How did you become a comedian?
Comedian is the best way to describe how I inflict my humor on everyone. Sometimes they laugh, which only encourages me. There is no good explanation for how I acquired my sense of humor but it's been said that it is a family trait, so I come by it honestly.
Q: Why do you teach yoga the way you do?
I became captivated with my studies of human biology and have used the knowledge of the complex workings of the human body to design innovative solutions for my clients. I also do my best to translate this knowledge into the classes that I teach and I am proud to say I only occasionally baffle my students.
Q: Who is your typical student?
I work with just about everybody, which often includes athletes from brahma bull riders to marathoners, but my passion is teaching gentle forms of yoga to assist people on their healing path from injuries and chronic health issues. In this quest I have created a specialized form of yoga called Recuperative yoga which is designed to resolve muscular imbalances and restore health.
Q: What is your goal in teaching?
My goal in teaching is to educate my students on how and why we are different from each other and how we can bring ourselves into a state of harmony and balance. I also try to make them laugh so much their core muscles get stronger. Sometimes I succeed.
Q: Where all have you taught yoga?
My yoga skills have been utilized for many years in the pain management program at the renowned Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, TX. I have been featured on local TV and radio shows, and am considered a sought after yoga expert, nutrition coach, and problem resolver since I create unique solutions to many of life's problems. I am a nationally recognized expert in Recuperative Yoga and have been a featured presenter at many different yoga conferences. You can find me most day at my yoga studio in Houston, Tx.
Q: How would you describe your teaching?
My instruction varies from the most gentle of levels to advanced forms. I can teach those who need it very gentle movements and I can also teach those who are more physically able a safe and effective method of challenging yoga poses.
Q: Is teaching yoga all you do?
No, sometimes I sleep. And I have this big organic garden, a husband, two wonderful and loyal dogs, four slightly dishonest and loveable cats and I have been known to drive a pick-up truck. I am also a co-founder of Balance Your Body Yoga Teacher's Training school. Along with my business partner and gifted yoga instructor, Amy Garrat, I lead classes for interested students on the wonders of yoga from an instructors point of view. My goal is to inspired upcoming teacher trainees to enhance their knowledge of the human body in order to become safe and effective yoga instructors. I also do my best to make the teacher trainees laugh until their sides ache.
Q: What are your classes like and are you a registered instructor?My classes are a blend of modern and ancient techniques, lovingly mixed together with a great big dose of light-hearted fun. I am a card carrying member of Yoga Alliance as an ERYT 500 Nationally Registered Instructor. My dogs will vouch for me as well.
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