Yoga Teacher Interview Series: Julie Wojno
Julie was a quick “Instagram friend” of mine. I found her account, which at the time was Julie Pedal and Flow, 2 things I LOVE – yoga and cycling! I also saw she had the same love for nourishing foods and cooking as I do. Then I saw her boyfriend was a runner and was running the Chicago marathon last year, which I was too, and I was like “OMG new bestie!” We got to meet in person when I went to one of her cycling classes at Cycle 614. Julie is a fellow yoga instructor who found yoga as a way to complement her exercise and has had a past, also similar to mine, in her path to body compassion, but I’ll let her tell you more about herself. 🙂 She is an absolute joy to be around, with her bubbly and upbeat personality, which carries into her teaching as well.
Julie Wojno // Yoga Teacher at Studio 543
Tell me about yourself in a few sentences.
Life excites me. I’m filled to the brim with energy, always have been, and hopefully always will be! I search for the good in life and believe we are capable of anything… if we work hard enough. If something scares me, I know it’s worth my time. I’m a crazy morning person, known to wake up at 4am five days a week! (AHH, I know! haha!) I’m a hard-core foodie. Get me going about the Cbus food scene, and I won’t shut up! I’m obsessed with my Bernese Mountain Dog, Maple. Fun fact? She has more than DOUBLE the Instagram followers as me. HAH! Oh, one more: Beyoncé was a center focus in my Master’s thesis. 😉
What type of yoga do you teach?
Currently, I teach a hot vinyasa class that builds towards a peak posture. I love structuring a class around what needs to be stretched and/or strengthened to access poses we never thought were possible. Because, well, that’s just empowering as can be! As I move forward in teaching, I look to expand to all different styles, my journey is just beginning.
Where do you currently teach?
Where did you do your teacher training?
Here in Columbus with the talented Laurel Hodory (Yoga with Laurel).
What drew you into your first yoga class? What kept you coming back?
In college, I was a personal trainer/group fitness instructor. I initially went to the yoga classes at our rec center to compliment all the power lifting/HIIT workouts I did… but what kept me coming back was the mindfulness, the breathing, and how it entirely shifted my perspective on my body, health and… life.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not on the yoga mat?
I love cooking — I’ve been making my way through the Inspiralized cookbooks and the amazing Taylor Riggs’ book: Real Food, Real Simple. I also love taking Maple to local breweries. We (my bf and I) love craft beer, and when we bring Maple, we get to meet so many people because she is such an insane fluffer nugget who wants all the love from EVERYONE. I also enjoy writing, when I have time! And, of course: cycling. I teach at Cycle614, and it is one of the places, besides my yoga mat, where I feel most alive and most myself. My version of self-care would be laying by the pool listening to a podcast, The Wonder Jam Cast has been one of my faves this summer.
What do you hope your students take away from your classes?
Time to tune in. Time to check in. Time to realize their true power within.
What is your favorite pose? Or poses?
Forearm stand/scorpion, pigeon, wheel, lizard, half-moon… oh man I could go on and on!
What is your least favorite(s)?
Supta kurmasana is the death of me!! One day that will change 😉
Anything else you want to share?
One of the things that drew me to yoga the most, was how it empowered me to love my body unlike ever before. Growing up, I always struggled with body image. I had a TERRIBLE relationship with food and exercise. Yoga was the turning point that helped me dig deep, get reflective and start to get curious about my beliefs… why was I at a constant war with my body?
It’s been a JOURNEY over the past, well, years, but really my entire life. And this year I’ve embarked on something I am SO excited to share… I’m launching my own health coaching business. I am thrilled to start working with women one-on-one who, too, have struggled with eating/exercise/body image and empower them to love their bodies and live their best lives. I just launched my website, www.juliewojno.com, and am excited to be enrolling clients in my coaching programs!! Woo hoo! I’ll be launching some fun group “challenges.” too, it’ll be a blast. (PS: BIG shout out to Columbus’ amazing Autumn Theodore Photography, she did all the photos on my website and is a truly fantastic human — (oh yeah, I firmly believe in sharing the love — community is what’s up)!
PS I am SO SO excited for Julie and her new adventure!! Cheers to following your heart’s calling! <3