My Story

Julie Norman, BS, E-RYT, CHC 

Hi there! Thanks for visiting my site. This is where I share my story, at least the short version. I believe doing so is important. I just hope I get to learn at least as much about you sometime! 

First and foremost, I’m a lover of life. It’s often difficult, downright painful even, yet overall I find it fascinating. I believe we’re all here on purpose, that we have a purpose, and that life will constantly lead us back to this truth if we do the hard work of healing.  I’ve found yoga to be a fabulous guide for the journey. My passion lies in making the gifts of yoga accessible to all and easy to apply everywhere in life.

Though I wouldn’t formally begin studying yoga until 2002, many of its tenets were shown to me earlier. The greatest being my connection to horses. That’s right, my first yoga teacher was a horse! Truly, following my heart to be immersed in nature with these highly intuitive beings taught me mindfulness, compassion, self-worth and emotional intelligence. These experiences (along with therapy) helped me heal through an eating disorder. When I found “real” yoga later, it felt like home. I was amazed that a whole organized system existed for much of what I had been doing.

Career wise, I originally wanted to be a marine biologist. I’m OBSESSED with sharks (I have two tattooed on my left forearm) and as a kid I wanted whales and ponies for pets even though we lived in the midwest. I eventually got the pony (actually a quite large horse), Patrick, which led me to stay local for college so I could continue my showjumping career. My sport and recovery led me to the field of nutrition. I received a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from the University of Akron in 1998 and launched my own business. As a registered dietitian, yoga teacher and health coach I’ve had the pleasure of serving the following organizations past and present:

  • Akron Children’s Hospital 
  • ComPsych Corporate Wellness-Professional Speaker/Educator
  • The Summa Health System NIH research study on wellness
  • Laurelwood Hospital and Counseling Center (full-time clinical dietitian) 
  • Baldwin-Wallace College Health Services
  • Jewish Family Services Association of Cleveland
  • The Health Initiative Project serving the Akron Public Library
  • Vita-Mix Corp and SummaCare
  • New Beginnings Eating Disorders Center
  • Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (formerly The Emily Program)
  • Wellness Works for You Corporate Wellness Programs
  • Laurel Lake Retirement Community
  • Hope Meadows Foundation

I completed my 200-hour teacher training in 2009 with Harriet “Bhumi” Russell who lived at Kripalu for eight years when it was still an ashram. She focused strongly on the spiritual teachings in our training which I appreciated and find not all teachers receive. Later I sought more education through multiple workshops with leaders Todd Norian, Seane Corn, Ana Forrest and MC Yogi. My own path and work with clients in recovery has led me to teach from a trauma-informed perspective. I’ve completed three specialized trainings in this area and plan to go on with this study. In 2017 I became a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider giving me the ability to support other teachers in their ongoing learning. I plan to complete my 300-hour training by age 50.

In 2010 I created Body Karma Healing inspired by my work in eating disorders treatment and the fact that body image issues rob millions of health, joy and creativity. This specialized yoga program enhances recovery efforts and life in general with what I call “Soul Skills” from yoga. These tools help clients realize deep and lasting body/food peace and experience the fullness of life they deserve. 

I’m a member of the Yoga Alliance, have blogged extensively for Recovery Warriors and have had the pleasure of being an expert speaker on two nationwide telesummits with Dr. Susan Albers of Eating Mindfully and Jessica Flint of True Warrior. In 2015, I published my first book Poems from the Path of Peace Vol. 1 and just recently Vol. 2 a collection of personal musings from my own healing journey coupled with fabulous nature photographs by Jim Lewis, Jr. and midwifed by celebrant, psychologist and publisher Kathleen Pichola. In fall 2021 I was a guest on Laurelee Rouke’s “It’s Not About The Food” podcast

Karma yoga is by far my favorite activity. I adore sharing yoga in my community simply for the love of it. I’ve volunteered extensively over the last eight years with Stewart’s Caring Place Cancer Wellness Center , The Big Love Network and Free Akron Yoga. In 2018 I started teaching yoga to youth in crisis living in residential facilities through ShelterCare, an experience that is so meaningful it’s difficult to describe. 

Finally, I live in Northeast, OH with my daughter Elle, my husband Dave and his three kids Zoe, Ethan and Gabriel. We share our lovely lake home with one fabulous cat, Sir Hillary, and the most huggable dog ever, a big Newfoundland named Asha (they take up lots of space on my Instagram). Besides yoga, sharks and horses, I love music, (my favs being Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack Johnson, No Doubt and Prince to name a few) dancing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, cooking and traveling (especially to Hawaii). Take me to sing karaoke and I’m your friend forever. I’m a kid at heart and I believe in love. Ok, I think that’s it for now. Thanks for reading through to the end! I’d love to know your story and to explore the path of yoga with you through my on-line offerings, private coaching or in person. Feel free to connect anytime!

Thank you!