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Relax, Restore, Recharge Wellness Event

Relax, Restore, Recharge Wellness Event

Wellness Workshop

Relax, Restore, Recharge 

Start the New Year with restored energy, relaxation, & balance 

Are you looking to rejuvenate and recharge for the New Year? Join us at an in-person yoga wellness event at the Healing Arts Collective in Boise, Idaho where you can spend two hours focusing on relaxing your mind and body. You’ll leave this workshop feeling balanced and ready to start 2023 with renewed energy. Class sizes are limited to 5 spots to leave room for personalized attention and all levels are welcome to attend. 

Yoga Wellness Event in Boise 

When? Saturday, January 21st 1-3pm

Where? Healing Arts Collective at Bown Crossing

3046 S Bown Way, 2nd Floor, Boise

Cost: $50

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Nourish Your Mind & Body 

Take your health and happiness to new heights in the New Year! Unwind from the holidays, reconnect with your inner wisdom, and rejuvenate to return to the healing rhythm of the season and your body. In this two-hour yoga workshop, we’ll nourish the body with a blend of warming releases, gentle twists, supportive heart-openers, and guided meditation to promote a healthy and healing mind-body connection. We’ll follow the practice with tea to detox and ignite digestion. Together let’s celebrate a new, balanced you.

Reserve Your Spot Today  

The class is limited to 5 spots. Registration is required in advance. For bookings, contact Julie or

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If you’re looking for a nurturing and healing yoga studio in Boise, I’d love to have you join us for this event. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year! 

Mindfulness Practices for Staying Grounded this Holiday Season

Mindfulness Practices for Staying Grounded this Holiday Season

Wellness

The holidays, especially at the end of the year, can seem like a whirlwind of responsibilities. Between parties, work deadlines, hosting family, and buying gifts, it can feel like you’re being pulled in many directions. 

In December, the air also gets drier and cooler with more wind. It’s also a time where we have less daylight. Seasonally, this type of change can bring up more anxious energy. Instead of doing more– it’s actually a great time to unwind and do less. 

“In the winter, our bodies are meant to rest a little bit and not be pulled in so many directions. Take the time to quiet the mind. Silence technology. Give yourself permission to sleep an extra hour, or simply relax with a cup of hot tea.” 

Setting Technology Boundaries for More Restful Sleep 

It’s no surprise that constantly being “online” can become overwhelming. The first step is to recognize your technology usage and know what you can change. What can you do? Can you turn off your devices?  Can you not have your device by your bedside when you go to sleep?  

One idea to try is to have a hard stop to not look at your phone after 8pm. Try this and see how you feel the next day. 

Journal on table with coffee
Moving from your phone and computer to writing to-do lists on paper can be grounding. The act of putting pen on paper helps stimulate memory and creativity, and it’s a welcoming break from the blue light and distractions that come with technology.

It’s all about taking baby steps- small changes to be more mindful in your day can go a long way. 

There’s always going to be things we can control and things we can’t control when it comes to work. You can practice setting better boundaries for working hours and interruptions. 

For example, taking the time to eat your meals mindfully away from your phone can help you connect to your body and mind, creating a moment of peace for yourself (instead of using the time to catch up on emails). 

While it’s hard not to think about those things, the first step is to simply recognize it. By just implementing a few mindfulness practices and doing less instead of more, this might just be one of your best holidays yet

Cauliflower and Cashew Soup

Cauliflower and Cashew Soup

Nourish

This vibrant, warm and sweet soup reminds me of the Autumn season, but I’d happily feast on it all winter though spring. It’s easy to make and really yummy. In my recipe I used some of Elemental Alchemy’s Spiced Golden Milk, which contains turmeric, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg and more. You can also substitute it for more turmeric to start and add a dash of any of those flavors you enjoy.

  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 head of cauliflower, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp Spiced Golden Milk or 1 additional tsp turmeric
  • 6 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • Juice from ½ lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cilantro

In a large pot, heat olive oil and sauté onions until they start to slightly soften. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add cauliflower, cashews and salt, stir and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, and then stir in 2 ½ tsp or a combination of turmeric and Spiced Golden Milk. Cook an additional minute. Add stock. Once mixture boils, bring to a simmer and cook until cauliflower and nuts soften, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and blend soup well with an immersion blend or transfer to a blender. Add lime and salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with cilantro.

Serves 6-8

Butternut Squash Soup with Thyme and Rosemary

Butternut Squash Soup with Thyme and Rosemary

Nourish

As we transition into fall, it can be helpful to pause and reflect on the busyness and outward movement of the summer and prepare to turn inwards and find comfort as we prepare for the winter. A comforting soup made from this season of harvest, along with herbs that remind us of the fall and winter seasons can be just what the mind and body needs. And, one can never have too many butternut squash recipes.

  • 2 Tbs olive oil
  • 1Tbs unsalted butter
  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 1 small to medium onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbs fresh thyme
  • 2 pinches dried rosemary or ¾ tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 5 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • ½ tsp Aleppo pepper (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Puncture the butternut squash a few times and place on a baking sheet. Roast until squash is fork tender, about 60 minutes.

Once the butternut squash is done, cut it in half and allow it to cool until it can be safely handled. Remove and discard the seeds. Scoop out the flesh from the skin.

In a large pot, heat oil and butter until butter begins to froth. Sauté onion, celery, carrot and thyme until onion has softened.  Add the rosemary and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add the squash, stock and Aleppo if using, stir, bring to a boil and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Purée mixture to desired texture with a hand blender. Salt and pepper to taste and warm the soup until ready to serve.

Garnish with fresh thyme.

Serves 6-8.

Transitioning into Fall

Transitioning into Fall

Daily Practice

In order to be in balance and to stay grounded with what is around us, we need to seek or find grounding and balance within ourselves…the best we can. Create a ritual for yourself – maybe something as simple as a 10-minute mediation to steady the mind. Or, start your morning with some gentle sun salutations and balancing postures to invigorate you and prepare you for your day. Finish the practice with a forward fold and a cozy Savansana.

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Testimonials

  • "Julie is an incredible teacher. I began taking her classes when trying to gain strength and balance again after a knee surgery. I found her classes to be extremely helpful throughout my journey to feeling like an athlete again. Fast-forward years later, my new goal was staying present, strong, and healthy throughout my pregnancy. Julie’s classes helped me stay in a positive mindset and maintain strength despite a complicated pregnancy. The core and breathing exercises she shared with me ended up being so incredibly helpful in labor and post-birth recovery. She was very knowledgeable in poses that would benefit my body, especially those to help regain control of my core mindfully. We moved right before the babe was born, I only wish she would come down to San Diego to teach!

    Brooke V.
  • "Julie has been one of the best yoga instructors I have ever had. I have started practicing yoga with her following a back and wrist injuries. I have attended her classes as well as one on one sessions. I couldn't have been more satisfied. Julie teaches with a lot of kindness and generosity. She has shown me how to listen to my body at every pose. She always adapts her teaching to each person, even when in a class setting. When it comes to my injuries, Julie has helped me develop a training plan to improve healing and avoid future problems. I strongly recommend Julie. She is an incredible teacher.

    Elie M.
  • "If you're looking to make a positive life change, you must work with Julie! I've taken both group yoga classes and private yoga therapy sessions with Julie in San Francisco. She worked with me 1:1 to help me deal with chronic pain and fatigue caused by scoliosis. If you deal with chronic pain, I highly recommend trying her private sessions. I am able to use the techniques she taught me in my everyday life and have noticed a huge improvement in my pain and stress levels. She's also an excellent teacher and is equipped to help you through some of life's toughest challenges through yoga therapy and breathing techniques. Her calming techniques and her ability to listen are truly life changing when it comes to reducing stress and making wellness a bigger focus in your life. She can also work with you virtually, which makes it easier than ever before to book sessions with a busy schedule.

    Allyson L.
  • "Julie has an infectious energy she carries with her wherever she goes. This is essential as an instructor, especially for those that rely on her to disconnect from the stressors of everyday life outside of yoga. As a local Doctor of Physical Therapy, I recommend her to my patients, especially those that appreciate attention to detail and value nurturing instruction.

    Kevin F.
  • "My wife and I were very new to yoga when we found Julie. It’s now been about a year and a half that we’ve been doing private sessions with her twice a week – and it’s been great. Our sessions vary each time, so we are exposed to different positions and movements and it keeps it new and interesting. She has always given thought to planning what we will do and takes into account our recent practice, what we’ve expressed interest in, and other factors like whether it’s early in the morning or at the end of a long day at the office. We always feel great when we are done and we look forward to maintaining our practice and improving our strength, flexibility, and general mindfulness about how we carry ourselves throughout the day. We have many other positive things to say, but to state it briefly: based on our ongoing experience we can wholeheartedly recommend her to others like us who are relatively new to yoga.

    Andy
  • “I work with Julie 1:1 about once a week for private sessions. She's been an incredible teacher, and she's funny and kind on top of that. She spent the first couple of weeks working on correcting my form, which has been totally transformative to how I feel. Her background in PT and Ayurveda combined with her knowledge of yoga is incredibly valuable. She coached me during a health setback, researching and tailoring the practice to my needs. And now that I'm feeling better, each session feels tailored to where I want to build strength, and I keep getting stronger. My session with Julie is one of the highlights of my week.

    Erica K.
  • "I have been seeing Julie for private sessions for about 3 months now. I first met her when I took her Vinyasa class at Union Yoga, and really liked her teaching style. Since I’m a beginner, I wanted (and needed) one-on-one instruction to learn how to practice yoga. Julie is a knowledgeable and fun teacher. Not only can she demonstrate how to do poses, she also provides clear and precise instructions on how to do them. In my experience, not every yoga teacher has the ability to do that well. Julie also is really good about hands-on adjustments, which I like because it helps me to understand how to get into poses. I’ve seen real improvement in my practice since working with Julie, especially in my strength and flexibility. I highly recommend her as a teacher!

    Beatrice
  • “The moment we contacted Julie Watson for corporate yoga lessons literally changed our lives. She is a true professional who is warm, patient and empowers her students to feel confident and comfortable at their own level of yoga practice. Our small office consists of six staff members who’s age ranges from 18 through 60 years old, and four of the six had no prior yoga experience. Julie patiently corrects our form and makes adjustments to sessions based on unexpected injuries or limitations. She provides the expertise to enhance our well-being and contributed to our weight lifting and cardio performance. Since she has come on board, we have noticed significant improvement with balance, flexibility and coordination. To learn yoga from Julie is truly a gift!

    Judy
  • "Julie has a thoughtful and intelligent teaching style. I always feel that she is taking care of me, even in a large class. She has a great depth of knowledge and understanding of the body and it shows in her sequencing and cues. Not only do I feel great after her classes, but I always discover something new about a pose. She also has a genuine warmth and you feel it. I recommend Julie highly for your yoga practice in San Francisco!

    Susan G.