Julie Havelund-Willett


What makes your class so f’cking awesome?
Being a Dance Artist as well as a Yoga Teacher, you can expect creative sequencing with fluid and juicy flows in my classes. At the same time, I am keen to deliver ancient yoga philosophic principles in a 21st-century format, to offer you a more holistic yoga experience on the mat, which you can take with you off the mat.

What was your journey to becoming an instructor? How the hell did you get here?
I initially discovered yoga during my dance studies, as a way to relax and restore the body. When I moved to London and started exploring each and every local studio, I discovered that physical practice is only one component. I trained in – and regularly to return to – India to study yoga, specialising in Vinyasa and Pre/Post-Natal Yoga.

What’s your favourite way to keep a healthy body and a healthy mind?
To tune in to what I need each day and accept that my self-care rituals may change depending on how I feel. However, my core, unshakable pillars of keeping healthy inside and out is being vegan, dancing, yoga, getting regular osteopathy and reflexology, laughing, taking deep breaths and keeping a gratitude journal to keep a healthy perspective on life.

How does your choice of exercise fit/help your day to day life?
Every week I practice yoga, dance, acrobatics, pilates, cycle, run and occasionally swim, which encourages me to move in lots of different ways. But I love to try new forms of physical practice, and often throw myself into circus, kayaking, ball sports and gym classes to keep both my body and mind challenged, and continually discover new muscles or at least new ways of engaging them.

What is your signature move?
Inversions, inversions, inversions… At the moment, I’m mainly fixated on handstands, and I think you can safely say I’m a handstand addict. I often see people trying falling over just to get their legs up and get that snap for Instagram. When in fact it can take a long time to find the right alignment, stamina and kinaesthetic understanding of being upside down. I spent a whole year of handstand drills by the wall to find the stamina, and wrist mobility to build up strength before I took my handstands into the open space.

What’s your favourite way to feel good fitness-wise and life wise?
To move in a way I can express myself and get a real sweat on to finish feel detoxified. Otherwise, I love travelling, as cliche as it sounds, to keep expanding my horizons, but I always look forward to coming home to my garden and my goldfish.

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