Movement & Anatomy for Development

Anatomy made easy for Movement  Practitioners

Learn more about the body

Understand Movement

Develop your practice 

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Meet Julie

Yoga, Mindful Movement & Anatomy teacher

I'm a yoga elder (5000-hrs registered) with the Yoga Independent Network.

I have a spine issue called scoliosis and since I was 15 years old I was told that I had to go every week to the physiotherapist to prevent my scoliosis from getting worse and becoming handicaped.

I lived many years abroad in different parts of the world as a humanitarian worker. I started to practice yoga in 2009 and it changed my life. Back then, I was living  in India and to address my back pain I had private lessons for 2 years with an Indian yoga master, who shared with me his life-time experience. Suddenly, I did not need a physio anymore, I had my own practice to keep me healthy.


I graduated in March 2012 in the Sivananda Ashram in Orléans -France- as a yoga teacher. When I started teaching, people with different conditions came to my classes, and I was in fear of doing the "wrong" thing and offering them movement that could worsen their conditions. So I started my anatomy journey with Blandine Calais Germain -France- in 2013. I graduated in 2017 after 300hrs of anatomy applied to Yoga and writing a dissertation about the spine (of course!) and breath.

My other teachers are Leslie Kaminoff -New York- and Thomas Myers -Maine- with whom I undertook online Anatomy Courses from 2014 to 2017. Today I follow classes with Julian Baker (UK - Functional Fascia), Robert Schleip (Germany - Fascia Research Specialist) and Jaap van der Wal, PhD, MD (Netherlands - Embriology).

I offer regular anatomy workshops for yoga teachers and serious yoga practitioners as CPDs (Continuing Professional Development).


Why Anatomy?

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Is Anatomy for me ?

Understanding anatomy is essential for movement teachers and practitioners. The limitations of the body must be respected. Understanding compressions, stresses and loads in the different structures will give you indications about what breaks the movement, what can help it and when to stop. To understand the basis of physical limitations Anatomy provides the answers. And it does not have to be boring! My curriculum engages the participants and focuses on human movement through exploration of experiential anatomy and biomechanics in such a dynamic way that you will enjoy yourself!

Language is our tool

One of my teachers say "Our words are the brushes with which we paint". In our own practice we develop an intuitive understanding of our bodies, but sometimes without the language to communicate what we know and feel. Learn how to refine your language and speak simply but accurately of the body.

Working with People with physical limitations

A good knowledge of anatomy will help you to reach new students who may be kept away from movement practice. Make your classes more inclusive!

Heart Outline

I teach functional anatomy and the bio-mechanical imperatives that impact the way we move and explain why this is relevant for your teaching.

Preventing Injuries

I offer important insights to the prevention of injury and keys to the efficient movement that practices can offer.



"Julie has taught workshops at my Yoga Studio for the past 2 years. She is highly professional in her approach. Her classes and workshops are always delivered to the highest quality and her knowledge of her subject shines through."

Lucy Toleman - Indee Yoga - Hemel Hampstead


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07745 871 392