Julie Watson
Certified Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Corrective Exercise Specialist, NASM-CES

I’m a professional Yoga Therapist, an educator and an experienced yoga and movement teacher.

I’ve been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching for 15 years. My work is influenced by my interest in anatomy, physiology, and neurology, and I blend modern science and functional movement with traditional yogic wisdom as a holistic integrative approach that supports your health and healing. Together we explore your wellness path, which may not be linear, and we build on what’s working and create a plan to help you feel, move and live better in your body.  

“Together we explore your wellness path, which may not be linear, and we build on what’s working and create a plan to help you feel, move and live better in your body.”

I hold the highest certification in my field as a C-IAYT with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. I am also a Corrective Exercise Specialist, a 500 E-RYT and continued education provider (YACEP) with Yoga Alliance, and an educator for yoga teachers and therapists.

I’ve dedicated many years to serving others with mental health needs, acute and chronic pain, neurological issues, as well as providing modalities for healing and rehabilitating injuries. Along with my private practice, for over 5 years I’ve been part of an interdisciplinary team of doctors, psychologists, and physical therapists at an integrated pain center. From spinal injuries to joint replacements, frozen shoulder to repetitive stress injuries, I teach patients functional movement, exercise, and yoga therapy to better manage their pain and improve their physical function. I also teach group meditation and breathing lectures to help improve sleep and manage mental health. 

My work combines postures, movement, corrective exercise, self-myofascial release, breathwork, meditation, and Ayurveda. I’ve logged over 8000 hours of teaching yoga and yoga therapy to others, and I focus my continued studies on specialized training to serve my community. My 1900 hours of studies include training in Yoga Therapy, Viniyoga, Hatha Yoga, PT-based Yoga Therapeutics, Meditation, Pranayama, Yoga Philosophy, Ayurveda, Prenatal Yoga and various yoga training for Mental Health, Trauma and Recovery support. My corrective exercise specialization credential is with the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Before teaching yoga and movement, my tenacity to get work done as an engineer could at times push me to the edge (read more about my journey here). When I suffered a repetitive stress injury that eventually led to chronic pain, yoga and movement became the catalyst for healing and change in my life. I now use my experience in management, mentoring and teaching to help guide my clients and patients. My goal is to empower others to live a better and healthier life.

Accreditations and Training

  • Certified Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT
  • Registered YACEP (Continuing Education Provider for Yoga Teachers)
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist (NASM-CES)
  • Yoga Alliance 500E-RYT
  • 800-hour IAYT-Accredited Yoga Therapy Training, Stress Management Center of Marin
    • Robin Gueth, C-IAYT
    • Lynn Weinberger
    • Simone de Winter, C.A.S., RN
    • Mirka Scalco Kraftsow
    • Baxter Bell, MD, C-IAYT
    • Harvey Deutch, PT
    • Hanza Knox, C-IAYT, LMT
    • Rama Jyoti Vernon
  • Yoga Therapy for Depression Certificate, Gary Kraftsow
  • Yoga Therapy for Anxiety Certificate, Gary Kraftsow
  • Mindful, Trauma Informed Yoga Certificate, Yoga Medicine
  • Y12SR Peer Support Guide Training, Nikki Myers
  • Total HealthWorks Total Parkinson’s Instructor Certification
  • ADPA Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Training for Fitness Professionals
  • Yoga Anatomy Training Certificate, Yoga Medicine
  • SmartFLOW Sadhana Advanced Practice, Annie Carpenter
  • SmartFLOW Advanced 50-hr Teacher Module, Annie Carpenter
  • Assistant Teacher for three 200-hr Yoga Alliance certified Teacher Trainings with Les Leventhal in San Francisco, Seattle and Bali
  • 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training, Yoga Tree
    • Yoga Therapeutics and Advanced Anatomy, Harvey Deutch, PT
    • Prenatal Teacher Training, Jane Austin
    • InnerYoga Foundations and Yin, Dina Amsterdam
    • Mentoring program and Assistant Teacher  for Les Leventhal
  • 200-hour Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, Les Leventhal and Destiny Eurkus
  • BS, Civil Engineering, University of Buffalo, 1995 (my methodical mind matters)

And, if you’re curious about one way I like to nourish myself during my off-time – I like to cook.