We are already what we want to become
~ Thich Nhat Hanh
TruYou Founder, and registered Yoga Alliance Senior Yoga Teacher, Julie Preston, has been practising yoga for more than 20 years and teaching since 2007. She has over 2000 hours of formal training, and more than 15,000 hours teaching experience, sharing yoga with students ranging from 3 to 98 years old.
Her passion lies in sharing authentic, accessible, holistic yogic practices adapted to meet you just as you are, with a focus on helping you come back home to your true self.
For Julie, yoga is a way of life that goes far beyond the physical aspects of the practice. She loves that yoga has given her a toolkit to help manage day to day life with more peace, grace and connection.
Julie’s first taste of yoga was back in 1997 when her life had arrived at a crossroads and her health and wellbeing were at an all time low. Her experience of yoga at that time gave her a sense of inner peace that she’d never experienced before, and has kept her coming back to her mat ever since.
In 2006 she waved goodbye to a high-flying London career and took off on an incredible journey of learning and self-discovery through Europe, USA, and Canada before arriving in India where she immersed herself in living a yogic life at an ashram in Kerala where she gained her first 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teaching Certification.
Since then Julie’s dedicated yoga journey has taken her all over the globe, immersing herself in studying, practising, and gaining specialist qualifications. She has studied with many of the most highly regarded teachers in the world today, in a wide range of styles and approaches that have given her the necessary tools to meet students exactly as they are, as well as going deeper into her own personal development.
Julie holds a 200 & 500 hour Yoga Alliance Advanced Teaching Qualification in Hatha Yoga, a 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Certification, as well as specialist qualifications in Menopause Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Pregnancy & Post Natal Yoga, Chair Yoga, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy and Nutrition and Children’s Yoga. Since 2015 she has been under the studentship of Yogarupa Rod Stryker at undertaking a series of master trainings in the deeper aspects of yoga, meditation and philosophy.
Julie grew up studying music to degree level, and discovered Kirtan on her yoga journey - it's also how she met her musician husband Vic! Together they lead the TruYou Kirtan Sessions - a musical call and response form of chanting for healing and meditation that quietens the mind, and opens the heart. They've had the honour of performing several times with grammy-nominated international Kirtan artist Dave Stringer, and spend time annually with their Kirtan mentor, Jai Uttal, one of the most well-known and beloved kirtan artists in the world today.
When Julie isn't busy practising and teaching yoga, she loves time in nature, pottering in the garden and growing her own organic veg, cooking healthy plant-based meals, and walking her rescued Bali street dog, Chani. She loves nothing more than hanging out with her husband Vic reading inspiring books, or just catching a fun movie together, with Chani cuddles on the sofa.