Juli Coppersmith

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I started running more than 20 years ago.  I ran almost every day and even participated in a number of marathons. Over the years, though, running took a toll on my body as it does for most runners.  And, with the aging process in full swing, I began having some issues with arthritis and early onset osteoporosis.    I had heard yoga was great for these types of issues so, I decided to check it out.
My first experience with yoga was Bikram (hot) yoga.   I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into when I first entered the room.  But, I have to say that from the very first class I was hooked.   I absolutely, completely and totally loved it!!!   Ultimately, yoga even replaced running for me, which I thought would never happen.   And, the physical issues that brought me to yoga, all but disappeared in a very short period of time…I was amazed!  
I love the fact that the Hot yoga series works every single part of your body inside and out.  I love the intensity of the class and the extreme “detoxifying” heat.  I love that instead of tearing your body down, like many other forms of exercise, yoga restores it.  I love that yoga is for everyone…all ages…all physical capabilities.   I love the fact that in the yoga room, we don’t compete with one another, but instead draw off each other’s energy.  I love that it’s a challenge every single time you come to the mat.  I literally could go on and on…but, I think it’s safe to say I LOVE YOGA!!
Throughout my journey, I have found that yoga is so much more than the practice of a series of difficult postures.  It is about finding your true self.  I believe that everything we do on the mat helps us to know ourselves better.  For me, yoga is that part of my life that helps me re-focus, re-energize and center myself on what is important.  
I am both honored and humbled to be a part of the Karma Yoga teaching community.  My commitment and passion for helping others is of utmost importance to me as a teacher.   I believe that our success in life is not only measured by what we do, but how we do it.  Hope to see you on the mat!!  Namaste…

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