Julie is part of My Ecuador Trip serving in her role as as our Yoga & Meditation Leader. Julie is an assistant professor at Eastern Michigan University in the School of Health Promotion & Human Performance. Her background and passion is in providing relevant, educational, and fun movement experiences for children via quality K-12 Physical Education. She teaches primarily in the Physical Education Teacher Education program at EMU and does research in the areas of physical activity and Physical Education policy. She loves her job because she is passionate about kids and adults being not just physically active, but also physically literate, educated movers. Julie received her degrees from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (Exercise & Sport Science with an emphasis in K-12 Physical Education), from the University of Northern Iowa (M.S. in Physical Education w/ a technology concentration), and from Arizona State University (currently completing her dissertation to receive a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction). In undergrad is where Julie started her yoga journey. She took yoga for a 1-credit course and never looked back. She’s been a certified yoga instructor since 2005 and has taught in a variety of settings—from YMCAs, to public schools, to substance abuse treatment centers. Julie currently teaches yoga at Eastern Michigan University and at CrossFit734 in Ypsilanti, MI. Yoga brought a peaceful balance to her competitive athletic college years and now brings a new kind of calmness to her professional years. Julie does and teaches yoga because it is much more than just a great way to become or stay flexible and strong. Yoga is an opening into yourself, into balance, and into a stronger mind and spirit.