Julia Clarke, E-RYT 500 and MS Ayurveda is the co-founder of Mountain Soul Yoga in Edwards CO and has been teaching yoga in the Vail Valley since 2009. Julia’s creative and passionate teaching weaves her deep connection with nature and her love of Ayurveda through dynamic and powerful Vinyasa Flow, contemplative Yin Yoga and thoughtful Restorative Yoga. She is an avid hiker and writer whose winding path has brought her from growing up in Scotland to teaching yoga in Vail, CO via eight years as a radio DJ and music promoter on the east coast. She offers a natural sense of ease in surfing the waves of life, and meets students best in the realm of empowering transformation. Julia firmly believes that without direct experience of nature, yoga is merely an intellectual concept. Each class with Julia is artfully designed to invoke nature’s five elements within every student, eliciting confidence and curiosity. She creates an inspired space for students to witness themselves in a state of constant evolution using intentional sequencing, an infectious sense of adventure, and good Scottish humor.
Julia grew up in Glasgow, Scotland where she loved all things creative including music, art and drama, which led her to some theater work and a single film credit in the pilot for the BBC drama “Tinsel Town.” She took her first yoga class at the age of 10 and learned the Transcendental Meditation technique at 12. Pursuing her longtime love of writing, in 1999 she was accepted into the country’s only BS Journalism program at Napier University in Edinburgh. In 2001, she embarked on a semester abroad at the University of Central Missouri where she received several awards from the Missouri College Media Association for her reporting for the college newspaper and landed first a job as a producer for the public television station KMOS and then as a presenter on the radio station KTBG. Deciding to finish her studies stateside and pursue radio, Julia spent almost 4 years on the air in Kansas City delighting music lovers and public radio fans, and was named on of “52 People You Ought to Meet” by Kansas City Magazine.
In 2004 after graduating, Julia moved to Montpelier, Vermont to work at legendary radio station WNCS where she was recognized by the Vermont Association of Broadcasters and rediscovered her love of hiking. In 2006 she accepted the position of Music Director at WUMB in Boston where she also served as artist liaison for the Boston Folk Festival. In 2007, she moved to New York City to work as a record promoter and podcast producer for some of music’s biggest acts at Songlines Music.
It was in New York City that she finally followed her instinct to teach yoga and completed her first teacher training at Integral Yoga Institute of New York. Shortly afterwards, she made her first visit to the mountains of Vail, Colorado, instantly fell in love and moved there eight months later with one suitcase, a guitar, and a hopeful dream to make a life out of teaching yoga. Since 2009, Julia has been living, hiking, writing and teaching yoga in Vail and beyond. She recently completed her 300 hour Prana Vinyasa certification with Shiva Rea and is also certified to teach Yin, Prenatal and Restorative Yoga. She began her formal study of yoga’s sister science Ayurveda in 2012, and completed her MS in Ayurveda & Integrative Medicine at Maharishi University in Fairfield, Iowa in 2017.