Welcome to Your Practice.
Welcome to Julia Szilagyi Yoga.
Sounds cliche to start a story this way but truthfully, I didn’t find Yoga, it found me. In my sophomore year of College, my best friend saw that I was struggling and suggested I come to a Yoga class with her. My eyes couldn’t have rolled further back in my head, but I trusted her. So I put on a brave face and thought, “Well, ya gotta try everything once!” and agreed to attend. After one class I was hooked. We quickly made it our pre-class or post-work ritual, carving out as much time as we could each week to get to the studio and practice.
After graduating from college and starting to work for the state government, I found myself back in my despair. The same feelings that clouded my life just years before had returned, and I was truly grasping at my practice. Though I was consistent, it still felt as if some piece of my Yoga practice was missing, one I didn’t even know I was moving towards. After 1 year of the 8-5 grind, I had had enough. I quit my job, left my relationship, departed Tallahassee, and moved to Mexico for my 16-day immersion at Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja. Was it that dramatic? Yes. Was it the single best and most necessary decision I’ve made in my life thus far? Yes. It’s been over 5 years, and I have never once looked back.
I believe the best teachers are the most curious students, so when I’m not teaching, you can find me buried deep in the ancient texts, behind my computer screen completing another training, or on my mat experiencing all the magic that is bestowed when we decide to be Yogis. Teachers who inspire me are Amy Lucky, Kathryn Budig, Noah Maze, Rocky Heron, Jessamyn Stanley, and Seane Corn.
I pride myself on my creative yet informed sequencing, as well my urgency to have every student feel cared for, safe, and supported. Vinyasa was my first love and continues to be my preferred style today, however, I am comfortable teaching a wide range of practices including Restorative, Power, Gentle Yoga, and Yin Yoga. Lucky for me I have an insatiable thirst for knowledge, so to add to my Yoga certifications I am also a Reiki Master, a Certified Health Coach through IIN, and a Mindful, Trauma-informed Yoga Teacher through Yoga Medicine. I’ve completed a 12 hour Anti-Racism in Yoga training through the Accessible Yoga School and continue to fight for social justice issues both on and off the mat.