About Julie

Julie Montagu

Yoga and a plant-based diet: they’re like Harry and Sally, or Batman and Robin, or Wallace and Gromit

Together, they’re greater than the sum of their parts. And that’s why I go on about them both so much ; it’s all about feeding your body with nutrient-dense food, and strengthening it through stretching, breathing, lifting and opening.

The way I see it, there’s no point in having a strong body on the outside if you’re feeding it crap – you just won’t feel as good as you should.

If you come to my classes, workshops or retreats – or if you watch any of my DVDs – you’ll see just how much I push the message that you need to get BOTH right if you want to feel unbelievable.

I wasn’t always like this, by the way…

And in a way it sucks that I’m so totally into this way of life now, because it means I used to be wrong. I HATE to be wrong.

As a teenager growing up in the States, I was the skinny, outgoing, cheerleader type… who gorged on junk food believing that it was doing me no harm because I was thin and I looked OK.

But I did not feel OK. I was exhausted, moody and fed up – and my skin didn’t look so hot either.

I began reading up on nutrition, diet and exercise, and decided to give the plant-based approach a try. Everything got better! I suddenly understood the feeling of “healthy”, and my energy levels rocketed.

When I added yoga to the mix, it was a revelation. I was strong, capable, healthy and energetic. My skin looked great, and my body was toned, muscular and supple.

After I had my fourth kid a few years ago, I stepped up the yoga a few notches and got more into plant-based nutrition – gaining a few qualifications in the process so that I could get even more experience and start spreading the word.

I’m not going to insist you stick purely to plants though

All I want you to do is start cutting back on the saturated fat and cholesterol (which all animal products have), and adding in more vitamins, minerals and fibre (which all plant-based foods have).

If you up your plant-based intake, you’ll automatically crowd out the bad stuff – and that’s good enough for me
(especially when you combine it with some yoga in your life).

Please don’t think of me as some sort of commune-raised hippie

While I’ll occasionally use words like “spiritual” and “energy”, I’ve got two feet firmly on the ground (London ground these days – a place allergic to hippie nonsense).

I didn’t want to spout stuff about nutrition without being thoroughly educated about it first, so I studied for a Certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University. I’m also a Certified Holistic Health Counsellor through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York City, the world’s largest nutrition school.

As for yoga, I’m a certified instructor, having completed my training under Baron Baptiste (founder of the Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Institute and one of America’s top yoga instructors). I then also trained under two other master Baptiste teachers – Claire Este-McDonald and Gregor Singleton from Boston, Massachusetts, before going to study with Kamal Singh at Tattvaa Yogashala Rishikesh, India.

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