Julie Van Benthuysen
Julie has been teaching Yoga and mat-based Pilates at StudioMove! since its doors opened in early 2010. Initially certified through Yogafit, Julie subsequently received her 200-hour level Essential Teacher Training at Open Sky Yoga, an Iyengar-influenced program that brings together some of the world's leading experts in yoga techniques, philosophy and teaching practice. This in-depth course has enhanced Julie’s focus on the principles of alignment and use of props to assist students and adjust postures.
Julie’s yoga journey has also grown to include a special emphasis on children. In 2013, she was certified through Kidding Around Yoga (KAY), an internationally-recognized program that focuses on stress management for kids through a combination of play, song and lessons in mindfulness. Recently, she also became a certified KAY teacher trainer, offering a unique skill set to a myriad of area professionals who work with children.
Julie teaches IM=X Pilates, a mat-based fitness formula that marries the muscle toning and lengthening benefits of pilates with strength and cardio training to increase flexibility, endurance, and core and spinal strength. She is also certified through Barre Above, which fuses the best of pilates, yoga, aerobics and elements of dance. She is also recently certified in Les Mills Bodyflow, a yoga-based class that embraces elements of Tai Chi and Pilates.
Julie lives in Pittsford with her husband, three sons and a feisty West Highland Terrier. Outside of the studio setting, Julie works as a student aide to children with learning disabilities within the Pittsford Central School District. She enjoys her garden, her books and her journals, time outside to run, time out from running carpools, and her role as Mom on the soccer, baseball and basketball sidelines.
Julie Van Benthuysen instructs the following:
Sunrise Yoga (3 person min. enrolled by 9 pm day prior to guarantee class is offered)
This Yoga practice is a mindful athletic workout, which blends the principles of stretch, strength training, conditioning and dynamic movement; flowing from one exercise to another. Benefits are: improved balance, flexibility, strength and stress relief. A perfect way to begin your day with energy and focus.
This class requires a minimum enrollment of at least 3 clients by 6 pm the day prior to guarantee class will be offered. Please sign up in advance. No show clients will be charged $5 per no show. Multiple no shows may result in the suspension of your reservation privileges.
A basic knowledge of Pilates is helpful, but not necessary.
The instructor will tailor the class to the level of the clientele...offering a variety of modifications or challenges to allow you to personalize your class experience. Props will be incorporated also...toning balls, gliders, Pilates Circles, toning bands, light weights, stabiltiy balls, and more.
This Open Level class is for everyone who wants to hit 2 birds with one stone! Here’s a practice that helps you feel centered and balanced and at the same time, build physical strength and flexibility. Yoga poses use deep, slow breathing to harness relaxation, while strengthening core, upper body, and leg muscles. A relaxing savasana (rest pose) in the end allows you to land your practice!
Les Mills Body Flow
Body Flow is MindBody class for anyone and everyone. It uses a range of movements and motion set to music that will improve your mind, your body and your life.
Bending and stretching through safe and simple yoga moves, A Body Flow class blends elements of Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates to strengthen your entire body. Breathing with intention is an integral part of this blended class. Instructors will always provide options for those just getting started.
A Body Flow class will leave your mind and body feeling calm, centered and happy. Just BE.
Restorative Yoga (3 reserv min req'd by 9 PM day prior to guarantee class)
Start your week with a gentle, therapeutic practice that soothes the nervous system and releases physical and mental tension. Various props like blankets, blocks, bolsters,chairs,straps and sand bags are often used in this practice to fully achieve each position comfortably. This class is appropriate for anyone seeking the benefits of gentle stretching sequences and nurturing sustained postures that ease the entire system into relaxation and balance. The combination of gentle Hatha and deep restorative work improves range of motion and joint mobility while reducing pain and the effects of stress, fatigue,illness, and or injury.