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Teacher of the month: Julianne Rice

Julianne is teaching Hatha yoga class on Tuesdays at 5:45pm and Saturdays at 12 noon.  Julianne, a seasoned Hatha Yoga instructor and InterPlay facilitator, has a background in yoga, dance, music, theater and early childhood development. She began teaching in the South Bay about 28 years ago.

Julianne was the senior teacher and manager of the Hatha yoga program at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment in San Jose for over 25 years. This experience contributed greatly to her long-standing reputation as a gifted and dynamic teacher.

In addition to teaching hatha yoga classes at YIY, and Yoga ‘n Play classes at Harmony
Birth and the Santa Cruz Village, she teaches InterPlay improv classes in
Aptos, teaches one on one private yoga sessions and leads annual Yoga retreats at the
Land of Medicine Buddha in Soquel. This year her retreat is June 22-24. You can find
info about it at

One of Julianne’s specialties is working with moms and babies. Over the past 7 years
she has developed a program called Yoga ‘n Play. These postpartum group classes for
moms with babies engage and uplift both parent and child. Julianne recently led a teacher
training teaching to train others how to implement this unique program. Yoga ‘n Play
classes serve moms with babies from 6 weeks old to 18 months old. You can read more
about these programs at

Julianne lives in Aptos, a few miles south of Santa Cruz, and commutes in over highway
17 for the love of yoga, the great studio and people at YIY In her free time, you can
find her walking her dog, Rosie – near the beach, in the redwoods or around the park
near to where she lives. She loves watching the surf, the surfers, ocean sunsets. On a few occasions you may also find her trying to keep up in a cardio kick boxing class at the
gym and/or dancing to her own music.

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