Julia Shields is the owner and director of Free Spirit Yoga & Pilates and is a registered Canadian Yoga Alliance 1000 hour gold Yoga Teacher and Yoga teacher trainer.
Namaste: thank you for finding your way to Free Spirit. I have lived and breathed Yoga for over 30 years. Yoga has been my sanctuary during challenging times throughout my life. Yoga has helped me heal from asthma, chronic headaches and a tight sore body from many years of over use and competititve athletics. Yoga did not come easy to me, it humbled me, it made me soul search and ask a lot of questions about the direction I was heading in and my life style. It was a love hate relationship as I struggled to open my tightly wound body and calm my restless, tense mind. Since my first Yoga experience I have never turned back as I began to feel the benefits immediately. I thank Yoga for giving me back my breath, for giving me a supple and happy healthy body and mind, for taking away my headaches and giving me clarity. I thank Yoga for giving me the freedom to be who I was meant to be, an empowered, compassionate woman with gratitude for the present moment and excitement for what the future will bring. Yoga restored my faith in myself and mankind.
It is my mission to share the joy and magic of yoga with anyone willing to explore their full potential, to find peace of mind and experience wholeness and happiness in body, mind and spirit. To be the best person that you can possibly be.
Training and Certification:
Canadian Yoga Alliance certified ERYT 1000 hour gold level
Free Spirit Yoga and Pilates is a Canadian Yoga Alliance registered Yoga teacher training school for 200, 300 & 500 hour levels. Mindfulness Meditation teacher Thai massage level one and two Unnata Aerial Yoga certified with Michelle Dortignac Yin Yoga Teacher training certified with Paul Grilley Pilates mat level 1 & 2 with Polestar & Physical Mind
BCRPA fitness leader, weight trainer, third age (senior) instructor, TRX Suspension trainer and personal trainer, Reki level 1 & 2 practicioner
For full details on my training and back ground, please go to Julia's qualifications.
Allan Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana 2)
Allan is Julia's best friend, husband & business partner. Allan is a recently retired Surrey Firefighter and practices Yoga, TRX & Aerial Yoga to help stay in shape and to keep a focused, clear mind. Allan enjoys biking, hiking, fishing, rv'ing and travelling.
Allan works behind the scenes to keep our studio's well maintained and in excellent repair.
Thank you Allan for all that you do for us and for your dedication to Free Spirit.
Sara Rockridge gardens
Sara began practicing various yoga styles in 1999 after many years of formal dance training and art school. After being inspired by many different Yoga Teachers and practitioners, she completed her long awaited goal of becoming a yoga instructor with her friend and mentor, Julia Shields of Free Spirit Yoga & Pilates. At which time she trained in Classical Hatha Yoga, Patanjali's Eight Limbs. Sara is fun, compassionate, energetic, easy going, down to earth and has an amazing zest for life.
Sara is inspired by movement, music and flow and teaches a broad range of Yoga styles from gentle to hatha to power flow classes. Sara is continually immersing her self in yoga workshops and other teachers classes to further her Yoga education and self awareness.
Comments from Julia: Sara is truly a devoted friend and fellow Yogini. I am so grateful that she stepped into my life. I know I can always count on her. She has a beautiful voice for chanting and singing, is creative and artistic and is a wonderful mom to two beautiful children.
Linda in spinal twist
Linda started her yoga journey over 10 years ago when her high school teacher introduced her to Hatha Yoga as a part of physical activity. She quickly found the amazing physical and mental benefits that came along with the regular practice. Throughout the years she has practiced many different forms of yoga and has fallen in love with Classical Hatha Yoga.
In 2012 Linda completed her 200 hour level yoga teacher training. Shortly after she finished she began to practice and mentor with Julia Shields.
Feb 21, 2015 Linda completed trx suspension training and is a certified instructor.
Linda understands that instructing a class with love and compassion allows the students to feel safe and comfortable. Her instructions are clear, precise and easy to follow and she has a natural knack of connecting with the students, putting them at ease as she offers support and modifications.
Linda radiates a passion for life and it is reflected in her teaching style and her lifestyle. She is a true friend and is always willing and able to reach out and help others and volunteer her time and efforts throughout the community.
aurora tree pose outstretched arms
As a mother of 3 boys, a dog, 2 cats and a bearded dragon and working as a nurse, life can be hectic! Yoga provides a sanctuary for me so that I can stay centered and grounded.
I practiced yoga in my bedroom as a teenager and a few years back started practicing again. It was like going home. Yoga helps me on and off the mat, from connecting to the breath, brining awareness to the mind body connection, to healing old wounds and releasing negativity. I love that yoga is inclusive, and I find great joy in teaching all levels and all ages. I like to teach in an egoless, safe and peaceful environment and enjoy a gentle and approachable style of yoga.
I became a certified 200 hour level Classical Hatha, Hatha Flow, Kids Yoga, Yin inspired and Gentle yoga teacher Yoga teacher in August of 2017 and a certified Pilates mat level Teacher in September 2017. I was immersed in the kids after school yoga program for the Maple Ridge School district during my teacher training.
I am also a certified doula and I am preparing to take Reiki level 1 and 2 and Therapeutic Yoga Outreach training in the near future.
I love to hula and play the ukelele and spending time in nature.
I look forward to seeing all your smiling faces in class soon!
I began my Yoga journey so unsure of myself and with no expectations of myself other than to be open to the process. I am so grateful for every tear shed and every smile expressed on my mat, for every opportunity to dive deep within and allow those thoughts and feelings to flow through me without labels. Yoga has given me an outlet to fully experience, accept and expand myslef in a way I can not explain. My Yoga practice speaks for me when words elude me, it has not become me but let me become. I am grateful for this path that has revealed itself to me and being open enough to receive it. I am honoured for the opportnity to help others along their own journey and to share a safe and sacred space with them.
Crystal is a registered 200 hour level Hatha, Hatha flow, Power Yoga, Yin inspired Yoga teacher and a certified TRX and Tabata instructor.
Viri exhaulted warrior pose
Viri is passionate about the art of movement and expresses her passion throughYoga and Latin Dance (Salsa, Danzon, Bachata). Viri discovered Yoga 8 years ago and was amazed at how the practice of yoga made her feel so happy and centered. After finishing her first Yoga class it all clicked and she knew her life would be forever changed and from that moment on and it was.
Viri initially approached Yoga as a way to improve her flexibility and find peace of mind and calmness and has since discovered it has helped her be more patient with herself and others. It has taught her to listen to and nurture her body and mind.
A regular yoga practice has made her more open and accepting to whatever life throws at her.
Viri is also TRX certified and Pilates Mat Level one certified.
Viri welcomes you to come and join her in celebrating Yoga, Pilates, TRX and Latin Dance.
nicola taking flight in crow pose
I spent many years walking through my life feeling like something was missing. I was always a bit of an outsider yearning for something more. My family was constantly packing up and moving through my childhood years which left me feeling ungrounded and uprooted. I had many friends but everyone was at arm's length, nothing and no one could break that barrier I held around myself.
Then in my early teens I met my now husband and I found my connection to Yoga. I instantly fell in love (with both) and started feeling a sense of belonging that so resonated with my soul. I wavered in and out of yoga over the next few years as my life ebbed and flowed. But when I became pregnant with my eldest daughter I fell in deep to my practice. Yoga enabled me to connect to my growing baby, strengthening my body and mind for her arrival and preparing me for so many more ups and downs that I didn't know life had in store for me. I will forever be grateful to yoga for getting me through some of the most trying times in my life thus far.
For me, sharing my passion for yoga gives me a feeling of wholeness. Yoga doesn't judge, expect or place limitations. Everyone can do some form of yoga and that is what I am here to show you.
I believe in having a safe and egoless practice, everything I do and teach comes from a place of love and respect. I offer a fun, open and kindhearted class. We will breath, pause, let go and share our energy.
I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Program at Free Spirit Yoga studying under the guidance of my mentor Julia Shields. I am registered and insured with the Canadian Yoga Alliance. I am also certified to teach TRX suspension training.
I come from a sports background with over 15 years experience in the fitness industry.
I came to Yoga to find balance. I had strength and stamina, but lacked flexibility.
As my journey has progressed I was surprised about not only the physical changes in my own body but how I started to feel on the inside (salm, clear grounded to name a few). I began to honour my body and mind and found my soul nourished.
The Free Spirt Team loves Kim's enthusiam, commitment and passion for life and wellness.
From many years of teaching fitness Kim has developed a deep understanding of anatomy and movement patterns and a keen ability to safely and effectively cue and modify with ease and skill.
Kim is inspiring, positive, kind hearted, patient and upbeat.
Come to one of Kim's classes and be inspired and motivated!
Angie half moon
Angie loves Yoga for what it does for her flexibility and strength and for the calming effects it has on her mind. She values the friendships and connections she has made with her fellow Yoga teachers, students and the Yoga community. Angie practices and teaches Yoga and fitness because she strongly believes in the benefits of self-care and a healthy, balanced body and mind. Angie is the proud mother of 2 sons and she especially enjoys working with kids, teens and tweens. She appreciates their sense of fun and enthusiasm, open-mindedness and willingness to learn new concepts. She admires that kids come to Yoga without judgement and are very supportive to one another. When not on her Yoga mat you will find Angie spending quality time with her boys or playing softball, golf or biking. *Angie is also an amazing professional hair stylist*
Angie's curiosity led her to Yoga teacher training as she yearned to deepen her knowledge and is now excited to be sharing her skills and Yoga practices with others. She graduated 200 hour level Yoga teacher training and TRX training in November 2015.
Free Spirit Yoga and Pilates
Julia Shields 13354 237a Street Maple Ridge, BC V4R 2V9 Phone Julia's cel 604-807-7512 or Allan 778-240-8415 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org