ABOUT

Julie Boyse (Jaya)

Namaste!

My name is Julie Boyse, some call me by my spiritual name, Jaya and I’m excited you are here so I can tell you how Journey 2 Balance came about!
 
My passions have always been helping people, traveling, learning and sharing what I learn.  After graduating from Practical Nursing and spending 20 years in the insurance industry, at the same company, the importance of self care for life/work balance became clear to me.  

During my corporate career, I experienced what some said was a nervous breakdown, burnout and was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.  This experience sparked my desire to inspire others to become more aware of how important gratitude, presence, self care, and getting help when needed, for their own journey.  

My balance strategy includes:  teaching yoga and meditation to help to align the body, mind and soul.  

My Yoga Journey

While I took my first yoga class in 2002, Yoga came into my life more regularly in 2009, when a close friend began teaching hot yoga and I attended her classes to help support her business.

In 2012, I started practicing a more classical style of Yoga with Lalitadevi of Little Mango Tree, who had studied at the Bihar School of Yoga in India.  Her classes were so unique and included chanting and closing the eyes throughout the practice to connect with the body.  

At the end of class it was like I had no worries in the world, I was at peace and felt so relaxed.  Before leaving we would all line up to get a hug at the end of the class and sometimes she would look so deep in your eyes it was like she was looking into your soul. While I found it all quite strange at first, there was something about the classes that kept me going back.  I would look forward to the end of the day every Monday and knew if I didn't make it to class my whole week felt off.

Lalitadevi has been my inspiration along my journey and is a true example of how to life yoga in everyday life.

Lalitadevi

Me trying to re-enact how I was feeling at that time

As life got busy I wasn't as regular attending the weekly classes.  I was working in the corporate world of insurance, I had been taking on too much ....... offering help when I already had a full workload and schedule.    I was  putting too much pressure on myself ........... working late, coming in on  weekends, checking emails on vacations, eating at my desk while I worked to get everything done.  I didn't want to say no .......so I could prove that I could be counted on and do good by everyone.    I was in the constant state of overwhelm and slowly burning out.  

Until one day, in April 2014, I did burnout, I had experienced a nervous breakdown. 

As life got busy I wasn't as regular attending the weekly classes.  I was working in the corporate world of insurance, I had been taking on too much ....... offering help when I already had a full workload and schedule.    I was  putting too much pressure on myself ........... working late, coming in on  weekends, checking emails on vacations, eating at my desk while I worked to get everything done.  I didn't want to say no .......so I could prove that I could be counted on and do good by everyone.    I was in the constant state of overwhelm and slowly burning out.  

Until one day, in April 2014, I did burnout, I had experienced a nervous breakdown. 

Me trying to re-enact how I was feeling at that time

This is where yoga re-entered my life as being the only recommended source of movement besides trying to walk again for my physical health, during the onset of my recovery, and a psychologist was recommended for my mental health.

Lalitadevi worked with me giving me simple movements that I still teach today in my classes to re-align my nervous system and keep the energy flowing through my body.

In November 2014, I met Swami Maheshananda Saraswati (Swami Mahesh) who was giving a program on Who am I? at the Little Mango Tree.  

Swami Mahesh is a traveling yogi from India, who studied at the Bihar School of Yoga with Swami Satyananda, for 14 years before wandering around the world for another 12 years, sharing the teachings of yoga from the ancient vedic texts.

He was  a shining light and was so full of joy, who was living my dream of yoga and travelling the world.

Swami Maheshananda Saraswati

Melanie Phillips (Madhuri)

I returned to work in January 2015 and started studying yoga on a more deeper level, and learning more about Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga, through Lalitadevi and Melanie Phillips of the Madhuri Method.  

I started applying what I was learning in the classes to my daily life.  Ayurveda gave me the tools that I could use every day to help me live a healthy life and gave me a deeper understanding of how we align with nature.

I returned to work in January 2015 and started studying yoga on a more deeper level, and learning more about Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga, through Lalitadevi and Melanie Phillips of the Madhuri Method.  

I started applying what I was learning in the classes to my daily life.  Ayurveda gave me the tools that I could use every day to help me live a healthy life and gave me a deeper understanding of how we align with nature.

Melanie Phillips

In May, I traveled to Iceland with Swami Mahesh on a Yoga Retreat.  A couple months later, the company, I had been working for, for 20 years, restructured and I was let go.  This gave me the opportunity to decide how I really wanted to live the rest of my life.

I spent my time travelling, where I truly felt at home, amongst my travels I met Swami Mahesh in Costa Rica (January 2016) and then packed for my first trip to India in March of 2016 for a Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat.  A close friend had suggested I keep a blog of my travels, so before I left I set up my blog and called it Journey to Balance.

My first logo

Swami Mahesh and I practicing meditation

By this time, I knew without a doubt, that I wanted to be able to share the gift of yoga to others.  

I asked Swami Mahesh while I was there, where I too could learn to help share the benefits of yoga and he recommended the Sivananda Teacher Training program.

By this time, I knew without a doubt, that I wanted to be able to share the gift of yoga to others.  

I asked Swami Mahesh while I was there, where I too could learn to help share the benefits of yoga and he recommended the Sivananda Teacher Training program.

As soon as I got back home I registered for the next teacher training program offered by Sivananda, and I spent the month of July 2016 living in an Ashram with the instructors, studying yoga intensely. This experience integrated nicely with the knowledge I had obtained from the previous classes, workshops, retreats and self exploration I had been doing with Swami Mahesh.

Me in my bliss after mantra initiation

My first yoga class at Martial Art One, now known as Niagara Taekwondo

When I returned home from the training I set up the business and taught my first classes in a friend's Taekwondo Studio in September and Swami Mahesh came to teach a program in October of that same year.

Getting my Chair Yoga Teacher Certification was a must so I could get back to one of my passions of working with seniors and I started teaching at nursing homes and retirement homes around the Niagara Region and Oxford County, (where I share my time) and I have been teaching Chair Yoga ever since.

When I returned home from the training I set up the business and taught my first classes in a friend's Taekwondo Studio in September and Swami Mahesh came to teach a program in October of that same year.

Getting my Chair Yoga Teacher Certification was a must so I could get back to one of my passions of working with seniors and I started teaching at nursing homes and retirement homes around the Niagara Region and Oxford County, (where I share my time) and I have been teaching Chair Yoga ever since.

My first yoga class at Martial Art One, now known as Niagara Taekwondo

In March 2018, Swami Mahesh announced he would be offering his first 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in India, and I knew I had to go.  While I was comfortable teaching in front of a group now I wanted to start diving deeper into the philosophy side of yoga.  I spent 6 weeks with him in India, learning even more about Yoga and Ayurveda, becoming one of his first graduates of the program.  

Later that year he asked me to join his SIYA International team.

Receiving my Yoga Teacher Training Certificate in Bangalore, India

One of my trips to India

I continue to return to India every year and bring groups with me to explore Incredible India and meet up with Swami Mahesh for his annual Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat.

Having had such an incredible experience of using power of mantra in our every day practice, when I returned home I started offering mantra chanting and yoga nidra on a monthly basis and continue to offer these classes.

I continue to return to India every year and bring groups with me to explore Incredible India and meet up with Swami Mahesh for his annual Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat.

Having had such an incredible experience of using power of mantra in our every day practice, when I returned home I started offering mantra chanting and yoga nidra on a monthly basis and continue to offer these classes.

In July 2018, I was asked to help with a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training teaching for two days of the training at Shine On Yoga and I had no idea what an impact this opportunity would have. This was just the beginning of the next step of my journey.

Diane Herring (Manjeet) and I at International Yoga Day

Lori Brant

As a part of my Swadyaya (self study) practice, I starting working with Lori Brant, a happiness coach, to help me identify the beliefs that were keeping me from moving forward in my life.  I started learning how to identify the thoughts I was having  that was moving me out of alignment away from my natural state of peace and calm and how to move myself back into alignment.    

The awareness of my body and emotions that I had developed through yoga was a big help and with the tools Lori shares helped me to become more aware of my thoughts and what was getting in the way of the peace and calm feeling.  She has played a huge role in my life and is an inspiration to me.

As a part of my Swadyaya (self study) practice, I starting working with Lori Brant, a happiness coach, to help me identify the beliefs that were keeping me from moving forward in my life and I started learning how to identify the thoughts I was having  that was moving me out of alignment away from my natural state of peace and calm and how to move myself back into alignment.  

The awareness of my body and emotions that I had developed through yoga was a big help to transform these not so great beliefs. 

I started a small group for those spiritual seekers interested in learning more after my trip to India in 2019 and started offering kirtan on special days throughout the year.

And in May Swami Mahesh came for his annual visit to Canada and we held a 4 day residential yoga retreat.

Swami Mahesh and I at Jericho House, Wainfleet, Ontario Canada

First Yoga Teacher Training with Lalitadevi

In February 2020, I was grateful and felt honoured to be asked to assist in Lalitadevi's first 200 Hour Yoga Teacher trainings what an incredible experience!  One I will never forget.

In February 2020, I was grateful and felt honoured to be asked to assist in Lalitadevi's first 200 Hour Yoga Teacher trainings what an incredible experience!  One I will never forget.

Just after the first intensive week of yoga teacher training, I packed for my annual trip to India to meet Swami Mahesh. I returned home just before the borders closed because of the Covid 19 - Corona Virus.  He was the last person I hugged before going into quarantine during the pandemic. 

Swami Mahesh and I at AVP, Coimbatore, India

One of my home studio set ups

We finished the majority of the yoga teacher training online with the exception of our outdoor graduation.

While I had been wanting to start trying some online classes, I had no idea I would be holding my first online class on April 6, 2020 and have been online ever since and loving it.

We finished the majority of the yoga teacher training online with the exception of our outdoor graduation.

While I had been wanting to start trying some online classes, I had no idea I would be holding my first online class on April 6, 2020 and have been online ever since and loving it.

A few days later I signed up for Yoga Sutras course online with another amazing man, Naresh Kumar, from Hyderabad, India and have been meeting him almost every morning since, learning everything to do with Vedic Philosophy.

I feel so blessed to have all of these amazing teachers in my life.

Naresh Kumar

Lalitadevi and I at the graduation ceremony for the first YTT

In September, Lalitadevi and I held a Chair Yoga Teacher Training and I was asked to teach a philosophy class, Chair Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Nidra theory class for Shine On Yoga's 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.   In 2021, I was asked to assist for the 2nd 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Lalitadevi and teach another Chair Yoga Teacher Training and then.........

In September, Lalitadevi and I held a Chair Yoga Teacher Training and I was asked to teach a philosophy class, Chair Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Nidra theory class for Shine On Yoga's 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training.   In 2021, I was asked to assist for the 2nd 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Lalitadevi and teach another Chair Yoga Teacher Training and then.........

Swami Mahesh invited me to assist in his first Online 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training for SIYA International

Swami Mahesh and I first online appearance in 2021!

Swami Mahesh invited me to assist in his first Online 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training for SIYA International

Such and incredible journey so far and feeling open and ready for what's to come!

My Meditation Journey

I first learned to meditate through my Therapeutic Touch courses in 2002 and continued this as a method to fall asleep at night. Meditation is something I started practicing more regularly as a part of my recovery and yoga practice. It has played a big role in my self awareness and bringing my mind and body back into balance. Everything flows more smoothly when I have completed my meditation practice. Though it’s hard to explain the actual experience of meditation, I have found it has created so many positive changes in my life.

I first learned to meditate through my Therapeutic Touch courses in 2002 and continued this as a method to fall asleep at night. Meditation is something I started practicing more regularly as a part of my recovery and yoga practice. It has played a big role in my self awareness and bringing my mind and body back into balance. Everything flows more smoothly when I have completed my meditation practice. Though it’s hard to explain the actual experience of meditation, I have found it has created so many positive changes in my life.

Meditation was a big part of my yoga teacher training but I wanted to understand it on an even deeper level so I took a 6 month, 200 Hour Meditation Course in September 2016, through the Willpower Institute in Niagara Falls where the master teacher invited us to Thailand for the graduation.  Another experience I won't forget.  

Meditation was a big part of my yoga teacher training but I wanted to understand it on an even deeper level so I took a 6 month, 200 Hour Meditation Course in September 2016, through the Willpower Institute in Niagara Falls where the master teacher invited us to Thailand for the graduation.  Another experience I won't forget.  

Every class I teach incorporates a different type of meditation as a part of the class.

Every class I teach incorporates a different type of meditation as a part of the class.

I realized how important it was to have balance in my life and learned so much along my road to recovery that I felt compelled to share these tools with others.

When I am not teaching yoga you can find me studying and practicing yoga, hanging out with my family, sitting by the water or travelling the world.

Yoga has been my guiding light along my journey from burnout to balance and has now become my way of life.

Official Certifications

200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher – Quebec, Canada - Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Camp - 2016
Chair Yoga Certification – Ontario, Canada - Michael Hutkins - 2016
Yoga Kids & Teens Yoga Certification - Ontario, Canada – Sivananda - 2016
200 Hour Meditation Instructor Course - Ontario, Canada and Thailand - Willpower Institute - 2016
200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher – Bangalore, India – SIYA International - 2018
Gentle Yoga Teacher Training - online - Cheryl Gordon - 2020
Restorative Yoga - Shine On Yoga - 2020

Additional Training

Deepening Yoga Practice – Ontario, Canada - Little Mango Tree - 2015
 Ayurveda for Real Life – Online - Melanie Phillips - 2015
Yoga Retreat - Iceland - Swami Mahesh - 2015
Yoga Retreat - Costa Rica - Swami Mahesh- 2015
Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat - Bangalore India - Swami Mahesh - 2016
Cycles of Life & Death from a Yogic Perspective - Ontario, Canada - Swami Mahesh - 2016
Mind & Meditation - Ontario, Canada - Swami Mahesh - 2016
Stress Free Life - Ontario, Canada - Swami Mahesh - 2016
 Safe Talk and ASIST Training – Ontario, Canada - Canadian Mental Health Association - 2017
Ayurveda Dinacharya Practice – Bangalore, India – IAIM Healthcare Centre - 2018
Inner Empowerment training – online - Melanie Phillips - 2018
Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat - Bangalore, India - SIYA International - 2019
Tantra Philosophy and Siva Sutras – Bangalore, India – SIYA International - 2019
 Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat - Coimbatore, India -AVP and SIYA International - 2020
200 Hour Vedic Philosophy - online - Naresh Kumar - 2020
Katho Upanishad – online - SIYA International - 2020
Yoga Sutras – online - SIYA International - 2020
Bhagavad Gita - online - Sivananda - 2020
Hatha Yoga – online - SIYA International - 2020
Chakras – online - SIYA International - 2020
Bhagavad Gita - online - SIYA International - 2020
 Self Realization - online - SIYA International - 2020
Ayurveda – online - SIYA International - 2020
Kundalini Tantra - online - SIYA International - 2020
Restorative Yoga Training - Shine On Yoga - 2020
Yoga Foundations - online - SIYA International - 2020/2021
Harmonium Training - Online - Sheela Bringi - 2021
Pranayama - Online - Oda Lidner - 2021
Yoga for Health Management - Online - SIYA International - 2021
Granthis - Online - Oda Lidner - 2021
Yoga for Digestive Health - Online - SIYA International - 2021

Teacher Training Teaching and Assisting

Teach Yoga History, Philosophy, Koshas, Chakras, Bandhas and  Bhramari Breath - Ontario, Canada - Shine On Yoga - 2018
Assist in 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training - Woodstock - Little Mango Tree - 2020
 Teach Yoga Philosophy in 300 Hour Teaching Training - online - Shine On Yoga - 2020
Teach Chair Yoga Teacher Training for 300 Hour Teacher Training - Online - Shine On Yoga - 2020
Co-Teach Chair Yoga Teacher Training with Lalitadevi- Online/Springfield - Little Mango Tree - 2020
Teach Yoga Nidra in depth in 300 Hour Teacher Training - Online - Shine On Yoga - 2021  
Assist in 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training - Online/Springfield - Little Mango Tree - 2021
Assist in 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training - Online - SIYA International - March 2021
Assist in 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training - Online - SIYA International - September 2021
Co-Teach Chair Yoga Teacher Training with Lalitadevi- Online/Springfield - Little Mango Tree - 2021
Co-Teach Chakra Sadhana with Cheryl Gordon and Oda Lidner - Online - 2021

I would like to take this space to thank all of my teachers, family and friends who have been so supportive throughout my journey. You mean so much to me, thank you for everything, I love you.