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       Rock Hill: 111 Caldwell St, Suite 101 Rock Hill | SC 29730 | 803-366-YOGA (9642)   



Julie started yoga as a way to reduce stress during a hostile takeover at work.  Hours after her very first lesson, she was thrown from a horse and the horse trainer, impressed at her new-found ability to stay calm, said "whatever you did in that yoga class, keep it up"- that was almost 15 years ago.  
During her career, Julie traveled extensively and has had the opportunity to practice yoga in England, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Italy, Thailand, India, Australia, Mexico and Costa Rica, but she considers Synergy her home studio and practices here daily.  Julie completed her 200 hour certification under the instruction of Grace Morales, founder of Charlotte Yoga.  
When she's not consulting with technology start ups, Julie volunteers with Make-A-Wish Foundation and Girls On The Run, and teaches at Synergy and our sister studio, Vital Yoga.  Julie's classes are challenging and fun, with an awesome playlist and plenty of options for each student to get the most out of a pose.  

Julie instructs the following:
  • $7 Kids Yoga (ages 6-11)
  • Through games, movement, imagination and lots of fun, creative yoga for kids (ages 6-11) teaches lifelong skills that are beneficial to instill in all growing kids. It is especially beneficial for children to learn at a young age that yoga can help strengthen their bodies as well as their minds. The top eight benefits of yoga for kids:

    -Increases Flexibility and strength- Children are naturally flexible, but somewhere around the ages of 6 or 7, their flexibility can diminish. The good news is that by practicing yoga it helps maintain their flexibility.
    -Improves Balance- As children work on their balance in yoga poses, their self-confidence increases as they feel their bodies grow stronger.
    -Enhances Concentration and Focus- Kids are part of a rapidly changing world. Yoga helps children practice concentration and self-control, which then enhances their focus and awareness.
    -Practices Being Present and Mindful- There is much benefit to slowing down, unplugging and being away from it all, a yoga class keeps the kids present, aware and in the moment, which is a valuable skill to practice throughout life.
    -Boosts Confidence- Yoga makes you feel good! As they practice, they become calmer, more poised and confident in their abilities, not only in class, but throughout their daily activities.
    -Promotes Health and Stress Management- Breathing exercises in yoga help calm and center kids. This gives kids the tools to use when they are stressed or overwhelmed in life.
    -Builds Peer and Social Interaction- Yoga is about encouraging one another and promoting acceptance, trust, kindness, and empathy.
    Sparks Creativity and Expression- Our classes are fun and engaging as they move in and out of games, stories, and songs while learning new poses and practicing as a group.

    *Please friend me Lisa Felton-Gajdzis on FB in order to be linked to our new Synergy Creative Yoga for kids page to access lesson plans, and helpful information regarding kids yoga!