Meet the Instructor
Julia M. DeMar is a registered yoga instructor (200 RYT) and the founder of Yoga Kimè. She is passionate about helping others learn how to develop personal practices that work for their bodies. Currently studying and practicing the yogic philosophy (eight limbs of yoga) and all four traditional schools of yoga (Jana, Bhakti, Karma, and Raja Yoga), she has learned many techniques from various styles of yoga, including (but not limited to): Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Iyengar, Yin, Anusara, Ashtanga, Power, Restorative, Gentle, Ariel/Anti-Gravity, Hot, and Acroyoga.
Parallel to her yoga training, Julia has also enjoyed being a student of various forms of martial arts with her son since 2008, which has included Tang So Do, Shotokan, and Jiu Jitsu. Medical Qi Gong, weight training, and walking/hiking is also implemented as a means of exercise and restoring the body. Before graduating from Hagerstown Community College with two associates degrees (Arts and sciences, Sociology) and completing their program to become a certified personal trainer, Julia last worked for a company that offers intervention services for at-risk youth. She always finds delight in her ongoing/never-ending personal studies of anything to do with natural healing such as techniques from yoga and massage, or plants that heal (Ayurveda/ medicinal herbs, wild edibles, edible flowers), as well as spiritual texts or practices performed by different cultures.
And all of this is the result of pain.
It has been a personal quest for health and happiness.
Physical therapists were the first to introduce her to the idea of stretching in order to heal from multiple injuries and imbalances. She learned movements, exercises, and techniques that are designed to help the body rebuild from the state that it was currently in, then was taught to practice them every single day to improve. When looking for local practices that taught similar movements or stretches that seemed to really help her strengthen, lengthen, and rehabilitate her body, she found the practice of yoga and fell in love. It has since helped her to overcome so many obstacles and personal limitations, far exceeding any and goals and “realistic” expectations originally set.
She is now learning to be grateful for the for all the love and laughter as well as the tears and pain. For each experience helps us to know ourselves a little better, reach a little further, eventually finding ourselves doing things we never expected to do or even imagined possible.