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Meet Julian Walker of Julian Walker Mind-Body Practices

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julian Walker.

Julian, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Since I was 5 years old, I wanted to move from my native South Africa to LA. At 19 my wish came true by way of escaping the Apartheid-era draft, and being jailed as a conscientious objector!

I also got to live what had been a teenage dream of going to Musician’s Institute, the music school in Hollywood. My college education had been interrupted by the political turmoil in my home country, and so when I received my music school diploma, I found myself working minimum wage jobs and riding the bus 90 minutes each way between Venice Beach and Hollywood.

In my spare time, I pursued not only music, but my fascination with philosophy, psychology, and spirituality —and soon found that teaching meditation and yoga, and practicing massage for my friends turned into a new career. That was 25 years ago, and I never looked back!

I now offer public yoga classes and Dance Tribe events, lead retreats that integrate yoga, meditation, and dance, offer teacher trainings, have a thriving private mind-body massage and coaching business and even have a recurring annual presentation at a prestigious psychology conference at UCLA.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I lived in LA for 4 years without a car, rode the bus, lived in one room and ate very cheaply. When I finally got a car, I drove all over town teaching guitar lessons and yoga classes.

Like my business, but perhaps even more so, being a self-employed entrepreneur has its ups and downs, but I am grateful to say that sharing what I love with others in ways that benefit their lives has been a moving and beautiful journey that only continues to expand and deepen.

I have struggled a little at times with finding my audience because I am so interested in integrating an eclectic integration of my interests: music, poetry, psychology, mind-body spirituality, neuroscience and on and on… But when it is a good fit, my students and clients really appreciate my work, and we form long and meaningful connections.

Please tell us about Julian Walker Mind-Body Practices.
I like to think I am most known for creating experiences for people that are rejuvenating, meaningful, healing, and inspiring. I seek to really invite people into getting grounded in what matters to them, where their growth and healing needs to happen, and what really allows them to feel nourished, supported, empowered and loving.

Part of what sets me apart is that I find being informed by psychology and science very valuable, and I place a high priority on the personal touch, good communication, and creating trust and safety so that others can open up.

I am proud to say everything I share professionally is an expression of my own journey of fascination, growth, and healing and is offered with a deeply personal sincerity and passion.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
How music was a constant companion for me, started at first by my mother playing music for me and singing along, then by my dad instigating impromptu dance parties, and then by the little radio I carried everywhere and later by my love affair with the guitar.

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Robert Sturman, Sarit Rogers , UCLA Psychology Conference

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