Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Fernandez.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Before my yoga teacher training was over, I knew that I wanted to bring yoga to the community in hopes of bringing healing to young kids. I started working with at risk teenaged girls and youth in trauma through a few non-profit organizations in New York City. I then continued to work with an incredible non-profit organization called Exhale to Inhale (ETI) working to empower women survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault by teaching yoga at domestic violence shelters. When I moved to California in 2015, I began working with psychiatrist, Dr. Omid Naim, as a team member at Hope Integrative Psychiatry, helping to bring healing to his patients through breathwork and yoga.
I was inspired to do this work when I saw the impact it had on me, a survivor of sexual assault, and I could no longer bear the idea of others suffering in the ways that I did. I spent my entire adolescence suffering from trauma and its symptoms including depression, anxiety, self harm and eating disorders along with all it was accompanied by including shame, self-loathing and feeling stuck in a body that I felt did not serve me then and could not ever. I could no longer bear the idea of children and youth hurting in the ways that I did and if I can relieve some of the pain and provide a small piece of hope, I will certainly try.
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?
Since developing what is now Metta Healing Arts, the road has been less rocky and rapidly evolving. The biggest challenge that I currently face is describing what I do and how I do it – that changes daily. When I became clear on my purpose and focused less on the how, the road became much smoother. What has never changed for me is the “why”. I believe that everyone deserves to feel safe in their body, comfortable in their own skin and the world, and embodied, integrated and whole.
Please tell us about Metta Healing Arts.
What began with Trauma-Informed yoga, has grown to incorporate breath-work coaching (identifying our unhealthy patterns/habits which prevent us from breathing fully and in turn feeling our best self), Mindfulness (learning to stay in the present moment while recognizing and accepting our thoughts, feelings, sensations as is), physical fitness (helping people get out of stagnation and more active and strong incorporating simple strength building exercises – using emotional skills to support the fears and trauma issues that are blocking people from their own strength) and also Somatic Experiencing practices (body based therapy inviting the exploration of unsettled trauma using the language of the body).
As a trauma recovery specialist, I guide people who are ready to discover their innate capacity for healing to feel safe in their body, comfortable in their own skin and the world, and embodied, integrated and whole. I use tools and techniques, from yoga, breathwork, mindfulness practices, somatic experiencing and other body-centered modalities to help you listen to and trust your body, attune to your real needs, and move through life with less stress and anxiety, and more peace and connection.
- Address: 11159 La Maida Street
North Hollywood, CA 91601
- Website: mettahealingarts.com
- Phone: 213.761.7316
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org