Today we’d like to introduce you to Yulia Medovoy Edelshtain.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Yulia. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I moved to Los Angeles 20 years ago to find myself. I was born in Russia, grew up in Miami, and found my Yoga teacher, Raghavan, after a month in LA. I knew it would be my life.
Before that, I had a great time working on cruise ships. I enjoyed traveling and working with people from all over the world and found my love of performing on stage and hosting events on board.
I felt very comfortable leading large classes in Yoga. It was a place for me to turn off my brain and energy exchange. My approach is about feeling good in the moment, listening to what your body needs today, and that it’s going to be different every day.
There is no perfect way, there is no one way, there is just your way.
Thirteen years ago, a few ladies in my class wanted to help me find my partner in life. My husband and I married in eight months, and have three kids, 11,10 and 8. I had such beautiful birth experiences with my doula and was inspired to be a labor and birth support for women to have a conscious and empowering birth experience.
A year ago, I created a live streaming yoga class through my website www.coachyulia.com. I see you and you see me, and it feels exactly like we are in a room together. Finally, the technology is there, everyone has a device, and people are looking to move and feel good. Thank God I had it in place during the pandemic. I also offer Mat Pilates and Prenatal yoga.
Connecting our minds and body is needed more than ever. Try your first online class free, let’s feel good together.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I moved to Los Angeles at 27 years old with no plan, no job, and one friend. Luckily I found an apartment in two weeks and started working at 24-hour fitness a month in. I started in sales and front desk, personal training, and then started to teach fitness classes and focus on Yoga.
Thanks to my mother, I have a very positive and optimistic outlook on life and experiences. I figured since I’m in LA might as well try acting and modeling, and had fun with performance art. All of this paid the bills, as I was living in the moment and trusting my journey.
I am so grateful that my outlook and my teaching style has resonated with people that have been following me for the past 20 years.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My gift in this world is that I’m present, and I bring everybody present with me. Also when I start new things, I’m really good at looking like I know what I’m doing! I do my best and I just dive right in and give it my all.
I have been a Doula for almost ten years, and it has been a beautiful and intimate connection with the families that I am blessed to support.
I feel that everything in life is a match made in heaven. I really trust my gut, and that is what has attracted me to my clients, and vice versa. I am very straightforward, honest, and really believe that the most important thing is to express ourselves fully. The only way we can accomplish that is with self-care, stepping off the world, and really listening to what we need in the moment. Nobody else can tell you how you feel.
I always say if a teacher tells you look at me, I’m doing it right, it’s the only way, they are only talking about themselves.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My Yoga teacher Raghavan just turned 88 years old. He has been teaching almost 50 years, and his philosophy is that Yoga is scientific. One of my favorite quotes is “bodily functions should be pleasant or something is wrong.
Yoga is an inside and outside tuneup for your body. When everything works right and we are stress-free, we go on about our life and serve our purpose in this world.
The movement is a little bit of everything, and at the end it feels like you had a full body massage. It’s going to be different for every person, and even within ourselves, we are different every day. Our breath helps keep us present, giving ourselves the undivided attention we deserve. We recharge and feel good, so we can be there for everyone and everything in our lives.
- First Class Free
- $20 drop in
- $18 a month for unlimited classes
- Website: www.coachyulia.com
- Phone: 3233770707
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @coachyulia
- Facebook: Coach Yulia
- Twitter: @coachyulia
- Other: Tik Tok @coachyulia
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