Hi there! My name is Julie Boyse, some call me by my spiritual name Jaya and I’m excited you are here so I can tell you how Journey 2 Balance came about!
My passions have always been helping people, traveling, learning and sharing what I learn. After graduating from Practical Nursing and spending 20 years in the insurance industry, the importance of self care for life/work balance became clear to me.
During my corporate career, I experienced what some said was a nervous breakdown, a burnout, and what could have been called an awakening. This experience sparked my desire to help others to become more aware of how important gratitude, self care and asking for help is for their own journey.
My balance strategy includes: Teaching yoga by helping to coordinate body, mind and soul and meditation. Therapeutic Touch, a holistic therapy to balance energy fields to enhance relaxation and give your body time to heal itself. A short period of time working on these elements can make such a different in your life. These practices have played a big part in my journey to balance.
Therapeutic Touch has been a part of my life since 2002. In 2015, I completed the recognition requirements and earned Recognized Practitioner status. I have seen how many people have benefited from Therapeutic Touch including those limited by arthritis, anxiety, unmanageable pain, headaches, cancer, tense muscles, grieving, and acute injuries.
While I took my first yoga class in 2002, Yoga came into my life in 2009 deeper when a close friend began teaching yoga and it has helped me through my life changing transition.
In 2011, I started practicing yoga with a more spiritually centred teacher, Lalitadevi Little Mango Tree, a student of Bihar School of Yoga in Munger, India and learned so much from her. This is where yoga became a way of life for me by creating awareness of what my body is telling me.
In November 2014, I met Swami Maheshananda Saraswati (Swami Mahesh) who was giving a program at the Little Mango Tree. Swami Mahesh is a traveling yogi from India, who studied at the Bihar School of Yoga with Swami Satyananda, sharing yoga teachings around the world. I traveled with him on retreats to Iceland (2015), Costa Rica (2016) and India (2016).
I expressed an interest in becoming a Yoga teacher where I too could help share the benefits of yoga and he recommended the Sivananda Teacher Training program. I spent the month of July 2016 living in an Ashram with the instructor and studying yoga intensely and have made yoga my way of life since. This experience integrated nicely with the knowledge I had obtained from the previous classes, workshops, retreats and self exploration I had been doing with Swami Mahesh and when he was ready to teach his own teacher training. I spent 6 weeks with him in India, learning even more about Yoga and Ayurveda, becoming one of his first graduates of the program. In 2018, he asked me to join his team at Siya International and bring those interested in exploring India with me when I go.
I first learned to meditate through my Therapeutic Touch courses in 2002 and continued this as a method to fall asleep at night. Meditation is something I started practicing more regularly as a part of my recovery and yoga practice. It has played a big role in my self awareness and bringing my mind and body back into balance. Everything flows more smoothly when I have completed my meditation practice. Though it’s hard to explain the actual experience of meditation, I have found it has created so many positive changes in my life.
To understand Meditation further I took a 6 month Meditation Course through the Willpower Institute in Niagara Falls where the master teacher invited us to Thailand for the graduation.
Now I teach Chair Yoga at Senior Care Facilities, Classical Hatha Yoga sessions with Ayurveda tips, Learn to Meditate classes, Learn to Chant Mantra Classes, Yoga Nidra, a monthly Mantra Meditation class and a regular class for those interested in learning more about yoga at different yoga studios and locations across Niagara including Fort Erie, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne and Welland.
I started a blog (recommended by a close friend) on my travels and lessons learned on those travels in preparation for my first trip to India. Since I returned home, I realized I have had a lot of amazing experiences in my life and have learned amazing information along the way. Now I continue using the blog to talk about those journeys and share what I have learned along my journey.
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If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear from you!
Until then, take care
I would like to take this space to thank all of my friends and family who have been so supportive throughout my journey. You mean so much to me, thank you for everything, I love you.
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Official Certifications and Training
- Recognized Therapeutic Touch Practitioner – Therapeutic Touch Network of Ontario
- Deepening Yoga Practice – Little Mango Tree
- Ayurveda for Real Life – Melanie Phillips
- Registered Yoga Teacher – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Camp 200 Hour
- Chair Yoga Certification – Michael Hutkins Yoga
- Kids & Teens Yoga Certification – Sivananda Yoga
- Safe Talk and ASIST Training – Canadian Mental Health Association
- Registered Yoga Teacher – India – Siya International 200 Hour
- Ayurveda Dinacharya Practice – India – IAIM Healthcare Centre
- Inner Empowerment training – Melanie Phillips
- Tantra Philosophy and Siva Sutras – India – Siya International