JULIE ELLIS PT, SCS
I am a Physical Therapist, Sports Certified Specialist and have taught Yoga and Pilates as well as high intensity cardio classes for the College of Southern Idaho for over 15 years. I am a co-owner of Center for Physical Rehabilitation. I earned my Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 1990 and am also a BrainyEx Certified Health Coach. I love running, hiking, skiing and music. I am passionate about helping my clients understand musculoskeletal or neurological issues that may be hindering their ability to function.
I am a 200 hour Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher who has been practicing yoga since 2009 and has been teaching since 2012. I received a yoga certificate through Shanti Yoga School and a Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga certification through Sadie Nardini. I teach a variety of classes including vinyasa, core-strength, power, kids, family, couples, chair, corporate, gentle, beginners, restorative, and yin. I have experienced first-hand the benefits of yoga and can truly say it saved my life. I love to see my client’s lives transformed due to the physical, mental and spiritual practice of yoga. In my spare time I finds myself reading yoga and plant-based nutrition books. I also enjoy baking for my family and learning how to cook plant-based. And when I’m not doing all that, I’m spending time with my family and friends.
My love for yoga started back in college when I stumbled upon a Bikram Hot Studio. The heat was exhilarating! I left that class and every single class since feeling refreshed both physically and mentally. The challenge of the heat and humidity is what keeps me intrigued and going back for more. I received my 200 hour yoga certification through Essential Hot Yoga in Boise, April 2016. I love spending time with friends and family, being up in the mountains as much as possible, I have a huge garden that keeps me busy, and have recently picked up boxing! I live in Twin Falls with my other half and our two pups!
My yoga Journey started when I tore 2 discs in my lumbar spine after a skiing accident. I remember being miserable for 4 months straight thinking that I would never be able to ski like I did prior to hurting my back. After countless failed attempts to healing my back and being constantly connected to a tinz unit, I decided to try a yoga class and after that 90 minutes I had pain relief that I hadn’t felt in months. One class was all I needed to peak my interest in the practice of yoga and I wanted to know more. 2 years later I decided to switch my career from a Esthetician/ Hairstylist to become a Yoga Instructor. I started my Yoga teacher training through Yoga Assests in January of 2016 and graduated June of 2016.
I’m very passionate about Yoga and all the Health benefits it provides mentally and physically. It’s pretty rad to see how much yoga has aided me in my physical performance. I am a survivor of a disease called Cystic Fibrosis and have found yoga insanely beneficial to my health. Since starting my yoga journey I have had a 20% increase in my lung function and I can say I breathe easy now!
Things I’m stoked on are, being outside, moving my body and living life to the fullest. I love rock climbing, running, surfing, paddle boarding, biking, yoga and most of all I really love skiing. Aside from teaching yoga, I am a ski patroller at Pomerelle Mountain Ski Resort in the winter time. You can find me all winter chasing my husband down the ski hill. I have one fur baby named Shanti and she loves skiing just as much as my husband and I do. This is me in a nutshell.
I have been teaching group exercise classes for 12 years. The desire to teach started after my 1st baby was born and I quickly realized that running with a baby in a running stroller was not as awesome as I was hoping. Being a poor college student family in Texas, and unable to afford a gym membership, I decided that teaching classes might be a good option. 12 years and 4 children later, I still LOVE teaching group exercise classes. From cardio aerobics, cycling, kickboxing, kids athletics, Active older adults to weight lifting classes, I have probably taught it and love it.