Led by:

Julie Martin


21 September 2017 to 24 September 2017


Roots - London
United Kingdom


YOGA, SACRED DANCE AND CREATIVE WRITING - Embodied Practices to unfold your stories

Aren’t we ultimately looking to experience “aliveness” and everything it encompasses?  We cannot truly touch on the sensation of being until we embrace and embody our means of practice.  It cannot be a thinking process or digested through reading a book or even learned, it must be an experience.  Join Julie for 4 days of exploring, unfolding, curiosity, discovery and release in this mini-Urban Retreat. Combining daily practices of Vinyasa Flow Brahmani style, Sacred Dance, Meditation and Creative writing, we will dive into a journey of self discovery.

Julie is an expert at guiding practices that offer freedom in form and allow self expression to arise. Structures often bring a sense of confinement, but here all structures will be fluid, pliable and open to personal interpretation based on where and who we are in the moment.

Working with somatic methods we will look at how we embody practices.  What does it really mean to practice yoga? How can we continue to arrive in the present moment? Witness and listen, without judgement, but with curiosity?  These are the questions we will ask as we traveling through movement and stillness, silence and written word, verbal and non verbal communication.

What is Sacred Dance? We are constantly communicating with our bodies. Our gestures, glances, movements are telling stories we may not be aware of. When we cultivate our internal dialogue to find expression in movement, in dance, we have access to our stories. We feel them, see them and express them. Through this process we allow ourselves to re-pattern, let go of limiting ideas and grow in our relationship to ourselves and others. Sacred Dance is a movement exploration without limitations. Guided by Julie through different awareness exercises you will find your freedom in movement and let the dance rise from within.


10.00 - 12.00  Thursday 21 - Sunday 24 September

Julie’s style of flow and curiosity, a practice for all those who are tired of showing up to merely make shapes.  This session will start with Meditation and we will experience different techniques throughout the weekend.   These can booked separately from the afternoon sessions.  


13.30 - 17.30 Thursday 21 - Sunday 24 September

Sacred Dance Movement Therapy focusing on different emotional patterns through these sessions we will discover individuality and unity, solidarity and uncertainty, trust and fear, as well as moving into whatever may arise.  Complementing this practice we will include creative writing exercises to allow our inner poetry to rise to the surface, our stories to be told and witness who we are in each moment.  There will be a 20 minute break in the middle of these sessions. 

Roots is an incredibly beautiful studio 5 minutes walk from Wapping station.  I came across this space as I was looking for something that would feel like a true Urban Retreat in the centre of London. Spacious and light and designed with love, care and attention to detail, you will feel as if you have been transported to a peaceful oasis somewhere else.  I'm so excited to be there moving with everyone. You won't regret the extra trek to get there, I promise! 
Roots • London
Metropolitan Wharf • London • E1W 3SS


Bring a notebook and mat


Julie Martin

About The Instructors

Julie Martin wants you to think outside the box, get off your mat, shake up the old dogmas and find freedom to unfold into the beauty of a yoga practice that emerges from the inside.  With over 25 years of experience and an international following of students and teachers alike, Julie’s greatest aim is to inspire.  Her particular passion for human movement means continual investigation of new anatomical approaches, working with natural movement, range of motion, integrated stability and letting go of some of the old asana myths in order to move with the body and not against it.  The practice is always an enquiry, a somatic exploration of sensation, movement and stillness.  

15 years ago Julie set up Brahmani Yoga in Goa, India after teaching in Brighton, UK  for over 8 years.  The largest motivation for the yoga centre was to create a community that could join together each winter season and practice without judgement, learn to let everything evolve and be totally inclusive to all yogis.  What grew out of that is an international reputation especially in training teachers to challenge the “norms” of the yoga world when they no longer work for us.  Julie’s work as a teacher trainer leaves students inspired and empowered.   

She encourages people to find their own pace, fluidity and strength in a structure that is only a "suggestion". No longer asking people to get "into" a pose, but if stillness arises in a moment then space is given to pause, feel and sense.

“Coming from a dance background and starting an asana practice to save my knees (which it did) I was initially so thankful for the practice.  But as I moved over into the deeper world of yoga and teaching it (25 years ago) I was soon riddled with injuries. I had to rethink how this method that had initially "saved" my body was now the source of pain and injury and why everyone in the midst of it was so intent on a "right way" to do the practice. So I stepped away from the strict methodology (which lost me students in some cases) and worked on combining information from modern anatomy and fascia research, including some of my dance knowledge, with natural movement and letting people find their own alignment instead of forcing ideas of what anything should look like. For me it's about allowing students to find a somatic practice that nurtures and heals the body and mind.”

Your yoga practice should invite you into relationship with your self, your body, your mind and emotions.  This is not Instagram yoga or circus skills class.  This is moving through layers, feeling, experiencing and observing process, moving towards stillness, moving towards self.  

The practice is not in the asana, it is in the awareness - Julie Martin



Price £300.00 for entire 4 days all sessions (not including lunch)

£100 for all 4 Mornings Only  (or £27 for one session only)

£240 for all 4 Afternoons Only  (no drop-ins for afternoon sessions)

The space is limited to 15 people maximum and we expect it to fill up quickly

To register please contact Julie at  brahmanijulie@gmail.com  

Payment accepted by Bank transfer, pay pal (or cash in person with pre approval)