Jefferson Performing Arts Society

Jefferson Performing Arts Society



This All-Level Yoga class will be held at Westwego Cultural Center at 177 Sala Avenue from 9:30-10:30am Thursdays this summer on the following dates: July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24, and August 31.  These classes will be offered free and open to the public for these introductory two months. No registration is required, but please arrive 15 minutes early to relax, set up your mat, use the restroom, meet the instructor, and sign necessary waivers*. In September, we will possibly begin to offer these classes for a small fee, TBD.

*You may also sign the waiver online here and print to bring to class or email to All participants must sign a waiver to participate in the class. You do not need to commit to more than one class. Attend as many or as few as you like. Your waiver will be kept on file and noted when you check in for each class.

Parking is free on the street near 177 Sala Avenue or in the adjacent parking lot.

This weekly 55-minute Yoga class has roots in Hatha (incorporating basic traditional postures) designed to accommodate every level and interest. The class format will vary weekly to complement and diversify the practice which may include restorative, core, meditation, breathing techniques and YIN=holding postures for 1-3 mins. A playlist will complement the class and binaural beats may be used during meditation & focused breathwork techniques.

Benefits include strength, endurance, balance and aid with focus, creativity, and flexibility.

Equipment: Bring your own water, mat/towel, wear comfy loose clothes, and feel free to bring your props or belts. *If you don't have a mat you borrow one during this free two month class offering. Starting in September, mats and supplies can be purchased or rented for a small fee.

Cleaning supplies will be on hand to preserve mat condition.



  • July 6
  • July 13
  • July 20
  • July 27
  • August 3
  • August 10
  • August 17
  • August 24
  • August 31


Julie Yoga Pose Paris Bonafide Yoga & Wellness professional, creative, and dedicated Yoga/Fitness Instructor Julie Holman is endorsed by the Holistic Nurses Association on a quest to share the benefits of
practicing movement while intersecting fun with genuine desire to motivate and educate - one breath at a time. For 25 years Julie’s provided a unique service as a mobile wellness & fitness provider. A self-care advocate and peaceful wellness activist internationally certified in a variety of healing art and fitness modalities, she specializes in serving underserved populations include the elderly, youth at risk, marginalized and indigenous populations. Merging her life path as an award-winning visual storyteller while mindfully serving as a Nurse in the specialty of Hospice and Palliative care for over 34 years, Julie aims to create an environment of non-judgment and inviting space for all ages.

Skills & Professional Development:

  • Licensed Practical Nurse- specialty Hospice & Palliative Care (CHPLN) since 1991
  • RYT 300 with Yoga Alliance
  • Certification BASi Pilates Instructor
  • Certified Touch Therapist
  • Certification in Suicide Prevention
  • Certified Trauma Yoga Therapist
  • Certified Aqua Instructor
  • Certificate Mandatory Reporter
  • Specialty Certificates in PTSD, Survivors/Champions of Cancer & Youth at Risk and Trauma
  • AA TV & Motion Picture Production
  • Mindful that each person is unique in stature, age, size, and flexibility.
  • Proficient in meditation, creative visualization & guided imagery
  • Confident hands-on instructor, demonstrates sequence to accommodate all levels
  • Offer challenging, relaxing, mindful movement at a pace and delivery so everyone obtains his/her own benefit
  • Professional, encouraging, and adaptable to a variety of situations
  • 20 years working in designing Corporate Wellness programs-primarily with 501c3 organizations.

Thumbnail Img 7440 Style & Specialty Classes

  • Vinyasa Flow
  • Restorative
  • Yo-Pi-Yoga & Pilates fusion
  • Aqua Fitness & Aqua Yoga
  • Chair Yoga
  • Lunar - Glamping
  • Adaptive Yoga
  • PTSD & Trauma
  • Pre-natal & Post-natal
  • Krya
  • Meditation & Guided Imagery
  • Trance Dance
  • Tai Chi, Qi-Gong
  • Nidra
  • Caregiver Cancer and Terminal related illness group & 1:1


  • 1990-Charity School of Nursing- Licensed Practical Nurse at Elaine P. Nunez
  • 2000-Associate Arts/Fellowship-Television & Motion Picture Production
  • 2001-International Yoga India-Sivananda Dhanwantari Ashram & Punjab
  • 2002- RYT 200 Registered Yoga Teacher Sutra Yoga Institute, Phoenix, AZ
  • 1990-present Certified in CPR & FIRST Aid
  • 2002-Certified Shiva Rea Trance Dance, Aqua & Meditation CA.


  • Wellness-Creative Director- Independent Voices Public Health & Justice Film Festival
  • TV- Producer/Creator “Living it up in Arizona,” Yoga Morning primetime TV with Dr. Oz. Check it out- YouTube and AZTV 3
  • Contributing Writer - Natural Awakenings, Mind Body Green and Edible Magazine
  • Radio Host/DJ/Producer -WHIV-102.3FM weekly Independent Voices Radio Show
  • Radio Contributor-WRBH 88.3FM Weekend Workout & WWOZ 90.7 for over 30 yrs

Julie’s Bonafide partners:

  • New Orleans Athletic Club- Aqua, Yo-Pi & Fusion All levels
  • Downtown Fitness Canal Place-Pilates,Yoga & Fusion classes
  • Anytime Fitness Canal Street-Yoga & Fusion classes
  • Team Gleason - Meditation & Mindful Breathwork
  • Bastion-Lead Adaptive Yoga program for Vets with PTSD in a safe environment
  • Tulane Wellness Liaison-Virtual Yoga, Pi-Yo, Meditation & Breathwork
  • NORD-Community Aqua Aerobics & Aqua Yoga, dance and Pi-YO
  • Yeah Yoga-Virtual classes for incarcerated youth Trauma based practicum.
  • ARC- Fitness dance -movement and Yoga for special needs participants.
  • Upturn Arts-Create engaging and fun lesson plans-impact ages 5-14 yrs
  • St. Margaret’s at Mercy-Chair Yoga & Mindful meditation & breathwork
  • Lakeview Shepherd Center-Remote & Live Chair Yoga & breathwork
  • St. Anna’s @ Lambeth- Aqua fitness, Aqua Yoga & Chair Yoga
  • NOBL-Program Manager & Instructor - New Orleans Boulder Lounge
  • Life Yoga-All Levels /Core/Restorative-Sound Bath

Benefits of Yoga/Movement, Meditation & Breathwork

  • Yoga is a mind-body exercise that combines breathing exercises, physical postures, breathwork and meditation. It has been practiced for more than 5,000 years and has been found to relieve many of the ailments associated with aging, anxiety, depression, motivation and focus.
  • Evidence based studies have proven that Yoga is good for the mind, body and spirit. Yoga is also a great low impact workout and an effective way for seniors/ chair-bound/ people with mobility and balance challenges to stay active while keeping their risk of injury to a minimum.
  • Yoga & movement classes are for all levels and can be modified for those in a wheelchair, work-space as well as those able to stand and move about freely.
  • Guided breathwork and meditation are credited with a host of health benefits including: improved breathing, better flexibility, joint health, and reduced high blood pressure.
  • Participants may engage as self-determined. Visual and verbal instructions and demonstrations are offered to ensure safety at all times.

More About Julie:

Julie Holman-200 RYT, CTT, CHPLN, Associate Art TV & Motion Picture Production:

 Joyfully practicing Yoga and all the benefits for over two decades - one breath at a time

Fusing a creative path as an Emmy nominated award winning filmmaker in TV & Film with a career as a compassionate Hospice & Palliative Nurse educator and quality of life advocate for nearly 30 years, Julie founded Bonafide Yoga & Wellness, a mobile provider- serving underserved, marginalized and Indigenous populations. Certified in a variety of healing modalities and endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA),  Julie proudly served on the National Yoga Alliance Education Committee for 4 years, and received numerous accolades for her contributions to the arts, TV/film and worked with city and state cultivating community wellness programs for the elderly and youth at risk. Fun fact: She also practiced Yoga with Dr.OZ on two episodes of AZ TV3. Julie is the Host/Producer of WHIV-102.3FM’s Independent Voices weekly radio show, Creative Director of Independent Voices International Health & Justice Film Festival, served on the board of Women in Film & Television International/Louisiana Chapter. She is a contributing writer with Natural Awakenings, Edible and VeganNews.

When not on the mat or behind the lens she’s exploring her other loves- cinema, music, dance, nature, travel and the company of her amazing family and friends.

Waiver & Liability Release Form

I understand that yoga includes physical movements as well as an opportunity for relaxation, stress re-education and relief of muscular tension. As is the case with any physical activity, the risk of injury, even serious or disabling, is always present and cannot be entirely eliminated. If I experience any pain or discomfort, I will listen to my body, discontinue the activity, and ask for support from the instructor. I will continue to breathe smoothly. I assume full responsibility for any and all damages, which may incur through participation. Yoga is not a substitute for medical attention, examination, diagnosis or treatment. Yoga is not recommended and is not safe under certain medical conditions. By signing, I affirm that a licensed physician has verified my good health and physical condition to participate in such a fitness program. In addition, I will make the instructor aware of any medical conditions or physical limitations before class.

If I am pregnant, become pregnant or I am post-natal or post-surgical, my signature verifies that I have my physician's approval to participate. I also affirm that I alone am responsible to decide whether to practice yoga and participation is at my own risk. I hereby agree to irrevocably release and waive any claims that I have now or may have hereafter against Studio Share, LLC and its instructors. I have read and fully understand and agree to the above terms of this Liability Waiver Agreement. I am signing this agreement voluntarily and recognize that my signature serves as complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law in the State of Louisiana.

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