Gentle Flow & Restore


This class is taught by:

Julie Rutherford

With a background in personal training, soccer, group fitness, spinning, coaching and marathon running, Julie began her journey with yoga in 2008 in Lansing MI while working as a group exercise instructor and Personal Trainer. She tried her first class on the campus of Michigan State University while attending a continuing education class for her personal trainer certificate. From there, Julie gradually worked toward earning her 200 hour Registered Yoga Trainer Certification while continuing to gain experience teaching yoga, group exercise and personal training in Lansing.

Julie is a current member of the National Yoga Alliance and holds her 200-hour RYT certification with YogaFit Training Systems. Yogafit is the largest yoga fitness training system in the world. YogaFit is a user friendly, demystified style of yoga designed for every body. It is an eclectic blend of traditional hatha yoga poses drawn from Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Viniyoga. The mission of YogaFit is to bring healing yoga to the masses. Confident in this exercise science-supported style, Julie works to incorporate this philosophy into the classes she teaches. Throughout her trainings, she has had the opportunity to study under a variety of highly qualified trainers from various backgrounds such as physical therapists, chiropractors, brain surgeons and yoga therapists. She has taken specialty training hours through YogaFit in anatomy and alignment, props, hands on adjustments, yoga for kids, seniors, and yoga for back pain.

Since 2008 Julie has experience teaching yoga in health clubs, at the YMCA and local recreation centers. Julie practices Karma yoga and has donated her time to teaching for many special groups such as grade school classrooms, middle school fitness fairs, the Girl Scouts, mothers groups, the local farmers market, church groups, the American Heart Association and running and cycling teams. Julie worked as lead yoga instructor and personal trainer for Turning Point, a Susan G. Koman grant program for breast cancer survivors at the YMCA in Lansing MI. Most recently, Julie has trained and taught yoga at Iron Mountain CrossFit in Abingdon. Julie believes in the benefits yoga brings and incorporates yoga with the personal training clients she works with as well.

Since she began practicing yoga, Julie has grown in her personal practice and attributes her personal time on the mat to her passion for the ancient science of yoga. A naturally active person, Julie has found yoga to be an essential and effective practice that allows her to find peace, connection and balance in her life.

Julie is dedicated to delivering a safe and meaningful experience to anyone who is interested in deepening their existing practice or trying yoga for the first time. She is very grateful for the opportunity to share her love of yoga with Abingdon Virginia.

Julie lives in Abingdon with her husband Mike and her two sons Tommy, 10 and Jack, 6. Upon moving to the area in 2010, Julie and Mike fell in love with the mountains in Southwest Virginia. They have chosen the name Whitetop Yoga in honor of the natural beauty that surrounds their home.

Maggie Fuller

Maggie Fuller is an enthusiastic newcomer at Whitetop Yoga, and an avid student of life. After years of searching for something- something for herself- Maggie finally committed to her yogic path at the beginning of 2015. Later that same year, she completed her 230 hour teacher training through InnerSea and Bristol Yoga; it completely transformed her from the inside out.
Maggie's personal yoga journey opened her eyes to all yoga really had to offer: allowing her to keep discovering her true, authentic self, as well as building the foundation from which she has learned to love and accept herself. This deeper connection and newly found love is what brought about her desire to teach and share her practice.
As she and her journey continue to blossom, Maggie has also realized yoga isn't just about what you do on your mat... It's more about taking the tools of yoga OFF the mat, into everyday life: learning to take your time, breathe, stay present, and cultivate a mindful awareness in all that you do. The literal definition of the word yoga is to yoke, to join, to connect. Yoga builds the connect to the body, breath, mind, and ultimately the connection we have to ourselves and others.
As a yoga teacher and Reiki (energy healing) practioner, Maggie's ultimate hope is to create a compassionate, supportive space for others to know the comfort of self love, and to help others find themselves, their own unique path, and recognize their natural, radiant light. Her goal is to see students go from human beings doing yoga, to humans BEING yoga.

As stated in the Bhagavad Gita, "yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self."

Maggie firmly believes that yoga is for everyBODY, and provides variations, modifications, and gentle hands-on adjustments to assist students in their own individual practice. Just as every person and their path is different and distinct, so is their yoga practice... and that is something beautiful!

This class is a mix of slow flow that focuses on intelligent transitions and breathwork, and then a balance of either deep stretching or restorative poses that will really ground you for your week.
 
Mindfully move through slower, gentler yoga postures that are rejuvenating and beneficial for yogis of all levels. Teachers will help students move slowly and comfortably through basic postures while remaining respectful and conscientious of the body’s needs and abilities. This class is perfect for those new to yoga, including individuals with minor physical limitations or who just want to “ease” into their yoga practice.
 
Open to all levels and very appropriate for beginners.
 

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Aug 17 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Julie Rutherford
  • Tue Aug 22 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Julie Rutherford
  • Thu Aug 24 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Julie Rutherford
  • Tue Aug 29 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Maggie Fuller
  • Thu Aug 31 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Maggie Fuller
  • Tue Sep 05 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Maggie Fuller
  • Thu Sep 07 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Maggie Fuller
  • Tue Sep 12 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Maggie Fuller
  • Thu Sep 14 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Maggie Fuller
  • Tue Sep 19 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Maggie Fuller
  • Thu Sep 21 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Maggie Fuller
  • Thu Sep 28 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Maggie Fuller
  • Thu Oct 05 9:15 am - 10:15 am with Maggie Fuller


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We are located at

122 Wall Street NW

Abingdon, VA

276-492-6901

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