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.

Julie Rutherford instructs the following:
  • Gentle Flow & Restore
  • 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.

  • Espresso Lunch Flow
  • This 45 minute class is a quick shot of easy movement and relaxation in the middle of your day.  Perfect to refresh during your lunch hour.

  • Vinyasa
  • Vinyasa yoga is a style of yoga focused on creating energy, freedom and vitality. Through the perfect balance of breath and movement, this flow style practice honors each individual and their needs.  Vinyasa yoga enlivens the body, allowing for optimal health of the mind and body.  All levels welcome.

  • Empower Your Practice Part 2: Exploring intuitive guidance in your home practice
  • If you've been going to yoga classes for years, but when it comes to practicing by yourself, you don't know how to get started, then this workshop is for you. 

    If you want to see change in your life, big or small....if you have a desire to create or experience something new...if you want to be in the drivers seat of your body and your life this workshop is for you.

    YOU have the capacity to do and say and discover everything your yoga teacher has and more!  Come explore how to tap into your innate power that already exists within you.

    In this two hour workshop:

    -Explore moving the body and breath in an intuitive way.

    -Explore ways to create a home practice that aligns with your lifestyle and individual needs.

    -Get an introduction to the principles of sequencing for a home practice.

    -Learn about the importance of Prana in your practice.

    -Discuss principles of adapting your practice to meet you where you are.


    There will be two parts to this workshop. 

    Following a 60 minute discussion there will be a 60 minute all levels master asana practice including pranayama and a short guided meditation. 


    What would your life be like if your intuition were deeply honored and easily heard? Your home practice is a doorway to that reality!

  • Rise and Shine Flow
  • The golden hour for yoga is definitely first thing in the morning when the mind is quiet and impressionable.  Set the tone for your day with this medium intensity flow.  Class includes meditation, intention setting, core work, standing flow and backbends.  Perfect way to start your day.
    Pre-registration for this class is strongly encouraged.

  • Beginner Yoga
  • Offered at a slower pace.  This class is designed to focus on the fundamentals of yoga and incorporate them into a basic "Vinyasa flow" with an emphasis on breath work and proper alignment.  Perfect for the true beginner or anyone wanting a refresher on the basics of yoga.  You will feel great during and after class!   


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122 Wall Street NW

Abingdon, VA


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