About Julia Doughty
Julia Doughty, MFA, Certified Yoga Teacher and Therapist, Holistic Health Practitioner
Julia Doughty has over 20 years of experience as a body therapist and yoga teacher, and over 45 years of experience as a yoga practitioner. She teaches Gentle Yoga to all levels of students and offers private sessions and therapy for those who have special needs. She specializes in meditative hands-on energy therapy along with customized Gentle Yoga.
Julia began her yoga practice when she was 11 (1970) when her school librarian gave her Richard Hittleman’s books Guide to Meditation and Introduction to Yoga. And then, excited about the holistic lifestyle, she learned about the yogic vegetarian diet from Hittleman’s Yoga Natural Foods Cookbook. Over the years, she shared meditation and yoga practices with colleague dancers, friends, and writing students. Years later, she got formal certifications for teaching and therapy from Master Yoga Academy and Mueller College. She has been offering her professional services since 1996 in her Dhara Yoga Studio, currently at Pt. Loma United Methodist Church, as well as at spas, fitness centers, and events.
Julia has been hiking and camping her whole life, and over the years became more familiar with the gifts western U.S. native plants offer to the holistic ecology of people and the environment. She has learned local plant wisdoms from Jane Thing Dumas (Kumeyaay) and Richard Bugbee (Luiseno), and western U.S. native herbology (derived from various Indians and others) from Michael Moore (the herbalist).
Julia has taught writing courses independently as well as in community centers, colleges, and schools throughout California since 1989. As an instructor, her titles have included: California Arts Council Guest Artist, California Poet-in-the-Schools, San Diego Writing Center Writer-in-Residence, and Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry grant recipient.
Her plays have been produced in San Diego theatres, including The Fritz Theatre, Studio 856, the Bowery Theatre, and Sushi Performance Gallery.
She was editor and contributing writer 2006-2011 for Ensemble Jourine: Art & Hybrid Writing by International Women and Ensemble Antholozine/Anthology. Her early chapbooks include Dream Homes (Bird Cage Review, 1987) and Kavya Kala: Turtle Island Harvest (2002); click here for current chapbooks.
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Photo credit on Dhara Natives slide on home page: Charles Johnson. Used with permission.