While a student and ballroom dancer at Brigham Young University, Julia was introduced to Pilates and discovered that she has scoliosis and kyphosis—an over-curvature of the thoracic vertebrae (upper back). Practicing a diligent Pilates regimen, she minimized the discomfort and noticed a positive and marked change in her spine and posture. These significant changes inspired and motivated her to pursue a certification; she graduated from the teacher-training program at Streamline in 2009. Julia loves to study movement and is amazed by the vision and deep understanding about the human mind, body and soul that Joseph Pilates had 100 years ago. She enjoys working with her clients and facilitating changes toward health and happiness.
Julia has over 7 years experience teaching all levels of both mat and equipment classes. She has a deep sense of understanding in regards to the needs of her clients and works diligently to design a specialized program for each individual.
In addition to Pilates, Julia continues her education and professional development by taking yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais, Melt Method and Xtend-Barre classes and workshops and has completed her Master's Degree in Social Work.
In her spare time, Julia enjoys a wide variety of sports including rock climbing, canyoneering and hiking. She is committed to wellness and fitness.
Lauren Smith is a lifelong mover, dancer, teacher, and advocate for healthy, active living. She has danced professionally with Vytal Movement Dance Company, Wasatch II Contemporary Dance Company, and Long Beach Ballet performing throughout China and across the United States. She recently graduated magna cum laude from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Health. While pursuing her bachelors, Lauren also completed her Comprehensive Pilates Teacher Training with Dance Specialization through Body Arts and Science International under the direction of Karen Clippinger.
Lauren has taught Pilates and dance courses for the University of Idaho as well as for various schools and studios in Idaho, Washington, Utah, and Alaska. She found a passion for Pilates after seeing the difference it made in both her dancing and in minimizing her chronic aches and pains. Her philosophy is that Pilates is for everyone.
Lauren is also interested in researching the body through performance and somatic practices. She is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science where her research in dance biomechanics was chosen for presentation in 2015.
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