Yoga at the 2019 Arnold offers Teacher Training & Acro Yoga
“I am excited to bring not only Acro Yoga, but also a Yoga Alliance instructor program called Release Forward to the Arnold for a very special weekend!” said Julie Wilkes, owner of Seven Studios Downtown. Yoga activities have been at the Arnold Classic since 2017.
Columbus, Ohio has had an active Acro Yoga culture for several years. Local instructor leader of Columbus AcroPlay, Jarred Keener, will offer three workshops at the 2019 Arnold. Acro Yoga Foundations will begin March 2 at 8:30 a.m. and be followed by two Acro Yoga workshops including one on one inversions. Each unit is only $25 if signed up early. All levels are welcome for any of the Acro Yoga workshops.
Arnold 2019 Yoga event organizer Julie Wilkes says, “I am also bringing a Yoga Alliance (YA) continuing education program to the 2019 Arnold. It will offer yoga teachers a special course about bringing yoga into local jails and correctional centers. Instructors will receive 6.5 YA credit hours.”
Wilkes has been working for two years with female inmates in Jackson Pike County Jail in Columbus, Ohio. Wilkes came to teach there through Deputy Tresalyn Butler.
“I knew the benefits of life coaching and yoga,” said Butler. “I thought that they would have a profound impact on our inmates. I thought of Julie as her teaching style incorporates both life coaching and a physical practice, and it was important that we have both.”
The response to Seven Studio’s Jackson Pike program has been amazing, and Wilkes has been working to secure contracts with jails and correctional centers across Ohio and beyond. She would love to get interested instructors trained in this content at this year’s Arnold Classic.
“This is such an underserved population,” said Wilkes. “Yoga training can do so much for them.”
A Grandview native, Wilkes studied exercise science at OSU and is lead life coach at Accenture in North America. She owns Seven Studios at 275 S. Third St. where the first class is always free. Wilkes will also be a panelist at “May I Be Happy” a special screening event at Studio 35 to benefit the Youth Yoga Project.
Signups for yoga events and the Yoga Alliance program are through the Arnold Classic’s website: fitnessandyogaatthearnold.com.