ABOUT ME

I'm a wife and mom of two beautiful girls; a small town girl from New Brunswick who moved to Ontario to study Criminology over two decades ago. I made Ottawa my home and I spent more than 15 years working in federal corrections. 

 

In 2014, my family's life took an unexpected turn when my husband was involved in a serious car crash. Overnight, our lives changed. My husband suffered permanent physical and cognitive injuries. I tried for a while to balance my work requirements, raise our girls and run our household while caring for my husband and managing his recovery. I quickly became exhausted, irritable and burnt out. I became someone I no longer liked. Something had to give. I decided to put my job on the back burner and focus on my family and my wellbeing.

 

My yoga and meditation practice greatly helped me cope with this new normal that was thrust upon our family. It was my only "me" time and it became my saving grace. When my husband started becoming a bit more independent again, I decided that I wanted to share my passion with others. I completed my yoga teacher training in early 2018 and started teaching immediately.

 

I also started learning more about stones and crystals and founded In Balance Jewelry. What I love most about teaching yoga and making jewelry is connecting with others. I love hearing their stories of perseverance and knowing that I can support them in their journey.

A bit of soul searching led me to study coaching. I've always been an empath and a problem-solver but it's more than that. I want to empower others to connect with their soul's purpose so they can reach their potential in a lasting way. 

Today, I am more centered than ever. In all my interactions, on and off the yoga mat, I speak from a place of experience, compassion and understanding that life throws us curve balls. What we do with those curve balls is a choice and that choice depends on our support system, our abilities and where we are emotionally. I am here to hold space for those who show up as I know that it's important to have someone in our corner.

Julie Fournier-Elrefaie

My Vision

To be a source of support, understanding and collaboration

for those who need it.

 

May we, together, contribute to restoring balance and

embody it so boldly

that future generations expect it

and accept nothing less.

My Background

  • Associate Coach Certification - July 2021 - Integral Coaching Canada

  • Star Reiki Level Two - Apr 2021 - Sun Ray Wellness

  • Usui Shiki Ryoho First Degree Reiki - Feb 2020 - Soulstice Healing

  • Training on A Soul's Unique Purpose - May 2019 - Rod Stryker, Yoga International Online

  • Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training - Mar 2019 - Yoga International Online

  • Children's Yoga Training (16 hours) - May 2018 - Yogatown

  • Registered Yoga Teacher Training (200 hrs) - Sep. 2017 - Feb 2018 - Yogatown 

  • Interdisciplinary Masters Degree, Criminology and Women's Studies - 2000 - University of Ottawa

  • Undergraduate Degree with Honours in Criminology and Concentration in Psychology - 1998 - University of Ottawa

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