It's incredibly encouraging to read someone's story, isn't it? I just love to see where people start out, their why for going into business and where they're business is headed. I hope this interview motivates you to keep following your heart. It's all possible!
Tell us a about yourself and a bit about your business ~
I am a mother of two incredible daughters, I have been married for 16 years and with my partner for 21 years. We really have grown up together. He is my greatest supporter. For me to be successful, having my family support me plays the biggest role.
We have lived in Hawaii eight years and we lived in a few different states on the mainland before that. Hawaii is when my personal and career path changed. I was in school to become a teacher, my plan was to get a job with the DOE and travel as a teacher. I had a deep profound change when I was working at Marimed part-time. I had to leave working there because it conflicted with my Masters program and when I left I decided to do my yoga teacher training. It was instrumental in my path. Everything for me has really opened up in the yoga community, especially in Hawaii.
I have always wanted to be in a profession where I used empathy. It's in my nature. From a very young child I was empathic, intuitive and strongly connected to people. I find people interesting. I really am fascinated by the “why” and “how” we function. I love hearing someone's story. I also am really comfortable with uncomfortable with pain - anger - vulnerability - sadness. I think “this is where it gets to the good stuff, freedom lies in these places”. I love witnessing transformation. Once I made the decision to change degrees and become a counselor I knew it in my bones - I cried for three days because I knew it was going to be my life’s work.
I have a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology concentration in Mental Health. I am an experienced certified yoga teacher, a meditation guide, and a certified facilitator for women's gathers. I have worked with adolescents in detention centers and group homes; I have also worked with substance abuse, domestic violence, learning disabilities, body image issues, and eating disorders.
I blend yoga and psychology to support clients from the inside out. My approach is calm, supportive, and I am known for my ability to connect with clients and students. I share my passion and connection with others in my unique, loving style.
Starting at age 13, I was bulimic and addicted to compulsive exercising with anorexic tendencies. At age 19, I found a counselor and started my recovery process. I know how valuable counseling is to the process of recovery, especially when it's combined with meditation. I learned meditation as part of my recovery, then yoga soon followed. I know that this type of counseling played a major role in my recovery. Instead of punishing and pushing my body, I learned how to listen to my triggers, slow down, and learn from my body. I know and believe in this process because I have lived it and studied it. Now I want to help others find peace and nourishment within their bodies and to discover their true potential.
My Business has many dimensions, I always knew that I would not be a counselor that sat in the same chair every day or a yoga teacher that only taught Vinyasa all day. I have one side of my business that is Julie Lynne Catoe -- that is where I do my private yoga sessions, counseling yoga sessions, and discovering your soul body sessions. Empowered Girls group that I created and run. Girls ages 8-13, two groups. We practice yoga, mediation, supporting sharing, processing, building community. The Empowered Girls are writing their own meditations, they practice teaching yoga, and we have a big fundraiser we are planning right now for Girls Rising. We want to raise money to help girls in other countries that are not as privileged as us to get an education.
I also have a weekly Body Talk group where we talk about body image issues, intuitive eating and I created a food cravings chart connected to the Chakra system we work with. Body-Yoga-Soul is more for the yoga studio, I teach a couple classes during the week, I have one teacher who teaches there but we are starting to expand, there a lots of events and workshops that are held in that space by me or other facilitators, we just had a Shakti Flow teacher training that took place. Everything is about community, safety, and empowering.