Justine Budhram, owner and director of Ananda Yoga, was first
introduced to basic yoga postures and sun salutations in 2002 as
part of an acting movement class that she attended in
college. After starting the semester barely able to reach
past her knees in a forward bend and ending the semester able to
reach her toes, she realized that yoga should definitely be a part
of her life. As she continued her yoga journey, she realized
that the benefits she was receiving from her practice went much
deeper than physical flexibility and strength; she began to find a
level of gratitude, self-acceptance and calmness of spirit that she
had never experienced before. She decided she wanted to share
her joy and love of yoga and completed her 200-hour certification
at Core Power Yoga in Minneapolis, MN. Justine completed an
additional teacher training at Bhava Yoga Center in May of 2009.
She continues to practice and explore on her own and is delighted
to share her discoveries with her students.
Justine is also a certified Movement and Mobility Specialist
through Mobilitywod.com. Through this certification she has delved
deeper into musculoskeletal anatomy and movement biomechanics, and
she also learned many techniques to restore joint function and soft
tissue mobility. This training informs her yoga classes, and makes
them unique in their language, content, and practical applicability
to daily life.
Justine's classes have a fun, playful and exploratory
atmosphere, no matter if she is teaching a vigorous vinyasa flow or
a slower paced beginner class. Justine strongly believes in the
power of breath to guide movement and release the mind, and her
classes have a strong focus on flowing and moving with the rhythm
of each inhale and exhale. Her hands-on assists help students find
proper alignment and their deepest release in each posture.