Julia Hanlon, the creator of the Running On Om podcast, is a yoga teacher, runner, storyteller, and student of life. Julia is passionate about asking questions that explore the mind, body, and spirit connection. The quest for these answers has led Julia to the practices of yoga and running.
Julia began practicing yoga at the age of 16, eventually becoming a 500 hour RYT teacher during her sophomore year at Bates college. She is passionate about making the transformative practice of yoga accessible for everybody, and as a college freshman, founded the Bates Yoga Kula, an organization that hosts free yoga classes for students, faculty, and staff. Julia is deeply grateful to her teachers Jane Cargill, Gregor Singleton, Chanel Luck, and Ame Wren.
Julia is involved in the running community as both an avid runner and coach. She began running mid-college and ran cross country and track at Bates College during her senior year. Since graduating in 2014, Julia has traveled and worked in various capacities. She lived in Ethiopia, working with the Yaya Girls Running program, teaching English, gender empowerment, and coaching adolescent Ethiopian female runners. Julia has coached cross country and track at her former high school. She has also served as the camp director and yoga instructor at Wilder Running and Writing Retreat in Bend, Oregon. Julia is passionate about teaching yoga to athletes and has taught hundreds of students, from high school runners to Olympians. Through yoga and running, Julia has found deep joy, personal growth, and amazing communities.
In May 2014, Julia graduated from Bates College, magna cum laude, with a BA and a double major in ethnomusicology and religious studies. From 2014-2016, Julia hosted the Running On Om podcast (ROO), featuring over 200 interviews with a diverse group of innovators of the mind, body, and spirit connection.