Throughout her decade as a Pilates instructor, Juliana has kept herself up to date in the latest developments in Pilates. She has trained with leading industry practitioners the likes of Benjamin Degenhardt, Eric Carlovich, Andrea Maiada and more.
Juliana is a certified yoga teacher registered with the internationally-recognized Yoga Alliance. Her yoga practice is mainly spiritual, with a focus on Hatha teaching.
The end of a long-term relationship triggered Juliana’s journey through the Himalayas to a Silent Vipassana Retreat
After ending a six-year relationship, I decided to quit my job in Singapore and pursue a strong feeling I had been having a few months prior: to learn to meditate. I met a woman who told me about the Vipassana Retreat – ten days of abstinence, silence and meditation.
However, though it appealed to me almost immediately, it also sounded very intense. Thinking it would be too hard to start with Vipassana as a first step into meditation, I packed my bags and flew to south India instead.
I traveled for a few months, looking for an authentic place to learn the “art” of meditation. That took me to the Swami Rama Ashram in Rishikesh, where I studied for one month.
After getting the basics, I decided to continue my spiritual path. I embarked on a pilgrimage to the Himalayas, where I hiked to Annapurna base camp on my own. Although I did meet people along the way, I made a point to walk on my own, only sharing meals with others. This proved to be a truly spiritual experience for me.
After a few months, I broke a bone on my foot crossing a road in Singapore, and I was told I couldn’t walk for a month. All my travel plans came to a halt at that point, and I took it as a sign that it was finally time for the Vipassana Retreat.
The next day, I sent my application to a centre in Malaysia. They placed me on a wait list, and a few days after, they contacted me saying I got in!
The ten days of silence had me meditating ten hours a day with a cast on my right foot. During the first half, my “monkey mind” was driving me crazy. However, on the 5th day I reached a breakthrough: I was able to ease into the practice and discovered things about myself that I couldn’t come to terms with amidst life’s daily distractions.
Vipassana marked a “before” and “after” in the timeline of my life. I will not lie, was not easy – far from it – but it was worth it.
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