We had the good fortune of connecting with Julie Campilio and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julie, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
After struggling with childhood anxiety and working in education, I knew I wanted to empower youth. Yoga and mindfulness was the magic potion I had been searching for that helped heal some of the panic and anxiety I was struggling with.
As I studied in college, I also worked part-time at a preschool. It was here that I saw an entrepreneur teach children about computers once a week. I thought to myself…”how beautiful to be able to share life skills with youth and have the freedom to travel around town and be your own boss.”
It was that spark of inspiration paired with the deep desire to share healthy coping skills with youth of all backgrounds and learning styles that inspired the development of Radiant Beginnings.
What should our readers know about your business?
We truly understand that we cannot unlock our potential in an anxious and overwhelmed state of mind.
- Deep breathing techniques
- Yoga postures
- Cooperative games
- Guided imagery
- We create a safe space to let the weight of anxiety and stress go in a playful and engaging way!
We understand that authentic connection and relationship building is crucial for physical and psychological safety. Our curriculum is crafted with tools to self-soothe that participants can use in their daily lives. Although the subject matter may sound serious, we always focus on a play-based approach.
Through in-person classes, teacher trainings, and a video curriculum we are extremely driven to make our work as accessible as possible to youth and caregivers.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I just love Denver! If I were to show a friend around I would start by seeing the gorgeous street art in the Rino district, grab lunch at Thai Pot Cafe, and the next morning brunch at City O City. We’d walk around Wash Park, grab a margarita at Machete and watch a show at the Bluebird theater. I’d bike the Platte river trail and then yoga at Newport Street Retreat with Tina Porter. Wrap it all up with some dancing at Tracks or anywhere that is playing some 90’s hip hop! Lastly, I’d see some improv at the Bovine Theater!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Tina Porter is my yoga teacher and dear friend who taught me to lean into discomfort and breathe through it with kindness. Her classes are always challenging, empowering, and sprinkled with compassionate care. It was in her classes that I peeled another layer of anxiety back that allowed my true self and potential to shine. After taking a 200-hour teacher training with her, I started to delve deeper into how I could translate this deeply powerful practice into the lives of children.
Website: www.RadiantBeginningsYoga.com + www.OurRootsUp.com
Instagram: @RadiantBeginnings @RootsUp_Education
Facebook: Radiant Beginnings Yoga Roots Up
Youtube: Radiant Beginnings Yoga
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