Yoga It Up’s goal is to see children, youth and their families develop their physical fitness, as well as their emotional health and social functioning by creating a safe space in which children, youth and families can feel supported and guided in their needs while dealing with challenges faced in their everyday lives. By focusing on the strengths and abilities in every child we facilitate life skills that help guide them how to succeed mentally, emotionally and physically through their journey, and face any bumps along the way.

Yoga It Up’s programming serves as a community resource for mental health and overall emotional health, specific to the needs of children, youth, families and schools. Classes are not simply modified adult yoga classes, nor are they the same as recreational yoga for kids that are designed to focus on the playful components of yoga for children. Our programming is deeply rooted in evidence-based research findings from the fields of Social and Emotional Learning, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Development Cognitive Neuroscience. Using an asset-based approach our programming utilizes techniques stemming from these fields alongside traditional yoga postures, breathing techniques and philosophies to provide effective programming for children and families.​​

Facilitating life skills for emotional & mental well-being to children and youth 3 - 18 years & their schools

​​​​Julia Bain Johnson, BA, MA, CCYT
Founder & Director

Julia has been dedicated to preventative health education in children and schools for over two decades both locally and internationally, holding various positions with organizations such as the Canadian International Development Agency, Family Health International, UBC's Human Early Learning Partnership and the Department of Developmental Neurosciences and Child Health at BC Children's Hospital. Julia holds a Masters degree in Development Studies, along with certifications in Children's Yoga and Yoga for the Special Needs Child. Julia utilizes her extensive experience and education alongside her personal journey of finding mental and emotional health through mindfulness, movement and positive psychology to develop Yoga It Up’s programs and to facilitate life skills to children, youth, educators and parents. 

In addition to providing leadership to the Yoga It Up team Julia provides mentorship to other instructors and works as a consultant for schools, organizations and families to design engaging, effective curriculum and tools within a Positive Youth Development Framework designed specifically for their own environment and needs. She is also available for speaking engagements and mentorship with youth.