Julie Flynn Badal is a published writer, seasoned educator, and certified yoga and meditation instructor. She was a classroom teacher for two decades in public and private schools. She received an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago while teaching in the Chicago Public Schools. When she moved to New York, she taught at both Horace Mann and Packer Collegiate.
She has published her essays on personal growth and spiritual life in the Huffington Post, Origin Magazine, WNYC Schoolbook, Salon, the Shambhala Mountain Center, and Bustle.
Julie is a certified yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance, having trained for a number of years with the American masters Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee. She learned how to adapt the practice for underserved youth through her training with the Lineage Project.
Julie also completed a four-year program at the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Sciences where she studied how ancient mindfulness practices map onto our current understanding of neuroscience. In addition, she is certified to teach a K-12 Mindfulness Curriculum through Mindful Schools. She is currently completing a two-year training in Contemplative Psychotherapy through the Nalanda Institute.
Her clients include Callison RTKL Architects, The Wing, Stern School of Business at New York University, Sayge Executive Coaching, City As School, Safe Passage Neuromonitoring, Brooklyn Friends School, Bedford Stuyvesant Montessori, Bedford Stuyvesant Early Childhood Education Center, The Red Hook Initiative, and numerous community members throughout Brooklyn.
Julie discovered the power of mindful movement and meditation in 1993 after being practically crippled by Rheumatoid Arthritis. She credits the practices for helping her manage the illness and live a life that is largely symptom free. She even went on to dance in a modern opera by Philip Glass a decade later.
Today, Julie finds mindfulness practices are helpful with work/life balance in a hard-driving city like New York. The practices have enabled her to develop a sense of confidence and grace under all kinds of pressure.
She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and two daughters.