In a very literal sense, yoga helped Judy Turzi to get back on her feet years ago when she suffered a sports injury that sidelined her love of step aerobic classes. With the help of her daughter, Jonina, she tried yoga and loved it. As a former classroom teacher and school counselor, it seemed natural for Judy to want to share her love of yoga with others.
Sensing the complexity of the leadership role inherent in teaching yoga, Judy trained with Baron Baptiste in Tulum, Mexico and at Evolution Power Yoga Studio. The training in both of these programs followed the Baptiste model of vigorous Power Flow yoga in hot rooms. For almost three years, she taught at Evolution Power Yoga Studio. After retirement from Octorara School District she added the teaching of yoga classes at Bridge Yoga Studio, the Lancaster YMCA, Formula Fitness and an after school class for staff at the IU 13 campus—at one point she was teaching 11 classes a week! Over time, her attention migrated to the study of an anatomically integrated style of yoga, and her teaching schedule (like the pace of her practice) developed a gentler flow.
Judy received her Tai Chi Training by completing certification requirements of the Arthritis Foundation. She currently teaches Tai Chi both formally and informally.
Judy continues to attend workshops to strengthen her commitment to and understanding of the connection between yoga and wellness. She considers her strong connection to family and friends to be a cornerstone of well-being. She loves being a grandmother to twin boys and aiding her mother who resides at Brethren Village. A love of nutrition and mindful eating led her into owning and operating a restaurant at the New Jersey shore for six years long ago and still makes her happy to cook and feed her family.