Author Interview: Julie Gentile

Name: Julie M. Gentile


Book: 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas

Date of Interview: June 10, 2019

Who are you? What do you want readers to know about you?
I am a full-time working mom, certified and Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher, author of the book 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas (MSI Press), wellness speaker, and creator of the blog Stand Up for Your Self-Care. I am on a wellness mission to inspire other moms to have the courage to stand up for their self-care.

Why are you qualified to write this book?
I have two young children and I work full-time, so I understand what it means to be busy in the modern world raising little ones. I have been leading yoga classes since 2011, and I have authored numerous health and wellness articles for multiple publications and websites.  

What is the message of your book? What should be the take-away by readers?
Everyone deserves more self-care. Whether you dedicate an hour to exercise every day or you only have a few minutes every morning to watch your breath and your thoughts, you are worth the time it takes to take care of you.

What are you hoping the book will do for your readers?
It is my wish that this book inspires readers to live vibrantly well by prioritizing self-care. Many people do not even put themselves on their to-do lists. You deserve a spot on your to-do list.

What details do you hope that readers notice? Why did you choose these details?
This book includes 108 self-care practices—journaling prompts, yoga poses, meditations, breathing exercises and more. The number 108 is a sacred number in yoga, and in the book, it serves as a symbol to take some dedicated moments every day for self-care. There are 108 things to choose from! Self-care isn’t just doing one thing, one time and then you’re done—it’s an accumulation of wellness habits you do throughout your life so that you can feel amazing now and many years in the future. Self-care is a lifelong practice, and it may take different forms in different seasons of your life.
 
In your opinion, what is the most memorable detail in the book?
This will be different for everyone who reads it. For some, you could learn something significant about yourself during one of the journaling exercises. For others, the yoga poses or meditations may resonate most.

Why did you write the book?
Today's moms are the busiest people you will ever meet. With so many responsibilities at work, at home and everywhere in between, there is often little time for self-care. I help you get excited about self-care and self-love so that you have the energy to do the things you want to do in life, and to be an inspiration for others to live well, including your children—the next generation.

How can readers learn more?
I have more to say about self-care! Check out my blog Stand Up for Your Self-Care, and follow my self-care adventures on Instagram @juliegtheyogi and Facebook @juliegtheyogi.

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