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Julie Peters

Julie Peters is a staff writer for Spirituality & Health. She is also a yoga teacher (E-RYT 500, YACEP) and co-owner of Ocean and Crow Yoga studio in Vancouver, BC, with her mom, Jane. She is the author of Secrets of the Eternal Moon Phase Goddesses: Meditations on Desire, Relationships, and the Art of Being Broken (SkyLight Paths 2016) and WANT: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault (Mango Media 2019). Learn more at www.jcpeters.ca. Follow her at @juliejcp.


Julie Peters

Chronic Pain, Trauma, and the Nervous System

Chronic pain can be caused by lingering trauma, creating stress that is unresolv…

Removing the Veils: Seeing Ourselves in the New Light of Forced Change

“I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way to feel about being in isolation or …

Four Ways to Social Distance Without Screens

When we are on screens so much, it is important to find ways to relax and rechar…

5 Questions to Help Decode Your Chronic Back Pain

That chronic back pain is a message from your body. Are you listening? These 5 q…

Intimacy and Sex in Isolation

Sure. Pandemic doesn’t scream sexy—but you can still ignite the spark.

Managing Anger in Isolation

Your quarantine partner just aggravated you again. You’re angry—or are you? Refl…

Meditation for Deep Sleep: A Delicious Fantasyland

Wander through a delicious fantasyland filled with benevolent flowers with nou…

In Self-Isolation? Lessons from the Hermit Tarot Card

Whether you’re surviving or thriving through solo lockdown, the Hermit Tarot car…

Love on Lockdown: Your Relationship Can Survive

Pandemic wasn’t one of the vows. How to hunker down with someone and love them s…

Surrender: A Practice of Uncertainty

COVID-19 has anxiety on high. To cope: It’s time to surrender.

Dancing, Healing

Julie Peters talks with Indigenous dance artist Olivia C. Davies about dance as …

Self-Regulation Skills in a Crisis: Four Tools to Calm Down Now

Self-care staples include eating well, sleeping well, and connecting with friend…

New Moon Meditation for Calling in What You Desire

New moons are traditionally about planting seeds, setting intentions for what yo…

3 Yoga Exercises to Build Your Immunity Now

"Your system thinks you are in survival/panic mode, and you need to help yoursel…

Moon Rituals: Tending Your Internal Garden

“New moons are related to water and fertility. Metaphorically, in the dark of th…

An Alternative Spiritual Guide to Disaster

“There’s always some new world on the other side of that destruction, even if we…

Full Moon Meditation for Clearing and Letting Go

"Take a pause around the full moon (ideally within three days of it) to reflect …

The Spiritual Flame of Rage

A journey toward accepting—and even embracing—anger.

The One Question You Should Ask in Your Relationship

Most of us want to be in love. We see committed partnership as a good in and of …

Love Is Blind: A Romance About (Not Having) Choice

Love Is Blind is a strange hit, a romance about having all of our choices made f…

How to Protect Yourself From Other People (and the News)

“If you are a sensitive person, you might notice that you are highly affected by…

A Love Spell and Ritual for Valentine’s Day

“On Valentine’s Day, I want to focus on true love: the energy of power, desire, …

Guided Meditation: Love Ritual for Valentine’s Day

This guided meditation helps you to remove any obstacles that are blocking your …

Desire: Are You Content or Simply Settling?

“Desire is the feeling that there is something more out there for us, something …

Using the Pelvic Floor as an Energetic Gateway

“For years, consciously contracting my pelvic floor when I felt unsafe or when I…

Self-Trust: Two Secrets to Try

We can’t second-guess every choice we make. So how do we know what it means for …

Befriending Nightmares

How to keep bad dreams from bothering you

Guided Meditation for Self-Protection: The Shield

Imagine a protective sphere that keeps in positive energy, releasing what we do …

Mindful Money Management

“There are plenty of good tips out there for how to manage our money, but if we’…

I’ve Seen the End of You

Getting to Know W. Lee Warren

When Friends Break Up

“Those moments can be very painful, but sometimes we should let certain friends …

3 Super Relaxing Yoga Poses for Detoxification

Have a holiday hangover? Try these yoga poses to help detox and rebalance your b…

An Alternative Ritual for the New Year

Whether or not you are going to a blow-out party on New Year’s Eve this year, he…

Secrets of the Pelvic Floor

This often-neglected part of the body has a lot to say if you know how to listen…

Meditation for Calm Even in a Loud Place: Pratyahara

This guided meditation connects with sounds and distractions to help us get cent…

How to Care For Your Body Better in a Cold, Dark Season

“When we do not listen to the signals of our bodies as they shift from season to…

The Way of the Rose

Getting to Know Clark Strand and Perdita Finn

8 Tricks for Controlling Holiday Binge Eating and Drinking

Avoid overeating and drinking too much this holiday season by mindfully focusing…

Habits for Success

Getting to Know G. Brian Benson

5 Eco-Friendly and Zero-Waste Gift Ideas

Honor loved ones with mindful and ethical green gifts that won’t break the bank …

It’s Never Too Late to Be Yourself

Getting to Know Davina Kotulski

5 Stretches for a Long Plane Ride

Contorted into a plane seat? Here are a few (discreet) stretches you can do to k…

Breathing into Balance: Explore Alternate Nostril Breathing

Though you can do this guided meditation anytime, it especially helps you fall a…

Love Earth Now

Getting to Know Cheryl Leutjen

The Warrior Goddess Way

Getting to Know HeatherAsh Amara

5 Stretches for a Long Car Ride

Long car trips can leave us feeling sore and exhausted. These five stretches can…

What Should We Do With Our Judgment of Others?

“The impulse with judgment is usually to shame the person we are judging, to mak…

Against Intuition

Does your gut tell you not to trust your gut? Maybe you should listen.

A Ritual for the Deeper Meaning of Halloween

Connect with the wisdom of this holiday, which comes between the fall equinox an…

Guided Meditation: Progressive Relaxation for Deep Sleep

Move through a guided relaxation process for your mind, your nervous system, you…

Mindful Scrolling

Four Strategies to Stress Less with Social Media

Body as Compass: A Meditation for Decision Making

When you are trying to make a difficult decision, there are often many and compl…

A Ritual For Welcoming Moon Season

Fall is the perfect season to release that which no longer serves us. Try this m…

Three Sensual Practices To Do With Your Partner Tonight (That Aren’t About Sex)

“These three practices all have the key quality of inviting pleasure while reduc…

Feel: Healing the Spiritual Wound of Sexual Trauma

I am lying on my floor with my knees bent, hands on my belly. I am trying to bre…

Honoring Sacred Sexual Energy

Connect to the sacred sexual and erotic energy living in your low belly, pelvis,…

Gift of Crisis

Getting to Know Bridgitte Jackson-Buckley

Not My Problem: A Compassionate Mantra

“Becoming clear on what is our problem and what is someone else’s is revolutiona…

The Thirst for Spirituality and the Rise of Witches

Julie Peters explains why witchcraft appeals to so many people—and how witches c…

Breath-Focused Meditation for Deep Sleep

Follow your natural breath to help relax your mind and your body. Gently switch …

How (and Why) to Feel a Feeling

“The problem isn’t the depth of sadness or anger that we feel. The problem is ou…

Cooling Sleep Meditation for Hot Summer Nights

Use this guided meditation to cool off the body and mind and prepare for rest. …

Teaching a Stressed System to Relax: Living in the Gaps

“The more I practice cultivating the gaps and being really present for them, the…

Guided Meditation: Body as Home

A simple guided meditation to help you connect to your breath and your body. …

The Healing Power of Celebration

Nudge your nervous system out of the stress habit through the act of celebratio…

Healing Meditation for Injury, Surgery, or Illness

This guided meditation will lead you through a visualization of healing white li…

The Alchemy of the Heart: Witnessing Grief

When we allow pain in fully (and then release it fully), the heart can transform…

What’s Your Desire Pattern?

"If you are someone who doesn’t feel randomly and spontaneously turned on all th…

What Helps and What Hurts

Yoga and Meditation for Healing Trauma

Recovering Your Sexuality After Trauma

"Our sexuality is one of the tenderest, most vulnerable aspects of who we are. I…

Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Gemstone Staircase

This guided meditation will lull you to sleep as you walk down a beautiful stair…

The 2 Reasons Women Have Low Sexual Desire

Low sexual desire is incredibly common. For some people, low sexual desire can l…

The Anxiety of Intuition

Is intuition a useful tool or will it lead you astray? Julie Peters weighs the a…

3 Rules for Mindful Sex

Want to be more mindful when it comes to sex? Try following these three rules.…

Mindful Sexuality, Divine Sexuality

Sexual energy may be an expression of the divine within each of us. That's one r…

Guided Meditation: Floating Above the Clouds (For Playfulness and Creativity)

In this meditation, imagine yourself playing and dancing with the wind high abov…

Meditation for Emotional Healing: Transformative Fire

This guided meditation allows the listener to release unwanted emotions. …

When Your Calling Doesn’t Call: What Do You Do Without a Life Passion?

“If we don’t know what we want to be when we grow up, is there something fundame…

Toxic Anger vs. Healing Anger

“It’s certainly toxic to express our anger without thought, acting out with crue…

Guided Meditation: The Healing Waters

This gently hypnotic meditation will take you along a dirt path into a candlelit…

Snuggling Up to Our Obstacles

"We need to understand our fears and vulnerabilities, not so we can blast throug…

Moon Practice: Ritual for a Spring New Moon

Julie Peters shares her personal ritual for the new moon.

Guided Morning Meditation

Start your day with intention and mindfulness with this guided meditation.…

Moon Practice: Ritual for a Spring Full Moon

On the full moon, create a ritual that has meaning for you.

Guided Relaxation for Deep Sleep

This simple guided meditation is inspired by the Yoga Nidra meditation practice,…

How to Tell if You Are Following Your Bliss or Chasing A Craving

The work of pleasure and desire is to be honest with ourselves.

Meditation for Heartache or Emotional Pain

An audio meditation for times of emotional pain.

The Humble Power of Habit

The most important habit to start with is the one that will help us listen to ou…

A Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Country Road

A guided visualization to help guide you to a deeper sleep.

3 Poses for Releasing Neck Tension

The key to letting go of neck tension.

A Love Commitment for Valentine’s Day (With or Without a Partner)

One of the most powerful ways we can support our lovers is by taking care of our…

Guided Meditation for Self Love

In this Valentine’s month, it’s very important to spend some time loving ourselv…

Nonviolence: Self-Care vs. Soft Care

We often think of self care as something we do only when we’re stressed, in grie…

Meditation for Sweet Dreams: The Cozy Fireplace

A guided visualization to help you drift off to sleep.

Detoxify Your Gut: Relax Into a Healthy Rhythm

The secret to a happy, health gut is knowing it’s not what you eat, it’s how.…

Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Pain

Mindfulness meditation can help us befriend the pain sensations and teach the br…

Instant Calm Breathing Meditation

A guided meditation to calm yourself.

Reset and Recharge: New Year Yoga Sequence

During the holiday season, we’re out of our routines, we tend to eat and drink m…

Meaningful Rituals for Winter Solstice

How you can create some new traditions to celebrate the winter solstice.

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