Julie Chinmayi Dore was born in Northampton UK and grew up in Rugby, UK. She left a banking career in 2007, at the age of 41 to pursue a desire to help others – physically, emotionally and spiritually, also committing herself to an intense period of learning and retraining in yoga and holistic therapies.
In incorporating these practices into her own life and becoming more conscious generally, she discovered that she had been managing an eating disorder since her teens, which she had accepted as the norm.
As she incorporated yoga, meditation, reiki and other healing practices into her life, she realised that her binge and emotional eating had all but disappeared. She was advised by mentors and teachers to journal and write about how and why these practices helped free her from the suffering of disordered eating.
This knowledge eventually manifested a comprehensive book - BodyMAGIC! - a Blissfully Happy Ending to Emotional and Binge Eating. It immediately became a best-seller in several categories on Amazon including body image, eating disorders and teenager health. It went on to be awarded the Janey Loves Highly Commended Award in 2017.
She had appreciated the benefits yoga and traditional medicine can bring to modern life for many years before deciding to learn how to pass them on to others. Whilst now a practising therapist, yoga, meditation and shamanistic teacher, she believes that continuous learning is essential in this ever-changing world and necessary as the whole planet becomes more aware of what holistic, complementary medicine has to offer.
Chinmayi successfully completed 200 hours of yoga teacher training with the Yoga Alliance at the Yandara Yoga Institute in Mexico and 500 hours with the Yoga Alliance at the Anand Prakash Ashram near Rishikesh in India. On her graduation in India, she was given her spiritual name – Chinmayi (meaning ‘bestower of bliss’), by her lifetime teacher Yogrishi Vishvketu. She has travelled extensively through India practising with many different teachers and styles wanting to bring a little more of the spiritual and scientific essences of the practice back to the West through her classes and training. She continues to do this with her online offering – YogaMAGIC!
Her trip to Peru in 2011 introduced her to shamanic healing where she realised that the philosophies and principles of shamanism and yoga could actually sit very well together. Hence her teaching of Shamanic Yoga began. Chinmayi occasionally runs Shamanic Yoga workshops and teacher training courses. She continued her studies with the Shamanka School of Shamanism where a 2-year course of learning and practice afforded a Master Practitioner Certificate. Chinmayi is a Yoga Alliance experienced yoga teacher (EYT500). In addition, she holds a recognised Anatomy and Physiology qualification (level 3-distinction) with ITEC.
Chinmayi is also qualified to diploma/practitioner level for the following complementary therapies:-
Nutritional Guidance, Holistic Massage, Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage, Thai massage, Reiki I, II and Masters, Hot Stone Therapy, Reflexology, Seated Acupressure Massage, Natural Facelift Massage, Advanced Massage Diploma, Deep Tissue Massage, Ear Candling, Hot Stone Reflexology, Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or Tapping), Master-level Shamanic Healing.