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Sneak Peek: An Excerpt from WANT: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault

How Yoga kept me from Recovering from Sexual Assault:

An Excerpt from WANT: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault (Mango, April 2019) 

Yoga has been a major tool for helping me learn how to feel. Unlike most other forms of exercise, yoga is based on the idea of mindfulness: get into a pose and think about how it makes you feel. It was in yoga that I learned that my emotions are absolutely connected to my physical flesh. Yoga taught me that I could observe the emotions that were arising, and, rather than react to them, embrace them and let them be present and flow in their own way. Yoga taught me how to be okay with being uncomfortable, and how movement and breath could help me calm down, slow down, and, in many cases, ease my physical pain.

Yoga also, however, thoroughly f*cked me up. ….

Read more of this special excerpt from my new book WANT: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault (Mango Media, April 2019) at Elephant Journal:

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My New Book WANT: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault

WANT: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion, and Pleasure After Sexual Assault

Huge news! My new book WANT: 8 Steps to Recovering Desire, Passion and Pleasure (Mango Media April 2019) is now available for preorder on Amazon! I am so excited to finally be able to announce that this book exists and it is almost ready to be read by you.
This is the most vulnerable, closest-to-my-heart thing I’ve ever written and I am incredibly excited and just a little bit terrified to have it out there. It is my story, my experience of sexual assault, and everything I learned in the process of recovery. It’s meant to be accessible for anyone who has been through something similar as well as for anyone who is curious about what the recovery experience might be like. I want you to sit down with this book and feel like you and I are talking over a long glass of wine and having a great time doing it.
If you want to support me and this book and help other survivors find it, the best thing you can do is preorder it now (and eventually write an Amazon review!). That helps Amazon know that this is a book people should read! And, of course, tell all your friends. Here is the link to more info and to preorder:
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Moon Goddess Meditations

If you are in a place where you’d like to make a commitment to your own self-love and self-care, this online course can give you a way to do it. Each night, you’ll learn a little bit about the Tantric moon goddess who presides over that particular phase of the moon, meditate on her themes and ideas, and journal with a specific prompt for that night. Start on the night of the new moon and practice every night until the full moon.

The meditations are simple, around 10 minutes each, and the recommendation is to journal for about five minutes. You can download and keep the course forever, so it’s something you can come back to again and again when you want to reconnect to your desire, your inner power, and your capacity to heal.

For a limited time, register at Spirituality and Health and enter the coupon code MOON for 15% off at checkout. Details and register:

A Love Commitment for Valentine’s Day

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

February is a month where we are inundated with messages about romantic love. Valentine’s Day can be stressful because the pressure is on to get a romantic date and make it all perfect. It’s a time to celebrate love, but many of us simply end up feeling like whatever we have is not enough—whether or not we’re in a relationship. (….keep reading)

A Guided Meditation for Self Love

In this Valentine’s month, it’s very important to spend some time loving ourselves. Honoring the relationship with our own hearts goes a long way towards supporting our relationships with other people, whether or not we’re in a partnership. This simple meditation focuses our intention on loving all parts of ourselves no matter what.  (…do the meditation here) 

Imagination (Jan 2019)


looking back to look forward: Julie by @catherinebyrdy

As I write this, the moon is getting ready to bleed. She is low on the horizon, a heavy super moon, and will be slowly turning red in a few hours. I have been following the blood moons closely over the last couple of years and try to do my best to at least catch a glimpse of them when I can. Full moons are always a time of letting go, and eclipses (especially witchy blood-red ones) are especially powerful.

Lately I’ve been thinking about the ways in which I believe in myself (or don’t). Because in order to believe in some better kind of life, I need the right self to believe in. The writer and yoga teacher Michael Stone has said that one of our biggest problems as human beings is that we get so stuck in our narratives of who we think we are, what we think we can do, and what we expect our relationships to look like that we don’t open our eyes to what’s actually happening. “I really think that addiction at bottom is an addiction to a narrative,” Stone has said, “and one sign that there’s addiction to a narrative is that your imagination isn’t there.” Lately, I think, I have been lacking in that particular type of imagination. I can’t quite conceptualize of myself living a different kind of life. I see myself on a certain track that looks a lot like the one I’ve been on, and it’s hard to see any other options on the horizon.

But that’s not enough for me. I know I want more for myself. It’s an old saying that the first step to doing a yoga pose is imagining yourself doing it. Why wouldn’t that be true for life as well?

Imagining is easier if you put your face in a blanket.

So I’ve been sitting with these possible other future selves, trying to birth them into conceptual existence. And on this blood moon I’ve also been thinking about the selves I’ve been before that might be standing in the way of that feat of imagination.

I think of the self that tried to protect me after my sexual assault, wrapping me in wrong relationships and numbness. I want to thank her for her service—she did protect me. But I don’t think I need her protection as much as I used to, and now she’s holding me back from having different kinds of experiences. I think of the self that refused to sit still, refused to spend any time alone with herself, ran around chasing drama, because being alone with herself was too painful. That self brought a lot of fun, exciting experiences into my life, but a lot of anxiety, too, and now I’m much more curious about what swims in the still pond. I think of the self that is still astonished when I have any kind of success and shrinks away when people want to read my work or hear what I have to say. She was trying to protect me from being hurt, too, but there are things I need to say that I want to be heard now, and I believe (I want to believe) I will be strong enough to handle whatever happens if (and when) not everyone likes what I have to say.

This blood moon, I want to hold these selves tenderly in my hands, thank them, and say goodbye to them. I want to make space in my mind to be able to imagine new selves that can go on the adventures of vulnerability, connection, stillness, and speaking up that I want to call into my life. I want to imagine myself in a multitude of futures, letting all those possible worlds exist in my mind side by side so that I’m not stuck on one track simply because it’s the only one I can think of. Then I might just have a new self I want to believe in.

Want to connect to the moon with a nightly practice? Try my course Moon Goddess Meditations, where you’ll get a guided meditation and a journaling prompt every night for a moon cycle. Download and practice at your own pace. Details and register:

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Moon Goddess Meditations for Solstice

This Thursday, December 6th, 2018, we will have a new moon which will cycle up to the winter solstice on December 21st and the full moon on the day after. Solstice is a powerful time to consider what we want to let go of from the last solar year and what we want to call into our lives in the future.
Every moon cycle offers us a chance to do this kind of thinking, and the Tantric moon goddesses can take us on a journey with the waxing moon to consider what we really want, what our relationships mean to us, and how we want to be connected in the world.
In this 16-night course, you’ll meet a different moon goddess every night and you’ll do a short guided meditation (5-10 minutes) on her symbols and meaning. Then you are invited to journal on the topic. You can do the meditations in the morning, at night, whatever works for you, and follow the cycling of the moon. You’ll be able to download the audio meditations and journaling prompts to your device when you Join me!
Get an all-access pass for this course plus my Stress Management Skills for Real Life course and more:

Moon Goddess Meditations+Stress Management Skills for Real Life online courses!

Good news!

You can now sign up for an annual membership with Spirituality and Health magazine and get access to both my Moon Goddess Meditations and Stress Management Skills for Real Life courses along with all the other online courses S&H is offering, past and future. Next year I will have another course available on mindfulness in relationships as well!

Courses come out once a month or so and you can do them all at your own pace.

Register for the annual membership at the early bird price (until October 30th) here:

Stress Management Skills for Real Life: An Audio Course

stress management skills for real life: practices for a calmer, happier life– an audio course with julie peters

My brand new audio course Stress Management Skills for Real Life is available now! Learn to heal your nervous system, improve your relationship with food, and have more pleasure in your life.

Learn more and get the first class free:

PS enter my code STRESS10 for $10 off at checkout!

How to Make a Living as a Yoga Teacher Online Course

It’s here!

I’ve transformed my course How to Make a Living as a Yoga Teacher: Ten Principles for Creating a Sustainable Career– and Feeling Good About it! into an online course you can do anytime, anywhere, with nothing but a Dropbox account and a device you can listen on.
In this course, you’ll get ten separate audio lessons and a detailed PDF with notes to follow along. Start applying the principles to your career right now to start working smarter, not harder, and feel great about what you do.
On sale for only $99+tax until October 31st, 2018! 

Moon Goddess Meditations: 16 Nights for Heartache, Desire, and Connection

Over the course of a moon cycle, meet the Nityas, the 16 Tantric Moon Phase Goddesses. Within each nightly 5-15 minute meditation, you’ll meet the Goddess of Loneliness, the Goddess of Choice, the Goddess of Vulnerability, the Goddess of Playfulness, and others, exploring the energy of that goddess and that moon phase in your own life. Each of the 16 nights has a different meditation along with a journaling prompt to help you go deep into what you truly desire, connect with your loved ones, and encourage your heartache to nourish your strength and resilience.

Start with the next new moon cycle on February 15th! It comes along with a solar eclipse and Lunar New Year. A good time for a new beginning!

Details and register:

This meditation set is for anyone who would like to connect with a personal practice that’s connected to the natural cycles of the moon as they reflect the natural cycles of our lives. It’s especially helpful for during times of change, confusion, or heartbreak. Writers and artists may like to use the writing prompts for inspiration for creative works, but the journaling can also just be a way to tap into your conscious and subconscious mind. The meditations will be yours forever to return to as you need at different phases of your own life.   

When you sign up for this course, you’ll receive:

– 16 individual guided meditations that can be done anytime that you keep forever and can return to with any new moon cycle

– 16 writing prompts to inspire creativity and consider your relationships, your desires, what you’re ready to let go of, and how you really feel –especially if you are facing a decision

– an introduction to Tantric philosophy and goddess mythology that embraces the good, bad, and ugly of whoever you happen to be today

– A self-guided practice to keep you connected and grounded anytime, especially during stressful or confusing periods

– meditations that can be done seated, lying down, while going to sleep at night, or out on a night walk to observe the moon as you meditate with her.

– Individual meditations with a range of intentions including emotional connection, presence practices, visualization, contemplation, or even help getting to sleep at night. You may pick and choose ones you like and return to them outside the context of the course as each one stands alone.

Start on any 2018  new moon: February 15th, March 17th, April 15th, May 15th, June 13th, July 12th, August 11th, September 9th, October 8th, November 7th, and/or December 6th!

$79+tax. Details and register: