The Calm, Confident Man: Stress Management Skills for Men’s Work, Health, and Relationships

The Calm, Confident Man: Stress Management Skills for Men’s Work, Health, and Relationships


A happy, healthy person is able to take care of his body, be productive at work, and deeply connect to his loved ones. This can feel like a tall order when stress in any of these realms looms. When that stress hits a critical mass, chronic health problems show up, relationships break down, and work feels much harder to get through. How can a man stay connected to the health of his body and the quality of his work while also showing up to his responsibilities as a good friend, lover, son, or parent?

Men face unique challenges in a culture that asks a lot of them, and one of those challenges is that men are often discouraged from asking for help. Teasing out the difference between these expectations and what an individual man needs to be healthy and happy in all realms is a practice that will benefit him throughout his life. This eight-week, one-on-one program focuses on developing the skills men need to take care of themselves, their work, and the people they care about. Using a range of tools from conversation to yoga, breath work, and meditation depending on the needs of the individual, we will figure out the challenges we are facing and develop the skills we need to be calm, confident, and connected at work, in relationships, and in a state of health and wholeness. 

We take a holistic body/mind approach to discover what is holding you back at work, in terms of health, and/or in relationships, how to remove those blockages, and what tools will support connection and growth in all those realms. Our process moves through four stages: 1. Inquiry 2. Obstacles 3. Support 4. Action. We work through these stages over eight sessions together so you can move forward and live a calm, confident, connected life. 

*I am now accepting enrollment into September 2019. Email to inquire. 

8 one-hour sessions within 10 weeks: $840+gst ($105/session) (if paid in full up front). Payment plans available, email for info. 

Optional follow up visits $120+gst/session. Package of three $324+gst ($108 each). Package of five $475+gst ($95 each). 

Email to inquire about availability and/or to set up a complimentary discovery call to see if this program is right for you: oceanandcrow @

Sessions are generally held at Ocean and Crow Yoga studio at 1707 Grant street, Vancouver, BC. Schedule is agreed upon between Julie and the client. Sessions are ideally once a week at the same time and day, but there is flexibility if you plan to be away, for example.

*Please note that I only work with three clients at a time.

“Julie’s passion for yoga and health is palpable and her personal attention to my family’s varying health issues has been amazing. Julie set up a stretching routine for my back and legs (that I have followed religiously for the last two years), she helped my wife with neck problems and got me through some nasty back pain as I recovered from a ruptured appendix. Ultimately, she listens, comes up with creative plans and ensures that they are implemented appropriately. Oh yeah, best pillow-fort Shavasana ever.” ~Sam N. 

“I first met Julie Peters when she was guest teaching at a popular Vancouver yoga studio. Her approach was unique as she engaged class participants emotionally and physically. Almost two years later I discovered Julie had her own studio. My husband and I went to a drop in class. She was as good as we remembered so we signed up for group classes as well as private yoga sessions. Julie understands that everyone is different, physically, intellectually and emotionally. She looks at the whole person, where they are in their life, and what they need now. Her approach is individual and holistic. Julie understands that our challenges are often more than physical. With her help, my husband and I adjusted our approach to yoga. It became a mindset, not just an effective form of exercise. I recommend working with Julie to anyone who wants to embark on a life long journey of self-discovery at their own pace with the support of an experienced guide. ” ~Alexandra M. 


Photo by Nora Grace Photographer

Julie Peters has been teaching yoga, mindfulness, and meditation (E-RYT 500, YACEP) for over a decade, and co-owns Ocean and Crow yoga studio with her mom, Jane. Over the years, she has served as a co-facilitator for Manology, a weekly men’s group, with David Hatfield. As a feminist, a writer, a counselor, and human being, she has seen the ways this society can be especially hard on men. She has also seen how the right kinds of tools can greatly help these men connect, heal, and thrive in their lives. With an MA in English Literature from McGill University, Julie is a staff writer for Spirituality and Health Magazine and two books: 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 2019). Learn more at and @juliejcp.


Reviews and Testimonials

My name is Jay Miron. I’m a retired professional BMX Freestyle rider. During my seventeen-year career I won 6 world championship titles. In order to achieve this, I regularly pushed myself to my limits, and even past them. This resulted in multiple broken bones, torn ligaments and many traumatic brain injuries that eventually lead me to develop CTE, (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) a neurodegenerative disease that causes its victims considerable problems managing their emotions and stress levels. It can lead to violent outbursts and suicide. 

In 2004 I found yoga and quickly realized the potential it had to help me, and heal me. It became a big part of my life and has been since. I’ve worked with numerous very talented yoga teachers over the years in both group classes and private one on one settings. I’ve made considerable progress. 

In 2015 I started attending classes at Ocean and Crow Yoga Studio and met the owner Julie at her Tuesday evening flow class. Julie’s teaching style was easy to understand and made so much sense to me. After about three months I’d made more progress in my yoga practice than I had in years. So I decided to purchase ten one on one classes. It proved to be a great decision. She really listened to my needs and put together a program that addressed them. She gave me everyday tools to help cope with stress and emotions. She also gave me book suggestions from various trauma specialists to read. Working with Julie has made a huge positive impact on my life. I high recommend working with Julie to anyone looking to strengthen their mind and body. 

~J. Miron

Writer, yoga teacher, studio owner.