Julie Ann Tonks Julie Ann Tonks is the General Manager and Instructor at Bikram Yoga College of India, Longwood. Julie was born in Sykesville, Maryland in 1974. She spent her later childhood growing up in West Palm Beach, FL. Julie was a ballet dancer for ten years and danced for companies such as The Palm Beach Ballet Society. Julie also played classical piano. She competed and performed up until the age of fifteen. Julie received her Associate of the Arts at the Palm Beach Community College in 1994. She completed an intensive foreign language study abroad program in Jonquiere, Canada in 1995. Julie graduated from University of Central Florida with Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1996. Julie worked for a comprehensive mental health organization for approximately six years. Some of her positions were case manager, assessment specialist, mental health court liaison, day treatment teacher, and clinical trials liaison. In 2007, Julie completed Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Hawaii. Julie received a Whole Food Plant-Based Nutrition Certification through the T. Collin Campbell Foundation at Cornell University. She is a distributor for the leading whole food based nutritional supplement Juice Plus. Julie is also a distributor for The Tower Garden, a state-of-the-art vertical aeroponic growing system.
Julie spent most of her childhood sick. She battled with frequent strep throat. One year she had strep throat five times. She also suffered severe digestive issues including peptic ulcer disease. Julie experienced debilitating back and leg pain due to scoliosis. After many years of research, Julie understands and experiences the power of proper exercise and diet. "I finally found the most effective ways to reach and maintain optimal health, Bikram Yoga and Juice Plus. Because I know what Bikram Yoga and Juice Plus have done for me, I dedicate the rest of my life sharing and teaching others what they can do for them."
Yolanda Musante is an instructor at Bikram Yoga College of India, Longwood. In the 1990’s, Yolanda worked as a corporate treasury manager for Cingular Wireless (now AT&T). The high stress work environment exacerbated her severe allergies, thyroid gland imbalance, and chronic stomach pains. After finding little relief from doctor visits and prescriptions, Yolanda was motivated to find an alternative route of alleviation.
In 2002, Yolanda took her first Bikram class and was immediately intrigued by the potential health benefits of both mind and body. As she continued to practice Bikram Yoga, her health and sense of well-being began to noticeably improve. Encouraged by her progress, Yolanda decided to make a career change and began her teacher training with Bikram Choudhury in California. In 2004, Yolanda received her Bikram Instructor Certification and started teaching at Bikram Yoga Longwood. After five years, Yolanda took a hiatus from teaching for inward growth and service.
Yolanda started volunteering at Hospice of the Comforter by providing companionship to terminally ill patients and aiding as a vigil during a patient’s final moments. In pursuit of expanding her knowledge of alternative healing and therapeutic practices, Yolanda became certified in the techniques of Prana Healing, Biomagnetism, and Reflexology. After years of learning and services, Yolanda has returned to Bikram Yoga Longwood to teach and practice daily. “I am humbled by the opportunity to teach this method of hatha yoga and share my story of how Bikram Yoga changed my life.”