AYA Founder, Wilderness Guide, 500 hr Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner
Jule has been guiding Alaskan oceans, rivers and mountains for 12 years. She is a certified Wilderness First Responder and has 1000+ days wilderness experience. She professionally guides remote multi-day packrafting, rafting, kayaking and backpacking trips throughout the state. A yogi since 2008, she began teaching in 2012 after studying in India and has 500 hrs of training with the Yoga Alliance. She has studied and practiced Ashtanga, Hatha, Iyengar, Kundalini & Restorative Yoga, but like’s to “teach to the room-” blending her own style that utilizes mindful movement with breath and postural awareness. Jule uses yoga to strengthen and relax both mind and body. She is also a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner with the National Association of Ayurvedic Medicine & holds an M.A. in Counseling from University of Alaska Anchorage. She has a private “Integrative” Mental Health Counseling practice in Anchorage, AK where she specializes in using Ayurveda, Yoga & Mindfulness practices alongside CBT & DBT talk therapy techniques to help clients achieve higher states of wellness.
Jule teaches yoga classes, workshops and both 200 & 300 hr Yoga Alliance approved teacher trainings throughout Alaska. Nothing brings her more joy than sharing these holistic arts with others in wilderness surroundings. Her goal is to help others on their journey towards health and wellness while having fun along the way.
"Spending time in the Alaska's wilderness and deepening my understanding of Yoga and Ayurveda are the most profound gifts I've given myself. The connections I make with my surroundings, people around me and myself are unparalleled. Nothing is greater than sharing these with other adventurers."
Raft Guide, School Teacher, Yogi
Meredith has been a rafting guide for over 17 years. Finding the river in college in 2001, her journey of outdoor adventure has taken her through Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Canada, Arizona & Alaska. The outdoors and rivers are where Meredith feels most at home. She feels that she was put on this earth to simply row a boat and cannot imagine anything more perfect then going downstream, holding a pair of oars. After earning her MA is Environmental Education in 2008, she slowly worked her way north to Alaska for work and play. In 2014, Meredith turned to Yoga to help heal a head injury and found a new way to be in the world. Yoga changed her body and her mind, making both stronger, more flexible, and able to withstand the hard times that life has to offer. Yoga has been a way for her to not only heal her body, but embrace the power that has yet to be untapped. Meredith currently lives in Portage Alaska, with her husband Daniel and dog Sadie.
Sea Kayaking Guide, Nursing Student, Yogi
Whitney Dahl was born in Williams Lake, British Columbia, and in her still youthful life has called many places her home. This is just fine for Whitney as she is an adventurer with wanderlust in her blood. For the past ten years she has been working predominately as an expedition sea kayaking guide. After graduating from Adventure Tourism Business she headed out to the remote ocean waters of Haida Gwaii, BC, where she sea kayak guided for six years. In 2011, she by led 50-day wilderness expeditions for youth-at-risk in Southeast Alaska before teaching outdoor education in private schools in British Columbia and Yukon. Currently she lives in Anchorage, Alaska where she is finishing her nursing degree.
But being an adventurer is only one aspect of Whitney's life. She is also an artist, cook, naturalist, teacher and a yogi. Being able to combine yoga practices into the places she loves and teach those who are inspired, brings out the best in her.