(Photo Credit: Photo by Laura Brown of Laura Brown Photography. Reprinted from 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas with permission by MSI Press, LLC)

When a professor recommended that Julie M. Gentile (BA Journalism, ’07) pick a niche interest in journalism, she knew exactly what that would be — health and wellness communications. In just over ten years, she has become an award-winning author, blogger, yoga teacher, wellness speaker and mom. She now leads and inspires others to live well in a busy world.

She merged all of her worlds together in February 2019 when she and MSI Press released the book 108 Yoga and Self-Care Practices for Busy Mamas — receiving a 2019 Independent Book Publishers Living Now Award, which recognizes “books for better living” and authors “changing lives and changing the world.”

The Bloomingdale resident’s work has been featured in Chicago Parent and Yoga Chicago, as well as on the podcast Strong as Mothers.

How Roosevelt and our mission prepared her to succeed

I deeply value my time at Roosevelt University. When I was a student, newspapers were downsizing and online content was rapidly growing. The University’s wide array of courses prepared me to work in numerous marketing and communications roles and helped me find my passion for journalism. The expert faculty and industry professionals inspired me to find my place as a journalist. From the moment I stepped out of the Auditorium Theatre on graduation day, I knew I was ready for my career.

I planned to become a dietitian to fuse my journalism skills with my passion for wellness — then I took my first yoga class. Now, after more than eight years as a certified yoga teacher, I blend my writing and communication skills into my yoga classes. I also lead free yoga and self-care workshops at libraries, bookstores and fitness centers throughout the Chicago area.

I carry Roosevelt’s essence of social justice with me personally and professionally. It was this mission that defined my Roosevelt experience — in and out of the classroom.

Her advice for today’s students

The advice I have for someone beginning their education is very similar to the words I share with my yoga students. Remain curious — ask “Why?” and “Why not?” Also, be open-minded and listen to your intuition. We must lean into what sparks enthusiasm in us.

If we continue to learn, we continue to grow. How do we do this? Try new things. Take a new class. Read a new book.

Fun facts about Julie

Since graduating from Roosevelt University, I have attended more than 50 rock ’n’ roll concerts — most of them in Chicago. My husband and I have met Rush, sat front row at an AC/DC concert and were in the audience (and on camera!) for ZZ Top’s VH1 Storytellers episode.

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