Julie Cruse ~ Lit from Within


Sedona Yoga Festival - Julie Cruse

Julie Cruse has over ten years experience in creative design and community engagement across media, education, arts, and mind-body wellness. She is the founder of Healing Arts Lab, which she also designed and developed. Her work has garnered attention from Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, and Columbia College Chicago (among others), and she has presented internationally. Named an Oustanding Alumni in Innovation from Ohio University, Cruse has received over twenty grants, awards, and honors.

Cruse holds a Master of Arts in Media Arts + Sciences from Arizona State University, where she worked at Situated Multimedia Arts Learning Lab (SMALLab). At SMALLab Cruse designed, deployed, and researched multimedia embodied learning applications, and co-designed SMALLab’s first physical wellness scenario. Cruse also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance and Technology from The Ohio State University where she supervised the Experimental Media and Movement Arts (EMMA) Lab in the Advanced Computing Center for Arts and Design (ACCAD). Her trans-disciplinary dance, media, and arts career spans performance in the work of a number of internationally acclaimed artists, as well as studies in somatics such as Barteneiff Fundamentals, Alexander Technique, Release Technique, yoga, and others. She continues physical practices as a dancer, yogi, and teacher of her class “Lit from Within” – immersive therapeutic media for somatic physical practice and mindfulness.  ”Lit from Within” is the class she will be presenting at Sedona Yoga Festival 2013, as part of the first presentations ever.

Lit from Within 

Combines color therapy visuals with mindful movement that cultivates the inner flame, the light within. Lit from Within reflects the healing process that created it. From dance and new media, Julie Cruse transmuted the power of stage elements – colored lights, sound, and movement – to evoke her own healing, and converted them for yoga and meditation. Lit from Within surrounds you in a transformational glow of colors that move with the breath and flow of the class, improvised specifically for the presence in the room, shifting as each of us rebirths in the now. It is time for transformation. This class is lit from within, virtually, and so will you too be guided toward your light within from the mindful movement practice Cruse has culminated – the sacred space of body, heart, and mind flow through yoga postures, dance in spirit, and healing in heart.

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