Roots Up is an evidence-based video library hosting 5-minute videos that soothe the nervous system and calm body and mind. Julie uses deep breathing, mindfulness, yoga postures/embodiment, and guided imagery to share lifelong coping strategies and a natural way to increase focus, calm the nervous system, and cultivate compassion for self and others. This library is based on 15 years of experience working with a wide variety of students, who have taught her that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to navigating emotions, especially big ones!

Roots Up helps children and the adults caring for them take a mindful pause so everyone can nurture body and mind, together. Simple and effective stress-reduction techniques you can do anywhere, at any time.
No prep or planning required.


  • Children ages 5-12 (not limited to)

  • Educators
  • Specialists
  • Parents
  • Caregivers


  • Reduces overwhelm + increases happiness

  • Tools for emotions & confidence

  • Builds resilience
  • Positive behavior support

  • Promotes strategies for lifelong wellness
A mother and her son practice the Roots Up curriculum at home together


Hello! Over the past 15 years I have taught yoga and mindfulness in private and public education, alongside youth with multiple obstacles to success, and to those with different learning abilities & needs. I was witnessing major burnout in adults in caregiving roles and little bodies with not enough tools to support their feelings. This is how Roots Up was born.

After founding Radiant Beginnings, Roots Up sister brand in 2010, I was determined to make deep breathing, mindfulness, and guided imagery more accessible and equip all children with tools to navigate life’s twists and turns.

My drive to bring coping skills to youth stems from my healing journey with anxiety and depression, specifically panic attacks. I am also a mom to a neurodivergent son who has a harder time navigating big emotions. The mission of this work is practiced passionately in both my personal and professional life.

I’m deeply committed to helping children of all learning styles, abilities and backgrounds develop lifelong tools for big emotions and to increase resilience as part of a preventative approach to wellness.

I proudly identify as neurodivergent and have a playful personality. I LOVE being active in nature with my family. I’m a mom, wife, sister, ally, friend and enjoy self expression of any kind, dancing, hiking, biking and running.


Roots Up is being used in Schools

Roots Up is being used in hospitals

Roots Up is being used in homes


Jamie, teacher, testimonial

“My students love it and so do I. During this pandemic, the one thing I can always depend on are the videos to get us calm and ready for the day and my students feel the same. I hear it from their parents too!”

Jamie, Teacher
A student participating in a Roots Up workshop

“I’ve been having a hard time in school and I’ve been getting frustrated in classes… The videos help me calm down.”

Jordan, 5th grade
A student doing a Roots Up brain break

“If I’m feeling down on a day, the videos help me feel better about myself.”

Student, 4th grade
A little girl using a Roots Up skill

“As a parent I use the strategies from the video all the time! I was at a doctor’s appointment and I used the breathing techniques with my child- I look forward to taking deep breaths and to have a moment to slow down together.”

A classroom doing Roots Up videos

“Miss Julie is a movie star in my classroom! Her positive messages give the students and myself quick ways to make sure we are thoughtful about our relationships. Her movements and visualizations help ground students and teachers alike to be in a good place for learning. They can apply these skills in all areas of life.”

Megan Taylor, 3rd grade teacher


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