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Unapologetically Sensitive

We explore how sensitivity weaves itself into our lives; the richness that it adds, and the strengths we have BECAUSE of our sensitivity--and some of the challenges it poses as well. You may learn to live a bolder, brighter life.

Apr 21, 2020


Yin Yoga, and How I Healed My Autoimmune Disease


Julie Quinn


Julie Quinn talks about Yin Yoga, and the benefits for the Highly Sensitive Person. She talks about the vagus nerve; the importance of the parasympathetic nervous system; why rest & digest is important, and the possible symptoms of constantly being in a state of fight or flight.  Julie shares her journey with autoimmune disease, and how she used food to heal. Julie provides a guided meditation. Julie has a special offer for the listeners if you’re interested in her organic essential oil products.


  • What is Yin Yoga
    • Long held deep stretches
    • Works with connective tissue (fascia)
    • Works with what we’re holding onto emotionally in the body
    • Each stretch is a supported stretch
    • Stretch lasts 3-10 minutes
    • Is uses breath and relaxation
    • It’s about sensation and softening
  • What is Restorative Yoga
    • It’s not a stretch; it’s relaxing
    • It’s beneficial for people who want to get their health back
  • Vagus Nerve
    • Sends messages to the brain to help with safety and regulation
    • The actual nerve goes from the brain stem through the medulla, to the trachea, esophagus, into the heart, lungs, and diaphragm
  • Rest and Digest
    • Healing the nervous system
    • Use of breath, body, nervous system and the mind
    • Uses the parasympathetic system
    • It’s the opposite of fight, flight or freeze (and fawn?)
    • Heart rate decreases
    • Cortisol levels decrease
    • Adrenalin decreases
    • We can train ourselves to be in rest and digest
  • Fight, flight, freeze (fawn?)
    • When we’ve had trauma, we go into fight flight, freeze
    • We are overstimulated with phones, distractions
    • We need adrenalin for survival, but we don’t want to be in this state all the time
    • We may have a racing heart, breathing too fast, digestion can’t happen properly
    • Symptoms
      • Extra weight—especially around the belly/middle
      • Not digesting food
      • Digestive issues
      • Adrenal fatigue
      • Thyroid issues
      • Overall fatigue
      • Autoimmune issues
    • We want to be in an optimal thriving state
      • Harmonious state
      • We’re able to connect to our higher mind (center, wellness, higher self)
    • Gut/brain connection
      • Serotonin is created in the gut
      • Gut issues can cause depression, anxiety, inflammation, brain fog, bad breath, acne, psoriasis, body odor, cracks in the mouth, sores in the mouth, irritability, grogginess, brain fog, sleep issues
    • Nighshades can cause issues with some people
      • Tomatoes, bell peppers, goji berries, eggplant, white potatoes
    • It can help to eat foods that are found in Blue Zones (sweet potatoes)
    • Redheads require more anesthesia, and it can take longer to numb with local anesthesia
    • Quinntessentials are organic essential oil products Julie creates and sells

Get 15% off all Quinntessentials at Julie’s website with the code HSP


Julie Quinn discovered Yoga in 1999 and explored several different styles, such as Bikram, Hatha, Anusara, Acro, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa, completing over seven unique teacher trainings, including a 200 hour certification with YogaWorks. Currently, she teaches yoga at MOSAIC in Golden Hill, Ginseng in South Park, and Fit Athletic in the East Village in San Diego, CA. Julie's classes range from Restorative to Yin to challenging Vinyasa flow or Beginning yoga with a focus on alignment and connection. Julie is passionate about sharing a creative yoga practice that is enjoyable and accessible for all people, beginners and advanced practitioners alike. Her approach is to encourage others to find their connection. Aligning the students with asana, pranayama, meditation, insights, aromatherapy, and energy work.  

Special events, lectures, and retreats are also offered periodically. Julie is a certified Yoga Teacher, Aromatherapist, and Herbalist. As the owner of Quinntessentials Organic Essential Oil Products, she blends her diverse interests and expertise to create a healing experience for all who join her on the mat. Julie grew up in Nebraska and trained early in life to be a dancer, later earning a BA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. She has always been drawn to herbs, essential oils, and alternative healing, which lead her to study Herbology while dancing in Chicago and working at spas and wellness centers. She spent years learning all about the healing arts, nutrition, herbology, and aromatherapy while working closely with many inspiring teachers. She started to create her own products once she understood the need for chemical free and essential oil rich ingredients in the things we use everyday. Follow @quinntessentialsproducts for more information on her business and @Quinnsights on instagram for her yoga and retreat offerings or visit her websites:


Patricia Young works with Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) helping them to understand their HSP traits, and turning their perceived shortcomings into superpowers. Patricia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who is passionate about providing education to help HSPs and non-HSPs understand and truly appreciate the amazing gifts they have to offer. Patricia works globally online with HSPs providing coaching. Patricia also facilitates online groups for HSPs that focus on building community and developing skills (identifying your superpowers, boundaries, perfectionism, dealing with conflict, mindfulness, embracing emotions, creating a lifestyle that supports the HSP, communication and more).


Julie’s Links

Use code HSP to get 15% off of Julie’s products (this is an affiliate link)

Bastyr University Clinic--

Dr. Gundry

Dr. Daniel Amen

Dr. Mark Hyman

Patricia’s Links

HSP Online Course--

Online Meetup for May 2, 2020 with Julie for Yin Yoga--

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