Jules Hunt changed her lifestyle once she fell in love with yoga and hasn't looked back since. Teaching us the importance of mindful living, Jules is now a yoga instructor and has begun her own successful blog, Om & The City, where she shares her wellness journey, inspiration, and tips on how to live your happiest and healthiest life. Read our interview with her below!
How did you first decide to start yoga? What made you begin this journey and lifestyle?
Believe it or not, I didn’t used to like yoga! I tried it once in my teens and quickly decided it wasn’t for me. It wasn’t until college when I gave it another try--I was interning at a yoga studio in Ohio creating content for their blog (ironic, right?). In return, I had access to unlimited yoga classes and completely fell in love. I strongly believe yoga finds you at a time when you need it most, and for me, I was really struggling with my body. Yoga gave me a newfound respect for my body, and I was able to shift my relationship with food into something that was healthy and sustainable. That is essentially where my wellness journey began.
You write about several topics on your blog, Om & The City. Why is it important for you to address them?
My blog is all about mindful and balanced living. This ranges from sharing wellness tips to more personal learnings from my own experiences. It makes my day when I see that someone has adopted some of my tips or has felt a positive impact on their life from reading my blog. That is what I’m all about. I hope to make this lifestyle accessible to everyone and give people little nuggets of inspiration to take with them throughout the day. It’s the little things that add up to the big things.
You’ve traveled a lot, can you tell us where your favorite place to travel to is and why?
Oh, that’s so tough! I love traveling to Central and South America because I enjoy practicing my Spanish any chance I get. But, I think I can find something to love about every place I’ve been--from spending a month surfing and practicing yoga in Northern Nicaragua to motorbiking all over Bali… traveling and experiencing new cultures has been a huge priority to me.
Tell us what a day in a life of Jules Hunt consists of.
My mornings are pretty consistent since I’m all about my mindful morning routine.
7:00 AM: I wake up, drink a glass of lukewarm lemon water, and take my dog Luna out for a quick walk.
7:30 AM: When I get back, I do a few sun salutations to get my body moving and end it with a 5-10 minute meditation.
8:30 AM: After that, I usually make my coffee and start answering emails/responding on social media.
Between 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM: My day can move in many different directions--no two days are the same. A large part of my time is spent writing for my blog or guest blogging for another website, shooting new content, practicing a yoga sequence for a class I’m teaching, answering emails, and working on freelance client work. I usually have a few events to attend every week from trying new studios, workout events, or showroom visits. Last night, I tried out SoulCycle’s new SoulAnnex studio (definitely check it out if you live in NY!). Tonight, I’m taking an inversion workshop at Y7’s Lab.
After 7 PM: I eat dinner with Andrew and we try to spend some quality time together with our pup (& no phones!). Both Andrew and I love our work, so we typically squeeze in another hour (checking + responding on Instagram) before calling it a night. Since my job is public-facing, I always set aside time to check-in with myself, and I make sure whatever I take on is something that adds value to my life.
"Be patient and stick with it. Yoga is one of those things you may have to do several times before feeling the benefit of it."
Since becoming a yoga instructor, how has your life been impacted?
Man, I can honestly say my life has changed SO much since then. When I returned from Nicaragua where I did my yoga training (back in 2015), I really just hit the ground running. I was so inspired after digging deep into my practice for a full month, and I decided I wanted to take my blog seriously. So, I really just started working as hard as I could to balance my full-time job with the growth of my blog and yoga teaching gigs. I juggled it all for just one more year before I left the 9-5 grind completely. I’ve been fully self-employed for almost a year now, and every day I wake up so grateful to be doing what I love.
What advice can you give to anyone starting their yoga journey or thinking of trying yoga?
Be patient and stick with it. Yoga is one of those things you may have to do several times before feeling the benefit of it. The progress sneaks up on you! One day you’ll realize how it has poured into so many aspects of your life--from your posture, your mood and your eating habits, to the way you treat yourself and others! And one day, you’ll wake up stronger, more limber, and you’ll be able to bend your body into shapes you never thought were possible.
3 Hidden gems in Brooklyn?
Hmmm… so many! Brooklyn is by far my favorite borough I’ve lived in. If you love plants as much as me, definitely stop by the Botanica Garden Center on Atlantic Avenue. It’s my favorite little shop to walk through when I need a reset. For some spiritual healing, visit my friends at MINKA Brooklyn. Lastly, if you’re in need of a beautiful coffee shop (and a macaron), spend the afternoon at my favorite cafe, Woops! on Driggs Avenue.
What does MISSBISH mean to you?
To me, it represents being true to yourself and embracing YOU in all of your forms. Whether you’re a fearless leader or a quiet supporter, everyone brings something valuable to the table. I put so much of myself into what I do, and I love seeing others do the same while celebrating those around them. Life is just one giant collaboration, and we can’t forget to show gratitude towards those who’ve influenced us whether they know it or not.
Who is your MISSBISH?
Teresa Palmer (actress, founder of Your Zen Life + Your Zen Mama) will forever be my MISSBISH. She is the reason I started my blog 4 years ago and ignited my blogging journey. I started guest writing for Your Zen Life back in 2013, before deciding to launch my own wellness blog in 2014. Tez has influenced me more than she’ll ever know. She lives a life of true holistic wellness and just radiates love wherever she goes.