I spend my time writing, translating and practicing yoga. Sometimes I stand in the teacher’s spot in a Mysore class. I’m also dedicated to raising my children and the idea of sleeping just a little bit more.
I was born in the US in 1974, but I have lived in Argentina for the last two decades. I came to Buenos Aires with my (Argentine) husband when I was 23, in love with him and his country.
I have written since I was very young, and I studied literature and poetry at Haverford College (1996). I received Masters Degrees in French literature and Creative Writing from Bryn Mawr College and Goldsmiths College (University of London). My essays and stories have been published in anthologies and literary journals in the UK, South Africa, the US and Argentina. For the past decade, I have worked with the artist Leandro Erlich; I collaborated on his first book The Ordinary? (Kanazawa, 2014), in addition to published essays for the recent exhibitions The Construction of Reality (Shanghai, 2018) and Liminal (Buenos Aires, 2019). I have also written several children’s books, and I sometimes work as a photographer.
I discovered yoga through a sports-related injury and from that moment I have practiced with dedication and consistency. Within the tradition of Ashtanga Vinyasa, I have studied with Alejandro Chiarella, Juan Pablo Capdevila, Tim Miller, Guy Donahaye, Eddie Stern and Ty Landrum. In 2015 and 2017, I had the privilege of attending Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor’s Teachers Intensive at the Yoga Workshop. Richard and Mary are personal heroes and guides, and I have been honored to work as translator and editor of their books. I also study Tibetan Buddhism with Dr. Jules Levinson and Dr. Robert Thurman. I have become increasingly interested the confluence between asana and meditation. I currently offer seminars on foundational yoga texts and asana at different studios in and around Buenos Aires.
In 2016, I founded the Colección Ananta, a series of books on contemplative practice for the Argentine publisher El Hilo de Ariadna. In addition to my duties as editor, I also work on the translations for Ananta. My own forthcoming book, En la práctica, is an exploration of the intersection of yoga practice, its philosophy and everyday life. En la práctica will be published in Argentina and Spain in April, 2021.
Translations, essays, anthologies and more
Spanish translation by Julia Napier and Zaira Valerin Mercanti
In April 2017, we presented La Colección Ananta’s first volume: Pattabhi Jois’s Yoga Mala. It has been an honor and adventure to translate this timeless text. Pattabhi Jois wrote this guide to the practice of Ashtanga Yoga in the 1960's, when it was published in India in Kannada. With the help of Eddie Stern and Vyaas Houston, the first English language edition was published in 1999. We are delighted to share this invaluable resource for Spanish-speaking practitioners. With new forewords by Sharath Jois and Eddie Stern!
The work of Leandro Erlich
Argentine conceptual artist Leandro Erlich creates work that triggers changes in our perception of reality through objects and actions commonly shared by everyone. Taking something ordinary and transforming it into the extraordinary, his pieces awaken surprise and delight in viewers, often through accessibility and innate humour. Simply put, his oeuvre encourages participation. Published on the occasion of Erlich's first solo exhibition in Japan, at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, this book documents the exhibited works through images, essays and an interview.
I have worked with Leandro for a decade and we have created catalogues together for major shows like Seeing and Believing at the MORI Museum in Japan, Liminal at MALBA and Confines of the Great Void at CAFAM in Beijing.
Argentine women profiled by a diverse group of expatriate writers
The book explores the stories of a fascinating group of Argentine women: famous and anonymous, political and personal. I helped edit this anthology with my great friends Nicole Dunaway, Zhanna Macmillen and Annie-France Charbonneau. Women writers and photographers from thirteen different countries participated in this
book, which was critically acclaimed by the Argentine press and widely publicized (2012). In 2014, I further developed this project as the curator of a photography show that featured the work of Lucila Heinberg, Masako Kano, Paula Teller and Hanneke Vaanholdt.
El arte de vinyasa
Translation by Julia Napier and Zaira Valerin Mercanti
It is our great privilege to present Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor's inspired book on the practice and spirit of yoga. In bookstores throughout Latin America and Spain by May, 2018! Beautiful photography and inspired writing will help guide you through the practice and philosophy of the Ashtanga Vinyasa practice.
Yoga, salud y la sanación
La tradición viva de T. Krishnamacharya
We are thrilled to announce the new publication in Spanish of Health, Healing and Beyond, TKV Desikachar's wonderful biography of his father, the legendary T. Krishnamacharya. Considered the "father" of modern yoga, this book is an indispensable guide for those who wish to investigate the tradition in which they practice. In bookstores throughout Latin America from April, 2018.
El espejo del yoga
Translation by Julia Napier and Zaira Valerín Mercanti
We are pleased to announce the publication in Spanish of El espejo del yoga, Richard Freeman's wonderful discussion of the yoga tradition and its philosophical depth. Available in Latin America and Spain as of September, 2018! This is an indispensable companion for any practitioner who wants to understand more about the philosophy and mysteries of yoga.
La cocina ayurvédica
Foreword by Dr. Robert Svoboda
It's an honor to present this in-depth exploration of the fundamentals of Ayurveda, India's time-honored tradition of health and wellbeing. The eminent Dr. Carmen Frigerio and her longtime disciple Ana María Lewandowski offer delicious recipes that are easy to prepare and wonderful to eat. With an original foreword by Dr. Robert Svoboda and illustrations by Luciana Garabello.
Translation by Julia Napier and Zaira Valerin Mercanti
Christine Caldwell's remarkable new book explores the dynamic relationship between muscle, mind and soul. We are so pleased to include this title in Ananta's growing list and add somatic counseling to the body-centered practices that engage the core of human experience. Christine is the author of the landmark book on somatic therapy and addiction, Getting our Bodies Back. In Bodyfulness she brings together thirty years of practice, research and experience in a highly-readable edition. Every chapter includes practices to try at home.
One Simple Thing in Spanish!
Our most recent titles include Eddie Stern's wonderful book Una cosa sencilla (One Simple Thing) and Michael Stone's La Tradición profunda del yoga (The Inner Tradition of Yoga). They are currently in book stores in Spain and Argentina. They are also available as ebooks on a wide variety of platforms.
Mindfulness, neuroscience, Zen and Buddhist wisdom
In April, 2021, we will release my book Life, in practice, a collection of essays on the intersection between daily life and the yoga tradition. We are honored to be currently translating Julie Yip-William's astonishing memoir The Unwinding of the Miracle, an exploration of life, death and everything that comes after. It's an exciting challenge to take on Tim Parks's fascinating new look at consciousness Out of My Head. We are thrilled to have acquired the rights for Sharon Salzberg's classic book Faith.
Ananta online anywhere
Una cosa sencilla, La cocina ayurvédica and La tradición profunda del yoga are now available as ebooks from Amazon, Kobo, Casa del Libro, BajaLibros, Ghandi and many more online platforms.
Cooking as a spiritual practice
We are so pleased to release Sin Receta, Ed Brown's wonderful exploration of cooking as a spiritual practice. Both Zen monk and experienced chef, Brown reflects on his life in the kitchen and on the cushion: a celebration of sustenance, service, joy and the true spirit of Zen practice. In the words of Norman Fischer, "This is the only cookbook you will ever need."
En la práctica
Essays on the practice of yoga and of life
I'm very excited to present very own book this time, a collection of essays about the intersection of daily life, yoga and everything in-between. I'm very honored by Mary Taylor's prologue and the words of Dr. Edwin Bryant:
"Julia Napier is a very gifted writer, and offers us a collection of autobiographical anecdotes and ruminations on life blended with insights from Yoga philosophy and practice. She deftly and eloquently manages to combine the insights of real yoga – Napier is well schooled in the classical Sanskrit philosophical texts - with their application in the real world – the nitty-gritty world of struggles, insecurities and confusions. Napier’s honesty and poignant reflections on highlights of her own history and story, and her sincere dedication to yoga practice and teachings, afford us both an endearing, and an enlightening glimpse at how yoga can completely transform a life."
Workshops and events
Activities past, present and future!
Workshop with Edwin Bryant, 2017
November 24-26, 2017, Buenos Aires.
It was such a privilege to host Edwin Bryant twice in the past year to discuss the Bhagavad Gita, along with the Yoga Sutra. Thanks to Laura Basile, Gabriel Martino and Ceci Carrano for their wonderful collaborative work that made this workshop possible.
Book Launch of Yoga Mala in Spanish, 2017
On April 30th, Eddie Stern (director of the Broome Street Temple and the Brooklyn Yoga Club) and Leandro Pinkler (co-director de El hilo de Ariadna) presented Yoga Mala in Buenos Aires. Yoga Mala has sold widely in Argentina and is now available in Spain!
Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor in Buenos Aires! May, 2018
It was a great honor to host Richard and Mary in their first visit to Latin America. We can only hope they will come back soon! Special thanks to Andrea de Palma and Raphael Melo for letting me in on the fun in Brazil.
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Presentation of Yoga, salud y sanación by TKV Desikachar, 2018
We were so pleased to host Radha Sundararajan, a Senior teacher at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and longtime student of Desikachar, for the presentation of Yoga, salud y sanación, the Spanish language translation of Health, Healing and Beyond. This book offers precious insight into the life and learning of Krishnamacharya and the genesis of the modern yoga tradition. .
Presentation of El arte de Vinyasa, 2018
It was an honor to be conversation with Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor for the presentation in Buenos Aires of their superb book El arte de Vinyasa. Here you can listen to the whole interview:
Presentation of El espejo del yoga, 2018
This November we celebrated Richard Freeman's landmark text at Fundación Vocación Humana. It was an honor to participate in a dialogue with Leandro Pinkler, co-editor-in-chief at El hilo de Ariadna, and Gabriel Martino, a yoga academic and Sanskritist. We enjoyed this unusual opportunity to discuss the philosophy of the yoga tradition in a broader context, in the same spirit that Richard Freeman displays in his wonderful book.
Presentation of La cocina ayurvédica, 2019
On June 29th, we presented La cocina ayurvédica with the help of co-author Ana María Lewandowski, Dr. Sol Sananes, Sumati Deshmukh and Sisi Adam. These extraordinary women shared their knowledge of Ayurveda and celebrated the life and work of Carmen Frigerio. We are honored to include this wonderful book in our collection.
Presentation of Bodyfulness, 2019
On Tuesday, November 5th, Dr. Christine Caldwell and I discussed her revelatory new book Bodyfulness at Faena Libros in Buenos Aires. It was an honor to welcome Dr. Caldwell to Argentina, and we hope that she will return soon!
During her visit to Argentina, Dr. Caldwell taught a workshop on Bodyfulness and how to cultivate a contemplative somatic practice. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Presentation of Una cosa sencilla
In light of the current challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have published Eddie Stern's wonderful book in print and online. We are so happy to be able to share Una cosa sencilla with readers all over the world! Look out on IG and FB for an interview with Eddie about yoga, science and life's greater mysteries!
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