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My Approach

Joanne's style of teaching yoga has not only come from years of study, but it has come out of her own desire to be well - pain-free both physically and mentally.  We have to move to heal and even very gentle movement connected to the breath can be astonishingly powerful.  She teaches to the person in front of her, and will carefully listen to you.  You will feel seen and heard.  Joanne has been developing this skill set over the last twenty years.

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The gentle and subtle aspects of yoga has helped calm her overly busy mind, soothe her nervous system, and heal her body after a debilitating car accident 20 years ago. She is a certified yoga therapist and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour level and Registered Yoga Teacher at the 500 hour level.  She has many more hours of training in yoga therapy with Amy Weintraub (LifeForce Yoga), Susi Hately (Functional Synergy), Kristine Weber (Subtle Yoga) and Jill Miller (Yoga Tune-Up).  Joanne is a Life Force Practitioner II and serves as a mentor for the LifeForce Yoga Institute. This style of yoga focuses on managing depression and anxiety with mindful movement, breathing and sound.  Joanne has combined these credentials with her clinical social work background and worked as the first yoga instructor at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, one of the largest inpatient psychiatric hospitals in the US.  Joanne is also member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Yoga Service Council.  All Joanne’s work is trauma-informed and trauma-sensitive.