Joan is a 2012 graduate of West-East YTT. Throughout the years, yoga has become a potent aid and healing force for Joan. After expreiencing how yoga helped her manage chronic pain related to an old gymnastics injury, Joan was convinced that yoga would remain an important part of her life. She is grateful for the many teachers along the way who have assisted her in her practice and very fortunate to continue to have this support and encouragement.
Joan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and as a mental health practitioner for over 20 years, she has found yoga to be an integral practice for herself as well as her clients. Her interest in teaching yoga grew from her conviction that it greatly enhances mental health healing and stability, immune functioning and addiction recovery. She currently works with clients who are living with HIV/AIDS, trauma, addiction and mental illness and is certain that yoga and mindfulness practices are effective, life changing tools for her clients and herself. The profound affect of the connection with ones breath and body, as well as the yoga philosophy of self care and love are proving to be powerful tools in psychiatric healing and growth.
Joan's own practice is continually evolving due to new insights and experiences and she is excited to share it with you. Joan has a strong interest in Yin practice as well as Hatha and Vinyasa. She enjoys a combination of all the above and has incorporated this into her teaching style. Joan is grateful for the chance to share her practice with you and help you to explore your own, developing new strategies for negotiating this life we are journeying through together.