My yoga practice began as something my mom and I would do together in our living room when I was in High School. I obtained my 200 hour yoga teacher training at Jeevmoksha Yoga Gurukul in Rishikesh, India. In the course I learned traditional Hatha Yoga, I mostly practice and teach Vinyasa Flow. Off of my mat, I am a painter and a cook, I love talking about fruits and vegetables. During the week I work as a Business Systems Analyst for UPS.
Joanna started practicing yoga from a book while still in her teens. She became a teacher of classic yogic meditation in 1975 and in 1999 earned the first of five yoga teaching certifications.
Joanna's goal as a teacher is to live what she teaches, blending technical skill with compassion and joy to inspire students with knowledge of their wholeness. This journey has taken her beyond the confines of a yoga (asana) classroom, to study how yoga's many practices can be used for deep healing and transformation.
I believe that the purpose of yoga is to create a relationship between form and breath, that ultimately awakens the formless part of the Self. Connecting to that formless essence is what keeps me coming back to my mat every day. In 2012, after practicing for several years, I joined the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Baltimore Yoga Village, under the study of Anjali Sunita. There I received a well-rounded training with an amazing group of yogis. In 2015, I pursued my 300 hour YTT back at my yoga home, Baltimore Yoga Village, with the talented and soulful Vivian Campagna and Anjali Sunita. Born and raised in Maryland, I am also wife to Brian, and Momma to my young girls Parker and Hannah. In my vinyasa flow, alignment based classes, students can expect creative sequencing, hands on adjustments and a relaxing Savasana with essential oils.