Jo-Anne is passionate about sharing the practice of yoga with others. She is known for her soul-filled classes that nourish body, mind, heart and spirit. She does this from the depth of her own personal practice and study; and through her gentle guidance, her sense of humour, and the safety that she creates in a peaceful and non-competitive environment.
Jo-Anne has been practicing and studying yoga since the early 1980’s when she began her university studies in the areas of sociology, psychology and religion. She holds a Masters’ degree in counselling, and has been working in this capacity within an educational setting since 1987.
Jo-Anne began teaching yoga in 1997 with her 200-hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Certification. She received her Professional Kripalu Yoga Teacher Certification in 2000. This reflects over 500 hours of supervised training in Asana, Pranayama, Meditation, Theoretical and Applied Yogic Philosophy, Anatomy, Physiology, Teaching Methodology, Techniques and Professional Ethics. Since then she has received an additional 500 hours of training exploring various yoga styles and therapies in Canada, the United States and Thailand. Jo-Anne has received specific yoga training in working with Cardiac and Cancer clients, irest and Breath, Body, Mind.
Jo-Anne’s teaching is currently influenced by her studies with Nischala Joy Devi, Michael Stone, Richard Miller, Erich Schiffmann, Yoganand Michael Carroll, Mukunda Tom Stiles, Gary Kraftsow, Angela Farmer, Rama Berch and Richard Brown. Her meditation practice and teaching are most influenced by Thich Nhat Hahn, Sylvia Boorstein, Sharon Salzberg, Pema Chodron, Jack Kornfield, John Main,osb,and Richard Miller.
Jo-Anne has studied Thai Yoga Massage with Kam Thye Chow of the Lotus Palm School in Montreal and with Asokananda of the International Society of Thai Yoga Massage in Thailand. She has also studied Stott Pilates.
Jo-Anne is particularly interested in how yoga practice affects the physiological systems in the body, facilitates the mind-body connection and deepens spiritual balance. She is devoted to helping her students develop a practice that is guided from within so that they may connect more deeply to all aspects of their lives.