Joanne’s philosophy as a yoga teacher is to help people who seek personal empowerment feel connected to their bodies, quiet their mind, stimulate a healthy nervous system, and release tension in the body caused by stress, anxiety, or trauma. Her teaching technique uses a combination of breath work, meditation, gentle asanas, and neurogenic tremoring.
Joanne is an ERYT200. She earned her 200 hour YA certification through Jennifer Prugh’s “Joy of Yoga” teacher training and is in the process of obtaining her 500 hour YA certification through Jennifer Prugh’s “Joy of Yoga” 500 hour training. She completed her Therapeutic Yoga teacher training with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal and her Yin Yoga Teacher training under Paul and Suzy Grilley.
Additionally, Joanne specializes in helping those with trauma (including PTSD) and has attended and completed her certification in TRE (Trauma/tension release exercises) with Dr. David Bercelli. She is also certified as TSY teacher (Trauma Sensitive Yoga) under the renowned guidance of trauma researcher and pioneer Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (The Trauma Center at JRI).
Joanne teaches classes and workshops locally and internationally. She also teaches at the inpatient facility at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto and has voluntarily taught yoga to women incarcerated at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas. A twenty-year resident of Los Gatos, she enjoys spending time with her husband John, and children Anthony, Steven and Nicole.