Joanna's goal is to help her students unite body and mind in the present moment, leaving them sweaty and calm. Her breath-based vinyasa classes incorporate creative sequencing and attention to alignment, heating and strengthening the physical body to prepare for relaxation and release. She is knowledgeable about restorative and yin yoga, and breathing techniques that bring about inner focus and tranquility.
In addition to teaching group, corporate, and private classes for students of all ages, Joanna teaches yoga and meditation to residents at Hazelden Tribeca Twelve, a drug rehab program for young adults. She taught patients working with severe depression, schizophrenia, and addiction at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and has worked with patients and clinicians at NYU Langone Medical Center. She loves seeing firsthand how yoga and other mind-body practices promote healing.
Joanna has completed a 40-hour Trauma Sensitive Yoga training with Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dave Emerson, and Jenn Turner through the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute and is continuing to study yoga as a complementary treatment for PTSD with her teacher Annie Piper. She is a graduate of Conquering Lion Yoga teacher training.