Joanna received her 200 RYT through Carly Grace Power Yoga RYS, 2016.
"The discovery of my love for mindful movement came much later. I had always done what I thought necessary to stay fit but had never developed any deeper connection than that. Even once I began to study and teach Pilates and kettlebell classes, exercise still occupied a place in my life similar to taking vitamins or flossing. Something that I just did to support the other aspects of my life.
Then my husband and I spent four months hiking up the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to New Jersey. The stillness of mind that I found in the midst of the day to day grind of backpacking was truly my first authentic experience of meditation. Losing myself in the rhythm of it, absorbing the natural beauty all around me, gave me a taste of a spiritual connection that I craved more and more of.
Once we returned to what most would call normal life, I needed a means of fostering and evolving that connection. And the way that presented itself to me was yoga. The combination of movement, breath and sweat allowed me to let go and be right there, on the mat and in that moment. After a few years of developing my personal practice, I decided to merge a love and a gift. My love of yoga as expression through movement and my gift of being able to help others find joy through their own creative assertions.
Now that I have completed my yoga teacher certification at Thunderbolt, I am confident in my path and sure of my place on it. My creativity continues to flourish and my yoga practice blesses me with a peace that keeps the rest of my crazy life in perspective. My hope is that as I walk this path, I help the yogis who move with me to be strong, connected, happy and creatively expressed."
Schedule for Mon Jul 24, 2017 - Sun Jul 30, 2017