Joanne came to yoga in the ‘80s as a way to manage the stresses of undergraduate life; it has been a central and beloved practice in her life ever since. In 2012, she graduated from the 500-hour teacher training program at Octopus Garden Holistic Yoga Centre in Toronto and, later, advanced trainings in Restorative, Yin and iRest Yoga Nidra. Joanne has benefited greatly from studying with Toronto-based teachers Pat Harada Linfoot, Scott Davis, and Cathy Keenan, as well as from some internationally known teachers and authors such as Amy Weintraub, Pema Chodron and Richard Miller.
In addition to guiding classes at Modo Guelph since 2013, Joanne has taught yoga in two mental health care settings, where she assisted people dealing with anxiety, depression and/or eating disorders. All of these trainings and experiences have deepened Joanne’s understanding of how to make her classes more accessible to all students. Joanne encourages students to move mindfully according to their own needs, while bringing a sense of exploration, playfulness and compassion to their own practice. A lifelong learner, Joanne is currently completing a Master’s in Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University.