Joanne discovered yoga in her teens watching ‘yoga for health’ on TV. However work and life took priority and she embarked on an exhilarating career in Information Technology, working with many of the largest corporations in the world and government departments in Asia solving technical and business problems.
She moved to Hong Kong in 2008, and was able to practice yoga at Pure Yoga more regularly while maintaining a full life with family and full-time profession in IT. She then moved to Beijing, and stopped working in 2014. She is grateful to have had the opportunity the Foundation Yoga Teachers’ Training with Patrick Creelman in Hong Kong. She is a 200-Hour certified Yoga Teacher, working toward her 500-Hour certification, and has begun teaching since Oct. 2015.
Yoga has given Joanne tremendous benefits and experiences in her life both physically and mentally. She has found that the practice of yoga brought her vital energy and made her feel healthy and peaceful, which she believes are the foundation for a happy and joyful life. She also learned to better understand her body through regular asana practice and meditation.
Joanne’s style of teaching is compassionate, as well as caring and supportive. She advocates for accessible yoga, practices and teaches to learn more about the practice of yoga asanas to aid in healing. Leading her students by example, she teaches an alignment-based practice comprised of her 3 major influences – lyengar yoga, Vinyasa yoga and Restorative yoga.
Joanne aims to offer students a shifting and uplifting experience, with hatha/vinyasa style flow practice to create strength with intelligent alignment to safely achieve and maintain optimal health.
Joanne’s tip: ‘Yoga is for everybody. It doesn’t matter when you start. All that matters is that you do.’
Her Yoga Education:
- 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Accredited Teachers Training with Patrick Creelman (Pure Yoga, HK)
- 15-Hour ‘Wisdom of Yoga’ with Carlos Pomeda
- 35-Hour ‘Set up for Success’ with Christina Sell
- 60-Hour Restorative Yoga – The Art of Conscious Relaxation (Level 1 & 2) with Adeline Tien
- 25-Hour Shoulder Anatomy, Dysfunction, and Application Module with Tiffany Cruikshank (Yoga Medicine)
- 20-Hour Yoga Anatomy with Tiffany Cruikshank
- First Aid, AED and CPR certification
This style links traditional Hatha postures into a sequence of movements that flow naturally from one to the next. This class will explore variations of sun salutations, standing and seated poses along with body balancing and inversions.
This class contains a series of postures that flow naturally from one to the next. Focus is placed on movement, alignment, flexibility, strength and integration with breath. Poses are held for shorter duration than in a Hatha Yoga or Hatha Flow class.
The antidote to stress is relaxation. Restorative yoga focuses on relaxation, renewal, effortlessness and ease. This practice soothes your nervous system, helps you quiet your mind and invites you to release deeply held tension.