Asana, pranayama, mantra, and meditation techniques are personalized for students so they can be guided through a journey of self-discovery to promote healing, restore balance and increase vitality. The aim is for students to maintain an optimum state of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being – on and off the mat. Joanna specializes in yoga for healing depression, anxiety, and trauma.
Four Packages to Choose From
1. Soothing the Mind: Package for Reducing Anxiety
2. Uplifting the Spirit: Package for Increasing Joy
3. Embodying the Self: Package for Decreasing Disordered Eating
4. Calming the Chaos: Package for Stress Relief
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Restorative yoga helps us to relax and rest deeply and completely. Restorative yoga relieves the effects of chronic stress, stimulates and soothes the organs, reverses the effects of gravity, and permeates the body with energy. Restorative postures are usually adapted from supine or seated yoga poses with the addition of blocks, bolsters, and blankets to eliminate unnecessary strain.
Yin yoga is a style of yoga where gentle passive postures are held for sustained periods of time. Positive 'stress' is put on the deep layers of the connective tissue. Yin yoga restores and maintains the natural mobility of the joints. This style of yoga allows for deeper meditative experiences as well. Yin yoga is a complimentary practice to the dynamic and invigorating styles of yoga.
Vinyasa yoga is a flowing and dynamic form of yoga. The poses link together as if they were a dance on the mat. Each pose moves rhythmically on an inhale or exhale breath. This style of yoga connects postures and creates heat in the body in order to release tension. Vinyasa yoga allows for a lot of variety, but always includes postures which build strength, followed by postures for stretching.
Prenatal yoga offers expectant mothers a place to explore the changes in their bodies and minds. Gentle stretching and strengthening often relieves many common pregnancy discomforts, while also preparing the mother for labor and birth. Prenatal yoga classes adapt traditional postures to the needs of a changing pregnant body. Prenatal yoga is safe for the mother and baby.
When I began practicing yoga, I had no idea how it would help me transform as a person. I have seen fellow yogis discover their passion for the practice, just like I did when I stepped onto my light blue mat for the first time in Princeton, New Jersey. Now based in the Boston area, my personal practice and teachings are always evolving as expressions of my soul. My hope is that all yogis, no matter what their level, will find the deepest form of love that I have discovered. It's a sincere honor to be able to share the light of yoga with my students.
I am inspired by the emotional, physical, and mental benefits of yoga, and focus my practice and teaching on therapeutic yoga, as well as vinyasa, yin, restorative, and prenatal yoga. I incorporate proper alignment, breathing techniques, and smart sequencing on the mat. As always, I encourage my students to listen to the intuitive wisdom of their body, mind, spirit and soul.