Where are you from and how long have you been in Boston?I went to undergraduate and graduate school in Boston and haven’t left! I’ve been in the Boston area for over 25 years!
What was your first yoga class like?
I think I went to my first yoga class at Kripalu in the 90’s. It was the whole experience of meditation, yoga, and breath work that I loved learning.
What’s your favorite pose to teach?
I teach kids and they are such natural yoginis! I love watching their little brains work as they watch me, and figure out how to get their body to look like mine. Teaching crab pose? Sometimes it looks like table pose to them! At this age it is all about body awareness and body control. I love teaching them how to climb the wall in down dog at the wall. Their confidence soars when they figured out how to master this pose!
As a practitioner, what pose makes you cringe?
Hmmm, well, I never like seeing necks turned if they are in a plow pose. Also a simple frog jump can get tricky if they forget to lift their hands up and instead they kick their feet too high.
Where can we find you when you’re off your mat?
I am a psychotherapist in Brookline, I teach therapeutic yoga to traumatized kids in Boston, and I have two school aged yoginis of my own!
What’s your favorite or the most random song on your class playlist right now?
My most popular rest time song is a version of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" by Chantal Kreviazuk & Raine Maida. I also love "Where You Belong" by Kari Kimmel.
Catch Joanne teaching Toddler Yoga on Wednesday mornings!