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YOGA WITH JOY

For Adults + Athletes Wanting to Relax & Move with More Ease

Joy Zazzera, MS, 200 E-RYT is a Northeastern Pennsylvania based yoga teacher, educator and aspiring massage therapist. She teaches movement & relaxation classes for adults and athletes in her private yoga studio on the Scranton/Carbondale Highway in Mayfield, Pa and online.

 

WELCOME TO YOGA WITH JOY!

You've just found a yoga teacher committed to helping people Create + Maintain New Healthy Habits focused on Simple + Sustainable Yoga. If you are ready to Move More Efficiently, Relax More Noticeably, gain Control Over and Ease Aches + Pains and Maintain Longevity for Active Living, then I'm so glad you're here! Have a look around and reach out to me if you are interested in ditching your aches + pains and ready to start practicing new healthy habits under my considerate care!

Yoga with Joy is uncomplicated yoga for every day people and athletically-minded adults. I teach a sustainable approach to yoga supporting the health of your joints, muscles, tissues and internal systems matched with simple mindfulness and breathing practices to help you relax, rejuvenate and feel more resilient to the variety of stressors placed on your nervous system. My classes offer a therapeutic feel your body will love, trust and fit your needs, especially if: 

* You're dealing with a nagging injury and you want your yoga practice to help it, not hurt It. 

* Your shoulders and hips are chronically tight even though you stretch and are physically active. 

* You're living with or preparing for an orthopedic change like a joint replacement, and want a teacher who understands what living with a physical limitation is like. 

* You're new to yoga or beginner level wanting to take classes with simple language at a slower pace, and focus on moving with a purpose, not perfection.   

* You're an athlete looking to enhance your intense training with time focused on bringing the body back into balance. You're curious about active-recovery yoga as a method to help you unwind and relax, feel a deeper connection to your body and your identity as an athlete, to help diminish adhesions and dryness to muscle, fascial and connective tissue, and as a way to build better focus, awareness and confidence. 

* You prefer to focus on strength, stability and mobility over aesthetics that demand flexibility you don't have.

* You prefer an approach to yoga rooted in both science and current research infused with ancient yoga wisdom that is communicated with clarity and simplicity in an environment inspired by inquiry over certitude.

* You're looking for a complement for or alternative to Chiropractic adjustments, to differently address mild to moderate back pain and changes to your spine. 

* You're fully committed to your current wellness routine - whether it be chiropractic, physical therapy, athletic fitness and performance training, massage therapy or Traditional Chinese Medicine and are ready to add a complementary movement and mindfulness practice to your routine. 

* You're ready to make small commitments over a few weeks at a time to experience the most benefit from my considerate and customized instruction and to give your systems a chance to adapt to the new movements you learn and practice.

* You want to feel totally comfortable practicing in a small group so you can immerse yourself fully into the experience without worry about being good enough at yoga or competing to reach more advanced poses.

* You are more experienced and enjoy a regular yoga diet of stronger Vinyasa and/or fitness-based and heated yoga but you want to rebuild your tissue resilience, explore training in different ranges of motion and strengthen and balance the body's stabilization capacity so you can return to your more vigorous practice pain-free. 

* You can recognize how dynamic + functional movement infused with therapeutic, relaxation and mindfulness techniques can complement and even extend your existing athletic pursuits as you age. 

 
 
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MAXIMUM SUPPORT FOR YOUR JOINTS

Chances are you've found me because you're curious about how yoga can support old nagging injuries or conditions and help you deal with chronic tightness and tension. No matter which of my services you utilize, props will play a central role, to help create more ease in the body; to help moving around on the floor easier; to give added challenge specific to a movement or posture's purpose; and as a means for obtaining feedback for our nervous system in order to affect change in the body. At my practice studio you'll see my commitment to supporting your therapeutic needs right down to the supportive padded flooring.


 

LIVING WITH JOINT REPLACEMENTS

At age 39 I underwent my first total knee replacement. My second one followed at 41. Both brought me to my edge - the first, to a real low, the second, rising in redemption and facing the life-changing situation with determination and focus. Now, at 45, everyday requires me to be realistic about my new range of motion limitations and how my new prothesis' are adapting to my body and life as a movement teacher. I believe yoga is an incredible practice to help anyone prepare for, endure, recover and maintain a joint replacement. As your yoga teacher, I help impart my real-life experience of having lived through the surgeries, grueling physical rehabilitations and adaptation periods while both you and your body get used to living with a new prosthetic joint. I can teach you to make peace with your changed range of motion, coach you to maintain it and not lose it, and push you to create more desirable physical and mental conditions for adjusting to the stages you'll progress though along your journey. One of the bravest things you'll do is to decide to take control of your limits and not be defined by them!


Contact me today to find out why Yoga with Joy can complement and aid your joint replacement experience.

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CULTIVATING NEW HABITS

One of the hardest things we can ever do for ourselves is to either try something we have never done or give something new a second chance after our perceived first attempt failure.  If you have tried yoga before and left frustrated OR have not tired yoga due to your perceived or actual limitations, perhaps you just haven't found the right-for-you class with the right-for-you teacher! Here is why you might consider giving yourself another opportunity for a new healthy habit to stick by trying Yoga with Joy ...

CLIENT SPECIALIZATION

The people I am best able to help reach their wellness and movement goals include:

  • Adults experiencing change in their bodies who want to experience a deeper connection to it, while mindfully build resiliency and durability for the second half of life. Adults desiring to embrace aging and life's changes and challenges with grace, flexibility, determination and confidence

  • Adult athletes with old nagging injuries and early-onset arthritis desiring a pain-free yoga experience and a means of offering both  acknowledgement and forgiveness to their body for enduring years of athletic demands without proper recovery practices

  • Active athletes curious about yoga as a whole-body recovery tool from training as a means to decrease injuries, increase focus, relax, and improve physical and mental longevity and durability

  • Anyone who doesn't consider themselves an athlete but is desiring to maintain or increase stability, mobility and longevity, create better postural habits, cope better with stress and life's demands and even enjoy improved relationships. People who want to explore their more subtle body, maintain the range of motion they have and are interested in experiencing the introspective mood-boosting benefits of meditation enjoy my classes the most. 

  • Those who rely on physicality for work and often experience tension and stiffness, discomfort and even pain at the start, during or at the end of a work day, particularly around the hips, spine and shoulders

  • Anyone living with arthritis, a joint replacement or other orthopedic change (or with one the horizon) or manageable medical condition in which movement doesn't elicit vocalization of pain

CONSISTENTLY COMMITTMENT ORIENTATED

I believe COMMITMENT + CONSISTENCY are keys to creating lasting change any time we are ready to start anything new. I carry this philosophy into how I operate my business and in seeking the most determined clients to work with. 

  • 100% of my time is client-focused and this includes the time I put into staying tuned into the latest yoga research. I'm fortunate that my time is not taken up by managing other teachers and schedules, selling products, or trying to populate larger classes with many different options to suit many different tastes. Larger yoga studios like this are great, this just isn't one of them.  

  • My in-person classes operate by you signing up to make a small commitment a few weeks at a time, whenever you need throughout the year. I believe this is the best model to effect real change and help create meaningful new habits and keep them fresh. This model also allows us both time to adapt and grow, for you as my client and me as your teacher into a trusting relationship.  By the time you have registered for a class, you have likely done some research on this website or my social media about the style of yoga I teach and the information I like to share; or have heard good things from one of my current client's; or have spoken to me directly. By signing up you understand that these movement classes are not fast-paced, fitness based, sweaty yoga experiences (not that there's anything wrong with that once in while for certain body types!) 

  • I offer classes in series, a few weeks at a time, varying between 5-10, weeks depending on the current calendar.  This model helps me to design, customize, deliver and receive quality feedback (from you), by knowing the needs of the students that will be present, than serving you through a drop-in system. Those interested in less may find a single-session weekend workshop option more suitable as they happen. If you want to try a single class, please connect with me and I'll find a place for you when a series-client has to miss class. If you really want to all of my attention perhaps my private coaching offerings works better for you. 

WOMAN OWNED BUSINESS

I use SHE/HER pronouns am proud to offer a practice space for liberated voices, where everyone is welcome to practice yoga and relax in a safe space and includes and fully welcomes the BIOPIC and LGBTQ communities living in Northeastern Pennsylvania. 

 

TESTIMONIALS

What Joy's clients & colleagues say about working with her.

Your classes are helping me feel better and gain confidence around learning yogaIt even extends off the mat helping me improve the distance I've been able to walk and run. Thank you for offering yoga in the way you do for us. You have truly found your calling.

New Series Client

I'm hooked! I love the style and pace of your classes. I didn't think you'd help me turn my overactive mind down but you managed to do it in the first class and every one since.

New Series Client

This session was incredible. I was in discomfort and down on myself when I walked in. The myofasical work provided my low back instant relief and just working on those subtle engagements around my core and hips melted my low back pain away and my spirit brighten.

New Private Client with Hip Replacement & Lumbar Disc Degeneration

Joy takes into account every person's unique needs. She has great judgement regarding individual abilities and is not afraid to show her own physical limitations and how she works around them.  I always feel 100% safe in her classes.

Series Class Student

Joy's gift of teaching yoga to beginners and adults with nagging aches and pains has helped me improve my strength, endurance and diminish my stress levels. Have you ever found something that just made your life better than it was? I have found it by practicing yoga with Joy.

Regular Private Client

After my athletic training sessions Joy helps me release muscular tension and relax my mind. I always know our private sessions will be chill and customized to be on point for my needs. Our sessions help my body recover, sharpen my mental edge and are helping keep old injuries in check.

Mixed Martial Arts Athlete

You provide an energetic space to allow myself and others to grow and practice. I feel comfortable with you in this space. Working with you along with your ability to hear others, allows me to practice in a way that helps my self-confidence and vulnerability flourish.

Fellow Wellness Colleague

Joy makes time to discuss your needs and goals and then skillfully customizes movement, mindfulness and relaxation into her small group series classes to seem as if you were taking a private lesson with her specifically designed for you, but everyone has benefited and leaves class as excited as they were when they arrived.

Regular Series Class + Private Client

Joy is the ultimate professional and meets you were you are. She has motivated me to continue show up for my practice by teaching online classes that rival the quality of her small group studio classes.  The pandemic has been difficult and Joy has been a consistent godsend keeping us grounded and calm even virtually.

Online + Series Class Client

Her classes for athletes help to get the body moving differently to balance out all the repetitive movement field hockey demands. Her mindset refections and athletic recovery techniques help you to stay focused in the present moment and build greater mind-body awareness, essential skills for any competitive athlete.

Collegiate Athlete

Joy is the perfect yoga teacher for anyone living with or on the verge of a joint replacement or orthopedic change. She offers you total encouragement because she's been there, but also unique insight on how to support the body and your new joint both while practicing yoga and offering practical lifestyle tips to help daily life feel more easeful.

Client practicing with a Knee Replacement

I have several medical issues, including lupus and arthritis and always feel supported by Joy's patience, calm and ability to motivate me to feel more confident moving and pushing past my perceived limitations. Her background in understanding how to work with numerous medical conditions and injuries clearly comes from not only her personal experience but her obvious passion about how the body was built to move and bounce-back.

Private + Online Client 

Thank you so much! You add so much to our practice and our lives!

Regular Series Student

 

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