I'M JOY


and I teach movement and relaxation skills to adults and aging athletes as the primary purpose for exploring yoga poses, techniques and themes relatable to modern circumstances. The best way to get to know me is to take classes, where you’ll see that I emphasize “understanding” and the “felt experience” over a getting-it-right attitude.  


I go the extra-mile for my students, building trust through demonstrated action including my personal commitment to my own on-going yoga studentship - and to routine rest and recovery.  Currently, through the world renowned teacher-training program Yoga Medicine, I am curating advanced skills in yoga therapeutics that allow me see and teach to the “whole person” and intently consider the physiology, biology, psychology, sociology and environmental circumstances that contribute to the overall health of the individuals I work with.  My further credentials include specialized training and state-certification as a Licensed Massage Therapist. 

My approach to yoga, modern movement and relaxation is taught simply and slowly.  Students attend my classes to practice skills and develop confidence in order to regularly self-apply the teachings during their time outside of class.  As an educator with specialized training in anatomy, physiology, working with common pathologies including of the nervous system, and common injuries and soft-tissue dysfunction, I teach simple and solutions-focused tools for symptom-management that inspires agency and awareness for my students.

I use my everyday experiences of living and moving with two, total knee replacements, trauma, and chronic covid syndrome to influence how I relate to and plan for the students in my classes and to the work I apply in private yoga and bodywork sessions. For anyone dealing with change in the body, I help guide you to better manage cycles of discomfort by arming you with evidence-based tools to help you regularly self-nurture yourself back to more neutral, restorative states. Through education I empower you with medically-researched information arming you with knowledge to better manage and cope with a condition, injury or for procedural preparation and recovery.

  • Less is more.

  • Simple is medicine. 

  • Education empowers our innate wellness and ability to self-influence the internal tone of our whole body-mind system. 

These three values will be evident EVERY TIME you take classes or work privately with me. 

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KNOWLEDGE
EXPERIENCE
RESULTS

Yoga Alliance 200 E-RYT, YACEP | Licensed Massage Therapist (PA)
BS Education | MS Sport Management | Federation of State
Massage Therapy Board Certification


Combining 28 years of teaching and athletic experience with 23 years as a student of yoga I've prepared and led over 1,200 hours teaching high-quality yoga, simply, to adults, including athletes, beginners, healthcare providers, healthcare seekers including golden-agers desiring solution-focused knowledge for preventive and promotive health. 

Comprehensive immersion under Sage Rountree, Author, Endurance Sports Coach & internationally recognized authority in Yoga for Athletes.

CAROLINA YOGA COMPANY

  • Yoga Alliance Certified 
    200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (2018)


  • Yoga for Athletes, Expert Teacher (2020) 
    Curriculum and application focused on athletic recovery, the athlete training cycle, common athletic injuries including repetitive mechanics of overhead athletes, philosophy, psychology, physiology and pedagogy for designing highly effective sports-specific recovery classes.

  • Applied Anatomy Advanced Training (2020)
    Spine, Hip & Shoulder 

Currently enrolled in the globally-recognized 500 Hour Yoga Medicine Therapeutic Specialist teacher training led by it's founder Tiffany Cruikshank.

YOGA MEDICINE

  • Yoga Medicine Innovation Conference. 
    Gained understanding in scientific research on: Fibromyalgia, Cancer Survivorship, Interoceptive Awareness, Optimizing Human Performance, Athlete Workload, Neuroimaging, Somatics, Post-Traumatic Growth, Gut Microbiome, Energy + Intuitive Management, Thoracolumbar Fascia, & Teaching Yoga to Older Adults & Athletes.

  • Yoga orthopedic modules: the Anatomy, Dysfunction & Therapeutic Application of the Spine, Hip and Shoulder. 

  • Internal Medicine 1: The Nervous System & Restorative Yoga. 

  • Mindful, Trauma-Informed Yoga: The Triune Brain and Trauma. (2022)

  • Yoga for Athletes (2022)