I’m so excited to announce our November teacher of the month. She was a MYBO student first then finished MYBO’s Teacher Training… Joanna
Tell us a little about yourself! Where are you from? What are your hobbies?
Hi! I was born and raised in New York City. Staten Island to be exact. I work for the Department of Justice and bartend at night plus lots of yoga!
My hobbies include yoga, cooking (I come from an Italian American family so I’ve been cooking ever since I can remember), traveling (I’m always up for an adventure and love exploring new places), coaching cheerleading (I was a competitive cheerleader for about 10 years), crafting (I’m currently planning a wedding so yoga is a great way to de-stress), touring wineries (I’ve been to over 50 local vineyards), taking my Shih Tzu Charlie to social events around the city (he’s quite popular and loves to make friends wherever he goes), and spending time with my family and friends.
How many years have you been teaching yoga?
I’m actually a product of Mind Your Body Oasis’ Yoga teacher training and became certified to teach yoga in April 2015.
What is your favorite style to teach?
I’m certified to teach Vinyasa, Restorative, and FloYo (yoga on a stand up paddle board). My favorite style of yoga to teach is Vinyasa because it allows me to be creative in sequencing and focus on the beauty and grace of breath with movement. In my classes, I try and emphasize the importance of body alignment and breath, explain the benefits from certain poses, all while having fun. I truly believe how you are on your mat is how you are in your life. Time on your mat is special “me” time and a safe place where you can find sweetness when the going gets tough, humility as the yoga journey is never ending, and learning to give yourself some credit, self-love and compassion, and not take yourself so seriously. It’s called yoga practice, not yoga perfect; so smile and have fun!
What made you want to become a yoga teacher?
In spring of 2014, I fell in love with yoga and got into practicing at MYBO regularly. When MYBO debuted their teacher program in Fall 2014, Soozie Kinstler (my yoga guru) urged me to participate but I thought I wasn’t experienced enough as everyone else or I would be too busy with work and instantly regretted that decision so I immediately jumped on the next teacher training opportunity and made it happen. Initially I wanted to strengthen my own practice and learn more about yoga (asana, breathing techniques, history, philosophy, meditation, anatomy, ayurveda, etc.) but along the way, I felt the gifts of yoga were too great not to share with everyone around me and decided I wanted to teach. When I decided to look into yoga teaching programs, I found MYBO Yoga Teacher Training to be a versatile and well-rounded program- one that thoroughly prepared it’s students to teach all levels. I am forever grateful I had the opportunity to train under so many great teachers (Amanda Shipe, Soozie Kinstler, Dr. Hawa to name a few) and I am proud to be a #MYBObaby!
What is your advice to someone considering becoming a yoga teacher?
If not now, when? If you are considering yoga teacher training, even just the slightest, do it! DO IT FOR YOU! Even if you aren’t sure you want to teach, teacher training will help you live a healthier and more conscientious life. Not only will you learn so much about yoga but the immersion will help you evolve as a person. I guarantee you will have a well-trained, qualified, and supportive group to guide you on your journey. Don’t let fear or made up excuses keep you from your potential.
What is your favorite part of teaching at MYBO?
My favorite part of teaching at MYBO is the tight knit community of like-minded individuals who value health, well-being, and lifting each other up. MYBO is a special and unique place in comparison to other studios. Regardless of a good day or bad day, I have always felt supported and cared for and for that, MYBO will always be hOMe!