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I am experienced trauma informed facilitator with years of working with students who have experienced trauma.  I started doing yoga to help me with my own trauma, anxiety, and PTSD.  Over the years, as new experiences (and subsequently new traumas) appeared, I was able to cope with the tools I had developed.


I’ve been where you are, through my own trauma, and I know how incredibly difficult this is for you. My mission is to support people to access their inner resilience, strength and wisdom to fully reclaim their power on the other side of trauma so that they may embody the essence of joy, confidence, courage and truth.  You CAN come out on the other side of this experience accessing the authentic version of who you truly are.


Joanne’s philosophy as a yoga teacher is to help people who seek personal empowerment feel connected to their bodies, quiet their mind, stimulate a healthy nervous system, and release tension in the body caused by stress, anxiety, or trauma. Her teaching technique uses a combination of breath work, meditation, gentle asanas, somatic yoga, qigong, and neurogenic tremoring.

Additionally, Joanne specializes in helping those with trauma (including PTSD) and has attended and completed her Level II certification in TRE(Trauma/tension release exercises) with Dr. David Bercelli. She is also certified as TSY teacher (Trauma Sensitive Yoga) under the renowned guidance of trauma researcher and pioneer Dr. Bessel van der Kolk (The Trauma Center at JRI).  Forever a student, she has taken over a thousand hours or additional training and has taught thousands of students herself.

Joanne teaches classes, workshops, teacher trainings, as well as running retreats locally and internationally. She also teaches Yoga for Trauma Recovery at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and San Jose, California and has voluntarily taught yoga to women incarcerated at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas and the Center for Survivors of Torture in San Jose.

Joanne is an ERYT500 and earned her 200 hour and 500 hour YA certification through Jennifer Prugh’s YA certified “Joy of Yoga” teacher training. She is YACEP for Yoga Alliance.  A  resident of San Jose, she enjoys spending time traveling, being out doors, and spending as much time as possible with her adult children Anthony, Steven and Nicole.  She is a Ptsd, sexual trauma, and betrayal trauma survivor.