Slow & Controlled Flow Yoga Instructor - Senior Fitness
RYT 200 - Always A Student. Currently working on ERYT 200/RYT 500, Prison Yoga and Yoga Therapy
Hello and nice to virtually meet you! My name is Joy and I am a full time mom to 3 little humans who also works part time as a yoga instructor. I'm a former HIIT gym rat who traded Turbo Kick Boxing for yoga. When I was pregnant with my first child, my body craved a practice that allowed me to find inner peace and a sense of calm within the hustle and bustle of daily life. I began taking pre-natal classes at a local yoga studio and was instantly pulled into the positive vibes. After years of dabbling with yoga classes, a light bulb finally clicked. The pain I was experiencing in my calf and right foot went away and I learned to surrender and lay in stillness in shavasana.
The style that I teach at Crunch is an "alignment based vinyasa flow" influenced by Ashtanga. I like to teach with as much direction as possible and have experience working with tight and inflexible bodies of all shapes and sizes. Not only do I teach yoga, but I work with the 65+ community to gain better range of motion.
People always ask me how I balance it all (i.e. keep up with the kiddos, make time for self-care, fitness, work and home life) and to be quite honest.... I have to give credit to yoga. It's given me the tools to navigate through the ebbs and flows of life while the asana practice helps me focus and build strength. I hope those who work with me learn to live yoga on and off the mat!
To me, yoga (asana/meditation) is therapy! I meet my body where I'm at each day I practice. Do I need to modify a particular pose? What should my intention be today on the mat? How can I connect breathe to movement in a more fluid manner? Leading with inquiry and slowing down is so critical!! Also, I like to emphasize that less is more. Sometimes all I do is a couple poses during the day and a meditative breathing practice at night to unwind before bed.
A first visit is all about getting to know one another. I want to make sure I know what is expected of me and create plans that work seamlessly into the life of a client. Yoga is a process and it should become an enjoyable routine, not a chore; otherwise, the client will not feel motivated to practice because they want immediate results. I cannot promise that unless the person working with me gives me 100% effort!
I realized that I was like many other people new to yoga: I was so afraid to go into a yoga studio (try new teachers or a new yoga style) for fear of not knowing what to do or having to dive into something I was uncomfortable with like inversions or arm balances. That fear has slowly subsided and inspired me to help others overcome their fear of yoga. You don't have to be the most flexible or seasoned practitioner. As long as you learn the fundamentals, you'll be able to thrive.