JOANNA MCNELIS: Studio Manager / Senior Yoga Instructor / Certified Lunar Mystic

Joanna's Yoga journey started 22 years ago at The Himalayan Institute in Buffalo, NY, where she studied and practiced Hatha Yoga, Meditation & Ayurveda. It was love at her first asana and yoga soon became a way of life for her.

In 2013 she was trained under Judith Lasater as a Relax and Renew® Restorative Yoga Instructor. She continued training and in June 2014 she graduated from Francois Raoult’s ETT {Essential Teacher Training} Program at Open Sky Yoga for her YTT-200, with an emphasis on Iyengar & alignment-based Yoga and Anatomy. In 2015 she completed Core Strength Vinyāsa Yoga Teacher Training, with Sadie Nardini. And in September 2016 she completed Francois Raoult’s Gentle & Back-Care Yoga Teacher Training Program at Open Sky Yoga and is Certified in Back Care Yoga. Joanna is an E-RYT® 200 & YACEP®, registered with Yoga Alliance. Joanna has also studied Kundalini Meditation through Annapurna Living and received both individual and group mentoring with Elena Brower.

Joanna is a Certified Lunar Mystic & teaches Moon inspired Classes & Workshops.  She is also a Certified Crystal Healer {CCH}, Certified Auricular Acupuncturist through NADA, a Reiki Practitioner and a Certified Holistic Life Coach. Joanna obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work {LMSW} from the University at Buffalo and was a Licensed Psychotherapist for over 14 years of her career. She infuses a lot of relaxation techniques into her yoga practice and teachings. Joanna practices and teaches Hatha & Iyengar based yoga ~ focusing on alignment yet ease, relaxation, personal growth, as well as yoga philosophy. She is very active in the yoga community, spreading her love and passion for yoga. She collaborates with and is an Ambassador for Manduka Yoga, Dolly Moo and All You Can Yoga.

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