Joan moved to Gloucester in 1994 and began practicing yoga in 1999. At the suggestion of her teacher, she trained and received her teaching certification at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2002. She has also been trained to teach Yin Yoga with Josh Summers, and often integrates the slow holds of this practice into the classes she teaches. Joan taught at Yoga for Health, Gloucester’s first yoga studio, for nine years, during which time she developed a private practice offering individual instruction. With long-term relationships with her students, Joan’s expertise lies in introducing yoga to beginners and helping them sustain a regular yoga practice as they grow older. Joan’s approach to yoga is based on the principle that all individuals – healthy or with health challenges – deserve stillness and peace in their lives.
Joan was born in Northern Ireland in 1941. She was educated at Ashleigh House School in Belfast and at the School of Nursing of the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, where she received the National Pediatric Nursing Certification in 1963. Joan married in 1966 and came to the United States in 1971. She has four children and for over twenty years lived in Newton, MA, where she volunteered as a patient representative at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and also worked in a physician’s office at Massachusetts Eye and Ear.