YOGA TEACHER / SOULFUL ADVENTURIST
Powerful grace and spiritual beauty are the words to describe Johanna's style of teaching. Her Yoga students love her strength, clear directions with emphasis on alignment, and the transforming visualizations and chanting.
Johanna's Yoga journey began in January 1999 at the beautiful Expanding Light, Ananda Ashram in the mountains of Grass Valley, California. She found her natural love for teaching while studying under the gifted Gyandev & Diksha McCord. Through the years, she has been greatly influenced by brilliant Iyengar teachers like senior teacher Bob Metzler and master teacher Santhanam. In the spring of 2004, Johanna studied with Saul David Ray receiving the gift of becoming a Thai Yoga therapist. She began teaching in March 1999 at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel in California where she stayed for 5 years. At the same time, she was teaching at Yoga Works (formerly Yoga Plcae) from 1999-2002. In the spring of 2002, Johanna opened her own Yoga Shala with private and group Yoga classes. She also worked with special populations, and in offered Thai Yoga Therapy to her students from 2004-2006.
Johanna and Gary opened a Yoga and healing resort on the beaches on Mancora, Peru in December 2006. The place was called Samana Chakra - a fusion of native northern Peruvian heritage, Yoga, kiteboarding, surfing, luxury, and peace. Johanna directed Samana Chakra and taught Yoga for 10 years, leading many retreats and intensives. She was featured in ESPN's Latin America special on Yoga in 2017.
Johanna's certifications include Former Fitness specialist C.P.T. by ACE, AFAA (1997), certified Pilates mat teacher (2000), Ananda School of Yoga 200 CYT by The Expanding Light (1999), and Yoga of the Heart teacher by Nischala Deva Joy (2001). Continuing education includes 2007-2011 yearly Teacher training workshops with Santhanam from the Yoga School of Iyengar, Yoga Crib Ojai California 2006-2007, and many other workshops and intensives.