Joanna (Jo) is one of the co-founders and proud owners of Modo Yoga St. John’s, Modo Yoga Halifax and Modo Yoga Bedford. With over a thousand hours of training in Modo Yoga (Levels I & 2), Yin yoga, therapeutic yoga and pre-natal yoga, Jo is a firm believer that everyone can benefit from a regular yoga practice and that it’s never too late to start!
Joanna began practicing yoga as a teenager in her hometown of Corner Brook. She “dabbled” in it for a few years, until she took her first Modo class, and it was love at first breath! Although she was working on her MA in Spanish at the University of Western Ontario, she found that her yoga class was the most exciting and interesting part of her day, so she decided to get serious about her practice. In 2006, just days after submitting her MA thesis, Jo started her first yoga teacher training and hasn’t looked back ever since! Anxious to get back to the East Coast and spread the Modo love, Jo moved toHalifax in 2008 to pursue her dream of opening a Modo studio there, and Modo Yoga Halifax opened its doors in August of that year. A year later, she met Jill, and her dream of bringing Modo home to Newfoundland started to take shape.
As studio director and teacher, Jo is constantly amazed and overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and dedication of the Modo Yoga community, and she truly can’t believe that this is her job. Joanna’s non-yogic pursuits include a healthy love for food, wine, languages and travel. She aspires to be a disciplined student, an inspiring teacher, a multilinguist, and to have a passport full of stamps. She hopes to create more peace in the world, one sweaty yoga class at a time!