Joe found yoga in the middle ages – his own, not history’s—when sidelined with a running injury. “At first, I only saw it an alternative form of exercise. Over time I came to see connections between the body/mind dynamic supported through yoga and my earlier training as a Gestalt therapist and clinical social worker.” He received his 200 hour teacher training in a multi-style program at Pink Lotus Yoga. He also has a social work degree and a PhD in adult learning. Currently, he is studying restorative yoga.
“I appreciate the inclusive nature of this idea we call yoga. Its specialness is not in the distinctions we draw from training or philosophy but in its accessibility. The person in the wheelchair can benefit as much as the yogi on the mountaintop. The opportunity to enhance one’s flexibility, balance, and strength while being present and in the moment is an incredible gift to oneself; and it is accessible to all of us.”
Joe lives in the Ohio City neighborhood where he and his wife raised four kids. They are in the 39th year of a three year home renovation project.
What to expect in Joe’s classes:
In class and in life, Joe’s intent is to greet fellow travelers with gentleness, respect, and humor. His classes will include an opening period of relaxation and breath work. The structure of the physical practice will vary dependent upon the specific class description but will utilize accessible language and the opportunity to learn irrespective of prior yoga experience. “Some folks are reluctant to try yoga because they think they can’t do it or may look funny to others. In my classes, we are all fellow travelers where we can practice safely and try new experiences.”