Joan Smith

 Who I am (in 10 words or less): I am a happy, grateful, caring, nurturing, evolving woman.

 What I teach: I teach gentle, spiritual Hatha yoga, as well as Restorative Yoga. I also teach yoga classes geared toward golfers, focusing on specific muscle groups used by golfers and on the mental discipline of the sport.

 My current classes and workshops include: Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga. I teach Gentle Yoga on Wednesdays at 5:30 and every 4th Saturday of the month, I teach Restorative Yoga. 

 Why I teach: I teach because I want to share the many benefits of yoga. I love when a student leaves my class and says, “I feel like I left the planet for the past hour.” I love creating the peacefulness that yoga brings to us and seeing the transformation that occurs on the mat. I believe that with a regular yoga practice, you will find peace and stillness in your heart and flexibility of mind and body.

My classes are: generally gentle and relaxing. I focus on the breath as we move through and ease into poses.

What brought me to yoga: I attended my first yoga class almost 15 years ago with a friend whose doctor recommended she try yoga classes to help her deal with the stress in her life. I loved it then and I love it even more now. I love learning to be in the moment, becoming aware of my breath, my body, my soul. I love the calming atmosphere and the indescribable feeling that occurs at the end of each class. I cannot imagine not having yoga in my life. It is part of who I am and transcends all I do.

Favorite pose (and why): Knee-down spinal twist. I love this posture and practice it every chance I get. I do it in bed at night and when I wake up in the morning. It stretches the muscles of the mid and lower back as well as the hips, relaxes the mind, and helps to detoxify the body.

Off the mat, I: I am married to my best friend and we are parents of three awesome kids. I love to read, garden, needlepoint and try new recipes. My favorite pastimes are yoga, golf, walking with friends, and being with my family.

It’s all good.”

When life’s strong winds come blowing, bend with them, and let go. By bending you will become stronger in new places. By letting go, you will be making room for the new and better.”

Certifications, Trainings & Degrees
• RYT 200 Hour Hatha Yoga, MOYO Yoga Studio (Dec. 2012)
Certified Yoga Instructor through Yoga Alliance
• Kids and Family Yoga Training, The Prancing Peacock Yoga Studio (July 2011)
• Attended Maryville University, St. Louis, MO.