Joanna lynne smith, M.ed., ryt 500
movement artist | yoga instructor | energy worker
Joanna was initially drawn to yoga as an alternative to gymnastics and dance, but quickly fell in love with its philosophies and holistic, spiritual nature. Joanna holds a master’s degree in education, is a Reiki Level-1 practitioner, and is grateful for the daily opportunity to fuse her passion for teaching with her love of yoga.
Some of her inspiring teachers have included Priscilla Potter, Julie Williams, Debbie Daly, Ashley Celeste Leal, Steven Weiss, and Anthony Tribe. Joanna has continued to study beyond her 500-hours of yoga teacher training, focusing extensively on yin yoga, restorative yoga, and yoga nidra.
Joanna believes yoga is for everybody, regardless of their stage in life or personal yoga practice. She teaches from the heart, and her multi-level classes focus on grace, play, and moving meditation. Beyond the physical asana practices, she believes fully in the wisdom and teachings of yoga, and her inspiring classes are interwoven with yoga theory.
Joanna is a skilled teacher in yin yoga, hot yoga, alignment-focused vinyasa flow yoga, hatha flow yoga, hatha yoga, restorative yoga, restorative yin yoga, acro yoga, introductory contortion, meditation, and yoga nidra. A natural and mindful leader, she is also passionate about leading workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings.
Joanna is trained in the movement arts of partner acrobatics, aerial silks, dance, and performance art. She has over fifteen years of combined training in various performance arts, and continues to train with elite athletes and coaches around the United States. She has been blessed to have trained with: Jennifer Coughlan, Natalie Brewster Nguyen & Serena Tang (Flight School Acro), Christoph Dribusch & Stephanie Cortes (Cirque Roots), Victor Togunde (The Acro Machine), Mélanie LadyBase Love (Lady Base), The Acro Buddhas, Seattle Acro, Acro Superheroes, Elizabeth Overton (The Acro Squirrel), and more! Joanna performs with troupes in and around the Tucson area, and is a founding member of Les Femmes Merveilleuses.