Joe (E-RYT500) has always found refuge in the pursuit of excellence in a variety of sports and outdoor activities, so it was natural for him to turn to yoga in the early 90’s after a decade-long career in whitewater kayaking. Kayaking, like many sports, can create muscular imbalances. At the time Joe’s back discomfort led him to yoga as a medium for self-healing. Not only did yoga launch Joe on a yet another journey on the fitness path, it also deepen his understanding of how the body craves balance to be pain-free. Yoga also transported Joe into a dedicated meditation practice and the study of yogic texts and mythology. Joe feels gratitude for all he has learned from some of the leading yogic philosophical scholars in the USA. He has even had the privilege of teaching workshops with William Mahony, among others.
By 2006 Joe’s interest in yoga became his primary passion. He decided it was time to launch a full-time teaching career and has never looked back! From 2007 to 2013, Joe was a Certified Anusara® Yoga instructor. Joe applies his understanding of how the breath, meditation, and balanced musculatures work together to sustain a healthy body and mind. However, most importantly, Joe believes yoga is a spiritual practice.
In the last years, Joe has been studying deeply the philosophy of Eckhart Tolle. Joe weaves into every class a theme, story, or a life-affirming philosophy coupled with an alignment principle. His students leave his classes feeling uplifted and equipped with insights into their own practices.
As a team instructor at Asheville Yoga Center’s teacher training programs, Joe enjoys watching his students launch their own teaching careers and journey into self-empowerment through a deeper practice in yoga. Joe believes in the body’s healing powers, and enjoys witnessing those blessed moments in the classroom when students experience how the body is a vessel for the spirit’s journey.
Joe feels so grateful to call Asheville, North Carolina his home where he lives with his wife and daughter. Joe teaches weekly drop-in classes, an ongoing series class, workshops, and advanced training at Asheville Yoga Center and West Asheville Yoga. He offers therapeutic immersions, regional workshops, and private one-on-one instruction. Joe frequently travels to teach personalized workshops and classes around the region and at special events and is happy to offer a workshop for you. Joe guarantees transformational fun!