Ayurvedic Medicine and Cannabis
Joanna found this ancient science and sacred plant as a pathway from pain to healing from a debilitating life with Crohn’s Disease and Thyroid Disease. She tries to balance our modern hectic lifestyle with the practice of living with awareness through daily routines, whole foods, herbs and essential oils.
Her intention is to share her own experience of healing by helping others truly find peace and balance in their everyday lives.
She is certified as an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor from both the Kerala Ayurveda Academy and the American Institute of Vedic Studies, and is an active member of NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association), the Society of Cannabis Clinicians. She is also a faculty member for the Holistic Cannabis Academy.
Much of Joanna's counseling involves recommendations for yoga, for which she is certified as a Raja yoga teacher (Sundara College of Yoga,) and instructed as a Yoga teacher trainer with Yogaspirit. Her teachings incorporate the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga, along with detailed instruction and understanding of plant medicine, mainly cannabis. Her intention is for her clients is to create a "new" life for themselves by creating a routine of mindfulness, movement, and meditation – with particular attention to their state of mind, their daily choices, and their breath.
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"Jo is an amazing, gifted & personable teacher. She is a hard worker. It shows in her teachings & workshops. She deeply understands the body, both the subtle & the physical. She has poured herself into the practice and teaching of yoga and Ayurvedic principles.
I have been practicing yoga for many years and I always walk away from her with true inspiration. This is what I love about her the most!"
Ellen S., Atlanta, Georgia
"Overall, since we last spoke I have really focused on taking better care of myself – slowing down, doing things for myself that make me happy and confident, eating well, and listening to my body when I need a break. I’m still practicing yoga, although I’ve been less competitive with myself about it and am not practicing with as much frequency. At home, I feel much more present and patient with my wife and kids. My relationship with my wife is improving rapidly. There is love again between us, and open honest communication. I really think this has been the biggest piece of the puzzle, made possible by many things but especially my ability to remain grounded.
I appreciate your wisdom and kindness. Our conversation continues to echo through my life on a daily basis. I’ve seen and felt vast improvements in every aspect of my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"
Rhys L., Louisville, Kentucky
Joanna is generous and kind in her practice. She has a strong and gentle presence in her ayurvedic counseling and yoga classes. Healing seems to be her goal, in every aspect of people’s lives.
Ellen B., White Salmon, Washington
"Jo is a wonderfully gentle and patient yoga teacher who encourages each student according to his or her particular needs. Her class always left me feeling at peace yet energized to face the gifts and challenges that the new day would bring."
Pauletta F., Louisville, Kentucky
"I started yoga in 2009 but it was not until I went to Joanna's soul flow class that I finally found my favorite style of yoga. During that first class, I had no idea the impact that meeting Joanne would have on my life. I attended her classes and occasional workshop for about a year before I made an appointment with her for an Ayurveda consultation in the Spring of 2012. The one on one experience put me on a healthier path and I slowly adopted many of her recommendations into my daily routine.
When I had a health issue in 2013, I reached out to her, even though she had moved across the country. She was still able to guide me back to balance. I am so grateful that she has made me aware of Ayurveda and inspired me to trust in holistic healthcare."
Steph J., Louisville, Kentucky
" I met Jo when I took one of her yoga classes in 2012. I was new to yoga and Jo’s encouragement, compassion and wisdom kept me coming back. I soon became a faithful follower of the practice in general and Jo’s classes specifically. Her classes not only nourished my body, they fed my spirit. After taking classes with her for almost a year, she moved away and I have yet to find a teacher I connect with as I did with Jo.
When I learned of her yoga retreat to Tulum, I immediately signed up and have been meeting her in Mexico annually for the past three years. It was in Mexico that I heard Jo’s inspirational story of healing through Ayurveda. Through her coaching, I have made simple but significant changes to my lifestyle and diet that have allowed me to enjoy better health…physically, mentally, and spiritually. After a year of making small changes, I met Jo again in Mexico and received the greatest compliment when she looked at me and said, “You look so healthy!” "
Shelly T., Louisville, Kentucky