Joanne Hsieh Kane

joanneI discovered yoga shortly after graduating from NYU in 1991. While contending with a major knee injury from dance, yoga enabled me to heal, build strength and realign my body from the feet upward. Coming from a dancer's background, I immediately fell in love with how the movement of asana flowed into the breath, which became my music.

I completed teacher training with Yoga Zone in NYC (now ISHTA Yoga) in the Spring of 1999 and am 500-hour certified through Yoga Alliance. In 2004, I completed a four month advanced teacher training with Shiva Rea. Since my initial training, I continue to deepen my knowledge through class, workshops and conferences, and have had the opportunity to practice with an amazing group of teachers.

In October of 2001, Drew and I welcomed our daughter, Caitlin, into the world. Motherhood has proved to be one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of my life - it is no exaggeration that our children are our best teachers. In July of 2006 we welcomed our second daughter, Ella, who brought along her own lesson plan. Motherhood has taught me the true meaning of karma yoga (selfless service) and prem (unconditional love). As a result, I have further integrated my yoga practice with my "life practice," creating a true union of the two. Teaching is an opportunity to share what life and yoga have provided me. With each class, I hope to provide an organic, spontaneous environment that is nurturing and at the same time challenging- just like life. Observing students unfold, both physically and spiritually, is breathtaking.

Thanks to all that have helped and guided me on my own path of self-awareness! Namaste…….