Joni was led to yoga by none other than the Material Girl herself.
“Back in 2003, there was media coverage of Madonna where she attributed her amazing physique to yoga,” says Joni. “Some friends and I wanted to find out more, so we went to a small studio and cashed in coupons for a class.”
It didn’t take long for Joni to catch the fever. The next few years saw her engage a regular practice to supplement preparation for half-marathons. An under-appreciated component of Baptiste Yoga, the emphasis on breath, brought expansive benefits.
“In addition to increased strength and flexibility, yoga virtually eliminated my exercise-induced asthma,” says Joni. “My breathing deepened and calmed, and my run-times and endurance improved.”
In 2012, Joni moved to Fort Worth and found a sanctuary in Indigo.
“Living in a new town with a new job and no social network, I discovered another benefit of my practice — community,” says Joni.
Two years of consistent practice led Joni to complete her 200-hour certification through Brooke Hamblet Teaching Training. As a teacher, her goals are straightforward:
“This amazing community embraced me as one of its own,” says Joni. “Now I get to share the light and love I’ve received with others.”