Joanne Spence, BSW, ERYT, LFYP-2 is a social worker, yoga teacher, and an international speaker/trainer for health and wellness. She works primarily in schools and hospitals and is known for her ability and passion to empower, encourage and motivate teachers and therapists. Self-care and self-awareness are the hallmarks of her trainings. Joanne brings 30 years of social work experience to her work. She is the director of Urban Oasis Pittsburgh, a yoga therapy studio in Pittsburgh’s East End, and the Founder and Executive Director of Yoga in Schools, a non-profit organization that currently reaches over 20,000 children with innovative children’s yoga programming as part of Physical Education to schools both locally and nationally. She also works part-time at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, where yoga is part of inpatient treatment. Joanne is featured in the DVD, “Absolute Beginner Yoga.” www.absolutebeginneryoga.com
Joanne is the mother of three lively teenagers. When she is not teaching yoga, she enjoys entertaining, reading, traveling, dancing, and hiking.
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