Although he wasn’t sure he’d make it through his first down dog, Joe’s first yoga class, a birthday present in 2001, hooked him from the start. “I was shaking and the sweat was pouring off of me,” Joe remembers. He began taking classes once a week and worked up to practicing every other day. In his early twenties Joe was in a car accident which caused serious trauma to his body. As a result, he often wasn’t present in his body during times of stress. Yoga introduced Joe to his breath and its ability to unite the mind, body and spirit. During a challenging asana, Joe stays present by keying in on the teacher’s breathing instruction.
Once, after practice, a teacher suggested the Chester County yoga teacher training to Joe, and a seed was planted. In 2007 he earned his YTT, became a member of the PYW Wednesday beginner’s class team, and volunteered to assist in the Sunday and Monday afternoon all level classes at PYW in Malvern. These experiences enhanced and reinforced his training. Joe completed the Baron Baptiste Level I training in 2008, and continues ongoing education by attending the various workshops provided at PYW. Give it your all to discover more about yourself through your practice is the example Joe sets when he teaches. He hopes that everyone leaves their mat a little lighter, and inspired to live from a deeper place of gratitude.