Joanne Smallwood has been a devoted yoga practitioner since her early twenties, and has taught internationally for the past 9 years. Completing her Teacher Training in 2005 at The Downward Dog Yoga Centre in Toronto, with Ron Reid and Diane Bruni, she soon traded the infamous Canadian winters for warmer shores of India. Since 2005, Joanne has been working in Goa, India, as the general manager of Brahmani Yoga, one of the leading yoga centres in the region. This enabled her to expand her knowledge and love of yoga, her teaching, whilst allowing her to further develop her passion through courses and in her own practice.
During that time, Joanne attended most of the Brahmani teacher trainings including Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Prenatal and Restorative, and holds the Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 hours accreditation. Her teaching embraces Ashtanga Yoga, but also reflects her diverse background to incorporate other traditions and styles. She teaches with awareness and enthusiasm, whilst always being attentive to students' needs and the energy of the class.
As a traveling teacher, Joanne loves to rock up where she is needed, but always seems to get called back to India where she spends most of her time doing yoga, dodging cows and waiting for the electricity to come back on.