Joy of Yoga is a warm and welcoming studio. The teachers and classes here are different than any other studio you've tried. We offer well rounded classes at all levels, and are here to help our students grow- physically, mentally and spiritually. Our teachers are all certified and have a deep love of teaching and the practice.
We think our slogan says it all: One people. One Yoga. One Love.
Joy started practicing Hatha Yoga in Portland, OR in 1994 while in college. She immediately realized the significance her yoga practice brought to her mind and body, her heart and her life. It wasn't until she became a teacher that she realized THIS was her calling, her dharma, to share the profound benefits of the practice with others. Joy's classes weave intention with pranayama, precision in alignment with quiet mindfulness and subtle body awareness with refinement. Her classes invite us to attune ourselves to the needs of our bodies and adapt our postures to create more ease, and to experience the magnificence of simply being.
Glenna began her yoga practice in 1994. A teacher since 2011, her classes focus on alignment and breath for a powerful, grounded practice. In 2003 she completed her first Teacher Training with Ana Forrest. Glenna went on to immerse herself in the study of Anusara Yoga at Virayoga in New York City. Upon completing her 200 hour Anusara Yoga Teacher Training in 2011, she entered into mentorship with Elena Brower, assisting Elena Brower’s Advanced Teacher Training in 2013-2014 as well as her Elevate Mentorship Program in 2017. Glenna also completed a certified yogaHOUR® Teacher Training Intensive with Darren Rhodes. She is greatly inspired by the philosophy, art, and science of yoga and human anatomy. Her classes are a blend of philosophy, alignment, and empowering flow yoga that invites students to play intelligently at their edge to reconnect with their own inherent wisdom and power.
Jan has been teaching yoga since 1997 when she completed her first teacher training through the White Lotus Foundation. She has since completed over 500 hours of training in Anusara Yoga and 300 hours with Noah Maze of YogaMaze. Jan’s thorough education and years of teaching experience are evident in her systematically sequenced, comprehensive classes that include pranayama (breathwork) and carefully and effectively preparing the body for classic yoga postures. She focuses on encouraging healthy alignment to build sufficient stability and enjoy more mobility and flexibility. Jan is committed to helping people feel stronger, more open, and more connected to their hearts and minds through yoga. Jan spends much of her time and energy as a mom of a busy 11 year-old and in a happy partnership with her husband, two roles that she finds value in the physical and mental benefits of her yoga practice. She also enjoys hiking, working out, cooking, traveling, staying involved in environmental and global food issues, and even studying yoga philosophy in her free time.
Kate is a yoga geek at heart. She trained in the foothills of the Colorado mountains, weaving storytelling, metaphor and meditation with restorative yoga, pranic breathing, vinyasa flow, and a touch of magic to create her offerings. Her passion for the nuance of a pose and stepping onto the mat with a beginner's mind allows her to adapt each sequence to the needs of the individual.
Katie first met yoga during an MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) course in 2008. In 2010, she began to practice vinyasa-style yoga in Chicago while teaching kids math. After her Teacher Training in Minneapolis, she moved to Saint Louis and started teaching vinyasa and hatha based classes. Katie focuses on yogic philosophy, breath work, physical challenge, and having fun in each and every class. Katie also teaches children across the St. Louis area and is working on completing certifications in a 90 hour children’s yoga training and a year-long adolescent mindfulness teacher training. Off the mat, she enjoys biking, cooking, and traveling!
Bryna first started practicing yoga in 2006 though prenatal yoga classes that helped her manage manic mood swings during her stressful pregnancies. After her last child in 2010, she found her self severely depressed, highly medicated, full of rage, consumed by anxiety and weighing over 300 pounds. She was completely hopeless and even suicidal at times. Bryna had given up on the idea of recovery through traditional doctors and western medicine. She began to resign herself to a prison of negative thinking, believing that life would always be miserable. In 2012 Bryna turned to her friend Joy who became her teacher and patiently guided her back to herself through yoga and meditation. It became her therapy and through the self exploration it offers, helped Bryna to reconnect to her true self. Yoga encouraged Bryna to face her deep rooted trauma and lead her back to her spiritual roots. By 2014, she was strong enough to wean herself off of all prescription drugs. "Yoga gave me my life back and created this grand gesture of gratitude for my miraculous reconditioned body and mind. Depression and anxiety are still very present in my life but I now have some tools to recognize and help manage my symptoms. I knew I had to share my experience with others and what better way than to teach?"
Dianna Lucas For more than 30 years, Dianna has been teaching movement and meditation techniques to families and spiritual seekers who believe that inner wisdom is the secret to a meaningful, beautiful life. Over her years of study, Dianna has had the privilege to gather knowledge and direction from seekers and teachers across the globe. From her self-guided research at Cambridge University, UK, where she studied Celtic-Wicca and Western European Shamanism; to her studies in the American Southwest that led her to the teachings of Neem Karoli Baba at the Hanuman Temple, as well as guidance from Lakota Tribe Elders and the teachings of her own tribe, the Cherokee Nation. She has studied Yoruba Traditional Ceremony and Medicine with Baba Kwame Ishangi in Chicago, Il, Chakra Meditation and Healing Crystals Therapy; Essential Oils, Herbal and Aromatherapy, Holistic Nutrition, Guided Meditation and Visualization, Goddess Traditions, Natural Childbirth, Reiki, and Hatha Yoga beginning with Anusara based training and shifting toward Dynamic Yoga training with her teachers Matt and Holly Krepps of Circle Yoga Shala in Jasper, AK . Dianna currently studies Tibetan Buddhism and Yantra Yoga with Lama Lobsang Palden.
Alicia came to yoga in 2015 as a source of reprieve from her academic and caretaking roles. Consistent practice awakened within her a hunger to invest more deeply in her physical, spiritual, and mental health. Doing so provided her with a newfound sense of resiliency, power, awareness, and freedom. Knowing that yoga can offer that type of transformation to all practitioners is what led her to pursue yoga teacher certification. Alicia’s mission is to guide students toward ease and delight in their bodies with clear, safe, and patient instruction. She desires to always stay curious, and to support others in the embodiment of yoga as a natural state of being. Her strong interest in welcoming students new to yoga, and serving those seeking rest and rejuvenation currently calls her to teach Basics and Restorative classes. When she’s not at the studio, you can find Alicia teaching English to immigrants and refugees, playing in the sunshine, or snuggling her cat.
Melinda is a senior at Mizzou and has found the yoga practices to completely transform her --mind, body, and soul. What she loves most about yoga is that it allows us to come as we are. We are all works-in progress and yoga help us find peace in our personal process. There is no end goal. Melinda began teaching about a year ago because she wanted to bring yoga to under served communities that might not otherwise have access to the practice. In August of 2016, she founded Young Yogi Youth Project at Vashon High School in St. Louis City. It seeks to teach teens kindness, healthy coping mechanisms, self-discipline, and respect for themselves and others. She has also taught classes on Mizzou's campus with Mizzou Black Women's Initiative and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
Anu is passionate about creating and sharing resources through her website www.anufrench.com including her children’s book, ‘I Am You, You Are Me’, her music CD on meditative kirtan, ‘Wake Up My Divinity’, her healing artwork, the ‘I Am’ series and her ‘I Am Vida’ line of accessories to support Literacy for Life. She is committed to partnering with those she meets to empower them to begin their own journey of healing and wellness.
Nicole is an intuitive healer, Certified Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner and psychotherapist. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.
As a sensitive empath, Nicole's intuitive abilities were present at a young age, however growing into and developing her intuitive gifts has been a lifelong journey. In early adulthood, Nicole explored numerous schools of thought and various healing modalities, from East to West. Having a strong desire to help others, Nicole pursued a career as a psychotherapist, helping others to find their way in the world. Nicole's passion in getting to the "root" belief and doing core belief work with her clients made Theta Healing a natural next step. Nicole went on from there to become trained and certified in Theta Healing in London, England.
Pati is an integrative therapist using sound, body awareness, breath and meditation to help her clients restore a deeper sence of balance and peace. In 1994 she began her practice as a licensed massage therapist/bodyworker, her studies led her to Kototama Medicine, a Japanese naturopathic modality, drawing upon Eastern Philosophies of wellness. Her certiﬁcation in Sound Therapy in 2008 was a turning point in her healing work, the deep effects of vibrational sound energy medicine through the use of Himalayan Singing Bowls and gongs has brought a profound shift to the effectiveness of the healing she offers. Pati offers individual sessions, group workshops, sound meditation and collaborative musical concerts, creating a supportive environment for deep listening experiences.
Mary Shackelford, RN, BSN, HN-BC, CHHC
Mary Shackelford is a transformational coach and self-care expert. She is passionate about empowering individuals, using a whole person approach, to focus on nourishing the mindbodyspirit connection to live life more consciously and fully.
After suffering from severe panic attacks and stress, Mary discovered the magic of self-care as the key to finding health, happiness and success. She has taken her personal journey, her formal education and her determination to live life passionately and made it her life’s work. With a career in nursing and multiple degrees and certifications in holistic wellness and coaching, Mary uses her skills and passions to create a pathway to positivity and joy. Through her coaching, workshops, writing and seminars Mary stewards busy, driven people back to their hearts showing how to put their health and well-being back on the priority list.
Debra, a reporter by trade and novelist at heart, enjoys teaching a mix of styles that focus on energetic and anatomical alignment, strength and flexibility, which ultimately leads the practitioner to a greater sense of balance. Debra's been on a meditation journey for the past three years of what will be a lifelong exploration. She guides classes gently, including warming movements to help connect body, mind and breath before offering a guided seated meditation that will include exploring the principles of silent awareness as well as a variety of techniques to sit comfortably physically and mentally with what is the self.
Rachel began her yoga practice in 2010 in an effort to focus on her health. She fell in love straight away and slowly built up her practice exploring different types of yoga. Rachel is a glamorous nomad that has spent the past few years, traveling, learning and having adventures. Traveling through Asia and the pacific yoga was always a constant. She received her yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India from the Vinyasa Yoga School in 2015. She spent time at yoga retreats in Thailand and Nepal, took many styles of classes in South Korea, Vietnam and New Zealand. After spending so much time exploring Rachel is thrilled to be given the opportunity to share all of the benefits yoga has brought to her life with others.
Bi-Yearly Retreats in Jamaica
Welcome to Complete Relaxation and Rejuvenation in Paradise!! Join Joy Montes and Jill Dunlap for 6 nights and 7 days of meditation, yoga, deep intention setting, connection and adventure while delighting in the culture, wondrous landscape, healthy food, local entertainment and beautiful accommodations. Be bold in your pursuit of well being. Give yourself the most meaningful thing you can; total restoration of mind, body and spirit. Leave with a fresh outlook on life!
Joy of Yoga and Wildwood Yoga will be conducting a 200HR RYT Training and Immersion for anyone wanting to become a certified yoga teacher or those that would like to deepen their physical practice and understanding of yoga's history, philosophy and practical application in today's world.
Jill Dunlap and Joy Page co-created the hatha based curriculum that will be the basis for this training. The curriculum emphasizes alignment, anatomy, philosophy and meditation.