Joanne Spence

Joanne Spence is a recovering social worker and certified yoga therapist. She is the executive director of Yoga in Schools. She has 20 years of experience teaching therapeutic yoga to children and their teachers. She trains and teaches all sorts of interesting people, both nationally and internationally, to teach yoga to children. Additionally, she teaches yoga in prisons, hospitals, schools, churches and sometimes street corners. Her sub-specialties are treating adults and children with chronic pain, trauma, depression, anxiety, ADHD, and insomnia. Joanne has over 30 years of clinical experience, ten of those years as the first yoga therapist at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Currently, she is in private practice (Urban Oasis Pittsburgh) and she also works with veterans on several behavioral health units in Pittsburgh, PA teaching therapeutic chair yoga. She is the author of Trauma-Informed Yoga Toolbox for Therapists: Practices to Rebalance the Nervous System available from PESI in the Fall, 2020.

Joanne will co-present Stories of School Yoga: Narratives From the Field with Andrea Hyde and Janet Johnson on Saturday at 1:05 pm.

In this panel presentation, conference attendees have an opportunity to meet the authors of Stories of School Yoga: Narratives from the Field (2019, SUNY Press). The authors, who are members and presenters of the NKYC, will gather to tell the story of creating the book and what they learned from it. This book provides first hand perspectives from yoga practitioners and educators on the promises and challenges of school-based yoga programs. It argues that public school-based yoga teachers’ work must be viewed as knowledge, as part of what we know about yoga in schools.

Attendees will learn about the process of editing or contributing to a book as narrative inquiry, a type of qualitative research; Attendees will be invited to discuss the major themes that constitute the findings of this project; Attendees will receive coaching on how to outline, draft and revise their own stories of being involved with school yoga programs


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February 18, 2020