Joelle Van Sickle began practicing Yoga in 1991 at the Iyengar Institute in NYC. A former professional modern dancer with both BFA and MFA degrees in Dance, she fell in love with Yoga as a means to both center her for performing and to help prevent injuries. Later, her desire to share the benefits of Yoga with others led her to become 200-hour certified from the Kripalu Institute in 2000. She next received her 500 hour certification from Yoga Mountain in 2011. She also holds certifications in Children’s Yoga, Yoga Wall, and Aqua Yoga, and most recently she has begun studying Chakra Yoga with Anodea Judith. Joelle’s classes focus on alignment, breath, and mindfulness, and meet students where they are on any given day. With an emphasis on Svadhyaya (self-study), her classes help people to achieve healthy movement patterns and to release the tension that inhibits them from finding freedom of both physical motion and thought. Through a solid understanding of anatomy and the energy body, along with a deep respect for her students’ personal journeys, Joelle seeks to help each individual utilize these ancient teachings to open them up to their fullest potential.