From Charlotte, North Carolina, Johnna (500-ERYT) is a Level 1 Certified ParaYoga® Instructor through founder, YogaRupa Rod Stryker. She is also a Certified Baptiste Teacher®. Her studies and passion has, ongoing for the last 10 years, taken her to India to practice with the late, legendary Guru Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois, and his grandson R. Sharath, of Mysore. Currently, Johnna is studying Ayurveda, the sister healing science to Yoga, with her teacher Dr. Marc Halpern from the California College of Ayurveda.
Johnna teaches locally and internationally, connecting people to the powerful and sweet teachings of Tantra, Ashtanga and Power Yoga. “Our divine birthright is Joy.” She roots this ancient message within her workshops, master classes and co-lead advanced yoga studies and teacher trainings.
Years of panic attacks and an inner searching for something more lead Johnna to the yoga mat. Beginning in 1995 in those first few class she found more joy and less fear. The panic attacks disappeared and Johnna experienced an untapped fiery energy source within. She found, and began living from, the wisdom and passion of her heart. And she has never looked back.
In 2001 Johnna realized that in this lifetime she wanted to wake up to her true purpose: sharing yoga. A part of that journey has been to travel all over the world, and to go deeper into her own love of yoga, exploring new places, and teaching and in doing so, find the thread that connects them all. She has been teaching workshops, retreats and as a guest teacher, internationally since 2006.
Johnna wishes to share the teachings of yoga in a way that inspires people to develop a passion and love for the practice. She incorporates the philosophy of yoga into her talks, devotional songs and meditations, so that the deeper aspects of the yoga tradition can connect people and bring them closer together.
Her mission is to awaken the world to the yogic teachings, to awaken each dormant heart, and inspire everyone. From inspiration to real life manifestation, through the accumulated physical and mental practices of Tantra, Power and Ashtanga Yoga & Ayurveda, when you study with Johnna you will:
“Connect to that untapped source deep within, find your fire and follow your heart. Be lead to a life of joy and fulfillment.”
She humbly bows to her teachers: Sri, Sri Guru Yogarupa Rod Stryker, Barron Baptiste, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, R. Sharath Jois. Thank you, thank you. So much love.