I love JOGA because it makes me feel connected to my body and allows me to feel the tension of breath work and movement to feel my best.

Being an athlete my whole life I was very interested in how the body works, from recovery to injuries and feeling your best when competing. I am currently working towards a kinesiology degree in hopes to go into physiotherapy in the future.

When I found out about JOGA I instantly was fascinated with the connection between each movement. I felt that there was always something missing in the recovery of sport and not many people knew how to get that, JOGA is exactly that.

I have played at high levels of hockey, softball and track and field. It is important to me that every athlete feels their best when they are competing.

I am happy to now be coaching this to others. It has helped me and I am excited to share that with the athletes!

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MY JOGA STORY

Since a young age I have been intrigued by how the body works together and how that played out in physical activity and sports. I started my career in physiotherapy and occupational therapy and have added many courses to expand my tool box to help those I work with.

That’s when I had found about JOGA. What made me fall in love with this program was how every movement has a purpose and the connection between the breathe and the movement. I have added this program in with my clients for prevention, rehabilitation, recovery day work, as well as warm ups to their other programs.

I’ve seen what it has done not just for myself but for those I work with as well, finding that strength, understanding and control as well as that edge that has come from this program.

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“JOGA was exactly what I need. It helped me become stronger in my lifts at the gym. Helping to balance out my imbalances. The cues that were given helped me understand what was happening. Not only that but the breathe work at the start and at the end has helped me be focused and calm throughout my job.”

Julie

WHY I CHOSE JOGA

MY JOGA STORY

Working with athletes since 2009, I have always been an advocate for recovery and looking after your body. I grew up playing competitive Ringette where I suffered an ACL injury, resulting in months of physiotherapy. This my interest in sports rehabilitation from a young age.

I found JOGA a few years ago when my brother had a session with Jana at a goalie camp and since then it has always been on my mind. I love that JOGA works within the athlete’s range of motion to prevent injury and provide amazing benefits to help improve overall performance.

A few short years later I am now finishing up my Diploma of Osteopathic Manual Practice at the CCO and working as a Registered Massage Therapist. I have been working with Hockey teams since 2009 as a trainer and later a Registered Massage Therapist.

JOGA is now a program I incorporate in my treatment as a way to help prevent injury and aid in the recovery process during a busy season. I love being able to teach athletes how to better take care of their mind and body so that they don’t have to sit on the sidelines!

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“I was first introduced to Joga several years ago at a goalie camp I attended and really enjoyed how each session was difficult and pushed you to your limits. Fast forward to now where I was reintroduced by Jo and the joga sessions still continue to push me to my limits. Johanna does a very good job at explaining the movements so it is easy to follow and she is smart enough to notice when I may be struggling with a movement and modifies it so I don’t create bad habits and can continue with the program.”

Hayden Padalino

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“I was first introduced to Joga with my good friend Jo, I had pretty much no experience with any style of joga/yoga when I began doing virtual sessions with her. After the first session, I fell in love with it! It was such a challenging workout and Jo was able to explain and demonstrate all the exercises well so that I understood every move. She also made sure to modify any exercises that I was not able to do and made sure I felt challenged enough as the sessions went on. If you’re looking for an amazing Joga instructor and class that will help you feel like an athlete then look no further. Jo is amazing and I would highly recommend her as a Joga instructor!”

Lisa Glazier

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“Johanna worked with my Waterloo U16 AAA Hockey Team this past season. We did weekly JOGA sessions with her. My players found these sessions very beneficial for their flexibility, balance and strength. Johanna was great with the players and our guys thoroughly enjoyed the sessions. This is now something I will be adding to my program for my players in upcoming years.”

Shawn Dietrich, Head Coach – Waterloo U16 AAA Hockey Team

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MY JOGA STORY

I have been a competitive athlete my entire life, and I remember as a child, dreaming of how I would create my perfect job, which would encompass my love of sport and my passion for helping others.  Swimming, field hockey, equestrian were my sports that I pursued into college, and then after graduating continuing in my love of Dressage, and then becoming a professional cross country mountain bike racer and Cat 1 road cyclist. I was always interested in how the human body worked and using functional body movements to make me a better athlete.  If my swim coach said I needed to get stronger, my dad had me carry two water buckets at the barn at a time.  Cross-training was and is key to a stronger body and mind.  I graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and started my own Personal training business a few years after that and I have always sought out the top people in the field to study under and pursue my education.  I was hooked on JOGA during my first JOGA session, and getting certified has changed everything for me, my clients and my business.  I am also a 200 RYT and have practiced yoga for many years.  In spite of my knowledge,  I was always having an issue, and I attribute it to several things, being competitive, being in a hot room and pushing my tight muscles too far because I loved the sweat, loved the exertions, and yet I tolerated the pains and injuries because I loved the mindfulness behind yoga.  With JOGA, I was forced to slow down, to be present and concentrate on the movements, this program brings it all together; physically, creating mobility around stability, developing better proprioception, mentally, staying present and calm in demanding situations, recovering faster because of the awareness of the breath, the brain, the body.  And fast forward to now as a recreational athlete, my awareness in both the saddle of horses and cycling, I am a far better and confident athlete than I ever have been.

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“Michele's energy and passion for her client's health and wellness is contagious and up lifting. Her knowledge of fitness and nutrition is unparalleled, and as a professional equestrian athlete, these are the components to my success. My training and overall health has been revolutionized since teaming up with Michele, and there's no one I trust and respect more to keep me performing at my best. ”

Alexis Cwik, Professional Dressage Trainer

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“I have loved my virtual sessions with Michele. She watches everything I do and offers amazing coaching to ensure you’re doing all the movements safely and correctly. Contact her to find out more. She has helped me ride better and gain strength in my core.”

Carrie

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“I started working with Michele in the spring of 2020, right in the midst of the COVID-19 shutdowns. It was really a perfect match from the beginning, with both Michele and the practice of JOGA. All who know Michele will agree that she is a ray of sunshine! She is understanding, kind, and compassionate to no end, and on top of that, she is an extremely skilled teacher with a deep knowledge of her trade. As a social worker in training, amateur 400 meter sprinter, and equestrian, I have benefitted both mentally and physically from Michele’s individualized instruction. Overuse injuries have limited me athletically for the past 4 years, but with the help of Michele and JOGA, I have dramatically increased my body’s ability to train hard, and more importantly, injury free. One of the things that I appreciate about working with Michele is that she explains the science and reasoning behind each part of the JOGA practice. Our work together has led me to believe strongly in the power of JOGA to help athletes. Athletes will find that JOGA benefits their athletic performance because of its attention to balancing the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, building strength and stability, and protecting the joints and muscles that tend to be overstressed by traditional yoga. I was never able to do traditional yoga, but I find JOGA to be attainable for my body, while also being challenging and invigorating! Our JOGA practice has been invaluable to me in terms of recovering from injury, preventing injury, and bolstering athletic performance. Through my recovery from my injury and into my training regimen, Michele has paid attention to the unique way that my body responds to each JOGA position. She gives me helpful corrective cues that allow me to correct my body’s imbalances and areas of tightness. Even though I am no longer part of a collegiate athletic program, and don’t have access to a gym because of COVID-19, I have been seeing personal bests and record mileage, and I feel stronger and healthier. I attribute all of these accomplishments to my JOGA practice with Michele. I cannot recommend JOGA with Michele highly enough for athletes of all disciplines. It has been a game-changer in my athletic career, and in my life. I am excited for Michele to share her gifts with the world so that she can help others as she has helped me!”

Lucy Lang, member of Greater Boston Track Club

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“The personal one on one treatment works amazingly well. Michele customized your nutrition and exercise programs so they fit into your life which for me is amazing because that way I actually stick with them and do them. Please feel free to pm me for a personal reference because I could go in forever about how great this program is.”

Terry Long, top Amateur Dressage Rider and International KWPN Breeder

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My JOGA Story

Growing up I played nearly every sport offered which ignited my love and passion for the way the human body moves and transforms. I studied Exercise Science in both undergrad and graduate school, but was never really given the tools for recovery and regeneration.

After an autoimmune setback in 2018 I was forced to redefine the way in which I moved my body. Unable to strength train, run or go on long hikes with my dog – I turned to yoga and Pilates. It was frustrating and short-lived but during my first JOGA session, I knew this practice was created for (people like) me! JOGA connected the biomechanics of sport to the regeneration benefits of yoga. It challenged me in more ways than I imagined, but allowed me to listen to my body so that I stayed safe. Overtime I felt stronger, more mobile and a much deeper connection to my ‘new body.’ I’ve since been able to get back to all my movement passions and take them all to the next level!

As an “Exercise Scientist” I am constantly educating clients and athletes WHY we do WHAT we do. JOGA not only does that for the specific movements, but also relating it back to sport you practice. Having a deeper understanding of how your brain and body connects is key when athletes are moving without thought on the courts, course or field.

JOGA brings together so many crucial components of movement and breathing techniques that I wish I had as a younger athlete. My mission is to spread this practice to as many athletes as I can! I want to help reduce their risk of injury and better understand their bodies so they can be stronger, more mobile and play for longer!

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“This practice not only pushes my limits, but it is very technical. Jennie has an ability to talk to me about my body in a way I've never looked at it before, from the different muscle structures to breathing points. She takes the time to fully explain every move to get me to understand the hows and the whys of what we're doing. The wildest thing to me is that there are moves that absolutely push me to the brink where I think there's no way I can go on, but after all the stretching and relaxation exercises at the end, I feel as though I could go run a marathon - or take a nap (it's seriously that relaxing). All in all, I'm grateful to have had this practice come into my life, especially with such a great instructor!”

Danielle Brooks (Runner, Active Mom, Sports Enthusiast)

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“Joga has been an amazing experience. I was a collegiate defensive lineman and trained for many years in a way that created tight hips and thoracic spine. Doing Joga has taught me new ways to address my lack of mobility and I am already feeling improvements. I love working with Jennie!”

Jad’a Littlejohn (Personal Trainer, Former Collegiate Football Defensive Lineman)

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“Jennie teaches me how to control my breathing and how to stretch without hurting my body. Overall Joga is very good for you and it can be fun and challenging at the same time. I think more people should try it, plus Jennie is really fun to work with.”

Melanie Brooks (Hockey, Cross Country, Lacrosse)

WHY I CHOSE JOGA

MY JOGA STORY

I discovered JOGA through a fellow curler in Toronto who was offering online JOGA classes. After one class, I could feel the difference in my body and in my performance on the ice. As a strength coach, JOGA adds a unique dimension to what I can offer both athletes and weekend warriors – body awareness, options for active recovery and sequences that continue to challenge.

I decided to become a coach because there weren’t any local JOGA coaches here in Colorado at the time, and I knew I needed more of this practice in my training. I incorporate JOGA into every strength and conditioning program I design, and recommend it for anyone who wants to move more efficiently.

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“I’ve seen a noticeable increase in my hip, knee, and ankle mobility, which has significantly reduced knee pain I had been feeling during tennis and curling sessions. I feel much more stable in my curling delivery now, too - those little stabilizing muscles are much more engaged than before.”

Sean, competitive curler and tennis player

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MY JOGA STORY

I grew up playing a variety of sports competitively, and though I may not compete anymore I still live with the athlete mindset. I love to challenge myself to be better, whether thats the way I move, a personal best or my mind frame. JOGA challenges all of those things. I found JOGA by chance while looking for more of an athletic based yoga. I was instantly drawn to how it forces you to pay attention to how YOU move and not just what part of your body is moving. The language made sense to me as an athlete and it left my body feeling stronger and my mind calmer. I knew JOGA was for me.

As a mom who has two young boys just beginning their athletic journey I think programs like JOGA are so important as it gives them tools and teaches them how to take care of the bodies both physically and mentally.

When I’m not teaching JOGA or on adventures with my family I also work as a Vision Therapist, helping people improve their visual function.

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MY JOGA STORY

As a sports chiropractor, I am always looking for ways to help athletes compete at their highest level. After my first JOGA session, I knew two things: this program was unlike anything I have ever done and I needed to learn this to introduce to my athletes. As former college tennis and lacrosse player I wish my teams would have been introduced to JOGA because we would have benefited significantly.

Athletes often develop muscular imbalances by favoring one side compared to the other. I learned this first hand during my athletic career suffering from chronic hip flexor issues. JOGA is a program designed to bring balance to the body by fixing those muscular imbalances and ultimately decreasing injuries. Injuries not only affect an athlete physically but also mentally. JOGA helps athletes with mindfulness and mental strength. Athletes are all unique and JOGA is a program that is tailored to the individuals’ physical capabilities but also where they are at in their sports season.

The major reason I was drawn to be a JOGA coach was because of the science behind the program. There is proven evidence behind each component of the program. Every movement in the system is there for a distinct reason and athletes are told throughout each session the “why’s” behind what they are doing. It is because of those reasons the top athletes in the world are doing this program. My goal as a JOGA coach is to help athletes of all levels reach their full potential in both sport and life.

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MY JOGA STORY

As a young child I was always very athletic and loved sports but my main focus was Figure Skating. I became a competitive figure skater around the age or 10 and competed a Senior Nationals in 2005 & 2006. Our training varied so much from year to year but I always felt like there was something missing. I loved the gym but struggled to find the balance of mobility and stability. By the time I was 18 the injuries seemed to continue to pile on. I had chronic low back pain, hip pain and I tore my MCL and medial meniscus. After retiring from Skating I quickly switched sports and raced motocross for 5 years and now play ultimate frisbee. Even with rehab and rest the chronic pain in my Low Back and Hip seemed like it would never go away. I was diagnosed with a torn hip labrum and was advised to strengthen to help avoid surgery. Through all the strengthening my hip improved but the pain never fully went away.

Fast Forward to JOGA. I stumbled across JOGA online. I had heard of JOGA but didn’t know much about the program. As I began to do my research I instantly knew JOGA was for me. After the first 4 JOGA sessions I did I felt improvement in my body. Through JOGA I have completely eliminated the need to have hip surgery and I no longer have low back pain.

I have been a Certified Athletic Therapist since 2010. I have been working with Junior A hockey players since 2007 and I am currently the Head Athletic Therapist with the Pickering Panthers Jr A hockey Club. I also work with a variety of athletes including rugby players, football players, runners, dancers, cheerleaders, wrestlers and more. After seeing the changes I quickly made in my own body, I knew JOGA would help take all my athletes to the next level by increasing the mind body connection, learning how to move with breath and building mobility with stability to help decrease injury and calm the mind.

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“When Amanda invited me to do my first Joga session I had low expectations. I wasn’t experienced in any Yoga related programs before, but I have a lot of trust and respect for Amanda, so I gave it a try. I quickly noticed exceptional improvements with specific muscles. When it came to working out I found lifting a lot easier and I was able to increase my performance significantly compared to last year. I’ve also noticed my recovery time is a lot quicker from practicing breathing during Joga. I am so grateful to be involved in such an exceptional program and I can’t wait to use these techniques next year during my upcoming hockey season.”

Dan Ebrahim, Jr A Hockey Player

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MY JOGA STORY

I’ve been an  RMT since 1998 and I always felt I needed to give my massage clients more when it came to their “rehab” and a better understanding of the why and how they should be moving! I have always been active in sports whether I was playing sports, at the gym, or as a teams RMT, I always had a love of sport and movement!

I had found Joga in 2017 and it was a natural fit for myself and my massage practice!  I love showing and teaching everyone that Joga is for anyone and it’s not about being flexible or being a professional athlete! It’s about putting in the work to be a stronger, smarter, healthier version of themselves and anyone can do that!

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“MaryBeth is a breath of fresh air! Her positive, fun attitude is contagious. She is always encouraging others to reach their goals big or small. In her sessions, there is no judgement and you always feel better than when you arrived!”

Jackie B. (client)

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“MaryBeth  truly is professional and excellent as her experience and education shines through.”

Kelly B. ( client)

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“My name is Tyler Russell. I play hockey for the Los Angeles Jr Kings. I have been practicing JOGA for over 2 years. JOGA has helped me get stronger, especially with the strength in my legs. I really enjoy doing all of the JOGA exercises along with the salutation and the stretches. I consider JOGA a secret weapon because my body is in pain during the workout but I know that the pain is what will make me stronger. My JOGA coach, Carlie Chiovetti, is awesome. She is great at teaching all of the exercises and really cares that we are making improvements every week to help me be a stronger athlete.”

Tyler Russel

Los Angeles Jr Kings

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“What benefited me the most is the way we worked on my posture. In addition to that, my hips and hamstrings were always tight in the past. Now they, never get tight and I feel very fluid.”

CHRIS CARTER

Linebacker, Cincinnati Bengals, NFL

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“To be successful on the field, you have to be both physically and mentally prepared! I believe JOGA is the perfect blend of recovery, performance, and conditioning. I love JOGA because it not only makes my body feel better, but it allows my mind to let go.”

CHAD OWENS

Wide Receiver and Kick Returner, Toronto Argonauts, CFL

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“I was looking for something new and that made sense with how my players move. This is when I was introduced to JOGA, a movement based program to help my players recover and maintain strength and mobility without sacrificing time. I felt it was an effective way of training”

BILL BURGOSS

NBA Orlando Magic Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

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“When trying to establish a foundation of strength JOGA segments 1 and 2 are very good for teaching the athlete balance and body control. This helps to increase strength and explosive power down the line.”

ANTHONY HARVEY

NBA Detroit Pistons Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

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“JOGA is different than a traditional yoga class as it takes into consideration how athletes move, train and digest information. It’s program based and encompasses all of the physical properties needed to support elite performance.”

MUBARAK MALIK

NBA New York Knicks Director Of Sports Performance

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“When I started with Jana this past summer I noticed an immediate improvement in the way I felt physically. She paid close attention to the way my body was built and my strengths and weaknesses, allowing me to work on and improve strength and mobility that would immediately help me as an athlete. The work was very specific and tailored to my position. I’m very confident that it helped me on the ice when the season started. I’m looking forward to working with her again in the future.”

DEVAN DUBNYK

Goaltender, Minnesota Wild, NHL

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“JOGA can be an integral part of the off-season training of any athlete. It is important, however, to find an instructor who understands the demands of your sport and the strength and conditioning program. Jana and the JOGA staff have a done a great job of tailoring a program to meet the needs of my athletes and are willing and able to customize their sessions based on my feedback.”

MATT NICHOL

Strength and Conditioning Coach, Creator of BioSteel Sports Supplements