Meet the Team
Therapeutic Yoga Instructor, Physical Therapist, & Co-Owner
Darra is a New Orleans native. Her love of movement led her to pursue a career in physical therapy and explore many types and styles of exercise. Her desire to help people exercise correctly led her to develop the Barrier Free Method (BFF) which she incorporates in all her classes.
She believes that quality of movement is the key to productive results. Exercise should not cause trauma to the joints or postural deterioration. Her goal is for each individual to modify classes for their own body, realizing that we all come to the mat with very physical histories. With enhanced body awareness, every class should be unique to each individual.
Her hobbies include spiritual fitness, rehabbing houses and furniture and repurposing discarded items.
Therapeutic Yoga Instructor
Joanne began practicing yoga in 2008. Over the years, she has drawn much peace, presence, insight, reflection, and connection through yoga. As a pediatric emergency physician, she enjoys the challenge of blending her medical knowledge with yoga and sharing these tools to promote wellness in her community. When she has time off from her busy schedule, Joanne loves reading, traveling, yoga retreats, and most of all, hanging out with her dawgs.
Joanne completed her 200 hr RYT through the Yandara Yoga Institute, and advanced teacher training in Yoga Therapeutics through Balance Yoga in NOLA. She is certified in Yoga for Seniors through the Duke Integrative Medicine program.