Joanne Highland

Joanne Highland is a certified yoga and barre fitness teacher with over 500 hours of training. Originally from the central coast of California, she attended the University of Southern California, graduating in 2007 with a degree in music and a minor in health promotion. During her time at university, Joanne found her way to yoga following a lifetime of ballet training. After several years of dedicated personal practice and wanting to share her passion for movement and mindfulness with others, she completed her 500-hour advanced YTT and began teaching in 2019.

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7 Tips for Landing a Yoga Instructor Job

Congratulations, new yoga teachers, and welcome to the community! Now that you’ve completed your 200-hour yoga teaching certificate, what’s next? As I’ve navigated this ever-evolving industry, I’ve learned that landing your first yoga instructor job is more than just showcasing your knowledge of asanas and philosophy. And I understand firsthand...

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Understanding the Differences Between Yoga and Pilates

To someone just beginning their fitness journey, yoga and Pilates look pretty similar. In their simplest forms, both involve lying on a mat using isometric muscle contractions to build strength and muscle tone. Additionally, both emphasize breath control to enhance practice. They even share some of the same body positions.Despite...

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How Yoga Affects the Nervous System

As yoga gained popularity in the West throughout the 20th century, its main draw consisted of physical perks like coordination, muscle tone, and flexibility. In recent years, however, more people have embraced the practice for its impact on mental well-being.  It’s now widely accepted and scientifically supported that yoga helps...

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Why You Should Never Skip Savasana

Among hundreds of yoga poses, including advanced, impressive, contorted, balancing, or inverted asanas, the one pose we yoga teachers jokingly (but not really) call the most difficult to master might surprise you.Savasana, or Corpse Pose, is the final resting posture we typically assume at the end of a yoga session....

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Inclusivity Tips for Yoga Teachers

Anyone who has attended a yoga teacher training has likely learned the traditional definition of “yoga.” For a refresher – it comes from the Sanskrit root “yuj,” meaning to “yoke” together. This definition refers to how yoga unites the body, mind, and spirit within each individual who commits to the...

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Yoga Sequencing for Chakra Balancing

Balance is a characteristic commonly associated with practicing yoga. Standing on one leg in Tree Pose or inverting yourself into a handstand are classic demonstrations of “yoga.”It’s true – we do a lot of physical balancing in asana practice, and yoga is a fantastic way to build better balance. However,...

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Yoga Poses for Desk Jobs

There’s no denying we live in one of the most productive times in history. With the help of modern technology, work has become increasingly efficient. Long hours hunched over desks, staring at screens, and tapping away on keyboards can leave us physically and mentally drained. Health can take a backseat...

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