An avid student of hatha yoga for three decades and a teacher for almost as long, Joyce Anue is one of the most highly regarded yoga teachers in the South Bay Area. In addition to her yoga studies, she has an extensive background in physical therapy, anatomy, movement science and somatic (body-based) education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University. Joyce brings 24 years of clinical practice as an orthopedic physical therapist, to her teaching. She is well trained in identifying and correcting structural imbalance that can lead to strain, pain and compromised function.
Joyce credits much of her early understanding of the therapeutic applications of yoga asana to her studies with BKS Iyengar (who taught her the importance of observation and empirical learning). She worked for many years with senior teachers Kofi Busia, Ramanand Patel and Judith Hanson Lasater. She was certified in the Iyengar method from 1986 to 1989. She is highly skilled in the use of props and modifying traditional postures for students who need to adapt classical postures because of weakness, movement restrictions, balance or other challenges. Joyce’s teaching has also been strongly influenced by the genius of TKV Desikachar who originated Viniyoga. This flow based system teaches students to coordinate breath with simple movements and is especially useful for older students or students with less tolerance for vigorous exercise and those who need or prefer need a more gentle approach to yoga asana but still benefit from the movement built into a flow based system.
Involved with yoga teacher education since 1994, Joyce was a primary faculty member for the Integrative Yoga Therapy program for 8 years in which she taught applied anatomy, kinesiology, therapeutic methodology and how to work with orthopedic injuries. In 1999, Joyce founded and directed her own school, YES Yoga (aka Yoga Educational Seminars). She has trained hundreds of competent yoga teachers and therapists in the South Bay Area and throughout the United States since then. She has taken a break for the last four years from training teachers in order to prioritize her own daily personal practice and to continue her yogic studies.Since 2011, Joyce has been intensively studying the Shadow Yoga system of Zhander Remete with Berkeley based teacher Mark Horner. She continues to be humbled by and grateful for the depth and wisdom of the yogic teachings and their capacity to influence her life in a positive way.