Joanne Varni | Wellness Retreat Recovery

Joanne Varni

Joanne Varni

Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor

Joanne found her yoga practice 22 years ago to help her cope with chronic anxiety and PTSD. She discovered that yoga and meditation were the doorways to wellbeing, stability, and feeling a sense of safety she had never experienced before. This motivated her to become a dedicated student to pursue her own recovery. Her personal practice brought her so much healing, that it inspired her to become a Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher.

Joanne is an ERYT500 through Yoga Alliance, Co-Founder of the Yoga for Trauma Recovery program, and is also a TRE Provider (trauma release exercises). Joanne specializes in teaching yoga, Qigong, and mindfulness to those who have experienced physical or emotional trauma (including PTSD), chronic stress, and anxiety, as well as those who are recovering from sexual trauma and betrayal trauma. Joanne teaches classes, workshops, and teacher training locally and internationally. She offers weekly trauma-informed yoga classes at inpatient, residential, and out-patient facilities for those in various stages of recovery. She teaches at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and San Jose to men and women veterans and has voluntarily taught yoga to women incarcerated at the Elmwood Correctional facility in Milpitas as well as the Center for Survivors of Torture in San Jose.

She has been published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative
Medicine medical journal and has presented at both the San Francisco 49ers
outreach program as well as Second Harvest Food Bank. In her spare time,
she enjoys traveling, being in nature, and spending time with her family,
and, of course, practicing yoga.