Former Yoga Therapist at Synergy Health & Wellness, Collingwood (3 years)

Joanne Pineau, Hons. BSc., E-RYT500

Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)

Certified & Accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT)

The Essential Low Back Program Certified Therapist 

Yoga of the Heart® Cancer & Cardiac Therapy 

Gokhale Method® Foundations Course on Primal PostureTM 

McGill Method to fix back pain - Independent study

Licensed Avatar®Master

Chartered Herbalist

Reiki Level III Practitioner

Restorative Yoga Teacher 


Joanne is a highly experienced and skilled Certified Yoga Therapist.​ Her training, education and skills far surpass those of the average yoga teacher, and includes a comprehensive understanding of anatomy, physiology, and psycho-spirituality from both the eastern and western traditions. She has been a yoga teacher & therapist for 20 years and has over 1000 hours of yoga teacher and yoga therapy training, including specialized training in anatomy and physiology for back pain and pelvic health.


Certification/Training since 1997

  • Gokhale Method® Foundations Course, Primal PostureTM for a pain-free life.

  • Certified Yoga Therapist  accredited by The International Association of Yoga Therapists. To be certified I documented over 700 hours of client contact hours since 2007 and presented 22 case studies as well as meeting other documentation and training requirements.

  • Yoga for Pelvic Health with Shannon Crowe

  • The Essential Low Back Therapy Training Program (2012) with Robin Rothenberg- Viniyoga Lineage

  • Yoga of the Heart® Cardiac and Cancer Therapist (2011) with Nishala Joy Devi

  • Foundations of Yoga Therapy. (2017) EYT - Viniyoga Lineage, Seattle Washington with Robin Rothenberg

  • ​IHYT Integrated Health Yoga Therapy Program (2010-2011) Hamilton, Ontario. Anusara based yoga.

  • Effective Pain Management Techniques with Neil Pearson (2011).

  • Structural Alignment for Yoga Therapy,  Anusara based.

  • Yoga Teacher Training (2002) The Lotus Centre, London, Ontario. 

  • Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (2007) Level 1, London, Ontario

  • Restorative Yoga Teacher Training (2007)  The Lotus Centre, London ON  

  • Hatha Yoga & Meditation Workshop (2001) Himalayan Institute of Yoga Science & Philosophy 

  • Viniyoga Seminar with Paul Harvey (1999)

  • Teaching Yoga for Health & Healing. Ester Myers Yoga Studio (1997) 

  • Kaivalya Meditation Intensive. (1999)

  • ​Full Body Fascial Release with Brenda Dowell (2016)

  • Online Training Course in Mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh. Mind and Body Are One (2016) 

  • Kripalu Centre for Yoga & Health (2005)

  • Sivananda Yoga Ashram. Laurentians, Quebec (2004)

  • Lisenced Avatar® Master - Consciousness Training  (2006-2012) Taught the Avatar Course for 5 years in Florida with a network of Avatar Masters from around the world.  Details 

  • 4 Year Biology Degree. University of Western Ontario, Honors Bachelor of Science degree, Biology & Plant Sciences (1985)


  • Attended weekly Iyengar classes and numerous weekend intensives, in London, Ontario (5 years)

  • Somatics Movement - Thomas Hanna (Independent study)

  • Anatomy with Paul Grilley - independent study

  • Feldenkrais Movement -  2 day intensives in Toronto plus independent study

  • 5 years, 3000+ hours. Licensed Avatar® Master/Wizard, Star’s Edge International, Florida 

  • 4- year Honors Bachelor of Science (Biology) Degree, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

Work experience & projects:
Synergy Health & Wellness, Collingwood. Part of an integrated team: Chiropractor & RMT. 2015 - 2018

RogersTV, Owen Sound, Creator and co-producer of 13 episodes called Yoga for Sore Bodies. 2013
Owner & Manager, Stambourne Wellness Studio, St. Marys, Ont 2002-2011
The School of Natural Nutrition. Taught physiology, anatomy, life stages and nutrition (2005-2007)
Canadian Cancer Society, Stratford. Yoga Teacher for recovery

Yoga classes for:
Town of St. Marys (1999- 2011)
The Friendship Centre, Seniors Class over 55 (1997- 2011)
The Town of St. Marys. Yoga classes for employees (2010)
YMCA St. Marys (2008 -2011)
St. Marys DCVI High School (2009-2011)
​St. Pauls Catholic School, Stratford. Yoga for all grade levels
and more... :)


Other training:

  • Reiki Level III, London, Ontario

  • Nutritional Symptomatology, School of Natural Nutrition, Toronto

  • The College of Naturopathic Medicine, One week intensive on herbal medicine making and case studies.

  • Workshops with Rosemary Gladstar & Susun Weed, Herbal Health & Healing.

  • Clinical Herbal Training, Supervised and Assessed Clinical training by a Medical Herbalist, The Herbal Clinic & Dispensary, Toronto, Ontario 

  • Chartered Herbalist, (1999) Dominion Herbal College, BC

  • Therapeutic Herbalism Certification at The Living Centre, with Shantree Kacera, Lambeth, Ontario

I have extensive training beyond that of a Registered Yoga teacher to qualify me to work therapeutically to guide people safely with health conditions.  As with any exercise program, please consult a physician to make sure that it is safe and appropriate for you. None of the information on this page is medical advice.
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Joanne works from her home studio in Thornbury,  by appointment times only.

*Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Sciatica, Low Back Pain Program, Exercises for sciatica, exercises for low back pain, posture improvement, kyphosis, ihunch, functional Aging, Somatics, neck pain, shoulder pain, stenosis, hip pain,  Wasaga Beach, Collingwood, Meaford, Owen Sound, Thornbury, The Blue Mountains, Ontario, viniyoga, somatic movement, yoga over 50*