Joanie has been practicing yoga since 2000 and received her 200 hour certification in 2008 from Cleveland Yoga. Shortly after graduation she opened Half Moon Yoga in Medina, and later acquired RxYoga, moving the studio to its current location on the Square. Joanie incorporates the many styles and techniques she has learned over the years into her own athletic, Vinyasa-based class. She also offers specialized classes such as deep stretching, yoga for backs and prenatal yoga. She loves the physical practice, but is most inspired by the inner peace and strength yoga has given her. Her hope as a yoga teacher is to pass peace, wisdom, and spiritual growth on to her students.
Fitness has always been a part of Joanie’s life. She ran competitively in college, which led to her interest in endurance sports. She has completed many marathons and triathlons over the years. In the late ’90s, Joanie was searching for more flexibility, realizing that her hips and hamstrings were getting tighter with every mile she ran and pound she lifted. Looking to add balance to her regime, she incorporated yoga and discovered its many physical, mental, and emotional benefits. She now LOVES to share the gift through her teaching.
In 2015 Joanie became a Thai Massage Practitioner. You can enjoy a little Thai Massage during many of her classes or schedule a full massage.
My mission in life is to be my happiest and healthiest self and I strive to share that passion with all beings everywhere.
When teaching, my goal is to invigorate, challenge and allow students to discover themselves as they practice, as well as to inspire thought provoking contemplations that can be carried beyond the mat. The pace of my class allows students enough time in each pose to find their optimal alignment before moving on to the next posture. I enjoy incorporating new poses and creating fun sequences to keep both the body and mind active. Students should come to class prepared for a vigorous full-body workout. More importantly, students should arrive with an open mind and an open heart to get the most out of class and walk away feeling calmer, stronger and more flexible.
I’ve been an athlete since I was old enough to kick a soccer ball and I attended my first yoga class in 2007 with my forever-inspiring teacher, Joanie Andrews. The experience was invigorating and calming all at the same time, and I was hooked. I knew I wanted everyone to feel as amazing as I did when practicing yoga, and to help share my passion I completed my yoga teacher training in 2013 and received my 200 RYT designation with thanks to my amazingly gifted teacher, Marni Task.
Melissa Ferrato began practicing yoga at age 16 with some books at home. A friend at college took her to her first formal yoga class and in 1999 she took her teacher’s training at the Sivananda Yoga Camp in Val Morin, Canada. The ability to self-nourish her mental, physical, emotional and even spiritual well-being through the practice of yoga is what keeps her coming back for more. She is currently studying with Ashutosh Muniji, a teacher from the Kripalu and Lakulish lineage.
Her classes are open to all levels; emphasis is on connecting to the breathe and quieting the mind.
Tricia Kavanagh Yoga Practitioner
My practice began in 2002, I was drawn to yoga for the benefits of improving my overall well being. I became passionate about the practice, integrating breath with movement. I decided to leave the gym for the transformative physical benefits, mental clarity and calm of a yoga practice. I continued to practice and was encouraged by my yoga teacher to become a yoga teacher. I received my 200RYT at The Yoga Place, 300RYT at Yoga on High. I also received Certification in UZ Integrative Therapy from Yoga on High. I am registered with Yoga Alliance as a 200RYT and 300RYT and UZ Integrative Therapy. I continue to pursue training receiving Educational Credits in Yoga.
For as long as I can remember, I have loved bodies in motion. As a young girl it manifested itself in ballet, studying under two exceptional teachers, Marguerite Duncan and Nancy Arcury of the North Coast Ballet Company (formerly known as The Cleveland Civic Ballet Company, Cleveland’s first professional ballet company). Yoga found me years after dancing had ended. I knew I had an inner calling, but was unaware as to what was calling me. Yoga finds most of us when we are in need of change and transformation and I was no different. When I stepped into my first yoga class with Jane Ruddy, I knew life had set a new path in motion. I studied with Jane for a few years building the foundation of my yoga practice. But it was a move to Medina and finding Joanie Andrews of Half Moon Yoga that elevated my practice to new depths of awareness, philosophy and brought new challenges to my physical practice. On and off the mat my practice has flourished over the last several years at Half Moon. As a born seeker, I constantly strive to expand my knowledge and learn. The Russian Ballet technique ingrained as a dancer carries over into my individual yoga practice and teaching. I aspire to bring awareness to alignment, breath, musicality and sequencing in each class. As an avid astrologer and student of astrology, my classes mirror the energy of the cosmos while rocking out to music ranging from: Zen, Classical, Oldies, Disco, Pop, Rock and Alternative Artists.
Renee Anderson, RYT 200
Renee has been teaching yoga since 2009 and practicing since 2002.
While watching my son’s baseball game 12 years ago, chatting with the other parents, I asked for a referral for a masseuse. Another Mom immediately said, “You don’t need a masseuse, you need YOGA!” And, that was it! I spent the next four years practicing Iyengar Yoga which focuses strongly on using props and proper alignment. As my yoga practice grew I branched out and tried other yoga styles and teachers, eventually landing in a Power Vinyasa class at Cleveland Yoga. There, I completed my 200 hour RYT training in 2009. I have continued to broaden my yoga training through work-shops and independent study on assisting, reiki, inversions, sequencing, meditation, chair-yoga, breath work, restorative yoga, and detox flows to name a few.
Yoga has helped me to quiet (mostly) my crazy mind. It has taught me how to slow down my breath and my life allowing me to focus on this moment and cherish it. I teach because I want to give to others the way my teachers have given to me, a more content life. I started yoga to release tension in my back and neck, I continue to practice because somewhere along the way it became a way of life.
In my class there is only one requirement, to breathe. If you can breathe, you can practice yoga.