Joanna Nicholson

Joanna’s always on the move—she’s a cyclist, triathlete, traveler and former competitive dancer. A decade ago, Joanna began to explore yoga as a way to complement her dance background and increase strength and flexibility. In addition to yoga’s physical benefits, she was taken by its ability to calm the mind, nurture the spirit and promote happiness from within. She’s been an avid yogi ever since and continues to deepen her practice every day thanks to the inspiring yoga community. While Joanna calls Toronto, Canada home, she’s an enthusiastic citizen of the world, spiritual adventurer and life-long learner. Outside of yoga, Joanna blogs about health/wellness and can often be found experimenting in the kitchen (she’s a certified chef). Words to live by: “Love more, worry less.” Om shanti.

Articles by Joanna Nicholson


Pranayama Pranayama Pranayama Pranayama


Explore more about the benefits of pranayama, how you can incorporate it into your yoga practice, and the common exercises and breathing...

Mantra Mantra Mantra Mantra


Whether you’re new to mantras or have been chanting Om for decades, here are the six most common ones, what they mean and how these sacred...

Hot Yoga Hot Yoga Hot Yoga Hot Yoga


Enjoy the feeling of summer early this year and try a style of hot yoga! Here's what to expect and how to decide if it's right for you.

Inhale New Beginnings With These 3 Morning Breathing Exercises Inhale New Beginnings With These 3 Morning Breathing Exercises Inhale New Beginnings With These 3 Morning Breathing Exercises Inhale New Beginnings With These 3 Morning Breathing Exercises


Just like a new year, every inhale is considered a new beginning. Here are three types of breathing exercises you can incorporate into your...

11 Beautiful, Inspirational Quotes From Yoga Scripture 11 Beautiful, Inspirational Quotes From Yoga Scripture 11 Beautiful, Inspirational Quotes From Yoga Scripture 11 Beautiful, Inspirational Quotes From Yoga Scripture


Yoga scriptures offer us continual inspiration for living a more spiritual life and deepening our asana practice. Find out why this matters...

5 Mantras That Will Transform Your Life 5 Mantras That Will Transform Your Life 5 Mantras That Will Transform Your Life 5 Mantras That Will Transform Your Life


Here are five popular mantras that can transform your life by helping you retrieve energy, restore balance, attract love and remove...

Quick Office Yoga Sequence to Relieve Muscle Tension and Stress Quick Office Yoga Sequence to Relieve Muscle Tension and Stress Quick Office Yoga Sequence to Relieve Muscle Tension and Stress Quick Office Yoga Sequence to Relieve Muscle Tension and Stress


Whether you’re a beginning or more advance yogi, here’s a simple sequence you can do from the convenience of your own work station—and...

Tadasana Tadasana Tadasana Tadasana


Having balanced chakras starts with the root chakra and tadasana is one of the best poses to help. Here's more on this first chakra and how...

Live 'Happily Ever After' With These Top 3 Benefits of Meditation Live 'Happily Ever After' With These Top 3 Benefits of Meditation Live 'Happily Ever After' With These Top 3 Benefits of Meditation Live 'Happily Ever After' With These Top 3 Benefits of Meditation


Modern-day living can get your life off track. Learn how to get it back with meditation so you can start living your 'happily ever after.'

5 Restful Asanas for the Weary Yogi 5 Restful Asanas for the Weary Yogi 5 Restful Asanas for the Weary Yogi 5 Restful Asanas for the Weary Yogi


No rest for the weary? We yogis disagree. Here are five restful asanas to help you restore your energy and/or recover from an injury.

End Your Practice (and Your Week) in Savasana End Your Practice (and Your Week) in Savasana End Your Practice (and Your Week) in Savasana End Your Practice (and Your Week) in Savasana


Savasana is a restorative asana that is commonly enjoyed as the final posture in a yoga class. Learn the many rejuvenating benefits this...

How Chocolate Elevates Mood How Chocolate Elevates Mood How Chocolate Elevates Mood How Chocolate Elevates Mood


Looking for a good reason to eat chocolate? Dark chocolate, the bitter sugar-free kind, is a superfood unto itself. It is chock full of...

Fundamental Yoga Sequence for Beginners Fundamental Yoga Sequence for Beginners Fundamental Yoga Sequence for Beginners Fundamental Yoga Sequence for Beginners


Getting into the right flow is easier with some guidance. Here is a recommended basic sequence of asanas for beginners (and for yogis of...

Why This Yogini Thinks You Should Finally Try Hot Yoga Why This Yogini Thinks You Should Finally Try Hot Yoga Why This Yogini Thinks You Should Finally Try Hot Yoga Why This Yogini Thinks You Should Finally Try Hot Yoga


On the fence about trying out a Hot yoga class? Yogini Joanna Nicholson explains the types of classes available, her top three favorite...

Lotus Lotus Lotus Lotus


Being a yogi is about more than your flexibility on the mat. Here are three on and, more importantly, off-the-mat signs that you're well on...

3 Hip-Opening Postures for People Who Sit All Day 3 Hip-Opening Postures for People Who Sit All Day 3 Hip-Opening Postures for People Who Sit All Day 3 Hip-Opening Postures for People Who Sit All Day


Hip openers can help relieve low back pain and the stiffness that comes from sitting in an office chair all day. Learn the three best yoga...

3 Poses for a Natural Burst of Energy 3 Poses for a Natural Burst of Energy 3 Poses for a Natural Burst of Energy 3 Poses for a Natural Burst of Energy


Many of us lead a lifestyle that—even despite our best efforts—constantly demands too much of us. Here are three yoga poses to help you get...

3 Steps to a More Positive You 3 Steps to a More Positive You 3 Steps to a More Positive You 3 Steps to a More Positive You


Learn how to use meditation, positive affirmations, and yoga to train your mind to think more positively.

Overcoming Loneliness Throughout the Holidays Overcoming Loneliness Throughout the Holidays Overcoming Loneliness Throughout the Holidays Overcoming Loneliness Throughout the Holidays


Although seemingly similar, loneliness is a negative emotional state, whereas being alone is a physical state in which one can find...

Manifest Success With These 5 Yoga Virtues Manifest Success With These 5 Yoga Virtues Manifest Success With These 5 Yoga Virtues Manifest Success With These 5 Yoga Virtues


The virtues that yoga instills help create a greater sense of self and contribute to future success. Embrace these top 5 virtues that are...

Invite More Love Into Your Life With These 5 Heart-Opening Asanas Invite More Love Into Your Life With These 5 Heart-Opening Asanas Invite More Love Into Your Life With These 5 Heart-Opening Asanas Invite More Love Into Your Life With These 5 Heart-Opening Asanas


Opening our hearts to others can be difficult when faced with hardships. Try these 5 yoga postures to help open your heart chakra and let...

Top 4 Yoga Poses to Keep You Energized and Feeling Great Top 4 Yoga Poses to Keep You Energized and Feeling Great Top 4 Yoga Poses to Keep You Energized and Feeling Great Top 4 Yoga Poses to Keep You Energized and Feeling Great


Tree pose, corpse pose, bound angle and downward-facing dog are famous for a reason. Learn the benefits of each and how they can help keep...

Different Yoga for Different Days: A Quick Overview of 5 Popular Styles Different Yoga for Different Days: A Quick Overview of 5 Popular Styles Different Yoga for Different Days: A Quick Overview of 5 Popular Styles Different Yoga for Different Days: A Quick Overview of 5 Popular Styles


With so many types, there’s a yoga practice that’s suited for everyone and everyday. Learn more about some of these popular ones you may...

Pranayama Pranayama Pranayama Pranayama


Conscious breathing connects us to our inner energy source. Learn how to do it and enjoy its remarkable benefits for body, mind and spirit.

Q&A by Joanna Nicholson


Meditation Meditation Meditation Meditation


Meditation is one of those rituals that makes me feel good, but I didn’t always feel this way. Why? Feelings are subjective for...

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