Joan with her niece.

Hello, I am Joanie Woodward and I have been practicing yoga for over 40 years.  My extensive studies include the styles of Hatha, Vinyasa, Kundalini, Iyengar, Restorative, Thai, Meditation and most recently, Hasya “Laughing Yoga”. I live in the Boston area with my partner and kitty.  I am a step mom and aunt to 23 nieces and nephews and 33 great nieces and nephews.These wonderful children (along with my love of art) served as my inspiration when I wrote and illustrated my first book, “Seven Little Monkeys”.  In this award-winning, “delightful read-aloud” storybook (as quoted by Jim Bartlett of Yeoman House Publishing) the busy “monkey mind” is quieted using visually rich and vibrant oil painted illustrations coupled with the experiential practice of deep belly breathing as a way to relax.

I have been teaching children of all ages for 35 years, most recently at children’s museums, schools, libraries and private functions.  I am providing symposium trainings for Early Childhood educators.  I employ “The Seven Little Monkeys” book and games I created as the “tools” to encourage simple and fun mind-body techniques to help children, parents and teachers relax, connect and have more peace and joy in their lives.  Look for my new book “The Transformation of Lila” and games coming soon.

The Monkeys Are Here!

CoverProofSeven Little Monkeys, the National Parenting Publications award-winning picture book by Joan Woodward has entered its second printing.  The new books are now available for sale.  ...more