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Certification | Training | Experience

Joanne Pineau, Hons. BSc., E-RYT500

Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT)

Certified Yoga Teacher

Certified Restorative Yoga Teacher

Chartered & Therapeutic Herbalist

Licensed Avatar Master

Reiki Practitioner Level III

H.BSc., Honors Biology


I am self-employed as a Yoga Therapist and I also work part-time as a virtual Office Assistant at Riverside Osteopathy. Having received many Osteopathic treatments in the last few years from Andrea and Marc I am well aware of how these two modalities Yoga Therapy and Osteopathy, complement each other.  


I will sometimes refer my clients to the clinic and occasionally the same clients will then request that the clinicians and I work together on their treatment plan which we heartily do.


Certification/Training since 1997

Yoga Related: 

         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.

  • Viniyoga: Avoiding Common Yoga Injuries with Olga Kabel

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

  • 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 (a colleague of Dr. Dean Ornish)

  • 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.

  • Radiant Spirit Yoga, Trauma-informed Teaching (2020)

  • 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)

Other Training in Complementary Therapies :

  • Reiki Level III, London, Ontario

  • Nutritional Symptomatology, School of Natural Nutrition, Toronto (I also taught the course)

  • 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 (50 Hours). 

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

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


  • 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... 

Work experience
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