Yoga With Joe

Yoga With Joe


At the TealDiva 5K walk/run

Classes and Information of Charleson Yoga Teacher Joe Vinciguerra Joe Vinciguerra is a passionate truth seeker and a lover of yoga, learning, technology, blogging, biking and Italian culture.

A native of New York, Joe’s journey on the mat began in 2012, taking his first yoga class in Manhattan, NY. Joe quickly discovered the benefits of mind and body connection, and took his own practice to different yoga studios around the city and down the east coast of the states. He studied with numerous instructors including Tao-Porchon-Lynch, who at 96 years old has over 70 years of teaching experience and is recognized as the world’s oldest yoga instructor. After becoming more interested in the ancient philosophical path of yoga, Joe found himself on a plane to India, the birthplace of yoga just two years after his first class. Looking to deepen his practice and knowledge of yoga his journey led him to Dharamshala, where he studied the yoga asanas, meditation, philosophy, pranayama, anatomy, teaching methods and received his 200 hours level training. Joe is also a licensed Broga Yoga Instructor after completing his training in Brooklyn, NY and also holds a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in New Media from SUNY Purchase College. In August 2014 Joe moved to Charleston, SC and immediately became involved in the yoga community there. Joe thrives on instructing students of all levels and ages and is devoted to expanding his mind, knowledge and experience through the practice of yoga.

Operating as usual

Some goat yoga fun this weekend!

About these baby goats 💚 yes there pretty awesome! @summervillegoatyoga classes are on my next couple of Saturdays (10:30am). @flowertowncharm and I are having some fun with these little ones before they are off to their new goat homes.

My sweet yoga family & friends,
I am back. To tell the truth I did mean to drop off; I’m sorry I left some of you without any notice or updates of classes, but I am ok and have been back to regular class teaching and all my studios and gyms in Charleston and Summerville.

It’s been quite awhile, We all have been through something and we all need to heal in one way or another. I will share and update again soon. 💚

Goat yoga is back for the fall! 🍁🐐🧘‍♂️🍂 and we had 1-day and 2-day old babies making their debut today. They will be on the farm for the next 8 weeks before going to their new homes so make sure you come join us for the fun!

Healing Hara Massage & Wellness

FRI 9-10am

Yoga With Joe's cover photo

Stretching out and getting back into yoga classes. With more reopening happening next week I’ll start posting some of my schedule up starting next Monday.
10:30 yoga body sculpt at @crunchsummerville &
12:00 Gentle Yoga @healinghara

Getting ready for a deeper dive into the practice and some new yoga practices I’ve been working on. 🙌🏼

Kids Yoga with Joe and Erin

My wife has been doing such amazing work with Kids Yoga this month. We've started a Mindful May program, if you have kids you can do this Mindful Movement practice along with them.

In case you missed it, yesterday’s kids #MindfulMay Challenge video is a 30-minute yoga class focused on moving mindfully. Here’s the link and don’t forget to check out the other #MindfulMay videos while you are there.

Many yogic practices I’ve learned from my mom. The practice of knowledge, she’s always been an avid reader. And the practices of faith, love and compassion.
Using this time to share love, compassion, faith and knowledge is a great time to do so. Thank you for always teaching me!

Yoga With Joe

Filmed in April 2020 at Otranto, South Carolina. Video Reel

This is the life of a yoga teacher with a loveably dog. Who else can relate to this? Working from home with a crazy doggy!??
@surya_the_hamstaff I wouldn’t trade it at all!

Welcome to Mindful May!
This month join me in this mindfulness program to create a positive change. I’ll share the ways I’ve been practicing mindfulness at home and ways that we can really celebrate mindfulness this month.
Check on the instagram stories for the tips I’ll be sharing, try 3 mins of meditate each day this week and share your #mindfulmay experience.

These are some of moments I’ll be savoring. Outside yoga with @surya_the_hamstaff.
And speaking of outside yoga check @summervillegoatyoga eventbrite page for a few very small classes coming up.

April 2018 & April 2020
Second pic from April 2018 is from Middleton Plantation where I first used a tree to get into #vrschikasan funny enough first pic is from Otranto Plantation where Arthur Middleton lived back in late 1600’s. Both are places obviously very historical and it was completely unplanned nor did I know at the time that we’re connected. I guess I like adding a little bit of yoga with history now a days.
Scorpion pose honestly is not an asana I practice that often. Now having more time for my personal practice and experimentation I thought I’d give this a try again.
What yoga poses are you working on with all this extra time? @ Hanahan, South Carolina

Let’s call this ‘Tuesday With Twists’. Twists are a really great exercise in your yoga practice to work on that spine. Did you know it can help improve your digestion? Twists help compress the digestive organs which help flush waste out of your system.
Usually we work on the spine in yoga asanas but twists help energy the spine by giving it length and creating space around the spine vertebras.

What twists in yoga do you like doing? What’s your preferred method to work on your spine?

Please subscribe to YouTube page and check out this yoga video.

There’s been a few positive sides of being quarantined. Besides being able to spend more time at home with the family I’ve been able to explore the practice a little bit more and have time to stay in the posture.

This really simple Asana is a back bend. Sit down in comfortable position, lift your body, chest up and you can lift your arms and drop your head back.
Another option to support your neck & head is to lace your hands back behind your head to give you more support.

This backbend will help open shoulders, chest and relieve any neck pain.

You can do 3-4 sets of these. Hold each for as long as you can.

Let me know what you think of this, and please subscribe to yoga YouTube page.

First yoga video with my wife it coming out today. We filmed it at the Otranto Plantation where I’ve filmed the last couple of videos. It was great having her help and company as always. We will have more videos coming up.
Please ‘search Yoga With Joe Otranto’ on YouTube and subscribe to the page!
Hoping to reach 100 subscribers by next week 🙏🏼

Meditation, yoga and nature at Otranto Plantation. Today and everyday trying to keep the mind and body healthy and at ease. It takes work, kindness and compassion more than ever.

Today we filmed a public video that will be uploaded for free. Now more than ever working on brining more content and videos for you all.
Go on YouTube and search ‘Yoga With Joe Otranto’ to find all my previous videos and please hit subscribe so I can get the name “Yoga With Joe”.

Thinking recently of all the truly wonderful places I’ve got to be in this world. Maldives islands 2017 was an amazing experience. Even though there is far less traveling going on I still try to tap into that experience of joy, curiosity and excitement that travel always brought me.

When this is all over think how exciting it will be to back out exploring the world. It will be has if for the very first time were all ‘coming out of our caves.’

Yoga Practice for lower body

My pup Surya makes an appearance in the beginning!
Check out this video for lots of flexibility work, lots of options for your practice

This practice includes a focus on hips, back, core and breath work.

New video out this weekend. We focus a bit on lower body like the legs, the hips and we also find ways to move the pelvic around to find support in standing poses.
Really proud with the way this video came out. Honestly the whole video process takes time for me. It takes some time to upload, it takes time and work to edit and the whole thing has been a learning experience. Please be patient, and also check out the video and join in. ✌🏼

Yoga Flow at Otranto Plantation

This flow gives you enough movement with the right amount of pace. Filmed on a beautiful day. Enjoy a hour flow at Otranto Plantation.

This is a slow progression practice, we will start slower and work to build up our speed and strength.

This space right here has been where I have been practicing non stop all week. This has become a scared space for me. No doubt isolation is difficult, but using this time for the better has become an essential time for me. Working from home and spending more time on asanas and becoming more tuned into my body has been very healing. This week I’ve been working on going deep and this forward fold position feels so good for my back, shoulders and everywhere in my body.

In the yoga sutra’s Patanjali writes about ‘Kaivalya Pada’ in the fourth chapter, “Kaivalya” means isolation or solitude and it refers to the idea of liberation and revealing the true nature of the self. Going through these next few weeks will be like a ride finding the very true nature of the self. The Bhagavad Gita said “Yoga is the journey of the self, though the self, to the self”. We’re all in this crazy ride of isolation. It may seem like we are all alone, but world wide everyone is on this crazy journey ‘Kaivalya’ ‘isolation.’
If you need anything or you feel alone please reach out, I will be right here if anybody needs anything. 🙏🏼

Pranayama Breathing at Otranto Plantation

New video. Pranayama is something I’ve really focused on for several years. This particular breathing method is really tremendous to do right now and it’s what I’ve practiced regularly. Try this out in the morning.
Take 20 deep breaths
Exhale after the 20th breathe
hold your breathing for as long as you can.

This video we go 1 min, 1:30 & 2:00mins if breathing holding.

Deep breathing - Wim Hof Method. Enjoy this pranayama breathing exercise at one of the oldest structure building in South Carolina. Please be advised.. Consu...

Friends please keep my buddy Larry is your thoughts 🙏🏼 He’s been fighting leukemia for over two years and on top of this he’s fighting a recent bacterial infection. This is the hardest and most difficult thing to go through for him and his wife Julie. 💚 My thoughts and prayers are with them all the time and most importantly now.

Hey y’all, it’s been a while and yeah, it seems like a lot as changed. Yoga studios around the world have closed due to the Corona Virus, and I’ve used this time to do some different things.
Reading, picking up fishing, healing my body, meditating and now I’m bringing yoga videos back for all my students.
Today was wonderful and I filmed a great class outside ne of the oldest buildings in the state that’s right in my neighborhood. Hope you enjoy!

Photos from yesterday’s Goat Yoga class. We’re expecting Magnolia and Wysteria to give birth very soon so make sure you are following Flowertown Charm for the news so you know when to expect baby goats joining the classes.

Smiling faces, and happy goats! So much fun today, thanks all for coming to this morning to #SummervilleGoatYoga at Flowertown Charm

I got a Facebook memory this morning, It was from 2014 and it was the day I went to my first Tao-Porchon Lynch class. Back when I lived in New York I was working at Apple and a customer told me that I needed to go to Tao’s class. I looked her up, read a little bit about her and went.

That day I wrote “Today my yoga journey led me to Tao-Porchon-Lynch. At 95 years old she is the oldest yogi in the world and one of the most amazing yoga instructors I've had the honor to practice with. I learned so much today from this practice that has changed the person I've become.”

Even then prior to being a teacher I was so in love with the practice of yoga. After taking her class and talking with her she changed everything I thought I knew about yoga.

Tao was born in in 1918 and grew up in Puducherry, India. I knew that she had gone back several times. At the time I was so interested in going out to India to study yoga and become a teacher. I told Tao a little bit about my story and that I was longing to go. She gave me the blessing to go and do it, “There is nothing that you cannot do” is her famous mantra. She was so sweet and kind to me, her advice I remember was just to be careful durning monsoon season. I thanked her immensely.

Her classes became like workshops to me. The mechanical ways to move the body, the way to hold the asanas, the way to breath into them.
One day in class we were in the hip opener ‘pigeon pose’. She looked at me in the pose and just from seeing me in it she was able to see a variation of ‘King Pigeon’ which involves opening up your shoulder while in pigeon to reach back grab your back leg, bring it inside your arm and use your other hand to grab your back hand, not a easy pose to get. She grabbed my arms and hands and led me through exactly step by step, strict mechanical yoga work on how to get in and I couldn’t believe it, this was something I never thought my body could even do, but she knew.
First time I ever went completely upside down in headstand was with Tao holding my body, supporting me and holding my legs up with her arms when she was 95 years years old.

Tao and I always had special connections in her class. I felt like she was always watching me practice and all I ever wanted to do was absorb everything she was saying and to make her proud. “You have a beautiful practice, you really do” she told me one time “you just have some bad habits” after I kicked my leg up to quickly to and wobbled out of warrior III position, a habit I learned from hot yoga classes at the time. Tao’s classes really taught me how to slow my yoga practice and this has helped me on the mat but also off the mat as well and I use it in life.

She would have me demonstrate postures to the group sometimes durning class. She made me feel special in her classes. “I can tell how much you love yoga and how spiritual you are.” she told me durning class one day after I returned from India. Everything that I did was for my teacher. All my focus, steadiness and everything that I did was for her.

A few weeks after coming back from India I moved to Charleston, SC and left my family, friends and my teacher. Every chance I got when I was back in NY was about getting to Tao’s class. Even after driving 13-14 hours all day I’d still wake up early to get straight to my teacher’s class the next morning.

One of the most special moments I had with Tao is when I brought my wife to class, they connected so well together and my wife loved Tao and was inspired by her. I get the chills just thinking about that moment and seeing the picture of Tao holding her hand brings me joy.

One of the last times we talked to Tao we asked Tao if she would come to South Carolina for a workshop, Tao loved the warm climate and was excited to get down, but unfortunately we never made that happen.

These last few days I’ve felt more happy than sad. I will always miss my teacher but I’m filled with so much gratitude that our paths crossed and so much joy that she’s dancing her way on to the next planet like she always said she would.

Goat Yoga — Yoga With Joe

Goat Yoga is coming back this weekend! Tickets are sold out for this Saturday, next class Saturday February 29th at 10:30am is available.
And guess what?! BABY GOATS coming soon in March! Goat Yoga is a casual and gentle yoga class, with goats! The goats roam around, cuddle, and play, while in your yoga poses, and it is perfect for those new to yoga! Yoga with Joe has collaborated with Flowertown Charm, a mini farm in Summerville, SC, to bring a fun, stress-relieving, happy class...

Brought the goats from Flowertown Charm on the road today for the yoga festival at Southeast Outdoor Adventure Center. It was so nice meeting ya’ll, tag yourselves. #summervillegoatyoga #soac

This Saturday I'll be teaching two classes at the 'Southeast Outdoor Adventure Center' Yoga Fest out in Bowman, SC!
So excited for this and all the fun classes and events taking place that day!

Greenville, SC back in November. Lots of colors, lots of yoga on this trip. Love being able to take this practice where ever you go.
Take your practice tomorrow to @januaryandjune yoga studio in Goose Creek.
10:15am - yin yoga
5:45pm - vinyasa flow yoga

#goosecreeksc #lowcountryliving

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