Transform your inner landscape and
change your outer world
Hello, I’m JoAnna!
I’ve been a teacher for 10 years, starting in math and moving on to mindfulness.
There’s more of that story below, but let’s just say both are important foundations in life, but mindfulness can be applied to almost any situation – and people tend to prefer learning it 😉
Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the here and now.
Mindful awareness (mindfulness) helps us pause and see what is true in the present moment – and to do so without judgement.
Most of us tend to live outside the present moment, either worrying about the future or churning over the past. While this is very common, it can mean we lose sight of what is real and misinterpret what’s going on around us.
For instance, let’s look at the opposite of mindfulness: acting without conscious intention, on auto-pilot or in reaction to an event. In that state, which many of us are in more than we’d like, we tend to end up doing or saying things we later regret.
While some subconscious patterns can be helpful, others can cause us suffering.
I’m talking about the kinds of habits that keep us stuck in negative behaviors (either towards ourselves or others). This often leads to relentless self-criticizm and damages our self-worth. In turn, this creates negative behaviors and experiences and the vicious cycle starts again.
What can mindfulness do for us?
Tuning into the here and now allows us to take our control back from unhelpful habits.
Mindfulness practice supports us in breaking these patterns and freeing ourselves to act from a place of clarity and calmness (crucially, without judgement). We make far better decisions from this place. And if we get stressed we can resolve things faster (and more harmoniously) than arguing or lashing out.
Mindfulness is a wonderful tool to have at our disposal. It’s a way of living that provides a whole host of benefits (more of that below).
Plus, it’s not a woo-woo fad.
Many important studies (including from The Universities of Oxford and Harvard) have outlined the benefits of practicing mindfulness. While research is ongoing from a scientific point of view, it’s clear many people around the world have benefited from its practice on both a physical and psychological level – and that includes myself and my students.
Do you need to look within and find some healing mindfulness? If so, hang out with JoAnna.” – S.D., teacher, Westchester County
If you’d like to know more about the current research, I’ve outlined some resources below. For now, here are some of the wonderful benefits of practicing mindfulness:
Mindfulness can help manage or reduce:
- Behavioral incidents
- Attendance at work or school
- Fear based thoughts
- Chronic pain
And it can boost:
- Peace of mind
- Cognitive performance
- Love based thoughts
- Self-and emotion regulation
- Communication between parts of the brain
How I teach it
I provide tailored one-to-one sessions over the phone and group training through workshops and seminars, or online via webinars and video training.
The mindfulness exercises I use include: meditation, visualisation, positive affirmations, breathing techniques and movement such as yoga.
Before meeting with JoAnna, I was skeptical. I didn’t know if I should be spending money on something I wasn’t really too sure about… But I was very stressed out and overwhelmed at the time and thought, “Hey, why not? What do I have to lose?
After meeting with her, all my apprehensions were gone. It was like a weight was lifted off of my shoulders. I felt grateful, thankful, and happy in the place that I was after working with her. I am a high anxiety type of person, very anxious and a worrier… After working with JoAnna, both times, I felt calmer, reassured and at ease. I thought to myself, “Man…! I need to do this more often!” – M.T., personalized mindfulness client, Erie County
It all started when I was working as a middle school math teacher, in both public and charter schools, in the inner city of Buffalo. I’d been feeling overwhelmed and burned out from the political and logistical aspects of teaching and wanted to find a better way to manage it all.
As luck would have it, a friend took me to a positive affirmation workshop for my birthday and I was instantly hooked on the idea that changing your thoughts can change your life.
I booked myself on mindfulness seminars and retreats to learn from a number of teachers in multiple areas of the field (positive thinking, yoga, breathwork, neuroplasticity, brain science, affirmations, mudras). I also completed a yoga teacher training course which featured mindfulness as a key component.
I felt so much more centered and calm, better able to deal with the pressures around me. My relationships (with colleagues and certain family members) became increasingly harmonious and I felt more confident within myself, worthy of my own love and care.
I was keen to share what I’d learned with those around me, particularly with those I’d been in the trenches with: my colleagues and students. I knew they were facing the same challenges I had been (namely burnout, overwhelm, anxiety and low self-esteem) so, I decided to bring mindfulness and yoga into the classroom.
What began as quick, simple techniques to help calm us down and get us refocused became revolutionary. Attendance rose, the students achieved higher test scores, and there were fewer behavioral incidents.
My mindfulness program was featured in the news, and I was named the youngest Master Teacher in NYS because of my work as a math teacher specializing in mindfulness.
One of the schools adopted the mindfulness program and they still use it to this day (4 years later) while I moved on to teach mindfulness and yoga to schools across New York.
Thank you Ms Nangle. These techniques (life altering experiences) have given me greater focus and a sense of peace.” – G.F., student, Westchester County
I’m not over-stating when I say these techniques have changed my life and the lives of many others. The beauty is in their simplicity and effectiveness as they help to transform thought processes, actions and perceptions.
So much can be healed and solved through the power of positive mindful awareness. My mission is to teach the tools to practice mindfulness to as as many people as I can. At its core, my calling is to teach people to love themselves more.
You are an incredible, gentle, loving, funny, honest & authentic intuitive guide who I believe is one of the most amazing mirrors I have ever come across. I believe you offer immense value in reflecting the very best back to those you work with, not only as a reflection, but that it is a truth that hits deeper & stays with them & is an integral part of their change.” – S.S., personalized mindfulness client, Spain