Certified Yoga Instructor, Private Practioner, Model, Speaker
Born and raised in an Italian family in central New York State, Joni’s lifelong passion for dance began at age 5, when she started begging her mother to take her to dance class. By age 6, the dancing had begun and has continued to be a theme in her life of passion and art. In addition, at age 17, Joni was an exchange student to Colombia, South America, where she studied Dance and Art, learned Spanish quickly and dramatically broadened her perspective of life.
She began teaching at the University level while still in high school, instructing Modern Dance at the State University of New York in Cortland.
Joni received a scholarship from Dance
Circle Company at Boston University, where she began her University studies, and subsequently graduated Summa cum Laude from the State University of New York at Brockport with Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance and Art. After completing her coursework for a Master of Arts degree in Dance, Joni taught at Cazenovia College in central New York, and then accepted an Artist- in- Residency position from the University of South Florida. Along the way Joni studied with the Martha Graham Company, the Alvin Ailey Company, Merce Cunningham and many other notable dancers, choreographers and companies.
Joni came to Los Angeles to dance and model. She has starred in infomercials and commercials and appeared in print ads in various glamour magazines such as Glamour and Allure. She also modeled for Oscar del la Renta and Calvin Klein Cosmetic Company. One highlight of her career was dancing alongside Baryshnikov in professional ballet classes.
Once Joni was introduced to Yoga, her life purpose of allowing miracles for herself and others became very apparent. She was certified as a Yoga Instructor by Larry Payne and Samata International in Marina del Rey, CA. She is a Wellness consultant to multi-national corporations such as Toyota Motor Company, Office Depot, Mattel and Northrop Grumman. She has had professional affiliations with The Spectrum Club and Centinela Hospital. She heads a program called Yoga Miracles, giving seminars at resorts, spas, conferences and special events throughout the country. She has presented her course at The American Heart Association, Yoga Expo, Elite Resorts and Spas and ReInvent Yourself Workshops in Los Angeles, the Annual Yoga and Health Retreat in Kauai with Larry Payne and Samata, Paws Up Resort in Montana, MacArthur Place in Sonoma, CopperWynd Resort in Scottsdale, and many other locations.
Throughout her entire professional career, Joni has immersed herself in various spiritual and mind expanding disciplines. Integral in her teaching is the use of powerful meditations, visualizations and affirmations. She is most influenced by The Science of Mind, Abraham- Hicks and A Course In Miracles. Some of her favorite books include: Ask and It Is Given by Abraham-Hicks, You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay, The Power of the Subconscious Mind by Dr. Joseph Murphy, MindBody Prescription by Dr. John Sarno, The Abundance Book by John Randoph Price and The Secret.