A Joint Health Journey through Yoga


By Joyce Goglin

I have spent the last 6 months working toward a yoga teacher training certification. Everything was in place to start my teaching practicum. My focus was on healthy bones with this program meeting the needs of post menopausal women. I had every class planned and the go-ahead from my instructors to pursue this. I had researched exercise, the physiology of bone regeneration, nutrition, and of course the asana movement.

After practicing yoga for the past three years and healing from a knee replacement surgery, I felt very prepared to start. Then Northern Wisconsin got in the way. I fell on the ice and broke my ankle. It was a very bad break with a lot of complications. All my plans were placed on the back burner. I was truly humbled that I planned to teach a class of healthy bones and here I am needing to heal a bone!

My surgeon told me after the surgery that I do not have osteoporosis. This break was something that could have happened to anyone. My healing has been pretty remarkable. I attribute this to regular yoga asana.

Since the injury, I have practiced yoga from a chair. When I was able to go part of the day without the boot, I began strengthening and balance movements. I use a lot of props and I listen to my body. While I would not recommend breaking a bone to learn adaptive yoga methods, I sure wish to pass my learning on to others. I want to teach a class that is designed for people who have either movement concerns or the potential for movement concerns. My plan is to teach adaptive yoga to promote health and well-being as we age.


Gentle Yoga for Sore Muscles and Joints

Sundays June 12-July 24 from 7:30am-8:45am at Spot Wellness (no class July 3)

Instructor: Joyce Goglin

Cost: Cost: $48.60 for members, $54 for non-members; class max 12.

More about Joyce:

Joyce has taken her training at yoga north in Duluth and currently finishing her practical teaching to complete the certification process. Her interest lies in teaching gentle yoga and health practices for women in the second half of life. Her goal is for those younger women to wonder"what is she up to now?" People of all ages are welcome, especially if you are looking for a gentle experience.

Joyce was a Certified Nurse Midwife and women's health provider before retiring and taking on a second career teaching yoga. She has practiced yoga for the past three years at the Ashland studio and picked up different ideas from instructors in other parts of the country when traveling.
She is married to Dan and the mother of 3 children and grandmother to three as well. She devotes her spare time to reading, crocheting, sewing and cooking. She belongs to a local book club and sings at Saron.

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