Johanna Bennett is a Veda Yoga teacher and a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She is trained at the 200-hour level from the Center for Yoga/Yoga Works and at the 500-hour level from Dancing Shiva Yoga and Ayurveda as a Veda Yoga teacher and from the American Institute of Vedic Studies as a Yoga and Ayurveda Therapist. Johanna is also a certified Pancha Karma therapist having completed 50 hours of training and clinical internship at Dancing Shiva. Johanna has a BA in Religious Studies and Asian Studies, and is currently working on her master’s degree in Asian Studies. She is currently writing her thesis on a comparative examination of Siddhas in South Asian and Chinese traditions. Johanna also currently teaches mixed level classes at Dancing Shiva Yoga and Ayurveda.
Johanna’s classes are integral in nature. She teaches Hatha yoga with a strong focus on detoxification of mind and body through Ayurveda, asana and pranayama as tools to clear away blockages impeding spiritual progress. Her love of jnana yoga coupled with bhakti devotional yoga is at the heart of her teaching focus. She feels this approach allows her students to understand and learn about the yoga tradition that they are practicing while simultaneously experiencing their own self-realization.
Johanna has been a student and practitioner of yoga and yoga philosophy for 10 years, studying a variety of aspects of yoga. Her Hatha yoga background is a cross discipline of Veda yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, Classical Yoga, Yoga Therapy and the Eight Limbs of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. A world traveler, photographer and religious studies and world culture enthusiast, Johanna lived in India and France before settling down in her hometown of Los Angeles to seriously study yoga and raise her daughter. As well as teaching and studying Johanna has worked in the non-profit and publishing sectors project managing translations of literature directed for recovery from drug addiction as well as subtitle translations.