• Johnna Smith is an international yoga teacher and lead yoga teacher at Ashtanga Yoga School Charlotte. Johnna's dharma is to awaken people to joy, which is our divine birthright. Johnna's workshops, master classes and advanced yoga studies connects students to the source of joy deep within. Igniting the fire within the heart. 

    Johnna is one of the few people in the world to receive Level 2 Authorization from Sharath Jois at the KPJAIY Ashtanga Institute in Mysore, India. She has also received Level 1 Para Yoga Certification from Yoga Rupa Rod Stryker for tantra studies. 

    In 1995 Johnna came to yoga after searching for relief from years of panic attacks and addiction. Yoga loosened the hold that fear and anxiety had on her heart, giving her the tools to manage addiction and anxiety. This led her to study with Yoga Rupa Rod Stryker in 2001 and to Sri K Pattabhi Jois in 2004. In 2013 she was honored with Level One Para Yoga Certification and in 2016 Sharath Jois blessed her with Level 2 Authorization. 

    Johnna weaves asana, philosophy, mantra, and meditation with devotion to open the heart and awaken joy. 


    She humbly bows to her teachers: Sri YogaRupa Rod Stryker, Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Sri R. Sharath Jois. Thank you.