VYP AMBASSADOR


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JOE JOHNSON | UTICA, NY

Originally from Chicago, Joe is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 200-hour certified Yoga Instructor, and recently retired from the Office of Mental Health after a 17-year career as a  Social Worker. (MSW, LCSW).  He is also a 26-year retired veteran of the Air Force. (Retired Senior Master Sgt.)  He completed military assignments in Washington, D.C., Germany, and Turkey before settling in upstate N.Y.  Joe's background prior to Yoga was primarily in mental health,  working with a variety of clients, to include:

 The U. S. Military, United Cerebral Palsy, St. Luke’s Hospital (Utica); and counseling male inmates in the New York State Correctional System.  He has also worked with children and adolescents.

He has been practicing Yoga and Meditation for 10 years.  Joe is a 2016 graduate of the 200-hr. Infinite Light Yoga and Wellness Center; Jamesville, NY.   Joe currently teaches Hatha Yoga and Meditation classes at:  Universal Yoga Center in Washington Mills, N.Y.    He also volunteers to teach Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) symptoms at Sitrin Rehabilitation Center in New Hartford, NY.  Joe has a special interest in helping military veterans who struggle with PTS symptoms.    He also serves as an Ambassador for Veteran's Yoga Project, whose mission is to use the skills of Yoga and Mindful Resilience to reduce PTS symptoms for military veterans.

Joe resides in Utica with his wife and when he's not teaching Yoga he enjoys exercising, photography, traveling, hiking, kayaking, biking, and attending cultural events in Central N.Y.