Joan Craig Bio



I am a wellness coach and health educator who helps people make healthy choices, feel good, and have energy to do what matters. Your coaching session is designed to help you do what’s important to you. We can work on food, exercise, sleep, stress management, and holistic approaches to achieving health and wellness. As for movement, we’ll design a program that works for you, your schedule, and your interests.

My passion is teaching people why and how to take simple action steps to improve health and well-being, so that they can better fulfill their life purpose. My specialty is making it work for your real life.

I love speaking to individuals and groups about healthy lifestyle choices. I love to go deep into the science of health, especially anatomy, nutrition, and the amazing links between mind, body, and spirit.

I am a Fellow of Applied Functional Science, which means I completed a biomechanics intensive with the Gray Institute, world leaders in functional movement assessment and programming. I know how to assess and improve movement in an integrated, holistic way, seeing all the body parts connected and working together.

I’m also a Certified Yoga Therapist, with experience using yoga to help restore function when people have musculoskeletal injuries or pain. I trained in the alignment principles of yoga under the mentorship of Lillah Schwartz, who studied with BKS Iyengar in Pune, India. I am certified in Functional Manual Reaction, which means I can use my hands to help you move more efficiently.

I served in the US Peace Corps Honduras as a water and sanitation volunteer and am fluent in Spanish. I graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in English.

Choose Joyful Health is my personal motto and mission, and I do my best to remember that every day and every moment it is a CHOICE.

icon-about-profile2I also maintain the following certifications/memberships:

  • Fellow of Applied Functional Science (FAFS) from Gray Institute
  • Certificate in Applied Functional Science (CAFS) from Gray Institute
  • 3D MAPS- 3D Movement Analysis and Performance System from Gray Institute
  • Certified Yoga Therapist, International Association of Yoga Therapists
  • Certified Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Wellness Coach, Wellcoaches
  • Laughter Yoga Leader (I’m serious!)

A percentage of Choose Joyful Health profits supports the health of our planet and all her creatures, great and small.

Please note that as a yoga therapist, I am NOT a licensed medical professional and can not diagnose or medically treat illness or disease.