PRESS & PRAISE
Magic - in terms of how much I grew and learned as a thinker, speaker, writer and person. Joelle is such an attentive and insightful writing partner and editor. She brings both intellectual and emotional insight to help me, as an author, dig into those areas I want to glide over. Instead, we worked to develop them.
— NATALY KOGAN
What I appreciate so much about Joelle is her ability to ask the right questions and to bring the story that’s inside of me out into the forefront. She understands what it means to be a writer because she is one!
— MONISHA CHANDANANI
After working with a few other editors, I can say that Joelle is a technician, a poet — and she gets it. She’s an intuitive person so she can go inside the idea and know what the next best move is, as well as having that Capricorn strength of organization. If I get another book deal, I’m going to make sure she has no other work at the time!
— KIMBERLY ANN JOHNSON
I found Joelle just as I needed to push my proposal to completion. It's not always so easy to do this work alone, even if you've done it before, which I had with my first book. Joelle helped me refine the ideas for my second book, better connect the material I already had, and polish up the language. She both pushed me forward and took my cues in that delicate balancing act that a skillful writer and editor does. Together we made this proposal exactly what I wanted it to be—and what my agent and editor wanted, too. I'm very grateful for her expert help.
— Susan Packard, Co-founder of HGTV, speaker and author
Joelle is an authentic teacher committed to the yoga practice—but not only: her poetic and artistic sides give real color and personality to her teaching. She is eager to share her own living experience to help students relate what we learn in class to real life. I appreciate the clarity of her speaking and the instruction itself. Also, feeling I can let myself go with big trust because she knows what she is talking about.
If you are looking to deepen your practice, not just the physical body but to deepen your mind, breath, and inner channels, this is the class. You will discover something new about yourself, about your breath, about your mind—which is the amazing and scary part. Challenging in ways you never expected.
— YOGA STUDENT
Joelle is very assured, grounded, and articulate. Her careful and thoughtful approach to designing classes, and her years of deep study and beautiful practice, make her a great teacher to study with regularly if you want to deepen your own work. Joelle has a great, calm vibe and treats every student, at every moment, with care and respect. Her students always know that they can trust her and that they're in good hands.
— YOGA Student
This is a class for someone who wants yoga as a full practice that goes beyond just the asanas. That said, I often leave Joelle's classes with a new depth of understanding in how to set up my body correctly to avoid injury and at the same time to take the poses further and deeper.
Joelle is very precise with verbal alignment and adjustments. Also, as she shares her thoughts on her own practice and life, she shows another side of herself, not just the "yoga teacher." She has a very strong foundation! Her voice is soothing and sweet especially when she is chanting and leading meditation. An amazing teacher with clear direction to what she is teaching—no fluff!!
— YOGA Student
As a teacher, Joelle's gift is in her delivery. She transmits yoga to students. She is there with us in yoga. What I mean is, her presence allows space for others. That's the best feeling for students, to feel that the teacher has space for them.
— Sara Yff-Prins, Student
WHERE OPEN LAPTOPS MEAN A BUZZ OF QUIET ACTIVITY
by David Sax
… I worked for a few hours, and quickly learned the principal laws of Laptopistan: Silence Is Golden. There is no prohibition on talking, of course, but, as one Atlas regular of several years, Joelle Hann, explained, ‘there’s almost a code that people aren’t going to talk loud.’ When people’s phones ring, they run outside as fast as possible to take the call. ‘If someone’s on Skype or having a conversation, people make an effort to chill out their conversations with looks,’ said Ms. Hann, a yoga teacher, freelance journalist and editor. ‘When they don’t stop, you can feel the tension.’ Shushing conversations is equally verboten. ‘No one wants to be the librarian,” Ms. Hann added.’
THE REVIEW: GO YOGA
by Jonathan Shannon
… A brisk yet beginner-friendly session, capped off with a Maya Angelou poem and a group om… Yoga newbies can do it… Joelle Hann used the dimmable lighting and music to good effect, controlling the mood of the room. She also watches over her students with a sharp eye, supplying blocks and straps and correcting alignment. You’ll sweat during the more active part of the class, but you’ll leave feeling limber and relaxed, rather than fatigued.
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: ON BEING A WRITER’S ASSISTANT
by Anya Kamenetz
… Joelle Hann, a poet and editor for Bedford/St. Martin’s Press who worked for the poet Galway Kinnell in 1999, while she was at New York University, says that while working with him she felt that she was in the presence of ‘some other being.’ More practically, she also points out, ‘He paid $15 an hour, which was very helpful, because on-campus jobs only paid $7.50.’
THE NOT-SO-SECRET HOPE:
REVIEW OF BREATHING FIRE: CANADA’S NEW POETS
by Robert Clayton Casto
… But there are so many good poems here, it would seem a random rather than an inevitable enterprise to single out any. Some do stand out for slight nuances of difference: Thea Bowering's "Women in the duty free", for example, or Sioux Browning's amusing "The Perfect Ten"; Mark Cochrane's gender-benders "Latent" and "Mapplethorpe", the disturbing "Black Shirts Drying" of Joelle Hann... And the rest? All worthwhile, as the reader will discover.