OAN’s life-long passion with movement combined with her love of meditation led her to yoga. She completed 200hr yoga teacher training with YogaWorks studying under Jodie Rufty and Angela Botta. She continued with the advanced 300hr mentored by Jodie Rufty, and is a registered yoga teacher at 500hr level with Yoga Alliance (RYT500). Since then, she has attended workshops with Iyengar senior teacher Carrie Owerko, studied trauma-informed yoga teacher training with Lisa Danylchuk, and completed all course work required for children yoga teacher specialty certification (RCYT) with Little Flower Yoga. Joan has taught in various studios in NY, NJ and Taiwan including YogaWorks, Yoga and Pilates in Tribeca, Pizarts…etc. She has demoed/assisted Yoga at Bryant Park, Yoga at Hudson River, advanced asana workshops...etc. Joan continues to study with Jodie Rufty, Heather Seagraves, Chrissy Carter, and Rodney Yee.
OAN LIU started her performing career with Taipei Royal Ballet in 2002. She later pursued academics receiving her MS in biology from NYU specializing in neuroscience and MA in dance education through the collaborated program between NYU and ABT on scholarship, where she got certified in all levels of ABT’s National Training Curriculum from pre-primary to level 7 and partnering. The two degrees together contributed to Joan’s unique approach of creating space for artistic freedom while firmly grounded in scientific precisions. Joan has taught as adjunct professor at NYU, as ballet mistress for Arch Contemporary Ballet, as yoga and BarWorks instructor at YogaWorks among many others as well as privately coached numerous students to acquire scholarships and professional contracts. Joan completed 500hr yoga teacher training with YogaWorks, Pilates mat with Equinox, and other movement/fitness teacher trainings. Currently, Joan dances for American Liberty Ballet, Aries in Flight (jazz/theatre), and Gwen Rakotovao Company (contemporary/modern).