Align2Fly: Anatomy of Acroyoga and Foundations of Flight Fitness

Sunday, February 21 at 2:30pm to 4:30pm

East Meets West Yoga Studio
1738 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14207

Tickets Available Here

Align2Fly is a blend of acroyoga, alignment based yoga, partner functional fitness, core power fusion, counterbalance flows, non traditional duo conditioning, and love for flight.

Acroyoga is a fun way to challenge your body through elements of yoga and partner acrobatics to create a dynamic challenge filled with laughter.

This workshop series is designed for those who may be curious about acro asanas and flight foundations. There will be three over the course of 4 weeks. Dates are all Sundays 2:30-4:30pm: 2/21, 2/28, 3/13

This series of three 2 hour “level 1/2” clinic series can be taken individually, non-sequentially. However, after all three sessions, you will develop an appreciation and have a foundation to safe and powerful flights that will be flowing and fun.

No partner necessary. This will be a great way to meet new people in your community while adding an exciting twist to your yoga practice. We will dissect anatomy while honing your connection with your asanas and your community.

Prices will be:

$20 per session / $55 for all three – cash or credit card via Mind/Body link above

COLLEGE and GRADUATE STUDENT PRICES: $15 cash eash session/ $30 all three


Dr. Joanne Wu is an integrative-holistic medicine and rehabilitation doctor who specializes in wellness. An experienced fitness and yoga teacher that is passionate about having others enjoy their fitness practice while moving towards their goals. Joanne is an AYFit teacher and Acroyoga JAMbassador. She is a yoga teacher at East Meets West, as well as many Upstate NY studios. For more on Joanne, visit

This workshop series will be assisted by Joanne’s friend, Acro partner and fellow Acroyoga JAMbassador Ben Madoff.

Wild Wednesdays with Barre and Yoga

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 7:00pm

Barre Centric

8075 Main Street

Clarence, NY 14221

Tickets Available

Join Lululemon Ambassadors Gia, Rachel and Joanne for this fun class that starts with Barre and ends with Yoga. What a great way to lift, tone, burn and stretch. Let’s get wild! Sign up early. Limited slots available. Can’t wait to help you love your #sweatlife!

Friday Night Flights: Progressive Acroplay through Calibration Drills and Skills

Friday, February 19, 2016 6:30pm to 8:30pm

East Meets West Yoga Studio

1738 Elmwood Ave

Buffalo, NY 14207

Feel your acroyoga practice could use more power and efficiency? Have you been coming to jams and wanting to learn more?

We have some exciting teachers coming to our region including Aaron Lind from in the spring and Acro Van in the summer and this is a 2hour class that will teach you through some drills to build skills that will help calibrate your duo for maximal fun. We will review some moves and washing machines that are currently in practice, then take it up a notch to enhance your strength and connection during the transitions of these flows. This will be the start to monthly Friday Night Flights in Buffalo NY. Make sure to check out the Rochester sessions on FB or contact me.

This class is for those who have at least 3mo of Acroyoga exposure through jams or prior workshops. Not sure if you are good to go? Private message me and we can connect a bit more to discuss your goals.

Need more Acro anatomy and foundation? Are you new to the practice and want to dive deep in a small group to focus on building each pose one by one? Join me at my Align2Fly series at East Meets West yoga Sun 2/21, Sun 2/28, Sun 3/13 2:30-4:30pm. Separate FB event will be posted. Signups will be via EMW yoga. If you are interested, please Private Message me on FB to connect or post here!

This class is $18 pre-pay for all, $20 at the door. $10 for students. Cash, paypal or credit card will be accepted.

Acrobaties a Trois: Three is a Charm

Sunday January 17,2016

11:15am to 2:00pm

Barre Centric Buffalo

1526 Main St, Buffalo, New York 14209

Acro is better with friends. Beyond base/flyer/spotter, why not add interesting flare with adding an extra player to the mix? We welcome beginners and intermediate acroyogis to this fun unique flow we put together for you. Come prepared to laugh, sweat, play and explore! This is our first of many collaborative workshops for Upstate NY friends. Stay warm this winter with some Acro learning!

$22 / person; $10 for students
Cash or CC welcome!

Lean and Clean Yoga Resolution Revolution

Sunday, January 10

at 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

East Meets West Yoga Studio

1738 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, New York 14207
Learn to live your yoga on and off the mat so that it serves to improve total health and wellness.

Dr, Joanne Wu, Rehabilitation MD, Holistic Health Coach and Registered Yoga Teacher, has the knowledge, passion and experience to guide you in this transformative 6-week journey of personal growth and wellness.

Clean up your life, your diet, your stress through a combination of small group experiences, yoga classes, telemedicine, fitbit technology and one-on-one coaching.

Join Dr. Wu’s Yoga Resolution Revolution, which includes:

*Weekly, four 90-Minute group sessions consisting of:
– Restore and Soar 45 min flow
– Nutrition and food education
– Goal setting strategies

*Online personal health coaching through video conferencing with Dr.Wu (30min x 4 sessions) you schedule on your own time

*Complimentary fitbit Zip to track daily activity ($60 value)

Program cost is $250 before 12/27, $295 after. For an additional charge of $100, you can enjoy unlimited yoga for the 6 weeks of the program to help enhance this immersion experience.

Please note that this series meets January 10 and 17, and February 7 and 14, with a two week, mid session break. You may register here:

Friday Night Flights Acro Workshop series: Wash, Pop, Spin, and Power Play!

Friday, January 8, 2016


Aerial Arts of Rochester

565 Blossom Rd, Rochester, New York 14610
Workshop 1 was a blast…numero 2 was even better…the 3rd one was flipping fun…now the pan-ultimate 4th one to wrap it up!

Practicing Acro for at least 4mo and want to take it to the next level?

Dissect, Refine,Align to Fly in four workshop series. Come to one, or come to all. By the end we promise you will soar with your practice with safety, fun and creativity in mind.

Dates of workshops are 10/30, 11/13, 12/4, 1/8. All from 6-8pm.

Come to one or come to all! $20 each. $60 for all four with advance payment. Student pricing $5 always

Workshop 1:

Washing machines – break one dow
n, try one new, create your own, learn some flare

Workshop 2:

Pops give dynamic energy to a moving system. They are fun but can be tricky. Learn how to play with pops safely in your practice. figure out how to integrate them into a flow with grace and power!

Workshop 3:

Spins are dizzying but so much fun! We will break down some foundational spins that will have you twirling, smiling and wanting more.

Workshop 4:

Flow. Dance, Stand, and build power with combining different disciplines to create a solid practice that flows from the ground up.

Join Acroyoga Jambassadors and SeattleAcro trained Acro Teachers Joanne Wu and Ben Madoff for this awesome good time.

This workshop is meant for skill building and for those who want to think about circus acro performance. We will focus on conditioning along with new skills.

Not sure if you are ready? Come to my Weds AcroFit open level beginner class Weds at 5:45pm and stay for jam after. We can connect to see if you may be able to train and attend.

See you soon!

Dynamic Balance and Beyond

Homeostasis is a biologic process that is self-regulated. It is a key concept in physiology that helps our bodies adjust to conditions in order to maintain survival. It is the human body’s way to remain in balance amidst change. However, unlike a scale, of which the destination is stillness, homeostasis is a dynamic equilibrium. There is fluidity and continuous change in order to adapt and evolve with feedback and integration. It is an amazing natural engineering of our human bodies. But when it comes to the art of living, why is homeostasis and balance so hard to realize and achieve?

Wanting It All

My friend Cathy has always told me: “You can have it all, just not all at once.” I understand that – to a degree. When I first embarked on a career as a medical doctor, I knew sacrifices would have to be made. Working part time was never a thought on my mind. Medicine is life’s work. But after being in practice for just over five years, I wonder, is all life meant to be work? Or should doctors really maintain more of a work-life balance?

Burnout is characterized as a syndrome of symptoms such as fatigue, decreased enthusiasm, and increased cynicism with waning job satisfaction. It is not an uncommon phenomenon. This is especially true in medicine. Recent Medscape surveys note ranges of burnout amongst physicians to be ranging from 30% – 65%, depending on specialties. Most vulnerable populations include critical care, emergency medicine, and primary care. This response is unfortunately not unique but a serious upward trend over the last decade. This not only leads to an increase in job turnover, which can cost healthcare systems millions, but if left unrecognized and untreated, can lead to a decrease in the quality of care for our patients.

Beyond the Bottom Line

Recognizing burnout early to prevent further physical and mental sequelae is important for rehabilitation. Moreover, it is important to consider breeding a culture that is able to focus on balancing dedication and self-preservation to provide excellent care to patients, as well as providing impeccable care to ourselves. It is hard to educate, counsel, empower and engage patients about their health when many physicians are nearing if not at burnout or compassion fatigue. How can we help achieve greater balance when the demands of healthcare continues to rise?

Here are three tips to consider to improve balance while preventing burnout:

  • Reflect on what is important in your life daily. What relationships, hobbies, experiences matter to you outside of your work? Write these things down. Keep them handy. Let these things help root you in times of stress. Next time it is a busy day, consider this: two feet, one breath. Read your list. Feel your feet on the ground. Take a breath. Reset and go.


  • Set your priorities. Being a physician means you are going to have to have to have flexibility to adapt to the unpredictable demands of our patients. It is important to note that some days are going to demand you work outside your requested schedules in order to provide the best care possible to our patients. However, it is critical to also respect the same dedication to your other priorities. So mark those family events on those calendars. Take that trip with you have always wanted. You are more than your job.


  • Saying “no” is not a bad thing. You have to consider saying “yes” to your life. Helping and serving is the essence of why many choose a path of medicine. However, your value is not enhanced by being a martyr and constant sacrificing. It is important to help out when you can and able, but consider saying “no” with a smile. Resentment from always stepping up and stepping in can creep before you know it.

Patient Centered Care

The art, science and career of medicine has always encouraged the patient to be put first. And this is demonstrated through value based care models that emphasize decreased cost of care while improving outcomes and patient satisfaction. It is important not to forget the importance of physician health and satisfaction in that equation. It is known that job satisfaction improves employee engagement while decreasing costly turnover. However, what directly impacts patients more is the fact that decrease in satisfaction of physicians may ultimately lead to less medical errors. It is reported by Andel et al in 2012, medical errors cost the US healthcare system approximately $19.5 billion. This amount is not trivial when considering the out of pocket costs continue to soar in the US. Despite many proposed models of cost containment have been developed, the concept of work life balance, improved physician engagement, and avoid burnout has not been largely recognized as an opportunity to not only improve quality of care but improving value to the healthcare system. It is in my hope as the population continues to grow, we all demand the wave of the future to embrace this challenge and find dynamic balance amidst the struggles in order to teach the importance of thrive and resilience.

 Dr. Joanne Wu is a board certified physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Integrative and Holistic Medicine. Her background extends beyond traditional medicine to encompass training as a medical acupuncturist, an experienced yoga and fitness teacher, and holistic health coach. She has passion in integrated wellness and value based medicine for both patients and practitioners.

Battle the Bulge at Barreyasa

Saturday, November 21, 2015

12:15pm to 1:30pm

Barre Centric

8075 Main St, Clarence, New York 14221
Don’t let this holiday season weigh you down. Challenge your body and feel your power by sweating with me at Barre Centric of Buffalo to an intensive fusion workout of yoga and barre. Live pumping music from a talented local DJ will rock us to this flow style 75 min class that will sure make you shake, smile and walk away with sass! Best of all, it’s FREE to the community as our gift to you. We will even do a free raffle of a pair of toe socks to keep your love for Barre strong and lean into 2016!

RSVP with Barre Centric or myself as space is limited. We would love to help you celebrate your body and battle the holiday bulge in a healthy and fun way!

For more about me or Fit2bWell, check out See you at the Barre.

Fitness Edge Radio Program

I was a guest speaker on Fitness Edge Radio Episode June 20th. I love being a guest of the program.

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Healthy Goals, Healthy Life

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Rochester Regional TSE Talks

Wednesday, January 28 – 7pm

Total Sports Experience

435 West Commercial Street in East Rochester

Please join me for some motivation for healthy change. Rochester community has tons of tools to help you succeed! Let me help you set some healthy goals for 2015!

To register: Visit:

Registration is at the bottom of the page.

or call 585-458-4263