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Yoga Student + Staff member of the Month

This month, we’re featuring two yogis who have called San Francisco home for over 12 years: Joan McNicholl, a dedicated IO yogi whose superhero talent is improvised cooking and Melissa Ferst, IO’s Owner and Managing Director, who loves chocolate chip cookies.

Next time you see them in class, say hello!

NAME Joan McNicholl
HOMETOWN Chicago, Illinois
YEARS IN SF 12
PROFESSION Pharmacist/Biotech Industry Consultant
YOUR IDEA OF HAPPINESS Time with my husband, dogs, family, and close friends
TEACHERS WHO INSPIRE YOU My mom and dad; my yoga teachers – they all make me strive and believe “I can do it”! …just try and try again :)
GO-TO AFTER YOGA SNACK No such thing, usually head for a meal
FAVORITE WRITERS Jane Austin, Emily Griffin, Jhumpa Lahiri
FAVORITE ARTISTS Leonardo da Vinci, Paloma Picasso (Jewelry), Christian Louboutin (shoes)
SUPER-HERO TALENT Improvised cooking- give me a few key ingredients; I can make it a meal!
FAVORITE VACATION Italy –anytime
IDEAL SUNDAY Yoga followed by brunch with hubby, then a chill afternoon at the house
5 THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY Just chilling, hanging out with my hubby and dogs, making it to yoga at least three days a week, running to sweat the stress away, spending time with loved ones
FAVORITE YOGA POSE Tree pose
OFF-THE-MAT PASSIONS Collecting shoes and purses
MANTRA Don’t sweat the small stuff

NAME Melissa Ferst
HOMETOWN Los Gatos, CA
YEARS IN SF 16
FAVORITE TRIP Careyes, Mexico and Kauai – beach and sun!
YOUR IDEA OF HAPPINESS Seeing the success and happiness of my children and IO’s employees and learning so many lessons from both of them!
YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC Diva Primal, Norah Jones, Katy Perry and James Taylor
YOUR FAVORITE ARTISTS Georgia O’Keefe, Annie Liebovitz, Sebastiao Salgado
YOUR FAVORITE WRITERS Anne Lamot, Molly Fumia (my mom!)
YOUR SUPERHERO TALENT Boundless courage
YOUR FAVORITE POSE Triangle
HEROES Ghandi and Martin Luther King
5 THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPY Watching my kids play soccer and my husband coaching them, chocolate chip cookies, hugs, my 5 siblings, IO spa services
IDEAL SUNDAY Hanging with my family, eating good food, watching the Giants or 49ers, going on a hike with my best friend
OFF-THE-MAT PASSIONS Being a mom and being a business owner
YOUR MANTRA “Let go…”

For more tidbits on Joan and Melissa, read their complete profiles on the yoga board located outside of the studio.

For our complete IO yoga schedule, please visit our yoga schedule here.

If you’d like to nominate a student, email Lindsay at lindsay@internationalorange.com

Namaste,
Sofia

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