“’Don’t even try to brake on the downhill rocky parts,’ Joan Barnes, an avid mountain bike racer, directed me on my first ride. She could have been spouting her life’s philosophy. Forget leaning in, Joan has always jumped in.
As a young mother of two active daughters she started Gymboree in a church basement. When she sold that business, hundreds of stores later, she took up yoga with her usual passion. Within a year she launched the Yoga Studio, a group of beautifully appointed studios in the San Francisco Bay Area with the region’s best teachers and yoga clothing.
Always evolving and adventurous, Joan is one of the most inspiring women I know. Her life force, intelligence and wit are as expansive as her asanas and as full-bodied as her laugh.”