Joyce has experienced multiple traumas herself and those experiences have gifted her with profound empathy. She is drawn to help marginalized populations. Joyce’s son died in 2012 in a tragic accident with Joyce at his side. Her desire to help was turbo-boosted. She began to research her PTSD diagnosis and work with other mind body professionals to create a method that helped relieve her own tormenting symptoms.
After counselors observed her improvement, she was asked to teach this method at the VA center for behavioral health, where she herself was receiving talk therapy, and quickly found herself very busy teaching at many agencies who needed this style of inclusive, science-based yoga as a somatic intervention and therapy.
Joyce and her husband Darwin co-founded Trauma Recovery Yoga training, which has trained 100’s of people in the TRY method. The Non Profit branch Trauma Recovery Yoga LLC, places these trainees in spaces calling for the resource.
TRY LLC is now contracted to serve: at-risk youth at multiple schools, traumatic brain injury patients, PTSD vets and over-comers of other traumas such as traumatic grief, sexual assault, and domestic violence and even refugee camps in the middle east.
In 2017 Trauma Recovery Yoga was awarded “The Compassionate Cities award” by the mayor of Las Vegas after the 1 October shooting, for T.R.Y.s offering of free classes in 11 locations across the Las Vegas community for those affected.
In June 2018 Trauma Recovery Yoga traveled to Denver CO with the City of Las Vegas to present on TRYs work work with the city in the Reinvent school project. The City of Las Vegas and TRY were awarded the “All America Cities award” that year for their work to bring these self-regulating tools of yoga to the at-risk youth in Las Vegas through their “Mindful Movement” program.
Joyce, Darwin and the “TRYb” they have grown, live and work by their tag line; “Turning Loss into Blessings” and in December 2019 on the anniversary of her sons memorial service, Joyce presented her first TEDx talk with that title.
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