Joy Puleo is based in Sacramento, California, and is the Education Program Manager for Balanced Body
. She earned her master’s degree from Columbia University
in Applied Physiology. As a lecturer, she presents at conferences and studios across the country and abroad, and with Balanced Body, she is a regular at most Pilates on Tours
. Joy has been teaching Pilates teachers since 2002 and in the health and wellness industry since 1996.
In addition to her degree Joy is certified through the National Pilates Certification Program (NPCP) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and she is a fully qualified Balanced Body Pilates Instructor and teacher trainer, a CoreAlign and Bodhi Suspension System master trainer, and a graduate of the PhysicalMind Institute. Joy was also trained on the GYROTONIC,® Level I, and the Ladder. In July of 2013, Joy moved, with her family, from New York to Sacramento, California to join Nora St. John and the rest of the Balanced Body team to work on developing curriculum and educational programming.
In 2011 Joy founded Body Wise Connection, a not-for-profit that works with women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Body Wise Connection's sole purpose is to remind women that even in the throes of a diagnosis and treatment for cancer the body can heal and strengthen. Body Wise Connection works to restore physical self-awareness and empowerment through gently, rhythmic Pilates-based movements. Joy's work has expanded to include all cancer patients regardless of the primary cancer diagnosis. She believes that movement changes lives and that education is the key to unlocking potential.