Joe is a native of Pittsburgh and a nearly 30-year Blacksburg resident. He started teaching yoga, informally, while taking groups to Cuba some eight years ago. Doing yoga in Cuba is one of his favorite things to do because the light is so special there! During 2014-15, he continued to teach yoga in Aarhus, Denmark, with other Madame Marie Curie Fellows at Aarhus University.

In June 2017, he completed the In Balance Yoga 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. Joe lives near the studio and is delighted that the only two scooter/motorcycle spaces are, apparently, reserved for him. He shares a home in the Highland Park neighborhood with his wife Gilda Machín and two dogs, Junior and Coco.