Josee Madison


Yoga Teacher (E-RYT-200, YACEP®)

Energy & Soul Mending Coach

Holy Fire® Reiki III Karuna Reiki® Master

Tai Chi & Qigong Teacher

I currently live in Columbia, South Carolina, was born in Canada, and I speak French and English. Before I changed my life in 2011, I was a stressed-out workaholic in the corporate and fast-paced music industry in Nashville, TN.


In 2010, a health scare caused me to begin my healing journey. I practiced yoga for many years for the physical benefit of it but it wasn’t until my health scare that my love for yoga grew even more. Not only did I feel better physically, but I was making smarter choices with my nutrition and in my life in general.  I was calmer, happier and so much more comfortable in my skin.


That’s when I learned that in yoga, body AND mind go together.


I pursued this lifestyle and path which took me around the world including living with Swamis in a yoga ashram in Tyrol, Austria, where I obtained my certification (RYT-200) in Sivananda Yoga. My passion for this life led me to broaden my studies in aging anatomy and obtain my certification in Gentle Yoga, including Chair Yoga. I am certified to teach Sivananda Yoga, Power Yoga (cardio yoga), Hatha Yoga(Gentle Yoga), Vinyasa Flow (Breathe & Move), Yin (Restorative), Gentle and Chair Yoga.  I am currently an experienced yoga teacher with over 1,000 teaching hours and in a 2-year advanced yoga study with  Sakhi Yoga, in Columbia, SC.


My passion for restorative, therapeutic, and gentle yoga brought me to obtain my certification in Yoga Nidra through the Veterans Yoga Project. Yoga Nidra is a practice of completely relaxing the body, and the student becomes systematically and increasingly aware of the inner world by following verbal instructions from the teacher. (Guided Meditation)


Yoga, mind, body, and energy, beautifully intertwined together, inspired me to dive into the world of Reiki, a Japanese healing technique that aligns energy by means of touch. This activates the natural healing process, restoring physical and emotional well-being. I am certified as a Usui/Holy Fire® Reiki III Karuna Reiki® Master.  Diving even deeper into energy work, my path has taken me to study Tai Chi & Qigong with Sifu Essud Fungcap Jr, from Heart Center Therapy in Atlanta, GA.  I am currently a certified Tai Chi & Qigong sifu, Level 1, and continuing my studies with Essud.


This mindset brought me wonderful gifts in my life. Feeling better, feeling stronger, more flexible, and lighter in my step! In 2012, I met the man of my dreams, US Army Sergeant First Class Trevor Madison. I am a happy military wife, a health-conscious, pescatarian, gluten-free home chef, a certified yoga instructor, a reiki healer, a certified life coach, and an entrepreneur.


As a permanent resident of Columbia, South Carolina, and a private yoga teacher for a few years now, I made it my mission to grow Palmetto Yoga by opening a center so our team of professional instructors can share the wonderful path of yoga and reiki to our community and help them reach their goals, be it spiritually, physically or emotionally.