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about dionne

Dionne C. Monsanto, Chief Joy Connector and Founder of Joyous Ocean, connects people to their joy. As a best-selling author, life transformation coach, speaker, mental health advocate, and performer, she creates the space for her clients to safely realize their goals and build better versions of themselves. 


Dionne's belief is that we can collectively change the world if we each build a joy-filled healthy body to support the lives we want to live. In short Dionne helps people Live Life INjoy! With her support, her clients "right-size" their bodies and lives. 

After leaving a successful financial services career, Dionne turned her passion for yoga, as well as her love of dance, into a budding six-figure business and has inspired communities and transformed clients all over the world. The “Dionne effect” has reshaped bodies and lives in 6 of the 7 continents. She is a native New Yorker but a global citizen. As such she has been on TV, radio and in print. Her most recent features were on PBS, CBS and in Time Magazine.


She currently sits on the National Chapter Leadership Council for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and works closely with the NYC Chapter. She is a serial helper who loves cooking, music and laughter. She sees them all as moving meditations.

"All that you touch, you change.
All that you change, changes you.
The only lasting truth is change" 

-Octavia Butler

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