Jo embarked on her yoga journey in 2010. From initially stepping on the mat to calm and quieten her mind, she quickly realised the empowerment and joy she felt from focusing within, and the strength and flexibility she was building over time. Right from the start, Jo knew that she wanted to further her understanding of yoga philosophy and Asanas. In 2014, she obtained her Yoga Alliance accredited 200hr teachers’ training certification in Ashtanga/Vinyasa yoga. As a lifelong student of yoga, she has gone on to train and practice at courses and workshops led by Ross Rayburn, Dyce and Briohny Smyth, Tiffany Cruikshank, Jason Crandell, Vivienne Spanopoulous, Noah Maze and many more.
Jo’s wish is to share her enthusiasm for yoga, hopefully inspiring others to begin their own lifelong yoga paths. With a background in classical ballet, lyrical jazz and pilates (reformer and matwork), Jo looks out for safe alignment and organic movement. Her first love is a dynamic, flowing vinyasa practice, incorporating creative and fun sequences for regular practitioners who just want to move. The structured Hatha yoga practices she customises for beginners ensure a solid foundation in the proper alignment of the building block asanas of yoga. Each practice session includes yummy stretches to open up tight areas of the body, especially useful for those with office-based professions.
Jo believes in the therapeutic powers of yoga, and that everyone can derive benefits from practising yoga. As one who is not naturally flexible, and who frequently experienced lower back aches in the past, she understands and relates to the challenges or frustration in performing the physical postures or asanas that many face. Yet yoga is more than just the shapes the body can make. The ultimate goal is to align breath, movement and focus, while staying safe and yet physically challenging oneself at the same time. She looks forward to practising together with all who share an interest in yoga.