About Jo

I attended my first yoga class in 1999 and have been practicing yoga ever since, exploring several different approaches along the way. 

Keen to deepen my knowledge, I undertook an 18 month Teacher Training Programme at the Yoga Sanctuary in Southampton led by Yoga Master Premananda (Steve Harrison) certified by the Independent Yoga Network (IYN). The system I was taught is called “The Living Yoga MethodTM”. It follows the classical teachings of Hatha Yoga which have been handed down from the Himalyan sages of Northern India over thousands of years. This complete system takes the teachings of Yoga into our everyday lives, on and off the yoga mat, enabling us to make a deeper connection with our body and mind. My own relationship with yoga deepened following a visit to India where I stayed in a yoga ashram in Rishikesh on the banks of the Ghanjis.

I aim to inspire, nurture and uplift people through the teachings of yoga. My classes incorporate gentle postures (asana), breathing exersises (pranyama), relaxation and meditation techniques (pratyahara, dharana and dhyana).  I introduce different yoga philosophy, themes and ideas into classes to keep the approach fresh, explaining the benefits to the system along the way.

Mindful movement and breathwork develops self-awareness and expands the capacity to cope with modern day stresses and strains. Slower, mindful yoga trains our nervous system to build resilience, develop greater patience, and improve overall health and wellbeing in our fast paced culture.
  
I am a fully insured and registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals. My training has included studying Yoga Philosophy, Ethics and Lifestyle, Anatomy, Stress and Relaxation Management, Mindfulness, Breath Control, Chanting and more. I have been influenced by a wide variety of yoga styles, attending classes and workshops run by teachers with backgrounds in Classical Hatha, Anusara, Vinyasa Flow, Iyengar, Restorative, Yin, Kriya Yoga, Viniyoga and Dru Yoga. 

Following 5000 year old yoga traditions from the Himalayan yogis of Northern India

Influences

  
Premananda (Steve Harrison) - my yoga teacher, Yoga Sanctuary Southamption, trained in India.
www.yogasanctuary.co.uk

Yogeshwaranand Paramahansa - my teacher’s guru from Rishikesh, India. 
www.yoganiketanashram.org

Swami Sivananda - spiritual teacher and yoga guru.  Founder of the Devine Life Society.
www.sivanandaonline.org

Paramahansa Yogananda - author of international bestseller ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’. Credited with introducing millions of westerners to the teachings of Yoga.
www.yogananda-srf.org
 
Anandamayi Ma - self-realised yogini.
www.anandamayi.org
  

 Ghanjis, Rishikesh, India

All of these yogis have a link to Ananda ("bliss") in their name and so I offer people my own version of Ananda Yoga.

Feedback and Testimonials

  
"Jo’s classes are inspirational, her love and energy shines through the whole practice"

"Jo gives clear demonstrations with good ideas for alternatives and modifications"

"Jo’s classes are wonderful. She carefully balances mind, body and soul. I always leave her classes feeling more at peace, positive and aligned. I can’t recommend her more highly."

"Jo motivates and encourages students to develop their own practice and yoga journey"

"Our organisation runs a number of classes, but Jo’s Yoga class has fast become the highlight of the week. She is such a pleasure to work with and so dedicated to our clients. We are so lucky to have found her."

"Thank you for helping me relax and be more mindful" 

"Jo is a fantastic teacher who uses her calm and supportive manner to create a relaxing, safe environment in which people are able to challenge themselves both physically and mentally."

"Thanks for such an amazing session. I left feeling positive, calm and excited for Christmas"