I see yoga as a way of keeping the body and mind healthy. Through its emphasis on enquiry, awareness and positivity, it can bring about both calmness and renewed energy. I have been practicing yoga since 1989, originally in the Iyengar tradition where I trained and qualified as a teacher.
I now incorporate other disciplines in my own practice and in class, including flow sequences, yin yoga and meditation. My classes combine movement and strong posture work (vinyasa and asana) with quiet meditative practice (yin), adapting according to individual needs.
I first came to yoga in the mid '90's, and am now a qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher, with further training through the Yoga Biomedical Trust in Yoga Therapy. I teach a blend of practice drawing from different traditions, including yin, restorative yoga, Iyengar, and vini yoga, often working with props. For me, yoga really is about helping people to find the greatest freedom in their minds and bodies at this point in time. I work in a variety of settings, including mental health, and have a special interest in therapeutic yoga, including working one-to-one with people.
I first discovered yoga in 2001 quite by accident, after randomly picking up a yoga video in my local Woolworths. At that point, I didn’t even know what yoga was but within half an hour I knew I had found something that would change my life. I’m now a qualified teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga and have been teaching at various gyms across Cardiff since 2008.
My classes and personal practice combine dynamic yoga sequences with slower, more meditative poses and deep relaxation, to balance both body and mind.
As a working mum with two small children, I know it can be hard to find the time and motivation to get to a yoga class during the week, hence my “Yoga Sundays” classes, which I hope will provide that essential “you time”, restoring you after the weekend and setting you up for the week ahead.
I have been practicing Hatha yoga for over 20 years, and qualified as a yoga teacher in 2013. As well as teaching yoga, I work as an Environmental Scientist. A few years ago, by accident I read ‘Awakening the Spine’ by Vanda Scaravelli which opened up a deep curiosity. I discovered an approach that would both inspire and baffle me – yoga has never been so enjoyable.
Nature has a natural imperfect beauty – it is this very essence I seek to bring to my own practice and teaching. We give ourselves time to notice, feel, experiment and bring a curiosity to our practice. We learn from nature – the beauty in imperfection, how the trees move in the wind, how the flowers blossom in the sunshine, how the bees move amongst the petals, and bring those ideas to our yoga and into our daily lives.
I run small classes and individual lessons which invite enquiry into the practice. Classes are open to all levels of experience and students are encouraged to explore their practice in a sensitive and relaxed way.
Jo offers a space for you to seek wellbeing and balance through your yoga practice. Jo’s emphasis is on bringing greater awareness and a renewed vitality to the mind & body. Her classes support you to use the path of yoga as a process to find your own way authentically and to reconnect with yourself.
Jo brings the qualities of compassion and kindness to her teaching; she is motivated to teach by her genuine interest in people. Jo has extensive experience of personally and professionally supporting people with mental health problems, she advocates the healing effects of yoga practice. Jo works in an empowering and insightful way, taking a holistic and dignified approach to her work.
Practicing since 1996, I have been teaching Scaravelli-influenced yoga since 2002. I also study Vedic Chanting, an aspect of yoga that I find uplifting and enriching.
In my teaching, I guide you towards a natural and easeful way of moving into yoga asanas. With individual hands-on attention, I aim to draw your awareness to areas of tension, forcing or straining and help you find more freedom within. It is a great pleasure and privilege to witness the delight and surprise that people find at their own softening, unfolding and blossoming – at any time of life or whatever condition the body is in to begin with. I love that this approach is accessible to all, including those with limitations or injuries, from beginners to experienced yoga practitioners.