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I have over 25 years yoga experience. In that time, I have studied lots of different styles and have picked (what I think are) the best bits…

For me, yoga is about ownership and responsibility; mindfulness, acceptance and kindness.

It is about moving in a way that is helpful; being able to tune into your own body and mind and do what is right for you at that particular moment. This is mindful movement.

As a teacher my aim is to help people do just that. So that my students are empowered to listen to their bodies and move accordingly. Brilliantly, if we approach yoga properly, it is necessarily non-competitive. It just doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing or can do. We are all different so what we need to do will be different. Only you know what you are feeling and what feels ok and what doesn’t.

Mostly, people seem to think yoga is about flexibility, it is a bit I guess and so much more besides. It is about giving yourself space, in mind and body; building strength and functional range of movement. It is about accepting your body’s limits and working with kindness so that progression is steady and safe and useful. This is about working with the body’s nervous system responses and finding an easy path back to relaxation. Yoga encourages you to be present which decreases anxiety and stress.

All of these things help us to function better. They can translate into the real world so that we can remain calm, think clearly, improve decision making, be more efficient, sit & move comfortably, build positive relationships and frankly be more content.

And then yoga becomes a way of life.

And so to the drifting through life and time,
The gentle observing of this body of mine.
Carefully watching the ripple of the breath,
Turning towards the eternal depth.
Allowing the edge of the mouth to curl,
The inner smile; the oyster’s pearl.
The weight of the body grounding down,
Try to relax the forehead; the frown.
Releasing the face, tension exhale,
Cease the chatter, the myth and the tale.
The ebb and flow, the constant call,
Return to the breath, let yourself fall….
Sinking forever down through the earth,
For this is the place of forgiveness and birth.
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I teach progressive movements so there is something for everyone. My classes are fun. We laugh. Imagination is encouraged. I like questions.

I work through the body so over the course of a few weeks we look at everything from backs and hips to fingers and toes. We have 360 joints in our bodies, they all need to move and they all need to be strong.

I look at what is going on for people and run my classes accordingly. So, if someone comes in with a shoulder issue and that’s appropriate for the rest of the class, we will look at shoulders.

Students are encouraged to develop an understanding and awareness of their own bodies. We work with strength, range of movement, flexibility and core stability, all to a backdrop of the breath. We look at how the body works & stress individual sensitivity, so people are directed towards a safe and fulfilling yoga practice.

Ultimately, I like to structure sequences that encourage a smooth transition through poses. The aim is to create an easy flowing rhythmic series of movements which stretch, heal, cleanse and give us space – in the body and in the mind. The breath plays a key role in this…

I have studied with Cecily @yogadetour and Kathryn Bruni-Young@mindfulness strength. I bring these experiences and awareness to my teaching. Introducing practices to increase strength and functional range of movement. So that what you will learn will translate to what you need to do; day to day. Identifying areas of weakness and targeting them so that you stay mobile and strong.

I specialise in addressing specific problems and offer a safe, welcoming and jolly class environment…

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“I have simply loved your classes Jo. You make me feel a connection. You make me laugh and you make me feel included. That is all so special.”
“Jo is a wonderful teacher. Her love of yoga, the breath, how the body works and what it can do are infectious. So too is the laughter and easy, caring atmosphere that she creates. No two classes are the same. Each brings new knowledge and new ways of being. It is the highlight of my week. I love it.”
“That was the most wonderful yoga… thank you so much. Feeling deeply nourished. Deep space. You are the most wonderful teacher.”
“Jo has a unique and special style of teaching. She is warm, calm, funny, friendly and welcoming, all attributes of a great teacher. Jo is ‘hands-on’ to your individual needs, and always ensures you are doing yoga correctly, thus avoiding any injuries. I love her classes, they are fun and feed the mind, body and soul...”