Hi, my name is Jo and I am a yoga teacher. My earliest experience of yoga was in 1984 at the age of 17, after passing my driving test new freedom took me to new places.

In 2004, I discovered Ashtanga yoga and my practice entered a new phase and inspired me to seriously consider teaching, the one thing that had helped me through life so far, yoga. I found the thought of teaching extremely daunting but I felt passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga with other people.

I chose to study with the British Wheel of Yoga, on its foundation and 3-year Teacher Training Programme. This course helped me to channel my own yoga experience to others. Teaching continues to be a process of deep self-development for me. In 2007 I began teaching at a YMCA. I realised that my Teacher Training Course was just the beginning of a journey. Since then I have completed two Ashtanga Teacher Training courses well as may intensives with others.

Since 2011 I have taught Pregnancy yoga, Men only yoga, and teenagers in School, and have ongoing studies and qualifications in Anatomy and Pranayama. In 2015 I qualified as a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, recognising that all adjustments in yoga were derived from this ancient bodywork treatment.

My general approach to teaching is Vinyasa. I chose to ow because I believe it is better for the nervous system and better for the joints not to hold a posture too long. As a teacher, I aim to embrace the diversity of people’s needs.

The most important part of yoga is how it feels for the individual and not how deep you can get into a posture that matters. I teach regular classes around the Fylde, indoor and outdoor, as well as regular yoga retreats.

For more information, please visit www.joeasthamyoga.co.uk
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