About Yoga & Jo


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 was “The Living Yoga Method”. 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 further deepened following a visit to India where I stayed in a yoga ashram in Rishikesh on the banks of the Ghanjis.


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


Over time my style has developed into a Mindful Hatha Flow. My classes incorporate gentle postures (asana), breathing exercises (pranyama), relaxation and meditation techniques (pratyahara, dharana and dhyana). I aim to inspire, nurture and uplift people through the teachings of yoga. Introducing yoga philosophy, themes and ideas into classes keeps the approach fresh and I explain the benefits along the way.

I continue to study different aspects of yoga and have a particular interest in yoga for mental health and wellbeing. I have developed both my yoga teaching and my personal yoga journey over the years, taking courses in Yoga Anatomy, Sequencing, Restorative Yoga and attending several workshops with The Minded Institute, working on Yoga Therapy for Mental Health. 


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.


As Treasurer and an active member of the Southampton Yoga Association, I enjoy encouraging students to explore the many different facets of Yoga and discover what works for them.

I am a fully insured and registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals. My training has included studying Yoga Philosophy, Ethics and Lifestyle, Yoga Anatomy, Yoga for Mental Health, 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, Yoga Nidra, Yin, Kriya Yoga, Viniyoga and Dru Yoga. 

About Yoga

Why the name "Ananda Yoga"?

Ananda means “bliss”, the state of "utter joy" and “contentment”.​ During my yoga journey, a number of gurus (teachers) have influenced me who have had a link to Ananda ("bliss") in their name (see the Resources page for a list). From these teachings, my own version of Ananda Yoga has emerged. Yoga has helped me to find inner strength and peace through some difficult times. My aim is to bring balance to your body and mind and to leave you feeling refreshed, uplifted and peaceful so that you too can find your inner bliss.


About Yoga

"Yoga is the journey of the Self, through the Self, to the Self."

The Bhagavad Gita

What is yoga, and why is it so popular?


Yoga is a series of stretches and poses that you practice alongside breathing techniques. It offers all the benefits of exercise plus much more.

Yoga is a 5,000-year-old discipline from India. The meaning of Yoga is often translated as “union”. It was developed as a practice to unite things which are often experienced as being separate: our body and mind and also ourselves with the rest of the world and the greater energy of the Universe.




Ghanjis, Rishikesh, India

As a complete science which balances, harmonises, purifies, and strengthens the body, mind, and soul, yoga provides us with tools to take into our daily lives which help us to cope with the pressures of modern living.

There are many branches of yoga. Different yoga styles will help balance your body, mind, and spirit in varying degrees and in different ways. Some yoga styles are intense and vigorous, others are relaxing and meditative.

Benefits of Yoga &

Why You Should Try It

Since yoga practices can be modified and adapted, anyone can do it, regardless of age or ability.

Yoga gets you fit for life, both physically and mentally. It builds strength and flexibility in your body and mind. Practicing yoga regularly will help you deal with stress, stay calm in challenging situations, improve your relationships, boost your confidence and make you feel happier about yourself and your situation.

Yoga can help you:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety

  • Improve mobility and flexibility

  • Ease back pain

  • Prevent injuries

  • Strengthen muscles and joints

  • Calm the mind

  • Lift your mood

  • Increase your focus and concentration

  • Manage anger

  • Understand how the mind and body work together

  • Gain stamina

  • Improve balance and stability

  • Improve and maintain good posture

  • Develop body awareness and ease

  • Build self-esteem

  • Give you self-reliance

Yoga will improve your wellbeing, helping you to feel good and function better as you go about your everyday life.

It is known to have therapeutic benefits for:

  • Arthritis

  • Osteoporosis

  • High blood pressure

  • Poor blood circulation

  • Limited mobility
  • Lower back pain

  • Asthma and other breathing issues

  • Insomnia

  • Headaches

  • Tension and stress

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

and many other health conditions.




"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."


"An inspirational and kind teacher, Jo makes you feel at ease and confident in her classes.

You walk off the mat feeling GREAT!" 


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


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


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


"Another great session today. It's so nice to have your gentle encouragement each week" 



"Informative and beautifully presented. This took me beyond any previous yoga practice"


"Brilliant Class. Practical approach to the progression of awareness. Two hours well spent!"


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


Corporate & Private

"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."

Solent Mind

"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."

Leigh House


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



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