Jo qualified through Yoga Alliance with Claire Missingham, one of the UK’s foremost Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teachers, and has been teaching private and group yoga classes in London for seven years. She teaches a dynamic, soulful style of Vinyasa Flow from Beginner to Advanced Level. Her clients have included designer Julien Macdonald, Nick Clegg and Skin, lead singer of legendary rock band Skunk Anansie.
Jo trained as a dancer at London Contemporary Dance School and later became a successful International Club DJ for many years under the name Smokin Jo. During this time, Jo discovered Yoga, the instant improvement she experienced in strength and flexibility made her curious to discover more about Yoga and its extensive uses and benefits.
Jo has been practising Yoga for seventeen years; it was her dream to become a teacher and blend her three great passions together, Yoga, Dance and Music. Her sequencing and interest in how the body moves are largely influenced by her work in dance. Her playlists are cleverly crafted utilizing her extensive knowledge of all forms of music from her DJ career, whereas the breathing, asana and esoteric elements stem from her education in Yoga and its rich history of ideas and styles. The hope is that by combining her three loves, they enrich one another creating a fulfilling practice.
Jo has studied Yin Yoga with Good Life Yoga School, Meditation at the Buddhist centre and Naturopathic Nutrition at The College of Naturopathic Medicine.
Jo also hosts Yoga Disco events called Smokin Joga, as a healthy antidote to going out to a club. Smokin Joga is held in the evening at exciting venues, yoga studios and nightclubs. Jo pre-mixes a cool selection of uplifting deep house and electronic grooves to compliment the choreographed yoga sequence. Clients get a high-intensity yoga session to revive their senses and are encouraged to have a dance to let off some steam before they settle down for relaxation at the end.