Jo is an educator with an interest in body-centred mindfulness practices that promote a greater sense of ease, freedom and connection in everyday life. For the past fifteen years, she has been immersed in yoga and mindfulness practices both as a student, and more recently, as a facilitator. Dedicated to creating spaces that are accessible, inclusive and trauma-informed, Jo’s approach to facilitation is invitational and non-coercive, with an emphasis on choice-making, mindful contact and self-compassion.
Jo is especially sensitive to the ongoing impacts of stress, anxiety, trauma and grief that many people experience in their daily lives. She is specialised in the delivery of trauma-informed and accessible practices through her training as a Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Facilitator, and as a Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra® Facilitator.
Prior to teaching yoga, Jo worked with young people in both community and state school settings as a teacher, an educator and a youth coach. An innovator of trauma-informed and applied curriculum and program design, Jo has also worked in the not-for-profit sector, developing local, state and national educational approaches and strategies, as well as training staff teams to integrate new practices into existing programs.
Currently, Jo lectures in yoga teacher training programs, mentors new and existing teachers, and delivers courses, workshops, retreats and professional development offerings grounded in the principles of trauma-sensitivity and body-centred mindfulness practices. She is also the Co-Founder of State of Being, a Melbourne-based not for profit organisation, and a Lead Teacher in Yoga for HumanKIND teacher trainings.
Regardless of whether she is teaching young people in schools, facilitating yoga courses, or designing educational strategies, Jo is dedicated to projects that have an intentional social and community impact. She believes that mindfulness and heartfulness practices have profound potential for both personal and interpersonal healing, and is humbled by the opportunity to hold space for others to explore such practices in their own lives.
Training & Qualifications
Master of Teaching - Secondary (University of Melbourne), 2009 -2011
Calmer Classrooms - Trauma Informed Teaching (Berry Street), 2011
Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching (350hrs, Australian Yoga Academy), 2012-2013
Mindful Educator Essentials (Mindful Schools), 2014
Certificate of Ayurvedic Yoga (150hrs, Balaram Chandra), 2015
Trauma Informed Facilitation (Melbourne ProcessWork Centre), 2017
Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga Facilitator Qualification (300hrs, Centre for Trauma and Embodiment), 2017- 2018
Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra Qualification (32.5hrs, Integrative Rest Institute), 2018
Master of Education - Equity, Diversity & Social Change, (University of Melbourne) due for completion November 2018
The intimacy of yoga, Real Life Yogis
True compassion, Becoming Whole Podcast
Trauma-informed yoga, Flow Artists Podcast
Jo teaches with such grace and wisdom - creating an inclusive and safe space to explore new ideas, connect with communities and deepen yoga practices.
- Freya Rastall, Counsellor
Jo's teaching and presence is at once inviting, highly knowledgeable and grounding. She's always ready to provide illuminating insights as a teacher. Jo has a way of softening her students via her practice that allows not only for huge passageways to open individually but also for greater contemplation of the practice as whole.
- Clara McKay, Seed of Self
Jo harnesses the rare gift of wholehearted, compassionate teaching like very few can. Aside from the professionalism of her offerings, it is clear Jo embodies her trauma-informed teachings and learnings in a way that ripples out to inspire those around her - perhaps without them knowing! I feel that this is a true sign of a strong teacher in any field - to walk the talk, and teach through actions rather than words. I would highly recommend Jo as a teacher, a mentor, and a facilitator, for any occasion that requires guidance that holds wisdom, softness and strength.
- Lucy Lawes, Estuary Yoga