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. Dedicated to creating spaces that are accessible, inclusive and person-centered, her 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, a Level 1 iRest Yoga Nidra® Facilitator, and as an inclusive educator.
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 strengths-based, person-centered and trauma-informed program design, Jo’s work has since expanded beyond the youth space, into service design and development in local, state and national projects in the not-for-profit sector. She holds both a Master of Teaching and a Master of Education.
Currently, Jo integrates her love of education and facilitation into her roles as an education consultant, and as a yoga teacher. She is the Co-Founder of State of Being, a Melbourne-based not for profit organisation, and a Lead Teacher in Yoga for HumanKIND trauma-informed yoga 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.
The intimacy of yoga, Real Life Yogis
True compassion, Becoming Whole Podcast
Trauma-informed yoga, Flow Artists Podcast
Featured teachers, Vinny Yoga