Jo Stewart has found that practicing yoga helps her to enjoy art and life, and live to her full potential Her background in art encourages a unique approach to respectfully reinterpreting yoga, ensuring her classes are never dull. Combining art and asana (physical yoga) helps to free blocked creative energy, bringing a meditative mindfulness to art and life, and creating a fun, fresh and creative approach to beginning or revitalising a yoga practice.
Jo balances a respect of the traditions of yoga with a fresh reinterpretation. She considers it a joy and privilege to share her knowledge with others. She discovered yoga while studying her Batchelors of Fine Art(Printmaking RMIT), and fell in love with the freeing physicality of the practice as well as it's deeper emotional and subtle energetic dimensions. Her studies in the Melbourne: Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching (CAE/Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy), Studio Pilates certification with Louise Taube Pilates and Soma Chi certification provide a technical foundation.
Her adventures in yoga have taken her all over the world. Her travels in India have given her an inspiring view of the history of yoga and its integration into people’s everyday lives. She also travelled to America for further study with Sarah Powers, Rodney Yee, Cyndi Lee, Ana Forest, Jason Crandell and at the Jivamuhkti Yoga Center in New York. She has been practicing yoga for 15 years, teaching full time for almost 10 years and is a mentor for new students studying at the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy.
Jo's practice and teaching took flight as she trained in AntiGravity Aerial Yoga with it's founder Christopher Harrison. She was part of the first teacher trainer run in Australia and has continued her studies, with formal training in Antigravity Restorative Yoga and on a practical level as the uniqueness of each individual student teaches her more about the human body and this amazing technique.
'Jo’s teaching style is creative, calming and supportive, so even though I had never tried yoga suspended in the air before, I felt completely safe to flip upside down, spin around, and suspend myself at weird angles. She is skilled at giving clear instructions and making adjustments when needed, combining her deep knowledge and experience of yoga and Pilates to combine into sequences that are creative, build strength, decompress the spine and feel really, really good. We finished the practice by wrapping ourselves up in the hammocks like cocoons and relaxing to the gentle swaying motion. Absolute bliss!'
Ruth White Paddle Your Own Canoe
Here is a video of a few things Jo has been up to over the last year.