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. Jo has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years, teaching full time for over 10 years and is a mentor for new students studying at the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy and recent Antigravity graduates.
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. On recent visits to Bali she participated in workshops with Simon Borg Olivier, Amanda Koh, Dana Trixie Flynn, Les Leventhal, Simon Low and Tiffany Cruikshank, drawing inspiration from their diverse points of view and deep knowledge and continuing to evolve her understanding of yoga and approach. Jo also loves teaching at yoga festivals including Yogafest in Victoria and Kawai Purapura in New Zealand.
Jo's practice and teaching took flight in a new direction as she trained in AntiGravity Aerial Yoga with it's founder Christopher Harrison. She was part of the first teacher training run in Australia and is now a level 5 Instructor, with Antigravity Aerial Yoga 1&2, Flying Fitness, Pilates and Restorative certification. She has been teaching Antigravity for four years, and her technique continues to evolve as the uniqueness of each individual student teaches her more about the human body and the amazing possibilities of the aerial hammock, you can read more about her experiences here.
In 2016 Jo completed Yin Yoga and Myofascial Release certification with Jo Phee, adding another layer of understanding to her studies of anatomy and a whole new approach to releasing tension from the mind and body. She is excited to share the whole spectrum of yogic experience with her students- from high flying fun in the aerial hammock, to calm meditation in the quiet of a yin style practice.
'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.