Jo was recently selected by Yoga Lunchbox as one of Australia and New Zealand's Best Up and Coming Yoga Teachers in 2016! Read more here
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, and bring a meditative mindfulness to art and life, 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 BA Fine Art (Printmaking RMIT) in 1998, and fell in love with the practice. She has been teaching yoga and pilates for over 10 years and has completed over 2000 hours of teacher training including Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching (CAE/Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy), Studio Pilates certification with Taube Pilates, SomaChi yoga certification with Lianne Metcalfe, and Yin Yoga teacher training with Jo Phee. She is a registered Level 3, Senior Teacher with Yoga Australia.
She is also one of the most experienced Antigravity Aerial Yoga teachers in Australia, completing the original Australian teacher training with it’s creator Christopher Harrison in 2011 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.
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 is the founder and director of Garden of Yoga, and runs the studio with her husband Rane Bowen.
'Jo has without doubt been the most inspirational teacher of yoga that I have ever come across. She has a unique ability to really disentangle attachment to perfection and, bring focus to fully experiencing yoga wherever you are on your journey. This, coupled with a real sense of non judgement and complete support is what makes her a stand out teacher…
I’ve never felt so positive and comfortable about achieving my yogic goals as I have with Jo in the room and in my corner. As I’ve looked across her classes I can tell that I’m not alone. From people with many years experience to those with none, Jo is somehow able to cater to everyone’s needs equally without a sense of anyone being left out or outdone. ~ Katie The Yoga Lunchbox
'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!'
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