Yoga, meditation and movement with OYOS

“The autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic system, which is often identified with the fight-or-flight response, and the parasympathetic, which is identified with what’s been called the relation response. When you do yoga – the deep breathing, the stretching, the movements that release muscle tension, the relaxed focus on being present in your body – you initiate a process that turns the flight or fight system off and the relaxation response on. That has a dramatic effect on the body. The heartbeat slows, respiration decreases, blood pressure decreases. The body seizes this chance to turn on the healthy healing mechanisms.”
Richard Faulds

Leading this element of OYOS, Jo believes yoga is about ownership and responsibility; mindfulness, acceptance and kindness. It’s about moving in a way that is helpful; being able to tune into your own body and mind and doing what is right for you at that particular moment. It’s about giving yourself space, building strength, core stability and functional range of movement and also excepting the body’s limits and working with kindness so that progression is steady and safe and useful.

Yoga works with the body’s nervous system responses, helping to find a path back to relaxation. It encourages you to be present which decreases anxiety and stress.

All of these things help us to function better. They can translate into the real world so that we can remain calm, think clearly, improve decision making, be more efficient, sit & move comfortably, build positive relationships and frankly be more content.

Jo needs to understand why things work and what is going on in the mind and body. For many people this type of insight, not only helps to create a sense of ownership but also perseverance. We have to be patient and allow the body to take the time it needs to develop strength, flexibility, neurological pathways and ultimately, new habits.

Yoga and meditation work because they help all the systems in the body function optimally.

Ultimately, the aim is to create an easy, flowing, rhythmic series of movements which stretch, heal, cleanse and give us space – in the body and in the mind. The breath plays a key role in this…..

Breath work can be an extremely powerful tool. It has long been acknowledged that we can control our nervous system responses using the breath. As all our systems are connected, having an understanding about how to use the breath can have a profound impact upon both mental and physical health.

Breathing for energy and relaxation

Learn to breath effectively using the diaphragm to realise the positive implications for both the mind and body

Movement for physical well-being

Learn to move in a helpful, sustainable way, which improves physical well-being
Better movement, flexibility and strength
Create an understanding, enjoyment and appreciation of healthy, helpful movement

Awareness for managing self and being present

Become more present and mindful
Develop appreciation, contentment & well-being
Help to bring awareness to the connectivity of mind and body

Benefits for workplace

Improve work place environment and increase productivity
Clearer thinking/ better problem-solving skills
Better immune system functioning. Decrease in illness & absence
"Jo combines that special quality of being an excellent teacher and making the classes fun. She challenges us, but within limits, gives individual attention, helping where needed and explains the benefits of the movements."
"Jo is a caring, warm and friendly yoga teacher. She pays attention to the individual needs of her clients and is continually advancing our knowledge of yoga so she can pass on the very best practice through her classes. I have definitely benefitted from her teaching and would highly recommend her style of yoga."
"Jo is a brilliant teacher, very patient and accommodating to all levels. I was amazed how quickly my flexibility improved. She is sympathetic t injuries or stiffness and will tailor her teaching to your suit your needs. You can tell she really has a passion for what she does."
"My amazing yoga teacher Jo.  She offers really accessible and fun yoga. Lessons are currently through zoom. It’s great for your headspace as well as the immense physical benefits. Give it a go people I cannot recommend it enough."