Yoga is empowerment; yoga is community; yoga is love. Yoga develops personal empowerment through a deeper connection and understanding of Self—connecting the dots of mind, body and breath to create a more complete understanding of who we are and what we are truly capable of on and off the mat. Yoga nurtures community by fostering empathy for and connection with our fellow humans. By creating and nurturing personal and interpersonal connection, yoga envelops joy, freedom and unity—yoga is love.
Jo-Jo started practicing yoga in January 2010 while she was in college. A co-worker recommended she give “hot” yoga a try as a challenge, so she signed up for “Hot 26” and hot power vinyasa yoga classes out of a sense of curiosity and a desire to live healthier. After that first class—and first “yoga high”—she was instantly hooked. However, after a few months of practice Jo-Jo noticed there was something more to yoga than just physical health and profuse sweating; she noticed the time it gave her to move inward and quietly explore self-inquiry. Quickly she decided that yoga was going to be a permanent practice in her life.
In April 2014 Jo-Jo completed a 250-hr Yoga Teacher Training program at Asheville Yoga Center under the guidance of Stephanie Keach, and in December 2018 she completed an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor program with Mas Vidal of Dancing Shiva Yoga & Ayurveda. Furthermore, Jo-Jo’s currently enrolled in Asheville Yoga Center’s advanced studies 300-hr Yoga Teacher program to complete her 500-hour certification as an advanced practitioner in December 2020.
Jo-Jo teaches hatha-vinyasa & restorative hatha yoga classes with an Ayurvedic approach to create balance in the body, peace in the mind and unity with the soul. Her hatha-vinyasa classes are dynamic, vigorous, playful and creative; her restorative hatha yoga classes are grounding, relaxing, centering and peaceful. Yet whether she’s teaching hatha-vinyasa or restorative hatha classes, Jo-Jo always guides students back to gentle, steady witnessing of their own body-mind-spirit connection through cultivating subtle inner awareness and developing a sense of curiosity, courage and compassion for their efforts.
A recognized and celebrated wellness practitioner in Nashville, Jo-Jo has taught at the 2017 International Day Of Yoga Festival, the 2018 Yoga Inclusive Festival and the 2018 Music City Yoga Festival. In addition, Jo-Jo is a contributing Yoga Teacher Trainer for Kali Yuga Yoga & Yogasoul, has collaborated with Vanderbilt University's Curb Center for the 2018 Creative Boot Camp seminar, co-created group sound bath experiences for Warner Music Group, presented at the 2019 Tennessee Local Foods Summit, and has taken the lead in establishing a diversity & inclusivity committee at local non-profit Small World Yoga, and has been a guest on various health & wellness podcasts. You can find her leading yoga, meditation, sound baths and ayurvedic wellness classes throughout Nashville.
In addition to practicing and teaching yoga, meditation and ayurveda, Jo-Jo’s also a bassist, and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism. As a musician and writer, yoga helps her recognize the interconnections of everything she creates—whether it’s bass lines, blog posts, poetry or relationships. Jo-Jo’s delighted to have the knowledge and ability to spread the simple, practical and intuitive wisdom of these ancient practices, and help cultivate conscious living in her community.