My name is Jo-Jo Jackson, (yes that's my real name) I live in Cherokee/ Shawnee/ Yuchi territory (Nashville, TN), and my pronouns are she/her. While I'm a Tri-State native (NYC/CT) I've been living here in Music City since 2008. I'm a yoga & meditation teacher (E-RYT500) and student yoga therapist studying for a Master's in Yoga Therapy at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Attending yoga therapy school fills me with a deep inner knowing I'm at the intersection of Artha and Dharma! In addition, I'm an Ayurvedic Wellness counselor certified in HeartMath personal resiliency techniques and I specialize in guiding sound meditation practices in the tradition of Nada Yoga.
I started practicing yoga in 2010 while I was in college at MTSU. My practice started with the Hot-26 Bikram series, and while you can still find me at a hot yoga studio during the cold winter months, my practice has transformed and evolved in ways I don't think I would have fathomed back then. I received both my foundational and advanced yoga certifications from Asheville Yoga Center in 2014 & 2020 respectively, and I received my Ayurvedic wellness certification from Dancing Shiva Yoga & Ayurveda in 2018. In addition, I currently study Nada Yoga, mantra, bhajan & raga with Sheela Bringi & Brent Kuecker at the Sacred Sound Lab.
I have more than 1000 hours in continuing education training outside of my primary certifications. My continuing education sources from philosophical, therapeutic & somatic studies in practices and techniques such as mantra chanting, Sanskrit, Vedanta, Tantra, the yoga of social justice, the neuroscience of yoga, adaptive yoga & yoga therapeutics, trauma sensitivity, yoga & equity, restorative yoga, Rocket yoga (Boomshakalaka--IYKYK), marma points, meditation, pranayama, Yoga Nidra and sound therapeutics.
My personal & teaching practices are deeply informed by the therapeutic wisdom of Ayurveda and the embodied liberation of Tantra. As such, my aim as a yoga teacher & student yoga therapist is to guide my students & clients on the path of Self-inquiry to empower spontaneous, authentic Self-healing.
I enjoy teaching beginning students and seasoned practitioners alike. My teaching is based in aligning with the rhythms of nature to elevate a harmonious quality in a hatha yoga practice. When I'm teaching in studio settings, the class types I primarily teach are meditation, restorative yoga, "slow flow" styles and unheated vinyasa. In addition to all this, I guide Nada Yoga sound meditation sessions and beginner's workshops for learning the foundations of the Yoga of sound.