Jody, who was a co-founder of Yoga Akasha in 2008, and the current director, is delighted to be teaching Yoga Akasha’s teacher training program (TTP). She has 3 children and 5 (soon to be 6!) grandchildren. She began practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in 1991 and has been teaching yoga in East Grinstead since 1999. Initially teaching Ashtanga, she now teaches Hatha Yoga, although with her Ashtanga background, a more physically challenging class than some types of Hatha yoga.
Jody found her teachers, Acharya Venkatesha and his wife Acharye Hema in 2001 whilst practicing Ashtanga in Mysore, India. She returned to them in 2003 to complete their 2 month TTP and studies regularly with them since then, having recently qualified in Yoga therapy in 2016. She returns as often as possible to study with her teachers, who founded the Atma Vikasa school of yoga, with whom she found a new depth to her own practice.
She is also trained in Kundalini yoga, pregnancy yoga, baby yoga and baby massage, as well as traditional massage, reflexology and to compliment yoga beautifully, Thai yoga massage.
Since 2002 she has taught on regular yoga holidays to Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Egypt, The Gambia and India, loving the opportunity to teach students who are away from their usual business and therefore able to deepen their practice, much like the opportunity given with this TTP.
Her desire to access the stillness within, led her to live in a Buddhist community in Brighton for 8 months and continues to attend classes, courses and retreats there regularly. She enjoys the harmony and balance that yoga and Buddhism bring to her daily life and believes they can help us all draw closer to true contentment and inner peace. When looking at this TTP’s aims, it is clear to see that delivering a course her teachers would be proud of, is at the forefront of Jody’s mind – ensuring she reflects the depth of her own studies, in this course.