Jody, who co-founded Yoga Akasha in 2008, and is the current director, is delighted to be teaching Yoga Akasha’s teacher training course (TTC). 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. Although she also loves teaching gentle classes, with many attendees long past retirement age!
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 TTC and studies regularly with them since then, including qualifying 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.
Since 2002 she has taught on regular yoga holidays both in the UK and abroad in Greece, Morocco, Bulgaria, Turkey, Egypt, Italy, The Gambia and India, loving the opportunity to teach students who are away from their usual business and therefore more able to deepen their practice.
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 TTC’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.