Josie is a yoga teacher and therapist, she combines her training and experience as a yoga teacher and therapist to offer a unique approach to yoga. She blends ancient yoga practices, with modern day physiology and science.
Josie worked as a senior mental health nurse in the NHS for over 20 years, she enjoyed many varied jobs working in hospitals and the community, with both adults and young people. These skills and experience enable Josie to offer a down to earth approach to the practices of yoga.
Josie hopes to support people to feel more resilient, balanced and to live with more ease. Her style is naturally therapeutic, with a compassionate and empowering approach.
Qualifications & Training
Yoga Therapist - Minded Institute in London – a two year course (500 hours). Recognised by the British Council Yoga Therapists (BCYT) and registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC).
Advanced Yoga Teacher - Yogasara Academy in Bristol - 500 hour advanced teacher training. Registered with the Independent Yoga Network (IYN).
Yoga Nidra Teacher - Total Yoga Nidra - (IYN). A practice that encourages deep relaxation, creativity and healing. It can help with a range of health problems e.g. pain management, sleep difficulties, low mood, anxiety, low energy and stress.
Embodied relational therapy - Playing with fire
Embodied Leadership - level 1
Josie has additional skills and training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Brief Solution Therapy, Non-Violent communication, Coaching, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).
A Little More About My Yoga Journey
Form many years my yoga practice was in y=gyms andDVDs. It was during a challenging time in my life that I signed up for the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) foundation in yoga course I just wanted to do something for myself that was not work related and had little if any expectations. I soon realised I had found something that was changing how i felt and this was showing up in life too.
Hungry to dive deeper (no intention to be a teacher at this point) i went on to complete a two year, 500 hour advanced yoga teacher training course at Yogasara Academy in Bristol. This course took me deeper into my practice and knowledge of yoga. I began to realise that yoga is not just making shapes on mats, it is about having a greater ability to deal with the ups and downs of life. Yoga has helped me to be less stressed, to worry less, to sleep better and to have more energy. It quite literally changed my life & by the end I felt compelled to share what I had learned and experienced with others. It started with one yoga class a week, a Monday morning at Yogasara.
Deciding to sign up for Yoga Therapy training at the Minded Institute in London, seemed like a natural step to bring together my passion for mental health and wellbeing, combining my nursing skills and yoga experience.
I am so excited to now be able to offer Yoga Therapy, i am deeply passionate about this unique and holistic approach. It can be adapted in so many different ways and at its heart it is simple yet empowering.
So i went from having no desire to teach yoga to now working full time as a therapist and teacher!
Yoga for Stress & Burnout - Yoga Campus, London. (Yoga Alliance) Hands on Training - Anatomy and Facilitation course at Yogasara, Bristol. (IYN) Embodied Leadership - Level 1 Embodied Relational therapy (ERT) - Playing with Fire
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." Albert Einstein