Jo Gumbley

Yoga Styles I teach

Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga

Baptiste Yoga was founded in the 1940′s by Walt Baptiste.

Jo GumbleyThrough his son Baron Baptiste, it has evolved into a practice that holds true to the spirit of its creation while remaining accessible to anyone today. The physical aspects of Baptiste Yoga™ style are inspired by the hatha yoga teachings of Krishnamacharya and his students Iyengar and Desikachar, whom Baron Baptiste studied with personally from a young age.

Baron founded Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga in the 1980′s and has influenced the lives of millions of people across the world. Born into a lineage and heritage of health, yoga and spiritual educators, Baron was bred to teach and educate.

I have been inspired by Baron’s teachings and the powerful community of teachers that teach this style of yoga.  I have participated in many Baron Baptiste trainings since 2008, including Levels 1, 2 and 3, and Art of Assisting.  I became a Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher in 2012.  In 2013 I became a 500 hour Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher.   I have been part of the Assisting Team for Baptiste Level 1 Teacher Training in 2013 (Catskills New York), and Baptiste Level 2 Teacher Training in 2014 (Sedona, Arizona, U.S.).  In 2015 I was part of the Assisting Team for the 200 Hour “Live Your Yoga” Teacher Training” in Nairobi, Kenya, working with Africa Yoga Project, led by Paige Elenson.  In 2016 I am Assisting the first Baptiste Level 1 Teacher Training to be held in the UK.

Ashtanga Yoga

I have gradually moved from “dabbling” in Ashtanga Yoga to developing a committed regular Ashtanga Mysore-style of self-practice.  I also teach Ashtanga Yoga.  My current practice is a daily source of healing and challenge, offering me stability and safety as I made a(nother) global move with my family in 2015.  I have had the privilege of studying with many wonderful Ashtanga teachers.  Completing David Swenson’s 40 hour Teacher Training in 2013, Manju Pattabhi Jois’s week-long teacher training in 2015, a week of Mysore Yoga with Lucy Crawford Scott, sit along-side more regular interactions with Scott Johnson of Stillpoint Yoga London.  My Ashtanga friends Claire Berghorst, Clive Bratchell, Mark Cupit and Natalie Coleman were a source of inspiration and support as we all enjoyed raising the profile of Ashtanga yoga in Guildford, Surrey, UK.

Since being in Sydney I practice regularly under guidance from Angelika Knoerzer at North Sydney Yoga, as well as studying with Fiona Pullen (Authorised Level 2 Teacher with Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysore, India).   I am going to be studying Ashtanga intensively with John Scott in 2017, as part of his Teacher Training program which only takes 12 students at a time, for two separate 2-week periods.