Jo Kemp

Jo believes her real teacher training has been stepping onto her mat six days a week for the past 13+ years. During this time she has travelled to Mysore, India to practice under R.Sharath Jois and Saraswathi Jois to learn at the source of modern Ashtanga yoga. She travels here annually and continues to study with her teacher in London, Hamish Hendry (Certified by Sri K Pattabhi Jois) at Ashtanga Yoga London.
Her respect to the lineage of Ashtanga yoga has produced a traditional understanding of the asana and the philosophy of the practice.
She spent a year assisting Ursula Scott’s Mysore program at Tri-Yoga Soho and now assists Hamish Hendry at his shala In London AYL.
Jo believes in the Indian tradition of Parampara – knowledge that is passed in succession from teacher to student through generations. Paramapara is a Sanskrit word that places emphasis on complete devotion to a teacher and through this gaining knowledge of their experience and the experience of their teacher before them. The teacher and student form the links in the chain of instruction that has been passed down for thousands of years. In order for yoga instruction to be effective, true and complete, Jo believes it should come from parampara.
Jo teaches Ashtanga yoga in the traditional Mysore method – the way Sharath Jois still teaches in Mysore today. Sharath is a student of his Grandfather Pattabhi Jois, considered by many to be the father of modern Ashtanga yoga.
Jo believes in the practice because of how much it has done for her body, mind and soul. She believes that ashtanga yoga is the perfect tool for a strong healthy body, a peaceful mind and devotion to her spirit. Her devotion, love and passion to share this beautiful discipline shines through in her teaching and she welcomes people of all abilities with an open heart.
To Follow Jo’s journey or ask for advice you can find her on instagram and facebook: @jojoyoga