Jo Hogarty Yoga teacher aka Yoga Jo

I’ve been practicing Yoga since I was 7 years old & I have studied & taught in the UK, India & Egypt for the past 18 years. My reasons for teaching Yoga are simple.. It saved my life. I had just finished studying for an Outdoor Education & Environmental Science degree when I suffered a Subarachnoid haemorrhage. One day whilst I was in hospital, a Buddhist Monk who I used to meditate with, came to visit. My Neurologist had seen him & was curious to know if I practiced Yoga & Meditation. So, after some questioning.. he patted me & said “Good girl, it’s probably saved your life”. He thought that due to practicing Yoga & Meditation, it helped me to stay calm & accept the situation. Therefore keeping my blood pressure & pulse rate low.

It took approximately 2 years to recover. During that time my memory was shocking & my speech used to slur. I started my yoga teacher training to help get my brain functioning again. After 2 years I developed Temporal lobe epilepsy, which means I have auditory & olfactory hallucinations. Medication was causing depression & changing my personality, so I came off all medication & started teaching Yoga. I still have seizures, but I can control them by focusing on the breath & being present, & I owe it all to the practice of Yoga & Meditation.

I love my work & I’m very passionate about yoga. It’s not just a little exercise, it’s a way of life. As well as yoga, my hobbies include; walking with the dog, canoeing, both open & kayaking, rock climbing, photography & travel.