JO IN A SENTENCE: Mother, wife, 41, determined, enthusiastic, chatty, reflexologist, SUPER excited to be living in St Ives PASSIONS: Yoga, surfing, St Ives, helping others with their health & wellbeing COULD LIVE WITHOUT: Car journeys HOPES FOR THE FUTURE: Peace & kindness, making honey, soap and some of my own clothes.
jo qualified as a reflexologist in 2004 whilst living & working in london for unilever.
after launching the dove real women campaign in the uk (2004) jo relocated to the cotswolds...in search of nature and family life in the country.
developing her knowledge of complementary healthcare she studied five element chinese medicine for a year in 2008.
Following a rare illness and neurosurgery to remove a pituitary tumour in 2013 jo launched the garden retreat - www.gardenretreatcotswolds.co.uk A tranquil SPACE in her garden offering a range of reflexology treatments AMONGST NATURE.
BEING BY THE SEA IN ST IVES, LEARNING TO SURF WITH THE ST IVES SURF SCHOOL & PRACTISING YOGA HAVE ALL BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN RECOVERING FROM CUSHING'S DISEASE.
JO IS NOW STUDYING WITH BRISTOL CITY YOGA (200HR) YOGA TEACHER TRAINING - HATHA YOGA, QUALIFYING IN DEC 2017. IN AUGUST THIS YEAR SHE RELOCATES WITH HER HUSBAND AND SON TO ST IVES.
Julia's passion for yoga began in 1999 whilst living in Australia, first practising under Bianca Machliss at Yoga Synergy in Bondi.
When moving back to the UK, her practice continued in both Ashtanga and Iyengar, returning to Australia in 2003 to study at Yoga Arts in Byron Bay, successfully completing their 200 hour Yoga Alliance accredited teacher training course. During 2004 she continued her teacher training with Lara Baumann at Ohm Station 3 in London. In 2005 she returned to Byron Bay to continue her training, completing Yoga Art's 500 hour Yoga Alliance advanced teacher training course.
In 2006, whilst pregnant with the first of her two sons, she completed Birthlight's Pre & Postnatal teacher training in London. After taking time out (living the life of a busy Mom), she again returned to teaching whilst living for 18 months on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Julia has taught both group classes and individual tuition in some of the world's most beautiful locations and in 2004 opened Birmingham City Centre's first dedicated yoga studio. Aside from teaching Julia has been featured in and contributed to numerous publications, including Yoga Magazine, Draze Magazine and The Guardian.Julia currently holds regular classes and workshops at some beautiful Cotswolds locations, such as Soho Farmhouse, Downdog & Crow, and Daylesford Bamford Haybarn. Julia is also the regular Yoga Teacher on the PMA fitness retreats and Adriene Mishlers (Yoga with Adriene) UK assistant and undergoing further advanced training with Tiffany Cruikshank.
ST IVES SURF SCHOOL
If you’re looking to learn to surf in Cornwall then you’ve come to the right place. Situated on Porthmeor beach in the heart of St Ives, and a stone’s throw away from the iconic Tate Gallery is St Ives Surf School, the first and only surf school in St Ives. We are open 7 days a week, all day long and provide a wide range of Surf Lessons, SUP Lessons, Sea Kayaking and Coasteering for all ages and abilities.
Hey, I’m Lauren. Welcome! In this fast-paced online world, I’m truly honoured to have you here.
Through this blog I share with you everything I’ve learned (and continue to learn) about holistic health, wellness and active living. Given my background as a junior doctor, psychology graduate, cancer patient and yoga teacher, the topics I cover range from the super nerdy/scientific to the more spiritual.
Whilst this blog started out as a cathartic way for me to share my “cancer journey” (as well as plenty of bucket list adventures), more recently – basically since I received this amazing news – it’s expanded to include anything that piques my interest and, hopefully, yours too. My personal experience with cancer has highlighted the many ways in which lifestyle choices can affect our ability to deal with once-in-a-lifetime health challenges, as well as the day-to-day challenges we encounter in modern life. I hope that by sharing my story I’ll inspire you to keep embracing life during any tough times, hopefully helping you to become more resilient to whatever life throws your way.
by the sea
Cornwall, yoga retreats, workshops, and activities for creative minds and kindred spirits.
".....the sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonders forever". Jacques-Yves Cousteau