Practicing Bikram since 2002, Jo began to practice power yoga in 2004. After her first Baptiste Power Vinyasa class, she knew she had found something life changing. That began her journey of finding and standing in her own power, and ultimately to teaching others that they can do the same! Yoga ERYT 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified, she’s been teaching since 2006. Her understanding of Hot Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, and Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga in both on how to teach them and how to make adjustments has depth that only the precious currency of time can buy. Jo's ability to connect with her students and understand their suffering, and their triumphs (emotional, physical, and spiritual) is as unique as she is. Jo always stands in her truth and encourages those who take her classes to do the same. She is a bright, shining light, and has been described as authentic, wise, funny, encouraging, and most of all loving. Having completed teacher trainings with Baron Baptiste, and an extensive hands-on assisting program with Lisa Black (TAP), Jo is also inspired by Gregor Singleton, Patrick Grey, Bernie Clark, Shiva Rea, and Bryan Kest. She brings a richness and loving nurturing presence to any yoga environment and is excited to share her love of yoga with all of you!
Jo Parsons instructs the following:
All Levels Baptiste Power Vinyasa
These strong, steady-paced classes flow through the complete, traditional Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga sequence. The instructors offer modifications and variations throughout the class so that students of all levels can experience a deep and meaningful practice.
Level 1.5 Baptiste Power Vinyasa
A slower paced, modified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga sequence. The instructors offer the modified variations for all of the postures throughout the practice, and students are invited to work at their own levels. This class is the perfect next step for people who have completed the Intro series or for practitioners new to Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. Each class may include a short “posture clinic” with detailed information about a focus asana.
Level 2-3 Creative Vinyasa
Focusing on the basics of breath and postural alignment, this class will lead students through sequences that help develop flexibility, core stability, and strength, while maintaining a playful mindset.
Level 1 Intro Series to Baptiste Power Vinyasa
Description: Level 1: INTRO to Power Vinyasa 8-Class Pre-Register Series (Tues & Thurs) Designed for beginners or students new to Power Vinyasa Yoga. You will learn the basic alignment and form of the 53 postures in 11 series within the 90 minute Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga practice and everyday yoga philosophy and helpful breathing techniques that inspire and empower you on and off your mat. Each class progressively builds on the previous one, preparing most students to move on to Level 2 after completion. Many people enjoy taking Level 1 many times in order to soak up all the information and apply the knowledge to their practice. Demonstration, discussion, personal hands-on adjustments, and guided practice, provide you with a solid foundation of this dynamic style of yoga.
Yin yoga is a practice that is designed help you find stillness in both the body and mind as it increases flexibility. It is a deep practice where poses are held for longer periods of time. Yin yoga works the deep connective tissues of the body-the tendons, ligaments, cartilage and fascia. This practice is especially restorative for the joints and muscles and is a great compliment to faster moving practices like power vinyasa.
Level 2-3 Baptiste Power Vinyasa
A Level 2-3 Power Vinyasa class with high energy, upbeat pacing, handstands, arm balances, and hip opening. Leaves you energized!