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Jo Lovell

About Jo


I first came across Iyengar Yoga in 1995 at Adult Education classes Bradford and soon realized its profound benefits. I qualified as a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher in 2000.

In my experience Iyengar Yoga has been incredibly transformative on physical, mental and emotional levels, providing a structured approach to developing good habits. My daily practice gives me peace of mind, balance and stability in my busy family life. I love teaching a wide and varied range of people and am constantly rewarded through my students experiencing the benefits of practicing Iyengar Yoga. Through Iyengar Yoga UK, I have continually developed my standard and level of teaching qualification and am qualified to Intermediate Junior Level 3.

I have developed my knowledge of yoga through studying at the Ramamami Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute that is the heart and soul of Iyengar Yoga, located in Pune, India.

Yog-Ganga Centre for Yoga Studies

I further enriched by my studies with senior Iyengar teachers Rajiv and Swati Chanchani at their centre, Yog-Ganga Centre for Yoga Studies, located in the foothills of the lower Himalayas in North India. Studying here was an amazing experience. My study of Ayurveda, a sister science of yoga, in India and England and more recently Yogic Philosophy with the Vidya Institute, has deeply enhanced my understanding and practice of yoga. My solid understanding of the human body is reflected in my ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology.

I maintain my own yoga practice through attending weekly classes. In addition, I take the opportunity to participate in the annual convention and regular workshops with visiting senior teachers based in both England and India mainly at the Manchester and District Institute of Iyengar Yoga and Sheffield Iyengar Yoga Centre.

I have a keen interest in the therapeutic application of yoga. Since 2017, I have been assisting in a yoga therapy class, based in Keighley, alongside other teachers. The therapy class supports students with a wide variety of health issues from muscular skeletal problems to people recovering from strokes who need a more individualised approach than a regular class setting can facilitate.

I am involved in the local Iyengar community through my voluntary  role as secretary for  Bradford District Iyengar Yoga (BDIY). Together with other dedicated volunteers we promote the teachings of Iyengar Yoga through workshops and work to connect the Iyengar community through social events.

I am based in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire. I am a dedicated teacher and practitioner. I have a Masters Degree in Business and have had a varied career. Most recently, I worked for 10 years in the charitable sector before focusing my energy on yoga. I am married with two young children.


  • Sarah

    The private individual class has allowed me to explore my practice in a way that is tailored to my needs, aims and limitations. It is also a very nurturing space, where Jo’s patient but firm guidance have enabled me to push myself within my limitations, so that my back is much stronger, I have less…

  • Yvonne

    Have been to many yoga classes with many different yoga teachers but Jo is definitely the best I have ever worked with. Her attention to detail, high expectations coupled with a calm kindness and sensitive regard for each individual’s needs and capacity make the class accessible and valuable to all. Thank you Jo for re-engaging…

  • Roz

    Jo is an excellent teacher. Very patient and she makes each lesson so varied and interesting. She has truly helped me move my practise forward and I am thoroughly enjoying iyengar yoga.

  • Rebecca

    Jo is an inspirational & experienced teacher. I love her classes, recently I have had some pregnancy yoga sessions and I feel more energised, relaxed and my whole body feels more at ease. Just got back from a session and already can feel that tonight is going to be a lovely deep sleep. Jo has…

  • Lindsay

    Myself and my husband have been attending Jo’s class for around 2 years, we enjoy the sessions which help with our flexibility and strength as we get older. Jo is passionate about yoga which shines through in her teaching. Its a lovely class full of really nice people.

  • Robyn

    I have been attending Jo’s class in Burley since it began nearly 3 years ago. It really has become a hobby and I look forward to it every week. It’s such a friendly class and Jo is a very patient teacher. The classes are varied every week and there’s always something new to learn. Yoga…

  • Rosie

    “I never thought that i would enjoy yoga, however my sister started classes with Jo and rated her very highly. When i started I informed Jo that i have hyper mobile knees. Jo has been super helpful in finding poses that help my knees and has worked with me to try and improve their strength….

  • Rob

    “I’ve found Yoga to be an ideal way to maintain flexibility, but as with any voluntary exercise the class needs to be pleasurable as well as hard work! Jo’s sensibly focussed approach keeps the balance between formality and friendly coaching to get the best of everyone no matter their abilities or age.​”

  • Jill

    “I come to Iyengar Yoga because it keeps my back in good order and saves me a fortune on physio bills, it keeps my legs strong for hill walking and running, makes me feel trim and best of all I enjoy it!” Jill

  • Kate

    “Although I had a vague appreciation that yoga was known to be beneficial for both mental and physical wellbeing I had n’t known quite what to expect when I signed up for Jo’s Class. I have discovered that the classes are challenging but supportive and can be tailored to suit all physiques and abilities. I…