Jo brings her life's journey to her yoga practice and teaching. From her initial explorations in movement and her dances with gravity as a gymnast; through her studies and detailed knowledge of the body gained as a physiotherapist; to her over 1000 hours of yoga teacher training, 18+ years of practice and 11 years of teaching.
Crystallising all that she has learned and bringing it together, Jo's classes are intelligently sequenced, creative, playful, dynamic and nourishing. Jo guides you to explore the freedom and flow of movement that arises when you are grounded in alignment and strength. Journeying safely through the gateway of the body, Jo's classes guide you towards something deeper. Sprinkling the practice with philosophy and humour and linking movement to breath, Jo creates a moving meditation and an invitation into all that yoga has to offer.
Jo is part of the teacher training team at BodyMindLife and is continually inspired by the discovery, learning, unfolding and transformation that takes place over the course of each training. Always eager to dive deeper into yoga and share more, Jo also leads retreats annually in Bali and the Hunter Valley.
Jo has had many wonderful teachers and honours them for their wisdom, passion and guidance, particularly Shiva Rea, Twee Merrigan, Ana Forrest and Sinhee McCabe. She has also learned from Nicole Walsh, Baron Baptiste, Simon Borg Olivier, John Friend, Louisa Sear, Rose Baudin, Maty Ezraty, Tiffany Cruikshank, Jambo Truong, her colleagues, her students and of course her family.
Jo bows to them all, but especially to her greatest teachers in life...her husband and her two amazing children.
Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy
200 hour Yoga Teacher Training - Power Vinyasa Flow - BodyMindLife - 2006/7
300 hour Level 2 Yoga Teacher Training - Yoga Arts - 2013 - resulting in 500 hour certification
200 hours Prana Flow Teacher Training modules - Shiva Rea
Kids Yoga Teacher Training - Magic Monkey Yoga
112 hour Level 1 Teacher Training - Baron Baptiste - Baptiste Power Yoga Institute
Yoga Therapy Workshop - Simon Borg Olivier - Yoga Synergy
60 hour Shoulder Module - Yoga Medicine - Tiffany Cruikshank
204 hour Forrest Yoga Teacher Training, level 1 - Ana Forrest
74 hour Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training - Ana Forrest
56 hour Forrest Yoga Mentorship Programme - Sinhee McCabe
25 hour Finding the Teacher Within - Maty Ezraty
Upcoming Events with Joanne Gates
Injury Management & Therapeutics
Learn how to use yoga as a healing therapy for common injuries and health concerns, and restore balance to individuals with different needs.
The Art of Assisting - 50 hour Training Nov 2020
Learn energetics, how to look at bodies and get confident with hands-on assists!