Jo Buick

Student level

My yoga journey started as part of a management plan for anxiety that I experienced when I was younger. I have always found mindful movement to be soothing, and continue to be captivated by yoga for this reason.

I like to teach in a way that provides lots of space for people to have their own experiences, as opposed to a more directional approach to alignment and form.

Teaching & Certification

  • Advanced Diploma (350hrs) with Australian Yoga Academy
  • Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (300hrs) with TCTSY
  • Ayurvedic Yoga (150hrs) with Balaram Chandra
  • Level 1 Yoga Nidra with Integrative Rest Institute

Teaching Style

  • Adjustments/Assists: Sometimes, although only with the use of permission cards and in direct and ongoing dialogue with students.

  • Theming: Yes, often drawing on both secular and eastern philosophies, and using Ayurveda as a guiding influence.

  • Sequencing: I often sequence and theme utilising Ayurveda and/or mindfulness principles.

  • Music: I tend to play music that is instrumental, a combination of traditional and more atmospheric tracks.

On & Off the Mat With: Jo Buick

As a yoga teacher, what inspires and motivates your teaching?

Being in a constant state of learning, growing and communicating. Working alongside and collaborating with others. Teaching outside of studios and in community spaces.

How has your own yoga practice evolved since becoming a teacher?

It has become softer, more intuitive and less physically aspirational. Whilst I love to handstand or arm-balance every now and again, I find that I am increasingly much more interested in the quality of movement and breath and the accompanying sensations than in achieving or progressing specific shapes.

Do you have any yoga teachers that you admire and/or look up to? Who are they?

I'm not sure that I would use the word admiration, but I often look around a yoga space when I am teaching and feel astounded by the energy and capacity of those who show up to practice, despite everything else that competes for attention in our lives. Generally I find it inspiring to be around other people who consciously choose to spend time taking care of themselves (either with yoga or in other ways), so that they are more available and conscious in their relationships with the world and with others. I feel pretty blessed to have many magical people like this in my life.

For those of us that haven't practiced with you before, what can we expect from your classes?

Invitational language; an emphasis on interoception and felt sense (noticing sensations in the body and allowing what we notice to guide movement and breath); and permission to be as you are, in the moment.

What type of class could you teach all day, everyday and why?

Oh I don't know if I could do that with any class...! However, I have found that with consistent mindfulness practice, the qualities that I associate with joyful teaching - compassion, present moment awareness and connection - tend to be available and present in most moments of my life. And I guess that's part of it, that with consistent and gentle effort, we learn to walk the talk, and to be what we are teaching (most of the time!).

I like to teach in a way that provides lots of space for people to have their own experiences, as opposed to a more directional approach to alignment and form.

Do you practice any other form of movement or fitness besides yoga? If so, what kind?

Yes - many! Although often joyously for short periods of time or sporadically...! Running, hiking, walking, dancing, surfing...

What's your go-to spot in Melbourne to get inspired?

Where we live in Anglesea is a constant stream of inspiration - gum trees, wild birds, wild ocean, wild winds. Everything moving and still at once. I love it.

And lastly because it's fun, what animal do you identify with?

A turtle. Slow on land and fast in the water. I quite like that :)

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