Jo Ozden – Yoga Guide


Jo Ozden

Founder and Owner of Yoga Holidays Turkey

Recognised (CSV) Core Strength Vinyasa (Advanced) Yoga Guide – Sadie Nardini

  Principles Yoga Anatomy Diploma – Lesli Kaminoff

Re-Imaging Alignment Breath-Centered YogaDiploma – Leslie Kaminoff

Hatha Yoga Diploma

“Jo is emotionally available and her teaching approach is grounding. If I had to describe the style of yoga she teaches, I would call it ‘Jo-ananda’, Ananda meaning bliss in Sanskrit because that’s what Jo offers…Thank you, Jo,, for a beautiful experience!” – Fadela Hilalette – Yoga Teacher

I am a freedom-seeker, anatomy fascinated, life loving Junky. My practice that I love to share comes from my own life experiences and all of these experiences has enabled me to do the job I love. I have learned that changes in our lifestyle and habits can have a massive magical effect on our life and happiness, and I love sharing with all I meet, in a perfect Peace of paradise just steps from the ocean.

My Yoga style has evolved from years of practice first starting out with pregnancy yoga 16 years ago the moving on to Ashtanga yoga that I loved at first but over time left me with injured knees and broken toes so I decided to take my practice in my hands and got more into breathing and moving in a way that felt great to me. After a while of doing my own practice and reaping the benefits, I decided to take a teacher training course in Hatha yoga to deepen my own knowledge. This enhanced my life and practice and started to show me how I could face everything I was hanging onto, to let it go and move on and instantly I could start to feel the benefits in my body. mind and spirit.

Along with my journey, I came across a teacher named Sadie Nardini and was instantly drawn to her breath-centered anatomy based flows that I decided to deepen my studies with her. I had finally found a style a yoga I loved and loved me that when I opened my retreat I started teaching straight from my heart, experiences, and practice. Since then I have continued to deepen my practice with Leslie Kaminoff he is the teacher of Sadie Nardini known as the breath Man and yoga anatomy legend. Sharing his knowledge of 40 + yoga lifestyle and from his teacher T K Desikachar is what has brought me to this place in my life of sharing, guiding and encouraging people to move in a way that feels great in their unique body and yoga practice. When we learn to let the breath be our guide to reap its profound effects that pervade over our whole being that naturally takes our yoga practice deeper than you ever thought possible.

This way of moving will give you a greater appreciation of your unique body that organically wakes up your desires, dreams, and excitement for life. Dissolving and releasing inner and outer body tension, increasing flexibility, building strength, self-focus for a total body and mind connection stepping you into your power to live an enjoyable, fulfilled happy life.

The spiritual connection that Jo nurtures within each attendee of her practice are important to mention. It is not a case of turning up and having your workout, but a practice in opening the mind and expanding the imagination, using your body as a tool to this end. The quality of yoga on this retreat is really excellent, trust me! – Scott

I design all my classes around every student I guide. The AM class might look something like this.
We begin by becoming aware of our breath and body and its profound effects on your whole being . Then start to move with your rhythm of breath as we start to warm ourselves up from the inside out. We will ignite and become aware of our ‘Centre’ to build heat as we flow through a combination of sequences standing and seated while keeping our focus calmly on the breath.

The beauty of flowing and moving this way is you will flow deeper than you ever thought possible, whether the movement is challenging or comes easy. Breath-centered yoga creates freedom and space in our body and minds a great self-connection as you get clear and step into your power of transformation. I offer lots of variations to cater for everybody’s practice. You will get to know your body A LOT and learn, move and understand it quickly. When we allow our body to flow without pushing or struggle we can discover so much more about ourselves and it becomes easier to flow us back to balance. We finish each class in savasana where our body can reap all the incredible benefits of the practice with a totally relaxing guided meditation.

Our PM classes have a RELAXed Vibe. We will explore a more restorative Yoga for a deeper connection, allowing tension to dissolve and soften giving us a good deal of time to notice our body and any sensations to encourage healing and mind space. It is a great compliment to our morning practice. We close our evening practice with Pranayama, (breathing) guided meditation or Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep) for a deeper relaxation an Overall amazing experience for your mind-body and spirit.

After just one week you will have gained tools and a vast knowledge about your body and mind giving you a good foundation and the confidence to begin your yoga practice when you return home. A potent recipe for radiant health, happiness, and dream fulfilling goodness.

“Jo you are such a genuine down to earth, warm, real yoga teacher that’s just one of the many reasons that I will be back for you’re teaching”. Colette – Manchester

“I appreciate the way Jo approaches her practice according to the individual. We were all at different levels and of course, brought individual characteristics and approaches, which Jo observed and nourished. This comes from Jo’s intuition and observations, which isn’t something you can be taught. It had the effect of experiencing a bespoke tuition albeit within a close knit group who learned from and encouraged each other. Each practice was unique and captured accurately the vibe of the group on that day”. Gill, London

“It was a great pleasure to practise/study with you Jo. As I already said, a student is just as good as her teacher”! 😉 Silvia – Italy

“I whole heartedly recommend Jo as a Yoga teacher weather you meet her for one hour, one week or hopefully a lifetime of lessons”. Hayley – London/Turkey

“Jo’s compassion and sense of humour create a relaxed and really enjoyable environment. After arriving for my first yoga holiday and not really having any idea what a sun salutation was, Jo really helped me grow in my practice and gave me a good understanding of the anatomy of my body – both physically and mentally. Jo’s classes takes you to your own level and at the end of each one I felt like I had explored physical and mental territory. Jo’s enthusiasm and warmth motivate me giving me the tools to integrate yoga into my often-hectic schedule when I return home from this wonderful Oasis.” Andrea – Exeter