JO OZDEN’S YOGA POSES

Jo is the owner and resident yoga guide at Yoga Holidays Turkey founded in 2009 with freedom-seekers coming year after year to indulge in her teachings.

Yoga came into her life just at the right time. She had lost her dad in a car crash when she was 25 and was suffering from Rosacea on her face for 13 years. She was full of grief that manifested in her continually living in fear, being a workaholic, angry, frustrated and an expert at self-sabotage.

In her first yoga class 16 years ago, she discovered her breath, and in a second of quietness and conscious breathing her mind became silent, her body softened and in that second of what felt like bliss gave her hope and the courage to change her life. Selling her hairdressing business and home in the UK she moved to Turkey with her family and indulged in her yoga practice to begin facing up to her suffering an intense body pain.

Slowly over time and hours of self-dedication, the
effects of her practice guided Jo through recovery.
Her rosacea started to fade, and her mind and life
began to open up. Jo began to understand and
release her emotions that had kept her stuck and
unhappy for years. Her fascination with what she
had discovered about herself led her to write an
e-book ‘Tune into Yourself or Suffer’. Jo then became
a certified core strength Vinyasa guide and studied
Yoga Anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff.

Jo’s ‘Change-Makings Retreats’ and growing reputation
of flowing people into there magic, run from May through
October. In the winter months, Jo hosts ‘Freedom-Seeking Workshops’ throughout the UK.

Jo is passionate about her breath-centred practice and
the profound effects it has had on her body, mind and
spirit which has healed her from the inside out.

To download Jo’s E-book for free, and for more
information about Jo and her life-enhancing yoga
retreats, visit yoga-holidays-turkey.com

HOW TO PERFORM

  • Come into a kneeling position. Knees a comfortable distance apart and gently lower your buttocks down onto your heels keeping the tops of your feet flat on the floor.
  • Rest your hand comfortably on your thighs. Allow your shoulders to relax down and your spine to find length in its natural alignment.
  • Softly close your eyes and become aware of your breathing encouraging the inhale to be long, slow and deep into the belly. Stay  for 6 to 12 deep breaths.

BENEFITS

  • This pose opens your quadriceps, hip flexors and sacrum, stretches the thighs, ankles, knees, and feet. It also improves posture.
  • Great position for meditation.

MODIFICATIONS

  • If you feel any discomfort to the fronts to the feet you can placed a pillow under your feet.
  • If it is hard for your buttocks to reach to your heels, put a cushion between the heels and the buttocks.

HOW TO PERFORM

  • Sitting with both legs extended tuck the left leg backwards and find your seat comfortable on the earth. Lift chest slightly to allow for the spine to align and naturally lengthen.

BENEFITS 

  • Half supine hero pose provides a great stretch to the front of the thighs and increases flexibility in the knees.

MODIFICATIONS

  • Place a cushion underneath the buttocks for more comfort if needed and to help level out the hips. 
  • Awareness of your breath for 6 to 12 deep inhales and exhales.

HOW TO PERFORM

  • From kneeling sit  back on your heels, the top of feel flat to the ground.
  • Feel together and widen the knees to a comfortable distance, use your arms to help support you and lower you down slowly and mindfully to the earth.
  • Once down and comfortable brings you awareness to deep slow belly breaths and stay here for 6 to 12 breaths or as long as possible.

BENEFITS

  • Opens your quadriceps, hip flexors and sacrum.

MODIFICATIONS

  • Place a bolster underneath you back and lie down.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

  • Any knee, ankle or back injuries need to  be looked after.
  • Proceed with caution  if any of those joints are sensitive.