A LITTLE ABOUT ME..
I am Joanne Merlini (Yogini name ~ Jitendra Mayee).
I am a Yogi, an energy worker, a free spirit, a nature lover, a tree hugger, a star seed (Venusian), an old soul.. I am.
Yoga started gently whispering to me in my early 20's & has been a part of my life since.
Sometimes it was the physical calling, sometimes the need for some quiet 'me time' & it was in my mid 30's that Yoga became more of a shout than a whisper.
I was self employed having built a Fashion brand from the roots up, I was travelling from Fashion weeks across Europe, to Trade shows, to Catwalks. Supplying celebrities & the Royals, but I was unsatisfied & lost in the brand I had created, stressed from self employment & not recognising who I was.
My health was being compromised & I wasn't sure what direction to turn. I had started to explore energy work with Reiki, which was encouraging some huge shifts & it was around then I read a quote (by the amazing Rebecca Campbell who I was fortunate to meet in Glastonbury in 2020) which said
'Follow what lights you up'
I knew my light was Yoga so I started following..and the more I followed, the more I was lighting up.
Yoga became my grounding, my strength & the way back to myself.
So my Yoga journey deepened & I knew I had found my calling & the source of my light.
My initial 200hr training was in Athens under the guidance of Michelle Kaminski (The Director of Yoga Alliance Europe) in the beautiful style of Transformational Yoga (which had drew me to it with its influence of Hatha, Kundalini & Raj Yoga).
A year later & I knew I wanted to deepen my teaching & train direct with the source & creator of this beautiful style & so began my love affair with India & my connection with my teacher - Sri Swami Vidyanand
I trained directly under his guidance in the South of India first as a 'Master' of Transformational Yoga & Meditation & later as 'Grand Master' - Yoga Alliance International.
Swamiji is the creator of this beautiful style which stems from Integral Yoga. Integrating the body, mind & spirit to find our true centre & connection with our highest self - Encouraging the transformation to our best self & the 'Transform to Bliss'
I have trained in India for the last 3 years & my practice, as my teaching, is now greatly influenced by Sri Aurobindo, The Mother, Erkhart Tolle & having experienced life in the Ramana Ashram of Tiruvanamalai during Shivaratri 2019- Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi & the Holy Mountain of Arunachala
My Energy work has deepened as I have gone deeper into my own shadows, Past Life Regression, Family Constellation, Akashic Records, Ancestral Healing & I now incorporate my Light worker training of 2020, Reiki & EFT in to my offerings. Recognising the need for shadow work to really release to rise. Bringing Ritual & Ceremony to my offerings has deepened my connection even more with my centre, to Mother Earth, Spirit & the Universal Energy which connects us all.
My formal qualifications are -
Grand Master of Transformational Meditation 300hrs
Transformational Yoga Master - 500hr
Transformational Hatha Yoga Teacher 200hr
Classical Hatha - Vinyasa Yoga & Meditation - 100hr
Anatomy CPD - 27.5hr
Transformational Meditation 100hr
Reiki 1st & 2nd Degree (as a reiki practioner I can't help but spread the love & healing during my teachings)
EFT (Tapping) ~ Level 1 & 2
I have been teaching a variety of studio, university & private Classes, Workshops, Meditations, Retreats & Ceremonies since 2015 & have accumulated over 3000 teaching hours for a variety of abilities, ages, & energies.
To offer a deeper practice of this beautiful style, I run with my soul partner & husband, Marco Merlini, a practioner of Ayurveda, yearly European retreats in Andalucia, Spain & The Algarve, Portugal.
Yoga is my way to connect deeply with myself, the stillness within, with others & the beautiful world around me.
From York, Covid times took us to the beautiful area of the Algarve in Southern Portugal where we have set up our Transform to Bliss Studio & Shala.
We teach & hold space from here, in classes, online & on retreats.
I hope we can journey together!
Click to see how you can connect with me this month
Much love, Jo xx
"I thoroughly enjoy coming to your classes & I always leave feeling fresher & calmer.
Regular Yoga practice has had a huge benefit to my life & wellbeing - Thank you Jo."