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 (if a little scary at the time)  & it was around then I read a quote (by the amazing Rebecca Campbell who I was fortunate to meet in Glastonbury this year) 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 at the SriMa School 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, Osho & having experienced life in the Ramana Ashram of Tiruvanamalai  in 2019- Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi & the Holy Mountain of Arunachala. 

My Energy work has deepened & I now incorporate my Light worker training of 2020, Reiki & EFT in to my offerings. 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

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 teach in the York area with a variety of classes, weekend workshops, Ceremonies & mini Yorkshire rural retreats.

To offer a deeper practice of this beautiful style, I also run yearly European retreats with my Transformational team in Andalucia & Tuscany.

Yoga is my way to connect deeply with myself, the stillness within, with others &  the beautiful world around me.


"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."
- Jane

I found this photograph in my Grandma's house after she passed,
This is me sitting on her fireplace in the 80's - already a yogi!


2021 Joanne Merlini - Transformational Yoga