Joseph Christopher Thomas

Joseph’s yoga practice began in 2013 whilst training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds. Searching for a deeper sense of connection between the mind, body and spirit, the yoga mat became a place to reprogram and unwind. As the practice progressed into a daily ritual, Joseph began to experience dance in a much more holistic way, connecting to the sensory experience of movement as opposed to its aesthetical value.

After completing BPA (Hons) and Verve (Postgraduate Company of NSCD), Joseph based himself in the North working as a freelance dancer until 2017.

In 2018 Joseph completed his Teacher Training at Shakti Yoga Peeth in Rishikesh, India. Whilst training, Joseph deepened his skills in various forms of yoga with its basic essence derived from the Yoga Sutras. Studying Ashtanga, Hatha, Meditation, Pranayama and Mantras, the training deepened Joseph’s knowledge of anatomy and alignment as well as studying the history and philosophy of yoga.

Joseph is also training in the Ghosh Lineage Bikram Intermediate Series. Prior to this, in 2017 Joseph competed in the UK Championship of Yoga Sports and was awarded 1st Place in the Men’s Division.

Teaching wise, Joseph’s main focuses are Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga and Conditioning.

Above all, Joseph is very enthusiastic about helping people get out of their heads and into their bodies. Cultivating courage, compassion and connection are the main principles to his classes.

Alongside this, in 2019 Joseph became an Ayurvedic Yoga Masseuse. A method developed by Master Kusum Madak after many years of studying traditional Ayurvedic massage and Iyengar Yoga.