07531 934 067 jo@jojobayoga.com

Recovery Yoga & YOCD

When you do yoga – the deep breathing, the stretching, the movements that release muscle tension, the relaxed focus on being present in your body – you initiate a process that turns the fight or flight system off and the relaxation response on. That has a dramatic effect on the body. The heartbeat slows, respiration decreases, blood pressure decreases. The body seizes this chance to turn on the healing mechanisms” – Richard Faulds

Recovery Yoga Sessions & YOCD

Gentle, healing Hatha Yoga sessions, assisting recovery from physical & emotional injury & trauma, focusing on reconnecting with the body in a safe, secure, non-competitive environment.

Hatha Yoga breath work (pranayama), postures (asana), Kundalini Yoga Kriyas, mindfulness meditation and relaxation techniques combine to help achieve positive body relationship and healing.

Jo is a qualified S.O.A.R.™ SUCCESS OVER ADDICTION AND RELAPSE Yoga Instructor having trained with Kyczy Hawk, founder of Yoga Recovery and author of Yoga & the 12 Step Path.

YOCD (Yoga for OCD & Anxiety Disorders)

These are specific Hatha Yoga sessions designed by Jo to help manage OCD, BDD, Anxiety and addictive & compulsive behaviours.

For all ages and abilities.

Contact jo@jojobayoga.com to arrange a discussion and for further details.

‘Yoga is the practice of quieting the mind.’ ~Patañjali

What is OCD?

(The following contains information taken from http://www.ocdaction.org.uk/and http://www.obsessivecompulsiveanonymous.org.uk/.Please visit these websites for further information.)

In the UK there are two main organisations offering OCD support OCD Action and OCD UK, visit them at  www.ocduk.org and http://www.ocdaction.org.uk

According to the OCD Action website:-

‘OCD is a clinically recognised disorder which affects around 1-2% of the population. It is debilitating and paralysing. People with OCD experience intensely negative, repetitive and intrusive thoughts, combined with a chronic feeling of doubt or danger (obsessions). In order to quell the thought or quieten the anxiety, they will often repeat an action, again and again (compulsions).

One of the greatest challenges that people with OCD face is the need to fight both the all pervasive stigma of mental health disorders and the widely held belief that OCD is a mild or even “quirky” problem that is nothing more than hand washing. Many people now use the term “a bit OCD-ish” without understanding the onerous nature of the disorder in its severe form.

We all know how isolating OCD can be, it can make you feel trapped and cut off from the rest of the world. Finding the right support and building up a support network can make a massive difference; it can give you the tools and the strength to fight back and make you feel that you are not facing OCD on your own.’

OCD Action was created in 1994 with the vision ‘to help those affected by OCD’

‘OCD Action works for a society where OCD is better understood and diagnosed quickly, where appropriate treatment options are open and accessible, where support and information is readily available and where nobody feels ashamed to ask for help.

We are here because OCD tears families apart and leaves people isolated and exhausted. OCD ruins lives. It is a sad fact that many people with OCD delay seeking help. They put up with it for too long, perhaps thinking that nothing can be done or just not knowing where to turn. OCD Action believes in taking action. We want people affected by OCD to seek help, to understand their treatment options and find the support and motivation they need to fight back. OCD is treatable, it can get better.’

Maternal OCD

Maternal OCD is a voluntary organisation dedicated to raising the profile of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) for mothers. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is a debilitating anxiety disorder which strips women of their fundamental right to enjoy motherhood. Maternal OCD is co-founded by two mothers, Maria Bavetta and Diana Wilson, who have experienced and recovered from extreme OCD.

Find out more at http://maternalocd.org/

Do I Have OCD? 

As the illness itself is very misunderstood, many people may be suffering without knowing what they are dealing with, and finding their lives affected by the disorder. Follow the link below to see whether you or someone you know has OCD


What is BDD?

(The following contains information taken from http://bddfoundation.org)

What is BDD?

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is a clinically recognised condition defined as a preoccupation with a perceived defect in one’s appearance. If a slight defect is present, which others hardly notice, then the concern is regarded as markedly excessive. 

The term Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) describes a disabling preoccupation with perceived defects or flaws in appearance. It can affect both men and women, and makes sufferers excessively self-conscious. They tend to check their appearance repeatedly and try to camouflage or alter the defects they see, often undergoing needless cosmetic treatments. Onlookers are frequently perplexed because they can see nothing out of the ordinary, but BDD causes devastating distress and interferes substantially with the ability to function socially.

For more information visit http://bddfoundation.org/

Do I have BDD? Take the test here http://bddfoundation.org/helping-you/questionnaires/

‘Research tells us that women with Post Natal OCD experience barriers to getting the correct diagnosis and treatment for their difficulties. One of these is the shame and stigma associated with the symptoms and a lack of knowledge about OCD amongst sufferers and professionals. This organisation aims to target these issues directly and I am in full support of those aims.’

Dr Fiona Challacombe, Maternal OCD Patron – PRT Peggy Pollak Research Fellow & Clinical Psychologist, Institute of Psychiatry & Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma