Josetta grew in the inner city of Southampton, the child of a Jamaican docks worker and an English doctor’s receptionist. She spent her youth in different parts of South West England including Bristol and Cornwall. It is in Cornwall that she discovered her passion for yoga and enjoyed learning and practicing on beautiful Cornish cliffs. She lived, for a period in Brighton where she trained and worked in the Mental Health sector, before moving to Walthamstow in East London where she has now settled. She loves to teach and practice yoga in the beautiful local parks and gardens.
Josetta has been practising Ashtanga for 14 years and is a qualified teacher with 7 years teaching experience, accredited by the British Wheel of Yoga and on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS). She has been lucky enough to study under some of the top international teachers; Manju Jois (son of Pattabhis Jois, who founded and developed Ashtanga), Nancy Gilgoff and John Scott.
Josetta has taught and practiced in Mexico, Goa, Berlin, Cornwall, Brighton and London. She holds a British Wheel of Yoga Diploma so is fully qualified and insured to teach generic yoga posture classes as well as Ashtanga yoga (see here for more on different yoga styles). She has completed Primary Adjustment courses with Manju Jois and Nancy Gilgoff. She has also completed several post diploma courses ranging from teaching athletes and sports people to teaching people with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
She is dedicated to equalities and inclusion and runs regular classes for marginalised groups for instance, on NHS mental health wards and in her weekly Low Cost Queer and Trans Yoga. She is particularly interested in teaching yoga to individuals and communities that find it hard to access mainstream yoga studios and gyms. She sees yoga as a tool for better mental and physical health and believes that everyone can benefit with the right support and guidance.
She specialises in beginners and improvers classes as well as one-to-ones. She comes with a portfolio of recommendations (for a sample see her testimonies page here), and is known as an approachable and supportive teacher.
Josetta worked in the Mental Health and homeless sectors as an advice worker, advocate, case worker and manager for 12 years. She started out volunteering for the mental health charity Mind in Brighton and Hove. She has since worked for other organisations supporting positive mental health including MindOut, the Albert Kennedy Trust and PACE (the LGBT mental health charity), where she was a Senior Manager. This makes Josetta a unique yoga teacher; she focuses on developing positive mental well being along with strengthening your body.
“I have trained all over the world, but teach in London. I live in Walthamstow and teach both here and across London. Ashtanga is for people who want to have a strong supple body as well as positive mental health as it calms and balances the mind. I just love to share this remarkable practice!”
Josetta Malcolm, Josetta Yoga, East London