TWENTY years of practising Pranayama breathing techniques combined with yoga training at the foothills of the Himalayas have given health and wellness personality Jojo Struys a sense of serenity.
It is a practice she shares at her newly opened OhanaJo Studio in Sunway SPK Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.
“Yoga is not just about becoming physically stronger, but mentally as well to help one better cope with challenges,” said Struys.
She started with Pranayama and complemented the technique with an accreditation in physical yoga.
“Physical yoga was something I used to do here but I wanted to have a more complete training so I attended sessions that took 14 hours a day at an ashram in Rishikesh, India.”
The training covered meditation, anatomy and philosophy. It also included a wholesome diet and learning different types of centuries-old yoga techniques.
“When I came back, my blood circulation increased and because of the many methods of stretching, which releases blockages, I had less aches and pains.
“In 2015, I was still filming Jojo’s Diary of Asia for Discovery Channel, busy working and producing content but I knew I wanted to share the knowledge of what I had learned with the public.
“We live in a world of technology and distractions, so yoga helps to slow down the pace of your thoughts while getting a workout at the same time,” she said.
One of the classes that she specialises in is Flow Yoga, which emphasises the importance of connecting with breath to better understand the mind and body.
“When you connect with your breathing, you connect with yourself,” said Struys.
She also conducts a Candlelit Sound Healing and Sleep Yoga class that helps calm a busy mind and alleviate anxiety.
Struys said there were a lot of studies on the power of sound as a form of vibrational medicine that help people with insomnia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
When asked about the name of her studio, she said: “Ohana comes from the Hawaiian word that means family,” she said.
The weekly classes at OhanaJo Studio are taught by yoga practitioners and they are priced at RM40 per session from 75 to 90 minutes.
The Candlelit Yoga classes are on Thursdays (8pm) while the Candlelit Sound Healing and Sleep Yoga are on Fridays (7.45pm). Struys’ weekend yoga classes are at 8am and 10am.
OhanaJo Studio is located at 15-1, Jalan Daun Inai 21, Sunway SPK Damansara, Kuala Lumpur.
For details, send a WhatsApp message to 017-6968 895 or go to www.ohanajo.com