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Joanna Leytham
Yoga Teacher & Massage Therapist

I was born in London and moved to Bath when I was one years old, attending school and college in Bath. I practiced Yoga, inspired by my mother from 19 years old, and went travelling at 20 years old, for 14 months in Australia and Southeast Asia, continuing my daily Yoga practice. During this time I discovered Thai Massage in Thailand and undertook a Thai Foot Reflexology course in Thailand. Once destined for an academic degree, then having a place at University for Fashion Design, I finally studied Anthropology and Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, attaining a First Class Honours. Returning back to Bath after a year working in London and then a few years in Bath, I went to Thailand to teach English as a foreign language for a year, and then to India to train to be a Yoga teacher. In India I also studied Ayurveda, Abhyanga Body Massage, and Ayurvedic Head Massage, and then travelled across parts of India with friends. I have been teaching Yoga in Bath since 2014, which I initially started teaching for free in the early mornings. I have taught at the University of Bath, the Bath Spa University and the Bath YMCA from 2014. I also undertook a CELTA course, a Cambridge qualification to teach English as a foreign language, and taught at language schools in Bath. 

I have practised Thai Foot Reflexology on friends and family. I later massaged at some UK festivals, including Yoga Connect and Wilderness Festival. I was inspired to continue developing my alternative therapies interest and carried out the ITEC Diploma in Holistic Body Massage at The London School of Massage in 2016, carrying out many case studies. I have since carried out Diplomas in many massage techniques from the London School of Massage, and Gateway Workshops, in the UK. I worked at The Gainsborough Bath Spa as a Massage Therapist and Yoga Teacher in 2018, where I developed professionalism and gained important experience in massage and client care. I began developing my private massage clientele in March 2019 while I taught English as a foreign language. Since October 2019 I have solely focused on my business, Metta Yoga and Massage and in January 2021 Metta Yoga and Massage became an official business.

I believe in treating the client holistically and focusing on therapeutic remedy, maintenance and prevention. Holistic therapies have helped me with a number of ailments, including insomnia, anxiety, aches and muscle tension. Not only have the holistic nature of Yoga and Massage treated these disorders, but they have also offered me a host of additional physical and mental benefits. It is from a place of personal experience, I authentically bring these therapies to my clients. 

I also love travel, culture and to learn. Most years I am studying a new course, and travelling somewhere I have not been to before. I loved India with all its colour, food, rituals and festivities and intend to go back. I continue to study more Massage and Yoga courses. I am training in another 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training in September 2021, and a Sports Massage BTEC at the ISRM in Clifton, Bristol from May 2022. 

Main Qualifications:

  • Yoga Alliance 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, Abhijna School of Yoga, India

  • Yoga Alliance 27 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Vesselify School of Yoga, at Triyoga, London

  • Yoga Alliance 40 hour Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, Bath Yoga Studio, Bath, UK

  • ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Body Massage, London School of  Massage 

  • Certificate in Deep Tissue Massage, London School of Massage

  • Diploma in Advanced Deep Tissue Massage with Trigger Point Therapy, Gateway Workshops

  • 50 hour Basic Ayurveda and Massage Course, Absolute Ayurveda, India