James teaches on our ski & yoga weeks in the Italian Dolomites.
James was working as a trader in the City in ’95 when he discovered that yoga could relieve chronic back pain and assist in calming a restless mind. He had completed one teacher training course with Sivananda in 2002 when he was thankfully made redundant and began teaching full-time. The decade of City life gave him an invaluable understanding of the challenges of working in high-pressure environments. During the following five years he also gained Yoga Alliance certification and taught in yoga centres and health clubs across London as well as organising his own classes and yoga holidays.
In 2006 he went to India for six months’ intensive study of Astanga in Mysore and trained with Sri K Pattabhi Jois.
James’ teaching style is an amalgamation of the wide range of yoga instruction he has personally experienced and his classes are accessible to all whilst he tailors each session to the individual needs and abilities of his students.
How long have you been teaching yoga and where do you teach?
Teaching since 2002, in Ibiza and London and on DY, Fitscape and in:spa retreats in fabulous locations around the world.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
This is constantly evolving, as I draw inspiration from teachers, including Tias Little, Alexa Harris and many others, but also from my own practice, nature, my wife, 12-step programmes, music, family, friends and travel. A key source of inspiration comes from the constant desire to improve myself and learn more.
What style of yoga do you teach?
This also continues to develop as over the years I have practiced Iyengar, Sivananda and Astanga styles and incorporate aspects of all of them into my teaching. I am currently teaching a more meditative approach to asana practice that starts with gentle warm-ups and moves into a more dynamic practice, depending on the ability and wishes of my students.
What do you like about teaching on yoga retreats?
The opportunity to take more time and go deepr into the practice of asanas but at the same time share other aspects of yoga including its philosophy, or Raja Yoga, meditation and devotional practice.
Where do you like to go on holiday?
I am lucky enough to live much of the year in a “holiday” destination, Ibiza. I love taking time out there to enjoy its natural beauty, going for walks, cycling and swimming. When the opportunity arises I also love to recharge my batteries in the home of yoga, Mother India. However the real holiday for my soul occurs during my meditation and yoga practice, and that can be wherever I find myself, at home, in a city or on a mountain top.