Come do yoga with this face. Meet James our resident RA teacher and Trainings Coordinator. Find out what challenges him, makes him move and inspires his personal practice.
James, how did you get into yoga? How did it all begin?
Randomly when I was 17. For some reason it was part of the curriculum of completely unrelated course I was taking. I’d heard of Yoga, but had no idea that what I was doing was Ashtanga or even that there were different styles… it was about 7 years before I knew there what the differences in lineages were! Looking back, I’m so ridiculously grateful, even though my own yoga journey didnt deepen until much later on, this first experience taught me to breath, to move with breath and this simple concept changed my life, in retrospect, in so many ways!
What is the most fulfilling aspect of your role as the YTT Manager?
Ive always found there is something so satisfying about painting the wall of a house. You start, and you see your progress bit by bit, then you can stand back at the end and really grasp your hand in creating the changes that happened, maybe they would have happened some other way, some other time, but for that moment there is fulfillment and satisfaction in the action of you creating change.
It’s a little like that with managing the Trainings… just that wall is shaped like a rubix cube …. and the shifts and changes ripple out from each trainee into their community and into the world. The most satisfying thing for me in putting together and teaching on the RA trainings is knowing that I had a hand in helping transform and uplift peoples lives.
How do you keep your own yoga practice interesting and challenging?
Self-practice? By working with myofascial lines, rather than specific movements or asana. I love to play around and see where different movements will take my practice in the mornings.
What yoga pose challenges you the most? Why?
Backbends. In a physical level I have a slight kyphosis of my thoracic spine decreasing the range of motion I can get to in a back bending, it can be frustrating as hell. Energetically deep backbends are about the only pose I find that creates a level of fear and pull back response… which is why they’re also some of my favorite to work on ;)
What do you listen to when you practice yoga?
Totally depends on my mood! Evening self practice I’ve been jiving recently to random re-mixes of the XX, Yin or a gentle flow Ludovico Einaudi … and my morning self practice is almost always in silence.