Love is the base, fabric and essence of life. Through our Hearts and our Hearts alone, we realize this truth. Yoga is one way into our Hearts to cultivate a path with love. And as Love itself, Yoga is for everyone and anyone and is not limited to any particular body type, age or set of beliefs.
James' intention as a teacher is to provide an explorative environment where loving kindness can prevail, both to ourselves, our fellow companions (and life itself). Safe, enjoyable and at times creatively, playfully fun – where our natural, joyful movement, as nature intended, can be reclaimed. I use an intuitive approach whereby the teaching can be adapted to suit the person/group. I like to be as creative as possible to encourage, stimulate and deepen the practice and self enquiry. Small sensory movements are often practiced to heighten awareness, prepare and kneed the body, like dough -before entering other more classical postures. As such the rhythm of a session can vary enormously – sometimes with flowing sequences, other times with long-held postures and always with self-reflecting meditations and relaxations to heal and merge personal with universal. Sometimes partner work too is practiced to give, receive, learn from and appreciate the experience with others.
You do not need to be able to do headstands, shoulderstands, handstands or advanced back bends to come along and participate on the courses!
Rather James is far more interested in the quality of experience brought to each person’sjourney rather than the attainment of advanced physical postures. While any session may contain some more “challenging” postures, everyone is always given alternative options so that they can practice safely and wisely.
This is an integral part of the practice, one in which everyone is always encouraged to dive within themselves, to feel, question, listen and explore. Hence discovering the deep, deep springs of wisdom, energy and creativity always lying there within. To remember and realise this truth and follow the direction of self reliance and self responsibility. You are, in truth, the only person who can perceive what is happening inside you! Awareness to this truth is to then consciously walk the path of freedom through our lives.
I became initiated into Yoga and the Healing Arts of Reflexology and Massage in the late eighties, whilst suffering with a prolonged period of illness.
Having qualified by 1992. I became a busy Health practitioner with my own clinic.Later becoming an Inner Yoga teacher in 1999, under the guidance of Jenny Beeken. The love of yoga and how it can transform people’s lives led me to train further within this school, so that I could help on their 3-year teacher training programmes around England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland.
In 2004, I followed my heart and moved to Andalucia, Spain – seeking more of an outdoors climate, adventure, another language and culture…… and more mountains and sea in my life!
I still reside here with my family, living nestled on a mountain side, just outside a beautiful, little, white Andalucian village, near Marbella.
Other strong influences to my yoga teaching have come originally from the Viniyoga, Scaravelli yoga teachers, Yin Yoga, vinyasa Flow yoga and the Feldenkrais traditions. More generally from many other spiritual texts and teachers from around the world, and of course not to forget the myriad of people and animals that grace my everyday life!
Mother Nature Herself continues to inspire me daily with her beauty and intricate simplicity and I feel strongly, that to be in touch with Her in all Her beauty and variety is a healing in its own right. She reminds us of the natural rhythm of life and thus has the power to reconnect us to our own true nature – expanding our vision out from the restricting limits we alone have set around our own minds and lives. Thus all the retreats offered are held in places, set within beautiful, natural surroundings.
“I love your charm, your warmth,your ease and all your abilities as a skillful yoga teacher. Thank you.” Norman, Yoga teacher
Recommended arrival time is after 3pm on the Friday to have first session at 5.00pm before dinner at 6.30pm.
Departure times are after lunch on the Sunday, giving you plenty more time to travel home or explore the area more at your leisure.
Friday arrivals from 3pm
5.00pm yoga practice
8.00am breathing/contemplative practice
10.15am Yoga movement
Freetime ( resting, relaxing, walking, reading….or nothing!)
4.30pm Yoga session,
6.30 pm Dinner
8.30pm contemplative practice
Sunday morning as Saturday with departures after lunch.
Everything is optional!
Total Price – which includes all yoga, accommodation (sharing twin room) and delicious meals, 348 pounds sterling.
This is a smaller, more intimate venue and as such has a limit of 12 people max.
So please reserve your place with a non-refundable 100 pound sterling deposit.
Please email JAMES to request bank details to do a transfer to a UK bank or if you prefer an international transfer in euros.
“James, Thank you so much for all that you have shared with us. It has been a privilege to share your infectious, joyful spontaneity, touching the hearts of each one of us………”
” Mary Oliver asks what will you do with your one wild and precious life? Well, it would be lovely if it could be filled with yoga, warm log fires, tasty food, companionship, joy and love …… all the ingredients of last weekend with you on our retreat. Thank you for organising and leading the weekend, and for your gentle encouragement and wise teaching.…”