James was born in Warrington in 1967. He first remembers practising yoga as a child, trying to copy his mother as she practised at home. He came back to yoga many years later following a back injury which severely restricted his movement. Slowly it helped improve his mobility and helped manage any pain.At the same time,he noticed a bigger change as practice brought him a feeling of calm and a sense of becomingmore aware of himself and others around him. What started as a weekly practice soon became a positive daily part of his life.
James felt compelled to pass on the benefits he had discovered so in 2016 started his teacher training with the highly respected Yogacampus and became a RYT200 qualified teacher.Since then he hasdone additional teacher training with Adelene Cheong in restorative and advanced restorative Yoga, andmost recently completedhis 100 HOUR Yin Yoga training with Peter and Sue at Evolutionary Yoga.
James has practised and still practises many types of yoga, including Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa flow, Yin and restorative yoga, and more recently have begun regularly practicing Qigong. He feels he has benefited from the experience, direction and wisdom of many wonderful teachers over the last 9 years.
He now teaches weekly restorative, Yin and Hatha classes in West Yorkshire, while keeping one foot in the corporate world which he believes keeps him connected to the needs expressed by his students (and pays the bills). He believes the slower, less dynamic practices of Restorative and Yin yoga are often overlooked in favour of the more dynamic (Yang) practices on offer. The hectic modern world means most of us live a Yang lifestyle and once people experience the grounding practices of Restorative and Yin Yoga they find it provides an invaluable counterbalance. A recent review from one of his restorative students expresses this perfectly:
“This practice keeps giving way beyond the session itself. You can feel the benefits of the class long after it’s done. I think it’s the perfect antidote to modern life.”
James can still remember being a beginner, the only man in a class of 15, feeling uncomfortable and slightly out of place. Those awkward feelings though were soon replaced with a feeling of belonging as he found Yoga to be a place of no judgement. He firmly believes Yoga is for all and hopes that anyone who comes along to his classes feels welcome and completely at ease.