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James Boag

Originally from Yorkshire, James teaches yoga and applied yoga philosophy globally.

James is known for his storytelling, rich kirtans, deep meditations, principle-based approach to asana and movement, and for bringing the timeless wisdom of the traditional scriptural teachings vividly into the context of our lives today.

He has been teaching for over twenty years, teaching yoga since 2003 and leading integrated programs on applied yoga philosophy around the world since 2009.

He regularly returns to Mysore in South India where he completed his MA in Sanskrit, to lead courses on the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras and Indian Mythology.


D1 Kirtan: The Glorious Yoga Of Song (2 hours)
Date: Friday 23 Apr 2021 Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Singing and sounding together and in call and response we will harness the readily available power of sound to reach the parts that other techniques are not always able to access so easily. The great visionaries and research scientists of the ancient yoga tradition recognised the pervasive, penetrative power of sound and how we can use our own voices to invite deepening harmony through the whole of our being and right into the heart of all our cells. The call and response singing and chanting of kirtan, is simple, yet powerful, cleansing and uplifting. James may also speak briefly about kirtan, Sanskrit as an energy-based language, the symbolism and effects of the words we use in the practice, and how kirtan relates to other practices and paths of yoga.

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Date: Saturday 24 Apr 2021 Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Using our sangha theme of the love of yoga as a platform, James will share an inclusive vision of yoga as a time-proven method to help us foster harmony and resilience in the predictably unpredictable realities of life.

James's talk will be held in the London Suite and there is no need to book for this session as there will be plenty of room for everyone.

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M5 Yogic Movement: Get Up Stand Up!
Date: Sunday 25 Apr 2021 Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

In the Bhagavad Gita, Yoga is described as balance and skilfulness in all our actions. In this session we will apply yogic principles to broad spectrum functional movement. This will include movements to nourish and care for the spine and joints, to help activate and heighten connection through the neuro-muscular system, and forms of ‘get ups’ from the ground to help foster resilience and longevity. The techniques we explore can also help us gain more benefit from our time working with yogasana. Suitable for all, fairly vigorous.

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