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My Sanskrit Journey and New Course

26 March 2024

Yoga teachers, would you like to gain confidence in pronouncing Sanskrit? Kīrtan wallahs, how much could you enhance your practice through some foundational Sanskrit knowledge?


How Buddhist is Modern Mindfulness?

18 September 2023

Over the past forty years, a new transnational movement has emerged in which participants engage in techniques of contemplation that fall under the broad rubric of 'mindfulness'. Originally a feature of Buddhist soteriology, mindfulness has been embraced as a panacea for a range of social and intrapersonal problems. It has been utilised within clinical, corporate, and educational settings and promoted as a privatised lifestyle-enhancement technology.


Postures Versus Poses

19 June 2023

Over the past few years, at the Devon School of Yoga, we have consciously dropped the word 'pose' from our teaching vocabulary and the learning materials we provide for our courses.


Reflections and optimism as we return to lockdown

06 January 2021

Written at the start of the second major Covid lockdown in the UK. Originally published on the Yoga Torquay blog..


Cultural Appropriation - Part 3: Empire

21 March 2020

My family was recently given a set of Snakes and Ladders. It’s a cheap, plastic set - a rollup sheet, little pieces..

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James is a yoga teacher & researcher who's practised yoga for 24 years. He holds an MA in Traditions of Yoga & Meditation from SOAS, University of London, where he specialised in premodern yoga.

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