A dedicated life-long animal activist, particularly in regards to bears and wolves, Whistler's Tina James is passionate about inspiring her students to contribute to the wellness of the planet and all its beings.
meet tina james
Grew up: in hilly rural England.
First yoga class: It was in 1981 in England with an elderly lady I met whilst getting over major spinal surgery. She was very gifted and put me in touch with master teacher shri K Pattabhi Jois, whom I later went to Mysore to study with year after year.
Favourite place to travel: India, Nepal and Mysore. I also like to travel to climb high altitude mountains so one of my favorite places was Mount McKinley or Denali in Alaska, the highest mountain peak in the United States. I like the Grand Canyon in Arizona and have hiked it many times solo.
Type of yoga you teach: Jivamukti, Ashtanga, Shantiseva, Yoga wall rehab injury recovery Yoga therapy.
Jivamukti is my passion. This amazing Hatha yoga method is a path to enlightenment through compassion for all beings. Jivamuktis are pioneers in teaching yoga as spiritual activism/activation. The method emphasizes vinyasa, scriptural study, devotion, prayer, music, chanting and meditation as well as animal rights, veganism, environmentalism and political activism.
The mountains have always been here, and in them, the bears. - Rick Bass (from The Lost Grizzlies, page 97)
"It would be fitting, I think, if among the last manmade tracks on earth would be found the huge footprints of the great brown bear." - Earl Fleming (American naturalist, 1958)
one year goals
- Establish one of the most traditional educational institutes for yoga in the west.
- Create a program to prevent hunting in the Callaghan Valley and all areas in Whistler and Pemberton.
- Create the first vegan cafe attached to my yoga studio.
- Continue working with local First Nations and integrating First Nations teachings in the Shantiseva teacher training.
5 year goals
- I climb Mount Everest for the Bear Asia Foundation, and continue to build on our center and the ethical rights of animals.
- I create a yoga program for school children to become aware of the planet and what they eat, drink, and wear.