Known as the “YOGA ANATOMY & POSTURAL STUDIES GURU” in Southeast Asia, James has been travel all over Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand to spread his teachings. James comes from an in-depth knowledge on Anatomy and Post Rehabilitation Therapy background where he spent years of studies and research on the human body biomechanics and postural studies. He applies the structural aspects of the spine and the functionality of the body anatomy into developing yoga practices in a safe and effective way. He always emphasize in class and teachers training that it is not about forcing ourselves into a pose but it is the joy and journey of understanding our human body and limitations and how we work towards minimizing the limitation in our body without injuries. Some of us maybe born flexible but lack of control and some needs to work their way into flexibility. All requires time to cultivate, both strength in the mind, wisdom and physique in doing a yoga pose.
James passion of sharing his knowledge today came from his ups and downs in his life which started from his teenage life as a contemporary dancer and stage drama in New Zealand and shares his past experiences to inspire the light in others. Although he has stopped his passion in dancing and stage drama for so many years due to his injuries in the past; his gracefulness from his dance background shows it in his yoga poses.
For the past years, James has been watching the worldwide birth, growth and sequential rapid spread of yoga with fascination – how all these started from the Eastern and Western influence. Over the decades, James have been resorting to several therapeutic modalities such as Yoga, Pilates and massage, spinal manipulation to help in his injuries from dance. From several studies and years of compilations of methods and experimentation on his healing journey; he came with a formula to help others who suffers the same pain he went through.
He has based his Training Motto in these 4 words – ARTE™ (Anatomy, Re-Alignment, Therapy & Energy!)
Anatomy – Understanding one’s overall postural misalignment and each segment of the body involving the spine, shoulders and hips area and identifying which category do they belong to. Once postural assessment has been made, each individual will be clear with what shortfalls they may have when performing certain movements in yoga or any types of exercises. James teaches 7-Days of Yoga Anatomy & Postural Assessment as part of his 200 Hours Yoga Alliance Teachers Training.
Re-alignment – Realigning the posture with several techniques and methods from JW Wellness School which includes structural work on thoracic spine opening to allow many gateways of yoga poses to be achieved; realigning the scapula-humeral mobility and hips mobilization to move with ease into a yoga pose. Along the years he has also developed 2 new modalities “Spinal” Wheel and Airflow Yoga (Anti-gravity Yoga). He has been introducing the benefits of the “Spinal” wheel on thoracic spine opening and have been conducting many workshops during 2016 and his upcoming Spinal Wheel 50-Hours Yoga Alliance Teachers training in 2017. As for his Airflow Yoga (Anti-gravity Yoga), James shares the essence of his spine traction and spinal mobility benefits using the hammocks. He already conducted 3 Teachers training for Airflow Yoga in 2016 with 30 new breeds of Airflow teachers over the region and 2 new branches of Airflow Yoga licensed centres in Klang and Bangsar. A very interesting year ahead!
Therapy – Therapy section includes Myofascia Release Techniques which James adopts trigger points to release tight or injured areas of the body from either sedentary postures or wrongly aligned postures from yoga asanas. Many a times, students will tend to force into shaping a yoga pose just to look good into a pose or more often so using external forces from overly engaging their muscles to shape into a pose when in fact their posture are not ready for a particular pose; instead of allowing themselves to breathe into a yoga pose. Muscle memories of overly engaged “external” forces causes muscles to be tightened up muscles from repetitive misaligned techniques. James is a certified Myofascia Trigger Point Remedial Therapist from Perth Western Australia; affiliated with IICT (International Institute of Complementary Therapist). He conducts intensive trainings for Myofascia Release Therapy.
James teaches students to rehabilitate their muscle memory system with motor control functional yoga exercises in order to allow it to work in its maximum efficient level with injury prevention. James also took his his spinal manual therapy certification under Dr. Toby Hall and Kim Robinson from Perth Australia and incorporates into his work and training.
ENERGY & QI – Once a person goes through the A-R-T process, their bodies will go through a miraculous change to be able to feel the energy of their bandhas, breath and the Vayu energy while performing vinyasa yoga flow. He explains in details on the importance and movements of Vayu energies and how important to bring the balance of our Yin & Yang energy in our yoga practice.
He is also a Stott Pilates certified teacher. His teachings in yogas emphasizes a lot of breaths and inner core muscles engagements (bandhas) which will allow us to experience a yoga pose in a much lighter and tension free on other muscle groups.
James has more than 15 years of yoga practice & more than 15 years of teaching experience. He is a ERYT200 Certified US Yoga Alliance teacher & trainer. James is fun loving, gentle but can also be dynamic in his yoga classes; accompanied with his creative sequencing and good coaching skills. His classes emphasizes a lot of foundational and functional anatomy aspects of yoga which he adopts his teachings from various yoga backgrounds such as Vinyasa Flow, Iyenger, Asthanga, Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga, Pranayama Yoga and many more. From his wide background he loves funky poses in classes!
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