Workshops & Training with Brian James


I offer a number of modules that can be incorporated into Teacher Trainings, offered as standalone workshops, or combined into weekend and weeklong immersions. 


Accessible Vinyasa: Vinyasa Yoga for Every Body

In this module, participants will learn the foundational principles of teaching accessible, trauma-sensitive vinyasa yoga so that anyone, regardless of body type, gender, cultural background or social privilege can receive the medicine of yoga.

In this workshop we'll cover:

  • the principles of vinyasa: integration of mind, body & breath
  • how to adapt the most popular and useful vinyasas and asanas for any level of physical ability
  • the keys to making any vinyasa or asana safe and effective
  • a trauma-sensitive approach to teaching cues & physical adjustments/assists

Sound & Intention: Chanting for Yoga Teachers

In this module, participants will learn how to integrate the healing power of sound into their practice and classes in a way that is respectful of tradition and the cultural diversity of the students.

In this workshop we'll cover:

  • basic sanskrit pronunciation
  • key principles of vedic chanting
  • integrating sound & movement
  • what to do when you can't chant "om"
  • chants to set intention and cultivate peace and well-being

Vinyasa Krama: The Art of Sequencing

In this module, participants will learn how to sequence vinyasas and asanas to maximize safety and effectiveness, and cultivate a deep flow state.

In this workshop we'll cover:

  • asana, pranayama & meditation as a seamless process
  • the science of pratikriya (counterpose)
  • a simple sequencing template for vinyasas & asanas
  • progressive pranayama sequencing
  • where are we going? using the panchamaya koshas and Patanjali's 8-limb approach as a model for any practice

Krishnamacharya: His Life & Teachings

In this module, we look at the history of modern yoga and the role played by Krishnamacharya, largely considered the "father of modern yoga", and his son TKV Desikachar who translated the teachings of his father in a way that is accessible and relevant to modern householders.

In this workshop we'll cover:

  • Krishnamacharya's life & influence (multimedia presentation)
  • Krishnamacharya's key teachings & principles
  • principles in practice: a led class

The Secrets of Hatha Yoga

In this module, we'll cover the practices that were fundamental to original tantrik hatha yoga that are largely absent from modern yoga classes, and offer instruction on how to teach them safely and effectively. 

In this workshop we'll cover:

  • unlocking the four bandhas
  • yoga mudras: marriage of the sun & moon
  • preserving soma: headstand/shoulderstand
  • kumbhaka: the key to stilling the mind

Heart of Yoga Weekend Immersion

All of the above workshops can be combined into a weekend immersion depending on location and timing. Please contact me at for availability and costs.

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