"When you want something; all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it."
Tina Pashumati James is a teachers' teacher, The wild child of Yoga." She is an activist, whose moto is "shine, Be bright, Be visible." She has thirty years of study of Raj Yoga, the science of Yoga, a registered E-RYT® 500 YACEP® Yoga alliance teacher as well as an internationally recognized Ashtanga Teacher, advanced certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher and Tina is the Director of the LOKA YOGA school in Whistler,and The Nook in Brackendale BC. Tina was taught by the Guru of Ashtanga and his eldest son, Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and Manju Jois respectively.
Pashumati is translated as 'the protector of wild animals'. Sharon Gannon bestowed Tina with this name in 2012, a sacred acknowledgement of Tina's devotional work for animals. Tina was so happy to have the wonderful Sharon Gannon and David Life as her teachers sharing the love of animals, and she mentored for them two years at Jivamukti trainings. Tina sat on the Advanced board with Sharon Ji and David Ji. "It is rare to find teachers that say what they mean and mean what they say" Tina asserts.
Tina's first teacher was Ann Hobdell a brilliant student of Derick Island,and John Scott, she shared with Tina Ashtanga Yoga, Tina had been practicing Yoga for several years before this time to keep her body and mind healthy, she really had no idea what she was doing just loved the feeling she had after breathing and moving consciously.
Shri K Pattabhi Jois and Manju jois became her teachers She studied and read as much as she could about all the old scripturers, She loved there truth disapline and the fact that she could learn from Father and son who had lived Yoga and wanted it to be a gateway to Freedom. she attended Shri Pattabhi Jois home Ashram in Mysore for many years, and her last trip there was for his 90 birthday in Mysore, she travelled there to be with this incredible Teacher, and learn as much from him as she could, he was Humble, and quite brilliant, vegetarnian, and a master in all aspects.
Tina’s later beloved teachers, Sharon Gannon and David Life (the founders of Jivamukti), have a direct lineage to Shri Brahmanada Sarasvati, Shri, Swami Nirmalanananda and Shri K Pattabhi jois. Tina forever thanks them and Shyam Das, her beloved Bhakti Teacher; not forgetting Manorama, her sanskrit Teacher for the past 12 years, and Danny Paradise, her good friend and a fellow Ashtanga teacher.
Tina feels that being in Canada has helped her create deep connections to the Native American peoples and protection of water. Uncle Fraser was Tina's initiator into the local First Nations culture in BC which then led her to Barry, Clara, Michelle (Blue Sky Woman), Vern and Mumsie.
These parts make Tina cringe but we have to mention her amazing feats in life! Tina has climbed big mountains, Denali in Alaska and Mont Blanc in Chamonix. She ran many marathons all around the world, and was a fearless competitive fighter with Mark Weir in Gloucestershire. A personal trainer to many people over a fifteen-year span, including Under-21s Manchester United football team and Cheltenham town football team. She owned the first indoor climbing wall in England, Chapel Rock Gym and even featured on the UK's Gladiators program! She has also worked for the Whistler ski patrol for eight years.
It was back in 1989 that Tina first shared her new-found practice of yoga as a new way to live ones life, wellness for mind and spirit. These were radical concepts to most people that Tina had identified with prior to visiting India and she was really going against the grain.
Tina found yoga after a near-fatal moment left her in hospital for several months with a terrible head injury. Thus, Tina travelled to India where she would meet her first teacher, Shri K Pattabhi Jois, and his son Manju Jois, who would set her on her path to yogic teaching she would travel around everywhere she could to be with her teacher, she did many teacher trainings with Manju Jois assisted him and practiced with him for 18 years and consequently evetually brought Manju to England in 2003 to share the yoga therapy.
TINA THE ACTIVIST
Tina's love of animals was started really from her parents. As a small girl she was in the garden saving everything: ants, frogs, geese, ducks, chickens.
Her Parents helped her rescue Owls they spent many years doing this, also rescue horses, and indeed pot bellied pigs.
An activist where health was concerned, speaking up against large corporation sponsorship and funds that she felt were not in the best interest of people or animals, Tina was inspired and involved in the Animal Liberation Front.
Tina has raised money for the Bear Smart charity at Loka Yoga. She wants to assist the wild animals here in Whistler and indeed around the world, not to mention a change in governmental protections for wild animals, no more greed and torture, and ultimately an end to trophy hunting.
DEALING WITH DIS-EASE, DISEASE AND DEATH
In 2014 Tina had a twelve-hour operation, and practised pranayama, mantra, kriyas, and specific yoga therapy which saved her life. She says we are never the victim but that we learn about ourselves through great tragedy and grief. Her classes are often infused with humour and love, using simple technics for Cancer and disease to assist both Cancer patients and their families.
Tina uses yoga therapy to train yoga teachers and health professionals to adapt the practices for people with Cancer and other chronic or life-threatening illnesses, auto-immune system diseases, diabetes, depression and trauma.
My intentions are to offer palliative help for the dying, a sacred place for the holy being going through transitions and their family. The work of a death doula is primarily about presence. Tina is there to ease the passage from this world to the next. She knows that the most valuable thing she can offer anyone taking that most solitary of journeys is her company.
MENTAL ILLNESS AND YOGA.
Tina worked at her mothers college in England, she was one of the first people to bring yoga into schools in England, and for young people with severe learning difficulties, young people who had been abused, she set up a program that proved to be very succesful in 2002, she also worked in prison sharing Yoga for young offenders, always sharing diet where she could with people who wanted to learn. Yoga means union, the union of individual existence with cosmic existence, union of the individual "I-am" with the cosmic "I-Am." This union is eternal. You do not have to create it. You cannot create it, because it always exists. You have to feel it. How? Not by an emotional feeling of the thinking mind, but by feeling the original mind, the silent mind with which you are born.
Tina has been worked for a vegan world where all beings are free, and is an advocate for raw and vegan food. This is in accordance with yogic philosophy as well as increasingly backed by present-day doctors and scientists such as Dr T. Colin Campbell and Dr Micheal Greger.
Her motto: Never sell out to corporations, be yourself, be responsible for yourself, and have faith in yourself.
“Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you”, Tina adds.
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” -Albert Einstein
"Tina is an exceptional teacher, mentor, and human being. She is deeply respected and respectful, exemplifying integrity, passion, and deep commitment to personal practice. Tina connects with her students on an emotional, spiritual and physical level, attending to individual needs and circumstances with great compassion and wisdom. Her classes are joyful, compelling, and transformative. Tina’s guidance and infinite caring have made a huge difference in my life".
Tina is my student for about 18 years she did many teacher training with me and also she assist me in my workshops i strongly recommended her.
Manju Pattabhi Jois
European Academy of Ashtanga Yoga EU/UK.