A lifelong athlete, participating in track, basketball, baseball & football from a very young age, fitness was never a question…it simply was there. In April of 2001, I survived an accident which resulted in complete paralysis for a period of a few weeks. The athleticism he'd enjoyed throughout his life to that point was no more. With an unfavorable prognosis for recovery, I attempted to move on.
It was nearly 10 years before I walked into Charlotte Family Yoga Center. Learning patience and acceptance through Deep Stretch classes,I began to incorporate slow flow and regained my strength, flexibility and coordination, eventually moving on to Power Yoga.
Yoga has taught me that our bodies are energetic bodies. As we travel through life, this energy, Prana or chi often becomes stuck in various areas due to our life experiences and our activities or lack thereof. This "stuckness" greatly affects the physical body, as well as our mood, confidence and happiness over all. By moving the body through an asana practice and focusing intently on our breath to calm our mind, connections are created, this stuck energy can be freed, negative emotions released and our sense of wellbeing elevated. This, along with meditation, he refers to as the "Reset Buttons".
James comes to us from the Finger Lakes region of New York and is a 16 year resident of Charlotte. He is a husband and father of two beautiful, loving young ladies. Along with yoga, he now enjoys visiting the US National Whitewater Center. He has great interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine and also loves live music, massage therapy, chess and hiking. He says that yoga did not heal him, it has provided the method with which he heals himself.
James has completed:
• Assistant training at Charlotte Family Yoga Center.
• Level One Teacher Training with Baron Baptiste.
• 200 hour Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training under Diane Cevallos and Hollace Stephenson.
James has been practicing yoga for over 5 years , Assisting in yoga classes for over 3 years and Teaching Yoga since Spring of 2015.