Welcome to the website of Steve Jamison. One to one and small group yoga classes and retreats on Dartmoor Devon.
Yoga moves us to a better place, and as long as we can breathe we can journey there. You don’t have to be anything other than yourself ! Yoga has helped me in a wonderful way and it’s there for all of us, for you.
I'm a senior teacher and trainer for Yoga Alliance, fully accredited teacher with the British Wheel of yoga and offer 1:1 classes, yoga therapy which can included talking therapy small group sessions and retreats where I live at the edge of Dartmoor, close to Totnes. I offer the same at my yoga retreat centre in Portugal.
I've been lucky teaching a great variety of people from vetinary surgeons preparing for their day, yoga teachers, busy mums and many more. It's all about finding a way for each one of us to benefit from the benign power of yogic practices & techniques. From experience I've found that small group classes and personalized sessions along with a personal practice is the best way for us to do this. This bespoke tuition has firm foundations and links directly with the way it was orginally taught.
If this appeals to you please do get in touch, and by all means bring a friend along or your own small group. There is accommodation here for small group retreats and additional accommodation in the nearest village, South Brent or further afield in Totnes. It's a short walk from here to the open moor and beautiful woodland walks by the river. It's important to be in nature and feel the Earth beneath our feet !
I've also recently written a book : A Dog called Buddha.
A Dog called Buddha is now available
A Dog called Buddha is the story of how I evacuated my home in the foothills of the Serra de Lousa in Portugal in an old Land Rover with four rescued dogs looking for a refuge as wildfires raged across the country. Yoga practice was a great help during this risky journey, helping me to keep calm and focused. People have loved the book for a number of different reasons, nature, animals, the terrifying reality of wildfires, and yoga of course.
A Dog called Buddha is published by Blue Poppy in hardcover.
Why Yoga Beetle?
Well, top of the list is nature because we're not separate from it, we are nature too. Sounds obvious, but we do need to experience this as often as possible and a yoga practice tunes us in so we can open up to get this connection more easily and experience it directly.
Other creatures like beetles illuminate humaniy's place on Earth and how we should tread lightly upon on, we're all connected.
Beetles also persevere - they don't give up and will find another way if their original route is clearly blocked they apply their natural intelligence to the present situation.
I've kept a soft spot for Beatle George Harrison, his love of Paramahansa Yogananda and the way he gave out copies of Autobiography of a Yogi, Yogananda's extraordinary book which originally got me into yoga.
Aspects of Yoga
Yoga can help any one of us in our lives and you don't have to practice for hours each day to notice an improvement in your mind and body.
Over the years and teaching for the last fifteen of them I've often noticed less can be more. Focus, the breath and letting go are the real movers we need. This doesn't necessarily mean doing a long practice, and in small groups or one to one we can find a practice which really helps you and works. You might be super bendy and enjoy challenging postures : good, but then what ? Why do we do asanas, what is yoga really about ? Equally you might be stiff as a board or be carrying an injury, have a bad back, a chronic illness flaring up or other physical things going on as most of us do at some point in our lives so a practice of challenging postures is the last thing you'll want or need. Instead you will need to soften and let go, be able to adapt your practice to the moving dynamic which is you, as you are in your present life situation in body, mind and soul. This is taught in the groups and retreats here. We all start from a different place and one size doesn't fit all !
I began yoga when I was a student at Exeter University...
Small group classes in Devon £15.00 per person for an hour and a half.
Small group workshops £65 per person per day.
Accommodation on site £40 per person per night
or can be found nearby in south Brent or Totnes. .
Yoga therapy £65 an hour.
The Cha Yoga Centre
At Cha stillness in nature helps create a space inside, where we can re-tune ourselves and begin to let go. The Cha Yoga Centre is located in the foothills of the Serra da Lousã, near the river Ceira in the Coimbra region of Portugal.
Self-catering stays are available for periods of up to two weeks for individuals, couples or groups.
EU 70 per person per day.
Acommodation is EU 60 per person a night.
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