James was born in London and first discovered yoga in 2003. However, he truly caught the yoga-bug a few years later, during sunrise practices overlooking the rooftops of Udaipur with an old yogi named Prakash.
Following a martial-arts incurred neck injury, he was told that surgery was the only option. However he resisted and experienced an amazing recovery through his Yoga practice. He soon returned to India to train and embark on his path as a Yoga Teacher.
James has taught on over 15 YTTs and has received over 1000 hours of training, including two separate 300-hour qualifications – one with his main Asana teacher, Jason Crandell. His other major influences are Max Strom, Yogrishi Vishvketu, David Swenson, Christopher Wallis and his guru, Sri Prem Baba.
Classes involve a challenging, creative flow with focus on strength, stability and alignment to attain states of union between mind, body and spirit. James has a particular interest in Psycho-spiritual work, and the way that emotions are stored in the body and how we can release them to promote deeper well being and healing. He also incorporates the more subtle, energetic aspects of Hatha Yoga as a route to healing and inner peace.
He has taught all over the world, but loves to return to his hometown of London every summer where he teaches at some of his favourite studios including Triyoga.
You can see more about him here
Founder & Senior Teacher
Rory; a Scottish Yogi, Yoga Teacher and Yoga Therapist in training has been teaching around the globe since 2007. Rory has become popular for his wide ranging knowledge, charisma, humour and ability to transmit the teachings of Hatha, Kundalini, Tantra, Yoga therapy, meditation and classical eastern philosophy simply and succinctly.
He has facilitated over 20 Yoga Teacher Trainings and taught on many more for several Yoga schools (senior teacher for Tribe Yoga, Seasonal Yoga & Satyaloka) and due to popular demand has finally decided to team up with James French to offer the cherry picked teachings which can be found on the Path of Yoga teacher trainings.
He has deep gratitude for his main influential teachers over the years namely; Reinhard Gammenthaller (Kundalini Yoga Parampara), Sahajananda (Hridaya Yoga), Sri V Sheshadri (Patanjali Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga), Christopher ‘Hareesh’ Wallis (Kashmiri Shaivism) and Leslie Kaminhoff (Breath Academy). With deep gratitude for the many more who have influenced his style both on and off the mat.
He happily continues to spread his experience, knowledge and love of the Yoga system with true passion and as always is excited to share this life empowering knowledge on both our 200 and 300 hour training courses teacher training courses.
Originally from Japan, Akari Tamura is a dedicated yogini and a lover of Truth, known for her inspirational style of teaching and self-expression towards healing, love, and empowerment.
Akari has a unique way to inspire students all around the world by transmitting embodied wisdom from the heart. Incorporating the teachings of Bhakti Yoga and Bhavana (deepest feeling in the moment), Akari creates and holds a sacred space for students both outer-physical and inner-spiritual journey.
Since 2006, she has devoted years of study in traditional Hatha Yoga, Tantra Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Jnana Yoga (meditation, self-inquiry), Study of Vedic scriptures, Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. With great respect to the lineages, Akari began teaching internationally in 2013 and has taught classes, workshops and retreats all around the world, and trained hundreds of yoga teachers. Akari’s teaching encompasses asana, pranayama, vinyasa, meditation, Tantra, physical yoga anatomy, energy anatomy, self-inquiry, meditation, mudra, mantra, mythology, and vast knowledge of yogic philosophy.
Apart from a yoga teacher, Akari is also a well-known Kirtan leader with a decade long background in classical music study. Akari is passionate about the power of sound to open the heart and clear the way home. Akari’s other background includes a degree in sociology, several years of humanitarian work in Africa and SE Asia, knowledge of permaculture design with experience of living off-grid, extensive training and working experience in aromatherapy, herbalism, energy healing, massage, and bodywork.
Akari’s dharma (soul purpose) is to guide people to be who they truly are, centered in the heart, to become a true channel of their full potentiality as a force of love. Walking on this yogic path with gratitude, Akari is passionate to share the beauty of cherishing the most intimate relationship within all of us – between me and the Divine. Home is where thy heart is.
To become the channel of light (prana) in the lotus flowers (7 chakras) unfolding is the highest vision!
You can also find more about Akari Tamura at https://akaritamura.com/
‘Art’s passionate teaching style ranges from; Creatively infused, jovially energising flows to, grounded trauma releasing practices and therapies. Students are given the opportunity and encouraged to explore and engage into deep conversation with their body. Progressing beyond mechanical movements and expanding through the expression of their body’s natural rhythms. Attuning a practice that suits the student, whether beginner or advanced.
Art shares his practice internationally; teaching classes, leading workshops, intensive trainings and spreading integrative heartfelt healing. Embarking students and participants on a trans formative journey of self understanding, self healing and self empowerment. If you do not fill yourself with the truth of who you are, the world will fill you in with everything else. Realign your practice, recondition your mind, revolutionize your life’
Susan Marrufo, MA, E-RYT 500, left the United States and a job in advertising in 2008 to travel internationally and experience life beyond the confines of her cultural conditioning. She received her first 500-hr yoga certification in Thailand in 2009, where she began her studies of the classical yogic scriptures and delved deeply into esoteric tantric philosophy. After 2 years of teaching month-long tantric based courses on the banks of the Ganges in India and the Pacific coastal towns of Mexico, Susan returned to the US to begin a residential internship with the Kripalu School of Yoga, where she taught in and project managed several Kripalu yoga teacher trainings as well as received her 2nd 500-hr teacher training certification from the Kripalu School of Yoga.
Since then, Susan has split her time between India, Thailand and the US, facilitating group courses in the inquiry of yoga and meditation as well as diving increasingly deeper into her own yogic studies. After many years of travel, she is happy to have found a home in the City of Angels.
She is the Co-founder of Samarasa Center in Los Angeles, California.
You can also find more about Susan Marrufo at www.samarasacenter.com
Amy brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, delivered in an accessible and loving manner, a true gem in our teaching team. She has coordinated and assisted in several teacher training programs, has managed the beginners program for a large and well established Yoga school and completed over 1500 hours of certified training.
Her conscious inner-journey began in India in 2009. After living in India and Nepal for over a year, taking various retreats, studying Buddhism, Yoga and different meditation techniques she was hooked. As her study and esoteric explorations deepened she followed her calling and became a yoga teacher. Since then her studies and explorations have continued and evolved, becoming part of her everyday life both on and off the mat.
Amy believes in the power of self-work and self-awareness, exploring and discovering who we really are. A profound and rewarding practice that incorporates every aspect of our being and existence. She is inspired by Kashmiri Shiavism, Yogic philosophy, quantum physics, neuroscience, medicinal herbalism, the mind-body connection and psycho-spiritual work.
She pays sincere gratitude and loving respect to all the teachers that have influenced and enriched her life.
Amy continues to teach Yoga in numerous countries around the world. She is delighted to offer the fruits of her knowledge and experience for the greater good and the development of human consciousness.
Candy began her yoga journey with a curiosity for meditation, seeking alternative medicine as way to heal her anxiety and burnout. That led her to yoga asana, and reconnecting with her body as a way of self medicating. As it tends to, yoga became her way of life, carrying those lessons and insights off the matt.
Her inspiration as a teacher, is to get people connected to their breath, to trust their bodies, and trust the unique journey that will unfold within each individual through this process of movement, breath & mental focus.
Candy has a dedicated daily Ashtanga Practice under the guidence of her teacher Hamish Hendry, whom she also assists at his Dharma shala in central london. She has completed over 500 hours of teacher training in both vinyasa and ashtanga yoga, She is also a Alchemy crystal singing bowls practitioner studied under Yantara Jiro.
Candy is also a certified & practicing Cranial Sacral Therapist. With its strong focus on the human nervous system, fascia and emotional holding in the bones and tissues of our bodies, elements of this therapy deeply influence her approach to yoga, and the students she teaches. She believes that yoga is for every body, you just have to find your flavour and integrity within the practice, its a tool for finding internal peace in a world of chaos, and that is something everyone is entitled to experience.
As a former Basketball player, Yoga initially became a way to support athletic training . A natural curiosity towards the healing power of Yoga led to a journey to India, where Claudio lived in Hindu Ashrams during a three year period.
This time in India, the connection to yogic tradition, and the study of texts and philosophy under the guidance of his Guru in a Bramhin community, enables Claudio to bring a deeper understanding of the practice being ultimately, a spiritual one steeped in faith and devotion.
His intention is to create a space for students to explore and find their own relationship to the practice. He believes in a non dogmatic approach orientated on each students individual needs and aims.
He strives to make his classes safe, bio mechanically relevant and functional. Claudio brings knowledge of anatomy into his teaching, with a background in biology, and sports massage and Cranio Sacral therapy.
Claudio has teacher training CPD with Richard Freeman, Gary Carter and Yoga for athletes with Jim Harrington.
Ganesh hails from a family of traditional yoga practitioners, and has been teaching since 1995. Nurtured and blessed from many yoga gurus, he has become a pioneer in modern yoga world. For Ganesh, Yoga goes way beyond mastering the physical body and breath. “Yoga is an act of experiencing life and happiness to the fullest.” Be it beginners or long-time practitioners, people come to him for refined understanding of yoga. With Ganesh, yoga is simplified yet deepens your understanding of Yoga. He is described as the therapeutic storm in a teacup, and comes recommended by yoga students and teachers alike. He is a founder of Just Yoga (www.justyoga.com.cn)
Andrew – or as you may know him – Dr Yogi, originally trained to be a doctor, then moved away from western medicine to pursue a career as a yoga teacher, massage therapist and anatomy teacher.
He has been practising yoga and meditation for over 14 years and teaching strong, grounding and inclusive classes since 2009.
Now based in Los Angeles, Andrew combines all of his skills to teach anatomy and physiology on Yoga Teacher Training courses and run applied anatomy workshops internationally.
He has contributed to the two popular books Yoga Teaching Handbook: A Practical Guide for Yoga Teachers and Trainees and Yoga Student Handbook: Develop Your Knowledge of Yoga Principles and Practice.
For more information visit: www.doctor-yogi.com
From a very young age, Lorraine was fascinated by the beauty of movement and music. Her childhood was spent exploring the body through gymnastics, ice skating and different styles of dance. In her early twenties, a strong calling to the path of Yoga became the catalyst for many deeper realisations in her life and she left everything behind to follow this call. She has now been a dedicated Yogini and lover of Truth for almost thirty years. She specialises in offering an insightful feminine way of practising Yoga, bringing forth her love of Tantra and Kashmir Shaivism. She has also dedicated many years to the study of Jnana (Non Duality), Bhakti (Devotion) as well as Traditional Hatha Yoga which has led her to discover the depths of the Yogic practice, understanding the beauty of the fluid form while investigating the more subtle layers that exist within us. Ultimately pointing to what lies beyond which is the true meaning of Yoga. Oneness.
With a background in fitness training and mindfulness, Kali came to Yoga in her search to find a more holistic approach to living. A decade of practice, training and teaching have evolved to incorporate two ends of the spectrum from deep meditive yin to a slow but strong hatha providing plenty of opportunity to immerse and connect within. Kali initially trained with Swami Shanti Prasad in Traditional Hatha Yoga, then a couple of years later completed 500 hours with Rory and James at Tribe Yoga. She gratefully draws inspiration from study and practice with some of her favourite teachers: Tias Little, Sarah Powers, John Scott, Leela Sarti, Thich Nhat Hahn, Bhante Gunaratana.
As a meditation enthusiast, Kali shares guidance and insight from regular silent retreats and daily practice which has been profoundly transformative in terms of her own personal development. Studies in Thai Massage Therapy and SATYA (subtle awareness training for yoga attunement) with Tias Little, have inspired a passion for subtle anatomy, neuroscience and mindful metta movement to unravel residual trauma and tension.
Kali’s teaching style encourages practitioners to sense into the subtle realms of the body for deep connection and awareness through blended somatic movement, hatha, yin and meditation.
As a free spirit, nature lover, healthy living advocate and well-being activist, Kali promotes Yoga & natural health as a way of life in her favourite part of the world, North Cornwall. Catch her at the Luxury Eco Scarlet Hotel for Yoga and Wellbeing Breaks; as a teacher on insight timer app or teaching workshops and retreats around UK & Europe.
Em has been teaching yoga for 6 years all around London and is hugely passionate about the human body, health and movement. She loves the community and positivity that go hand in hand with yoga and hopes that you do too!
A south-Londoner born and raised, Em bases her own yoga business in Tooting, at a beautiful studio that overlooks the deep blue waters of the Tooting Bec Lido: a glorious outdoor pool in the middle of south London. Em also runs sell-out yoga retreats in Hampshire with her team of talented yoga teachers and chefs.
In terms of style, Em is primarily trained in vinyasa and ashtanga, with a precise physical and functional approach to yoga. She pays close attention to detailed alignment and muscular engagement, whilst still maintaining creativity within her sequences. Her classes usually feature an overarching theme, which can range from a specific muscle, area of the body, or progression towards a specific yoga pose. Her classes weave in philosophical concepts and mindfulness amidst movement, and her sequences are thoroughly planned out. Expect strong flows, with a fun energetic vibe and encouraging atmosphere. And probably a fair amount of sweat.
Em’s classes are accessible for all. Modifications offered throughout for those seeking to take it easy, as well as more advanced options for those that wish to go further.
She initially trained in her 200hrs at Sampoorna Yoga in South Goa, India in 2016, where she has since returned to work for the school itself. She later completed her 500hr advanced teacher training with Jason Crandell, who remains one of her biggest teaching influences. Training didn’t stop there: she has attended regular workshops in anatomy, biomechanics, injury management and has specific trainings in yoga for beginners as well as yoga for seniors. Em is also a qualified sports massage therapist.
Before her immersion into the world of yoga, Em received a first class degree from Bristol University in Drama and French, and a Masters on the three year acting course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After a working a few years in the acting industry, Em just kept getting drawn to movement work, until yoga became her full time passion and profession. She is also embarking on yet another degree, currently studying Physiotherapy in London to take her study of the body even further. She just loves learning about the body and can’t get enough! Which is exactly what draws her to yoga: from every practice, from every student she learns something new.
You can also find more about Emily at www.emthomsonyoga.com
Casey’s journey with yoga began over 10 years ago attending classes at a local gym. The seed had been planted, and her asana practice became a grounded part of her life and daily routine as she lived and travelled throughout Southeast Asia. She eventually landed in Bali where she completed her first 200hr TTC.
What initially began as a way to exercise and move her body, became a deeply embodied love affair with the more intimate aspects of the practice. Increasing internal awareness, moving and breathing with intention, calming the mind, expression through movement.
Casey focuses on embodied awareness. Aiming to deepen the connection between breath and movement. Dropping you deeper into yourself. Connecting you back to yourself through mindful movement. Giving students an opportunity to curiously explore their bodies and their breath.
Casey is passionate about encouraging students to inquire about what feels good in their body, exploring sensations, and moving with intention and awareness.
You can keep up with Casey’s yoga and travel journey on her Instagram.
Tara has been exploring movement as medicine for as long as she can remember. For her, movement has always been the key to a feeling of personal freedom, creativity and peace of mind.
For over 20 years Tara has studied various components of movement: Movement as communication (BFA in Theater), self-empowerment (Ashtanga Yoga) therapy (Certificate in Dance/Movement Therapy) and for physical wellbeing (RYT 500). Based in NYC, Tara taught vinyasa and hatha yoga in boutique (Kula Yoga Project) and local studios and brought it to the Hasidic Jewish community, inner city middle school, private high school and private homes.
Tara’s fascination with the body prompted her to delve into Thai Massage and extensive anatomy studies. Frustrated by anatomy classes that were heady, boring or misleading she designed and teaches a Functional Anatomy course which makes learning the complexities of the body accessible, fun and memorable.
Today Tara is finishing her professional training of the Feldenkrais Method, a science and art she believes to be an unparalleled approach to functional body/mind union and revelation. She teaches Somatic Movement (movement guided by self-awareness) and integrates it into Somatic Yoga, a practice of building asana from its functional architecture. She has also integrated her knowledge of the body and energetics and now practices her own style of Therapeutic Massage.
Tara is currently based in Chiang Mai, Thailand where her company, Somatic Movement Project, constantly evolves. She travels teaching workshops, trainings and classes, hosts retreats, offers bodywork and leads yoga teacher mentorship programs.
Chris is passionate about helping people in a holistic way; to make yoga accessible and enjoyable for everyone.
Her journey began in 2013 when she started her degree in Kinesiology at Queen’s University in Canada. She specialized in an Athletic Therapy program which supported varsity athletes. She then completed her yoga teacher training in Chiang Mai, Thailand with James and the amazing team at Path of Yoga in March 2020.
Chris weaves her understanding of the physical body into her yoga teaching to craft thoughtful, well-balanced classes. Through gentle reminders, pose variations and attention to detail, she creates a warm and welcoming space in which to practice. Students are encouraged to listen to their own bodies and explore what feels good in the present moment.
When Chris is not on the mat, you can find her outside exploring nature, creating in the kitchen, or cozying up with a blanket and a tea.
You can also find more about Chris here.
Chris Brooker (she/her)
Ian LeMasters is a yogi, massage therapist and acrobat based out of Portland, Oregon. Originally from Texas, he relocated to the PNW in 2015 to further develop his skills as a career Yoga and Acro-yoga teacher. Today, he remains active in the yoga community as an experienced teacher and continued education provider for yoga instruction in anatomy and advanced asana in Portland, Oregon. His classes are heavily influenced by vinyasa and ashtanga-vinyasa yoga styles and he has been fortunate enough to study with amazing teachers such as Jason Crandell, Michele Loew, Doug Kellar and Jani Jaatinen.
In addition to Yoga and Massage Therapy, Ian has also studied hand-balancing under Jean-Luc Martin of the San Diego Circus Center and is the co-founder of IP-Acro’s acro-yoga program. Through IP-Acro along with Paul Hogan, he facilitates a handstand training program and acro-yoga classes for beginner and advanced students.
Ian’s Instagram: ianlemasters_yoga
Ian LeMasters (he/him)
Celest is a trained dancer and martial artist with a BS in Physiotherapy, and over 10 years yoga practice. Celest completed her Yoga Teacher Training in India in 2009 and has been teaching full time since then. Celest’s greatest passion is to teach Vinyasa Flow Yoga. She has classes in top yoga centers in London, such as Triyoga and Evolve and regularly takes groups to exotic locations for yoga retreats.