Loka Yoga Whistler
Loka Yoga Whistler was established in 2008. We partner with local First Nation’s elders and incorporate teachings from the Ashtanga & Jivamukti Yoga methods. We are certified by Manju P. Jois as an Academy of Ashtanga Yoga and are an affiliated Jivamukti Yoga School in Whister, British Columbia, Canada.
We are located in the adventure capital of the world is where we base our teacher trainings, retreats and intensives. We are based out of one of Whistler's most pristine hotels, Nita Lake Lodge, so we have accommodation on site. We have only the best teachers in the world brought in because of their diligence and devotion to the practice of Yoga.
The Prana Rising Ashtanga Life Programs are run throughout the year, both locally and internationally
Loka Yoga Jivamukti Whistler at Nita Lake Lodge has been my life for the last 10 years—it was my saviour at a time when my life was in turmoil.
I am proud to be part of this amazing community, working with Indigenous elders for last 10 years and creating wonderful relationships. This was all I ever dreamed of and we did this and so much more, and we will continue to do so.
But 2019 brings a new exciting change to my life.
When I was in India earlier this month, I had a realization of a project I had worked on with (former councillor) Andrée Janyk before she left her body, and I realize this is truly what I must do here—it was so clear.
Loka Yoga studio will close at the end of February 2019, but Loka Yoga will carry on with me in my new venture.
All our lives move on in different directions and mine is mapped out to create a medical healing and support centre working with cancer, post-traumatic stress, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and youth and mental health patients as well as students who wish to dedicate themselves to the environment and the well being of all living beings.
I am so honoured to have taught and mentored so many wonderful teachers on their journey through the yoga teachings and life.
For 30 years, I have also had the privilege of being the student of so many wonderful teachers who changed my life.
I am grateful for their support and love over the years, as this has enabled me to pass on their teachings here in Whistler and other countries.
I am grateful to Nita Lake Lodge for its support and help enabling me to build Loka into a studio known around the world.
But all good things move on and the hotel has exciting plans for its future, and I have to follow where my teachings and heart lead me.
It is not easy to be a business owner in this modern climate here, or anywhere; today and the past two years have not been easy. The summer months are always a struggle for the studio, putting pressure on myself and my family ... so we evolve.
We live in a quick-fix society and yoga is no exception. Money and materialism is the modern belief putting pressure on people to be perfect—unfortunately this is not the real world. Also, the perception that you need to jump on the yoga bandwagon to make quick money (means) its true roots and teachings that have been there for 5,000 years (have been forgotten).
I would not be a good yoga teacher if I looked to blame others or created negativity where there is none. Strong women don't play victims, don't make themselves look pitiful, and don't point fingers—they just get on and deal with their own actions while planting seeds of hope for the future.
I will be leading retreats in India, Moliki and Europe in 2019, and workshops where ever I am asked to go. Teacher trainings and personal mentoring will be limited to dedicated students who wish to serve their community.
I will come home to teach at Nita Lake Lodge for sure in the future. I love my home there, and the kindness of general manager Theresa Ginter and my landlord. Our relationship has always been so wonderful, probably a first in Whistler.
It is time now for me to be there for my sons and my parents, but most of all for myself.
To my beloved students, now teachers, (to my friends) ... who supported me through everything, thank you. I also loved working with Bear Smart for six years (Sylvia Dolson), and Bear Asia, Sea Shepherd and local business.
It's not what you talk about that makes the difference, it's what you do in your life that determines the end result—conscious empowerment through radical responsibility.
I hope you will fill the classes over the next two months to show your support to the wonderful teachers. Our final workshops and the closing party will be on Feb. 27 2019, supported by Nita Lake Lodge.
Tina Pashumati James