Tina Pashumati James
An internationally recognised pioneer in yoga and traditional yoga therapy, Tina Pashumati James has been changing people’s lives for nearly 30 years. Loka Yoga in Whistler and The Nook in Brackendale are Tina’s own yoga studios.
By teaching asana, pranayama, mantra, and activism, Tina teaches yoga from an intuitive and highly developed understanding of the human body and psyche. With her meticulous guidance, Tina’s goal is ultimate freedom and liberation for students, notwithstanding the activism that a person will feel and the will to want to serve.
Tina has generated extensive worldwide media coverage as one of Manju Jois’ Ashtanga yoga teachers, though she also studied with Shri K Pattabhi Jois in the early days. Sharon Gannon and David Life, founders of Jivamukti Yoga, asked her to mentor twice in 2008 and 2012; Tina sat on the advanced board with them in New York. “Sharon inspired me to be radical truth seeker”, cites Pashumati. She is grateful to Shyamdas, her Bhakti Teacher, and Manorama, her Sanskrit Teacher too and Tina also studied Georg Feuerstein’s 800 hour philosophy programme.
Pashumati has created many new programmes and is especially passionate about Love your Cancer: Yoga and meditation with the Green Moustache in Canada, working with the plant-based Gerson Therapy for healing Cancer. Nada yoga is used for Cancer patients, which entails also Vedic hymns and first nation songs.
Tina Pashumati has extensive study and clinical application of healing modalities in yoga, including sound and shamanic ceremonies. She enjoyed working with her friend and teacher Danny Paradise, who uses shamanism and Ashtanga. Tina is also a ski patrol medic, death doula and wedding facilitator. She has an unceasing pursuit of serving animals and protecting the oceans, and has been a lifelong vegan. Undertaking studies in sweat lodge, vision quest and sundance with first nations elders, Pashumati is just about to receive her first pipe. She loves to be with her elders, studying plant medicine and ancient ceremonies and is also spending the next four years sundancing to serve herself and pray for a consecutiveness to all things.
Other notable personal achievements include high altitude mountaineer work, helpijg young people with severe learning difficulties, running numerous marathons, setting up the first climbing wall in England and being on the UK show Gladiators. However, it is worth noting that all these feats do not warrant as much importance for Tina as radiating light and love.
Though Tina continues to teach throughout the year around the world, her heart is always with the animals. Yoga is renowned as an intensely physical, philosophical, internally focused spiritual practice that emphasizes self-awareness, devotion (bhakti), non-harming (ahimsa), and has the ability to shift one’s perception by means of breathing. It is therefore magic, a transformative experience off the mat and into the environment. The “wild child” of yoga, Tina’s passion is to live in the present moment and be an extreme adventurer. She says, “Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure,” and works tirelessly to protect the bears and their environment, the oceans and forests.