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Ancient Medicine for the Modern Condition.

Currently, many of us are disheartened by the troubles of the world, discouraged by a lack or purpose and meaning in our lives, and more and more people everywhere are experiencing epidemic levels of stress, anxiety, depression and addiction. Even if you’re not currently experiencing a crisis, you probably recognize the benefit of daily self-care as preventative medicine. Thankfully, there is help available.

Here’s how I can help.

I teach a therapeutic, breath-centred approach to yoga in the tradition of Krishnamacharya & Desikachar, offer music medicine journeys, organize plant medicine retreats and provide compassionate, heart-centred support and guidance for whatever comes up. I work with people 1-to-1 in Montréal and online via phone or Zoom.

Yoga Medicine
The ancient, time-tested practices of yoga offer us a multitude of simple but powerful tools that support our mental, physical and spiritual well-being.

Music Medicine
Music has always been an integral part of the human experience and playing an instrument, singing or chanting is a way to connect with the deepest parts of ourselves and with each other. Music is a direct path to the heart and is by its nature a healing practice that anyone can participate in.

Shamanism & Plant Medicine
Shamanic journeys with music and/or sacred plant medicines can help us break through limiting thoughts, beliefs and behaviour patterns, and open up greater possibilities for our life and relationships.

The Healing Relationship
At the heart of everything I do is the healing relationship. Whether I’m working with people individually or in a group, I strive to create a compassionate and non-judgmental safe space for self-inquiry and reflection. The healing (or therapeutic) relationship affirms each person’s unique experience while allowing for the opportunity to see things from a different perspective, which can have a profound change in how we relate to ourselves and others.

Are you ready to take the first step on your medicine path?

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Brian James is a yoga teacher, musician and shamanic practitioner. For over twenty years he’s been exploring the medicine paths of yoga, music, psychology and shamanism.

His approach is rooted in the belief that yoga and other shamanic practices are not about striving toward a physical or spiritual ideal, but rather, they involve a deeply personal process of embodied awakening to one’s own truth and potential — simply, a return to one’s natural state.

Brian’s mission is to serve as a helpful friend and guide to others who are walking their own medicine path of healing, simply sharing what he’s learned on his own healing journey and offering compassionate, non-judgmental support and counsel when needed.

Brian has travelled all over the world to study with master teachers in yoga, music and shamanism. He has extensive training in the therapeutic yoga tradition of Krishnamacharya/Desikachar, the counselling approaches of Hakomi and Body-Mind-Spirit Coaching, and is currently enrolled in the first Compassionate Inquiry certification program with renowned trauma and addiction specialist Gabor Maté. Since 2011, he has participated in dozens of plant medicine ceremonies in the Santo Daime, Shipibo and Ashaninkan traditions.

Brian James is the author of a vinyasa yoga practice manual, Harmonic Movement, creator of numerous yoga practice resources and host of the Medicine Path Podcast. When he’s not out sharing yoga and music medicine, he’s at home in Montréal, Canada practicing the yoga of relationship with his wife of eleven years Debbie and their Boston Terrier Kingston.