Rachel James teaches Hatha Yoga. She trained for 5 years (2004 -2009 with the British Wheel of Yoga the governing body for Yoga in the UK) and graduated in 2009 and holds a BWY Teaching Diploma. She started teaching in 2006 when she began the diploma course. During her training, she studied Anatomy and Physiology which has become a passion and she continues to progress in her knowledge and understanding of the physical body. Currently, she is studying Medical Neuroscience online at Dukes University under Prof. White. The BWY course also focused on philosophy, and history, as well as precautions, prohibitions and different teaching styles. After graduating, Rachel became a self-employed teacher working in and around Oxford. She set up community classes, has worked for most of the University Colleges, and has had many corporate and private clients. She became the BWY Southern Region Representative for 3 years which involved setting up In-Service Training days for teachers to enable them to complete their Continual Professional Development. Over the years, Rachel has run many workshops based on Posture, Longevity, The Spine and Core, and the Chakras. She also runs retreats in Tuscany.
During the pandemic, her loyal community of students adapted to zoom. She retained her 1-2-1 clients and continues to teach 1-2-1 and on zoom. Rachel began teaching permanently at Khiron House Residential Trauma Clinic in April 2019. She is very grateful to have been able to continue to work at Khiron Clinic’s face-to-face during the pandemic. Working with people that have been traumatised is an altogether different experience from teaching mainstream students. She is learning from the therapeutic community about many different therapeutic interventions and enjoys working alongside her therapist colleagues. Yoga is a powerful intervention in its ability to help those whose minds and bodies are hyper-active, frozen or dissociated through developmental or eventful trauma.
Rachel loves travelling, animals, drawing, writing and gardening and spends long hours in nature during any spare time as a therapeutic resource.
Rachel was born in 1966, is of mixed ancestry, half Indian (dad deceased) and English (mum). She has 4 brothers, John-Mark (deceased), Oliver, Giles and Sebastian. She has a son Ethan (1998). They have a naughty Maine Coon cat called Kumo.