James Boag

Meet James

Originally from Yorkshire, UK, James teaches yoga and applied yoga philosophy globally. He is an illustrious student of Sanskrit and a unique teacher of whole life yoga. With a background in languages, literature, and sports, James has been teaching for thirty years, specializing in yoga and applied yoga philosophy. He began teaching yoga in 2003 and has since led integrated programs on applied yoga philosophy around the world since 2009. James is known for his storytelling, rich kirtans, deep meditations, and principle-based approach to āsana and movement, and for bringing the timeless wisdom of the traditional scriptural teachings vividly into the context of our lives today.

James has a degree in French and Italian and went on to teach English in Asia, where he discovered the wonders of Yoga and Sanskrit. Over ten years of study visits to Mysore, James completed his MA in Sanskrit while also leading courses on the Bhagavad Gītā, Yoga Sūtra-s and Indian Mythology. His teachings warmly invite practitioners to integrate the principles of yoga into the journey of life. Deeply rooted in Shankaracaraya Vedic,Kashmiri Shaiva, and Sanskrit traditions, James’ work breathes vibrant life into the timeless wisdom of yoga. His approach transcends the ordinary, offering a transformative experience that extends beyond the yoga mat. By blending ancient traditions with contemporary understanding, he guides individuals towards a profound and living connection with the essence of yoga.

Click here to learn more about James and discover the wide range of online courses, talks, immersive workshops, and retreats he offers across Europe.

What People say:

"Distinguished Sanskrit Scholar and Yoga Teacher James Boag’s whole life yoga warmly invites practitioners to integrate yogic principles into a lifelong journey. Deeply rooted in Shankaracaraya Vedic, Kashmiri Shaiva, and Sanskrit traditions James’ work breathes vibrant life into the timeless wisdom of yoga. His teachings beckon contemporary seekers to forge a dynamic and enduring relationship with the practical wisdom at the core of the yoga tradition. James Boag’s approach transcends the ordinary, offering a transformative experience that goes beyond the mat. By blending ancient traditions with contemporary understanding, he guides individuals towards a profound and living connection with the essence of yoga.”

- Dr Vinayachandra Banavathy

Co-Founder and Director, Indica Yoga

“James holds a warm and welcoming space. He makes Sanskṛt comprehensible and helps us see why Sanskṛt is such an incredible language”

- Clare N

“James’ kīrtan-s inspire such joy. He has a fabulous voice and does such a lovely job of inviting everybody to share in a way that makes traditional kīrtan accessible and fun.”

- Philippa B

“It was my first time at a kirtan, James made everyone feel very welcome. I was surprised and moved by how powerful the Sanskrit chanting was”

- Andrew B

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