James Russell Yoga

Events & Workshops

© James Dylan Russell 2017
CALENDAR 2017 - 2018

Doug Swenson - Ultimate Yoga Weekend

23 - 24 September 2017
Forge Yoga Centre, Totnes
Saturday 23rd September
11am - 1:30pm
Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series
(At least one year experience of posture practice)
This class is a gentle introduction to Doug’s own unique Fluid approach to Ashtanga Yoga. This is based on first level Ashtanga Yoga Format. Class includes yoga adjustments and pranayama. All levels welcome.

3pm - 5:30pm
Yin Yoga - (Beginner - advanced)

In this class the students will enjoy the simplicity of a nurturing, gentle asana flow. Many postures will be supportive, relaxing and held for longer duration. The vinyasa will be light (non muscle resistance).
Sunday 24th September
11am - 1:30pm
Mastering the Secrets of Yoga Flow – (Beginner – Advanced)
The main focus of this class is centered around the fluid movements of soft and hard form vinyasa and how to expand this philosophy to create flow in your daily life – a variety of yoga postures – both easy and challenging will be used. Explanation will be made as to how the fluid energy lines of vinyasa in your yoga practice can affect your daily life in a positive way. A connection is made to help create a flow in your diet, at work in relationships and throughout your daily life.

3pm - 5:30pm
Hatha Yoga - Soft Style Practice (All levels)
In this class we will practice a variety of postures – using a more restorative approach and non muscle resistance vinyasa.

£70 full day or £130 for whole weekend

The Forge Yoga Centre, Totnes
Limited places available. Please book asap to avoid disappointment
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Hatha Yoga Workshop

Rishikesh Sequence
Saturday 21st October 2017
3pm - 5:30pm The Forge Yoga Centre, Totnes
The Rishikesh Sequence is a sequence of āsana and prāṇāyāma from the haṭha yoga tradition. The sequence was first popularised in the west in the 1960s by Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnudevananda.

In this workshop we will practice Sūrya Namaskar with Bīja mantras, followed by the Rishikesh sequence with prāṇāyāma, followed by deep relaxation. The āsana in this practice are held for slightly longer periods of time than in many modern styles of yoga and relaxation in each posture is encouraged.

This workshop is best suited to those with some previous yoga experience.

Total Cost: £20

The Forge Yoga Centre, Totnes
Limited places available. Please book asap to avoid disappointment
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World Yoga Festival

7th - 9th July 2017
Reading, UK
James will be teaching two sessions at this year’s World Yoga Festival being held in Reading. This is a camping event that brings together yoga enthusiasts from all over the world.

James will be teaching workshops on breath and bandha based kriyā. Times to be confirmed.

Festival Ticket Holders Only
For more information, please visit the World Yoga Festival website:

World Yoga Festival

Devon Yoga Festival

14th - 16th July 2017
Rill Estate, Buckfastleigh
Now in its fifth year, the Devon Yoga Festival is a popular event on the yoga calendar. The festival is held in an idyllic location in Devon, UK and offers comfortable residential accommodation, delicious vegetarian cuisine and a full timetable of inspiring yoga workshops, talks, music and kirtan.

James will be teaching workshops on prāṇāyāma and kriyā at this year’s festival. Please see the festival’s website for more info.

Festival Ticket Holders Only
Day Tickets Still Available: please visit festival website for info:

Devon Yoga Festival

Holistic Yoga Summer Retreat 2018

29th June - 1st July
East Down Centre, Devon
Experience a weekend of Holistic yoga set in an idyllic location in the heart of the Devon countryside, hosted by experienced Devon School of Yoga tutors James Russell and Barry Elms.

The yoga practice over the weekend will include preliminary exercises, āsana (postures), prāṇāyāma & kriyā (breathing exercises) and yoga nidra (deep relaxation). You will also have the opportunity to join in Kirtan (chanting mantras) and practice Chi Kung (Qigong) in some of the sessions.

The cost of the residential includes all tuition, accommodation (shared twin rooms) and sumptuous vegetarian food provided by specialist caterers 'cafe-om.' You will also have the opportunity to explore the beautiful surrounding countryside, or even have an ayurvedic massage (extra charges apply).

For more information please visit the website:

Haha Yoga Retreat

Devon School of Yoga Teacher Training

Next course:
16th Sept 2017 - 1st June 2019
James has been a member of the Devon School of Yoga teaching faculty for the past seven years and teaches on the school’s 500 hour teacher training programme.

This is an excellent, well rounded course that provides prospective teachers with the requisite skills required to teach yoga in a safe, informed and inspiring way. It is a two year course held over 20 weekends in Devon, three of which are long weekend residentials held at an idyllic rural retreat location.

For more information on this and other courses offered by the Devon School of Yoga, please visit the school’s website:
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James is an excellent teacher. His sessions are well thought out and planned, demonstrations are clear and his teaching style is very accessible. He uses humour and explanations well to keep everyone engaged. He is a great model of a yoga teacher and practitioner and I always look forward to his sessions. Judith - DSY graduate