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James Chapman

James Chapman began teaching yoga in 2003 whilst still in training and introduced yoga to many drug rehab clinics in London. He taught specialist yoga for mental health for the NHS for 7 years and also for leading charities Mind & Rethink.

James has been on the faculty of many leading yoga and yoga therapy training schools and has worked as a massage therapist since 2003, having studied extensively with the world's leading authorities on Myofascial Release. He regularly appears on podcasts for the Sports Therapy Association (STA) as a mental health expert in the field. Over the years James has worked with several royal families, A list celebrities, diplomats, business leaders, premiership footballers and professional athletes as well as the long term sick, unemployed and those who rely on NHS and charities for help.

His aim is to help people feel better, not just in the moment, but in the long term too. James runs a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training company and is an associate for MHFA England, Mental Health UK & Rethink Mental Illness. He is a plenary speaker for MHFA England on race & ethnicity and runs his own Addiction Awareness & Diversity & Inclusion training.


- Education/ExperienceKundalini KRI YTT 2004 -  London
- SIvananda YTT 2007 - Kerala
- Scaravelli Inspired 2011 triyoga - London
- Tapasya Hot Yoga 2012 triyoga - London
- Teaching From the Organs 2013 Judith Lasater - London
- Restorative Yoga 2014 & Level II 2015 Dr Roger Cole - London
- Relax & Renew 2016 Judith Lasater - London
- Yoga Therapy Dip 2015 Yogacampus - London

James is a member of the IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) and The SMA (Association of Soft Tissue Therapists) and also a qualified Medical Acupuncturist.


Upcoming workshops, trainings, and retreats

Adult Mental Health First Aid - 14th February 2024

This practical skills and awareness course in Mental Health First Aid is designed to give you:

- A deeper understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect people’s wellbeing
- Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues.
- The confidence to step in and support someone to recover their health by guiding them to appropriate support
- Three years of access to the MHFAider Support App® with 24/7 digital support
- Access to exclusive resources, ongoing learning opportunities, and the benefit of joining England’s largest community of trained MHFAiders®

Learning takes place through four live online training sessions, spread across two weeks.

Use code: YOGAMATTERS150 for an exclusive discount via Eventbrite

Youth Mental Health First Aid - 4th March 2024

An in-depth understanding of young people’s mental health and factors that affect wellbeing:

- Practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues
- Confidence to reassure and support a young person in distress
- Enhanced interpersonal skills such as non-judgemental listening
- Knowledge to help a young person recover their health by guiding them to further support 
- Engaging with parents, carers and external agencies where appropriate
- Ability to support a young person with a long term mental health issue or disability to thrive
- Tools to look after your own mental wellbeing
- Qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Use code:YOGAMATTERS125 for an exclusive discount via Eventbrite

Where to find James | @jchapmanyoga | Eventbrite

"Through meditation we can literally reprogram the brain, with regular practice we can learn to dissociate from our thoughts so we can observe and respond to them rather than being our thoughts and immediately emotionally reacting to them, often in an unhelpful way.Yoga allows us to connect in a truly healthy and nurturing way with ourselves, by doing so this then allows us to connect in the same way with the wider world."

James Chapman

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