About Us

Sharon St. James

Sharon completed Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training in 2001 followed by Ashtanga Vinyasa Asana Teacher Training, Pilates Mat-work and Functional Movement Pilates-style certification in 2003. She is a Light Body Graduate with Luminessence.  Sharon is an experienced teacher and taught “Meditation Tools for a Busy Life” at the University of Toronto. She has had a meditation practice for 25 years. She is currently registered with the Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 200.


My first meditation teachers were books.  For a great many years, they were my only teachers.  It was solitary experience while my children were growing up. Every morning I spent at least 30 minutes in my bedroom meditating or trying to meditate. It was a much slower process than it is now.  My next set of teachers and teachings required more than could be gained from books.  I took Reiki initiations which led to inner experiences while doing distance transmissions and energy work with others.   Next I did Bhakti Yoga, the yoga of the heart, where I would spend weekends chanting in Sanskrit before entering meditation.  Later I learned sacred songs in different North American indigenous languages. I was part of a drum team participating in a ceremonial Eagle Dance.  Both forms of chanting opened my heart and significantly raised our vibration, taking me into altered states of consciousness. Some teachers led silent meditation retreats while others led guided meditations. There was 6 months of light body activation followed by intuitional training, chakra courses (both contemporary and Vedic), weeklong breathing kriyas, walking meditation, meditation with seed and others. With yoga teacher training came pranayama training and an entirely different approach to meditation.  I never stayed long in any one group as I always reached a point where I felt I had learned what was needed from that particular organization.

To all these teachers I am grateful.

One response to “About Us

  1. Lizzy

    Sharon, this is LIzzy of Villa Sumaya, I just wanted to touch base with you about our center. I see you are very active with YTT and wonder if you would like to more about us. You can write me at Lizzy@villasumaya.com and I would be happy to send you a group package and have a phone call. Thanks, Lizzy

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