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J. Brown
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Pursuing a quiet yoga revolution, based in healing, J. Brown seeks to change the dialog, and direction, of yoga practice in the west.
Pursuing a quiet yoga revolution, based in healing, J. Brown seeks to change the dialog, and direction, of yoga practice in the west.

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Pedro Luna, creator of the Instagram account @Yogimemes, started taking J’s live stream classes and it led to this conversation about Pedro’s infamy on Instagram and their shared experiences trying to make a life as yoga teachers. They discuss the challenges of balancing a yoga career and being a dad, generational divides when it comes to social media, how Pedro got to 100,000 followers, doing YogaFestFl, and discerning the fine line between promoting your work and still maintaining integrity.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast/2018/11/pedro-luna
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Karin Carlson, founder of Return Yoga, has been bringing yoga out of the studio model into underserved communities for years and, after reading a recent post she wrote about the Yoga Alliance, J reached out to work through some ideas together. They discuss the early blogosphere days, shifts in industry that made it harder to make a living, questions of regulation and scope of practice, Yoga Alliance’s role, and filling the gaps between ancient wisdom and modern day relevance.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast/2018/10/karin-carlson
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Nadiya Nottingham and J know each other from the early days of the NY yoga scene and have been friends for years but this is the first time they really have a full length conversation about ideas that are important to both of them. They discuss Nadiya’s evolution from yoga to QiGong and Celtic Tree Medicine, the relationship between QiGong and Tai Chi, similarities and differences between QiGong and Yoga, power animals, and the mystery and magic of each persons own individual medicine.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast/2018/10/nadiya-nottingham
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I’ve had a particularly hard time bringing myself to write. That’s unusual. Two other articles on various topics have already been penned but both feel so entirely inadequate to the moment that I can’t bring myself to publish either. Looking for insights into humanity through an examination of what is happening in the yoga industry has its limitations, and my usual sort of musings seem a trifling contribution given the larger shifts taking place. In the face of profound uncertainty, the impulse to withdraw is hard to resist, but might just as well hold the key to a new direction.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/blog/2018/10/fear-and-purpose-amidst-a-narrative-collapse
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Shelly Prosko returns to talk with J about some difficult questions he has been grappling with. They discuss the concept of right or proper alignment, the difference between yoga therapy and yoga, changing understandings around pain, compassion science, and moving from a postural-structural bio-mechanical model to a biopsychosocial-spiritual model. They also consider the fine line between science and mysticism, and how we might keep yoga from falling into foreseeable pitfalls.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast/2018/10/shelly-prosko
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Carrie Owerko and J talk about her unconventional approach to teaching Iyengar Yoga and some of the pressing issues facing the community. They discuss her formative theater influences, questions about one right alignment and the importance of interoception, her relationship to the Iyengar method and how her choices have shaped her teaching, the accounts of sexual assault by a senior teacher, and the fundamental problems inherent in hierarchical traditions.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast/2018/10/carrie-owerko
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Dr Loren Fishman, pioneer of integrative medicine and founder of yip.guru, talks with J about his relationship to BKS Iyengar and his published research on the treatment of many disorders, including piriformis syndrome, scoliosis, osteoporosis and rotator cuff tear. They also discuss ideas about postural alignment and how it relates to injury prevention, creating protocols without sacrificing the mystery, PGC1alfa, and bringing evidence-based yoga into medicine.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast/2018/10/loren-fishman
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Despite the extraordinary growth of yoga as an industry, newer generations of practitioners, who have only come to know yoga in the internet age, often have less access to substantive teachings on yoga.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/blog/2018/9/are-we-entering-a-yoga-desert
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Jessie Barr and Tom O’Brien, creators of OM City, are launching a campaign to fund a second season of their show which is J’s favorite ever depiction of the yoga teacher lifestyle. J gushes over how much he loved the first series, finds out why it has taken so long to make more episodes, communes with them on the challenges of independently producing your own stuff, and discuss portrayals of yoga as cliches or nuanced reality.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast/2018/9/jessie-barr-tom-obrien-om-city
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Patti Safian and J used to run in the same circles back in the early days of the NY Yoga scene and a recent reunion at the TKV Desikachar celebration led to this conversation about her mom, her yoga, and her takeaways from years of study. They discuss her article in Glamour about her mom leaving to become a disciple of Rajneesh, yoga in the nineties, different traditions and common threads that run through, cults and cult-like behavior, and how to never giving over your power.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast/2018/9/patti-safian
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