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Table Pose | Prasthasana

Table Pose | Prasthasana

UNDER CONSTRUCTION About the Pose prastha = stable, spread, table-land on the top of a mountain; asana = posture This pose doesn’t get a fraction of the respect it deserves but let’s change that. This is where so much can be learned safely before adding weight and complexity. Let’s start with the wrists. Whether a […]

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James Yoga Teacher Training YogaWorks Montana 2006

A Dispatch from the Field: Why Yoga Alliance Must Go

This email I got from a yoga practitioner of 40+ years explains, better than almost anything I have ever read, the damage that is being done by Yoga Alliance and the yoga community’s complicity. Dear Mr Brown, I just read your article on the Yoga Alliance. I wanted to share this with you – An […]

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With Tipper Gore at a Campaign Event in 2000

Debate Prep

The Heretofore Untold Story of the Jokes I Curated for Gore To Be Heard Just Before 2000 Debates by James Brown When I started teaching yoga in the late 1990’s, I lived in Washington, DC. Somehow, a few months into it, I was teaching Tipper Gore when she was in town. Her husband was the Vice […]

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Home. June 2016. James Brown Yoga

100 Days of Homeless: An Essay About Finding Ground

by AYS Founder James Brown 1. Finding Joe’s Grave When Joe Buck Shugart died in the spring of 1989, we’d only recently engaged in our first experiences of what anybody would call a conversation, although he’d been my stepfather for 17 years at that point, since I was 7. Until then, my relationship with him […]

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Beware the Guru

Beware the Guru

by AYS Founder James Brown Note: This article was written in February 2013, shortly after the Vatican’s announcement that Pope Benedict would be stepping down. A highly edited version of it was published on The Huffington Post in May of last year. We are re-posting it now, as a UN panel investigating torture questions a […]

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On Right and Wrong: Avenue by Agnes Obel

We never use the words “right” and “wrong” to describe anything about an individual’s practice. Here is a gorgeous lyric and song that describes part of the reason why. by Agnes Obel  What is wrong at the end of the day? What is really wrong no one dares to say. You know you’re wrong when […]

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The Colossal Failure of Modern Yoga

The Colossal Failure of Modern Yoga

Written by AYS Founder James Brown I. Every time I look at the screen to write this I feel nauseous. I taught successfully within the yoga studio system for almost 20 years. But I don’t any more and I think the reasons for it are worth sharing with those of you who still do. I was […]

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Tapas and Asana

Rising from Ashes: Tapas and Asana

People practice yoga for many reasons. But, almost all who come to yoga have at least one thing in common: a desire to change something about their physical or mental experience. Tapas is a Sanskrit term that literally means, “to purify with heat.” It’s used in The Yoga Sutras to describe one of the requisite […]

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