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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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7 Tips for Nervous New Yoga Teachers

Written by AYS Founder James Brown. Originally published in The Huffington Post Greatness in any skill comes after a lot of practice, and that practice has to start somewhere. A few weeks ago, I had a text exchange with a yoga teacher who was at that starting point. She was about to teach her first […]

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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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Hands Up in Mountain Pose / Urdhva Hasta in Tadasana

Hands Up in Mountain Pose / Urdhva Hasta in Tadasana

    About the Pose urdhva = up; hasta = hand; tada = mountain; asana = posture Looking for a shortcut to balancing in Handstand? There isn’t one. But, this pose provides ample opportunity to identify and address the limitations in strength, openness, and skill that is required to do an optimally aligned Handstand. This […]

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Downward Facing Dog | Adho Mukha Svanasana

Downward Facing Dog | Adho Mukha Svanasana

adho = down; mukha = face; svana = dog; asana = posture About the Pose What’s not to love about a well-aligned Downward Facing Dog pose? It can build strength in the shoulder flexors and the muscles that stabilize the scapulae in their end range of upward rotation. It can also increase range of motion […]

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Chair Pose | Utkatasana

Chair Pose | Utkatasana

About the Pose utkata: awkward, mighty; asana: posture Chair Pose holds tremendous value when practiced at the Tapas Point because it heats things up quickly because of the large muscle groups in the legs and back that must work to keep the body from falling down. And we get all that work with minimal risk […]

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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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