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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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It’s Your Funeral

Change your life in 3 fun minutes.   I am not one of those yoga teachers who feels inclined to give out unsolicited non-yoga-related life advice to the masses. And I really never do it. Really. It’s annoying. But this time I have to. I’ll make it quick and you don’t have to thank me, but […]

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Scary Yoga Teachers

Scary Yoga Teachers: A Halloween Rant

by James Brown You know that thing in a scary movie where someone runs from something because that thing is scaring the shit out of them? Well, I recently did just that and the thing from which I finally escaped was the yoga studio culture and community that I’d been practicing and teaching in for […]

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James Brown Baddha Konasana Central Park August 2014

Yoga at Home: Building a Self-Practice

Yesterday, a new Yoga Journal book, Yoga at Home: Inspiration for Creating Yoga Home Practice, was published. Authored by Linda Sparrowe, who has also written The Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health: A Lifelong Guide to Wellness and the Yoga Journal book: Yoga, it’s described as “The definitive guide to creating your own home yoga practice […]

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Hero Pose | Virasana

UNDER CONSTRUCTION About the Pose vira = hero; asana = posture Hero Pose | Virasana is the blueprint pose for any of the seated asanas with similar positioning of the leg and foot. It is an excellent preparation for any more advanced asana that requires plantarflexion with toe abduction, like many backbends and inversions. It […]

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Mountain Pose | Tadasana

Mountain Pose | Tadasana

  About the Pose tada: mountain, mighty; asana: posture This is, anatomically speaking, the basic pose from which all other poses spring. That’s because it’s very close to anatomically neutral in all of the joints. The only areas that are not neutral are the forearms and the ankles. To find true neutral in all joints, […]

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Plank Pose | Phalakasana

Plank Pose | Phalakasana

UNDER CONSTRUCTION About the Pose phalaka = a board, plank, bench; asana = posture Developing the proprioception necessary to know whether the spine and hips are neutral is invaluable to aligning inversions safely enough that they can be held for a long time. This is where we start to teach that Four-Limbed Staff Pose | […]

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