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Staff Pose | Dandasana

Staff Pose | Dandasana

UNDER CONSTRUCTION About the Pose danda = staff, rod, stick; asana = posture If Mountain Pose sat down, but maintained all of its Mountain-ness, it would be Staff Pose. This is the blueprint pose for all seated postures. Every seated pose has hip flexion; and in Staff Pose, we have that hip flexion stripped down […]

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Empty yoga studio

The Day Mr. Iyengar Died

I was sitting on the floor at the end of last summer in an empty yoga studio in Soho. It was the end of a long, hot day teaching a yoga workshop and assisting my teacher, Maty in a teacher training. Before heading back to my place for the night, I was using the wifi […]

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Ferguson and the Mythology of Racism

Ferguson and the Mythology of Racism

Written by American Yoga School founder, James Brown The evidence released regarding the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri shows that most of the eyewitness accounts of what happened contradict each other. They mostly follow one of two scenarios: 1. Brown was yet another innocent black victim of a racist and trigger-happy white […]

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The good students of Manila

Why I Love Teaching Yoga in The Philippines

by James Brown In January, I’ll be making my fourth annual trip to Manila, Philippines to teach a new group of students how to teach yoga. Because the five weeks I spend there are the best of my year every year, I’ve already got plans to go there to teach with the same young, growing […]

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Our First Grads: 2009

The curriculum we teach here now has evolved from what was taught in 2009 to this group of graduates. Listen to what they had to say about the experience.

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4 things yoga teachers should stop saying

4 Things Yoga Teachers Should Stop Saying

The foundation that I have built my yoga teacher training curriculum on is the belief that the most effective yoga teachers wholeheartedly work toward basing all of their instructions on a clear understanding of the philosophy that underlies asana practice. In a nutshell, we use the body as a tool to concentrate the mind so we […]

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Yoga Teacher Training Standards After Yoga Alliance

An Update to “How Yoga Alliance is Ruining Yoga” My intention in posting “How Yoga Alliance is Ruining Yoga” on January 7 was to encourage the organization to raise their minimum yoga teacher training standards, which are followed by most US schools. On that front, the article failed. The standards remain, with little editing in the decade and a […]

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