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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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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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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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Yoga Alliance Is Ruining Yoga

When I started practicing yoga, I never imagined that it would become as popular as it is now. I also never imagined that the majority of yoga classes happening these days would be a string of risky tricks taught by minimally educated teachers, all done to a rocking sound track. And, while there’s a lot […]

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