J. Brown Yoga

J. Brown Yoga Talks

J. Brown Yoga Talks

Description

Candid conversations about yoga and beyond with outspoken teacher and writer, J. Brown. A leading voice in the Slow Yoga Revolution, J advocates for a more intimate, breath-centered, therapeutic yoga practice geared towards well-being and lessening of pain. On topics ranging from yoga philosophy, to the business of yoga, to subjects unrelated to yoga, J and his esteemed guests always have something interesting and intimate to share.

Episodes

Catherine Salin Derrow - "NY Times Covers Consent and Touch"

Dec 2, 2019 01:46:52

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Catherine Salin Derrow, featured in a recent high-profile NY Times article, talks with J about her experience of becoming a flashpoint around consent and touch in yoga. They discuss what happened behind the scenes at the workshop covered by the NY Times, old-school teaching and healthy boundaries, holding people accountable and cancel culture, and the uncomfortable contradictions and difficult questions that must be reckoned with for us to find a healthy way forward. This episode is sponsored by Ropana CBD.

 

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Ethan Nichtern - "Shambhala Buddhism and Death of the Guru"

Nov 25, 2019 01:48:24

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Ethan Nichtern, author of The Road Home: A Contemporary Exploration of the Buddhist Path, has a candid conversation with J about the scandal in the Shambhala Buddhist community, the underlying dynamics at play, and the broader implications for modern spiritual seekers. They discuss the origins of the tradition, his childhood in the community, gurus and his relationship to Chögyam Trungpa and Sakyong Mipham, and what might be needed to foster change in both our inner lives and outer politics. This episode is sponsored by Karmasoft.

 

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Ean Price Murphy - "Money Shame Sucks"

Nov 18, 2019 01:31:02

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Ean Price Murphy, founder of Moxie Booking, is an old friend who reconnects with J to discuss how to overcome money shame with cash-management systems that even yoga teachers can understand. They talk about Ean’s viewpoint on numbers and business as a balance of order and chaos like jazz music, the emotional nature of money, using percentages and the Profit First system, and some actionable steps that anyone can take to empower themselves financially and fulfill a sense of purpose. This episode is sponsored by Ropana CBD.

 

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Donna Farhi - "Iyengar Abuse and Changing Yoga Pedagogy"

Nov 11, 2019 01:53:57

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Donna Farhi returns to the show to talk with J about addressing the fundamental problem of power abuse in Iyengar Yoga and beyond. They discuss the difference between pedagogy and ‘heutagogy’ or self-determined learning, when quiet authority is given by students or authoritarianism is asserted by teachers, educating people about what is between the lines and understanding the invisible matrix so we can make change, and the inquiry and shared humanity that makes for a lifelong sustainable yoga career. This episode is sponsored by Karmasoft.

 

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Amy Quinn Suplina - "Best Practices for Studio Owners"

Nov 4, 2019 01:33:55

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Amy Quinn Suplina, founder of Bend and Bloom Yoga in Brooklyn, NY, talks with J about how her center has managed to survive when so many others have closed. They discuss what things were like when they opened their studios, the influences that shaped Amy’s choices, what has contributed to her centers’ sustainability including how much she pays her teachers, her thoughts on social justice and unionization efforts, and the healing power of fostering relationships and developing community. This episode is sponsored by Ropana CBD.

 

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Julie Dohrman - "Unionization and Evolving Yoga Industry"

Oct 28, 2019 01:44:00

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Julie Dohrman, founder of Shaktiyoga New York, connects with J on the unionization effort at Yogaworks NYC and their shared experience of the evolving yoga industry. They discuss the early days of the NY scene and Julie’s initial foray into yoga, her time in the Anusara community and the trauma of its devolution, the difference between working for a corporation and an independent center owner, survival as a professional teacher, and the effort to create a yoga teacher union as a way to change the industry. This episode is sponsored by Karmasoft.

 

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Luvena Rangel - "Cultural Appropriation or Appreciation"

Oct 21, 2019 01:41:09

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Luvena Rangel, founder of The Curvy Yogi, talks with J about the trauma caused by colonization and the difference between cultural appropriation and appreciation. After reading Luvena’s blog, Too Much Ado Around Isms, Or is it?, J reached out to discuss the hurt caused by western yoga teachers’ insensitivity to the experiences of Desi’s and BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of Color,) and how to stop perpetuating a legacy of injustice by recognizing privilege and creating more impartial narratives. This episode is sponsored by Ropana CBD.

 

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Godfrey Devereux - "Unintimidated by Ideologies"

Oct 14, 2019 01:35:22

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Godfrey Devereux, author of many books including The Elements of Yoga, holds a special place in J’s mind and joins him to discuss the early seeds he planted and the hard-nosed realism he is known for. They discuss his formative years, the role he played and his regrets in “mainstreaming” yoga, gurus and rejecting hierarchies, zen and the influence of child development education, the harm created by using poses for anything other than developing sensitivity, and keeping mysticism practical. This episode is sponsored by Karmasoft.

 

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Marlysa Sullivan - "Eudaemonia, Polyvagal Theory, Yoga Therapy"

Oct 7, 2019 01:24:38

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Marlysa Sullivan, coauthor of Yoga and Science in Pain Care and assistant professor at Maryland University of Integrative Health, talks with J about Eudaemonic Well-Being, Polyvagal Theory, and the difference between Yoga and Yoga Therapy. They discuss the intersection between yoga philosophy and biomedical science, samkya and evidence informed practice, creating research models that root the data in yoga, and a mutual agreement on potentially clarifying the definition of yoga therapy. This episode is sponsored by Ropana CBD.

 

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Ian Baker - "Tibetan Yoga and Tantric Buddhism"

Sep 30, 2019 01:34:08

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Ian Baker, author of Tibetan Yoga: Principles and Practices, talks with J about Tibetan Yoga and its radical underpinnings of Tantric Buddhism. They discuss Ian’s relationship to the Dalai Lama and the permission he was granted to reveal long-held secrets, misconceptions about Buddhism, the red-robbed sutric path of the renunciate and the white-robbed integrative path of the tantric, and the importance of restoring personal agency obscured by hierarchical Institutions and abused by spiritual leaders. This episode is sponsored by Karmasoft.

 

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Nathan Oxenfeld - "Yoga for the Eyes"

Sep 23, 2019 01:39:51

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Nathan Oxenfeld, founder of Integral Eyesight Improvement, talks about the Bates Method and helps J unravel some os his own vision patterns. They discuss Nathan’s journey of improving his eyesight and no longer needing glasses, Dr Bates and his method, connections and parallels between Integral Yoga, Sri Aurobindu, and the Bates Method, conventional notions about eye health that limit our perceptions of what is possible, and the deeper implications of inquiry into eyesight. This episode is sponsored by Moonclerk and Ropana CBD.

 

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Timothy Lynch - "Mysore Ashtanga Deauthorized"

Sep 16, 2019 02:10:11

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Timothy Lynch, formerly authorized Mysore Ashtanga Method teacher, invites J to his Mysore room for a practice and discussion on the state of Ashtanga Yoga. A few weeks before they got together, Timothy decided to have his name removed from the authorized Ashtanga teachers list and they talk about why he made that decision, the history of his practice, consistency vs needing to evolve, and the responsibility of the AY community to repair and address the history of abuse. This episode is sponsored by Karmasoft.

 

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Dan Coniglio - "Wim Hof Method"

Sep 9, 2019 01:49:13

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Dan Coniglio, an official Wim Hof Method Instructor, visits J in PA for an exchange of yoga, friendship, and ice baths. After J gave Dan a yoga class in his studio, Dan took J through a Wim Hof session that culminated in this conversation about the three pillars of: breath, mind and cold. They also discuss how Dan got to the method, parallels to yoga, understanding the value in uncomfortable rituals, and the importance of remaining open to the full range of experience possibility. This episode is sponsored by Moonclerk and Ropana CDB.

 

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Chara Caruthers - "Loving Yourself Through Ayurveda"

Sep 2, 2019 01:42:51

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Chara Caruthers, author of Eat Like You Love Yourself, offers J a fresh look at Ayurveda as a means to know and love ourselves. Chara has been participating in J’s weekly teacher’s class and when he saw that she hosts a TV show on Ayurvedic cooking, he seized the opportunity to learn about her, discuss some commonly held misconceptions about Ayurveda, and explore practical ways of thinking about and applying Ayurvedic principles that inspire us to make healthier choices. This episode is sponsored by Karmasoft and Moonclerk.

 

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Mark Whitwell - "T. Krishnacharya, God, and Sex"

Aug 26, 2019 01:57:14

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Mark Whitwell, author of God and Sex: Now We Get Both, sits down with J to discuss T. Krishnacharya and the power of the cosmos. They have a long history together and in this rare meeting they discuss the paradox between abuse and blessings in guru lineages, what Mark means when he says “The Great Tradition,” the Krishnamurti’s and why striving for a future possibility is a dysfunction, and bringing forth a new renaissance of ancient wisdom in mainstream yoga and beyond. This episode is sponsored by Moonclerk and Ropana CBD.

 

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Nicole Cardoza - “Shame and Reclamation in Wellness Spaces”

Aug 19, 2019 01:27:10

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Nicole Cardoza, founder of Yoga Foster and Reclamation Ventures, joins J to discuss her recent run-in with Yoga Journal and the work she is doing to reduce the wellness gap. They discuss her background as a strategist for large companies like Nike, becoming a yoga teacher and volunteering in public schools, the recent controversy involving her being featured on the cover of Yoga Journal, and her dedication to empowering school teachers and underestimated entrepreneurs in the wellness space. This episode is sponsored by Karmasoft.

 

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Frederick Newbill III - "Intersecting Race, Religion and Yoga"

Aug 12, 2019 01:34:28

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Frederick Newbill III reached out to J after listening to the show and his unique life experience inspired this discussion on the intersection of race, religion, and yoga. They discuss what it’s like to have a grandfather who is a prominent southern Baptist minister while having a father who is a career criminal, being mixed race and the differences between white and black churches, finding yoga and a passion for academic study in Sanskrit and Indic Religious History, and the power of yogic inquiry. This episode is sponsored by Ropana CBD.

 

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Live from Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival - "Mindfulness Matters"

Aug 5, 2019 01:45:58

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J hosts a live panel discussion at the Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival with Dr. Donna Mueller, Dr. Shekhar Annambhotla, Charles Curtis, Harrison Bailey III, and Anne Alexander. They discuss yoga in clinical settings, the roots of mindfulness in Ayurveda, mindfulness based cognitive therapy and neurolinguistic programming, the impact of mindfulness programs in high schools to address greater levels of trauma our kids experience and in the larger media environment to shape culture and society. This episode is sponsored by Karmasoft.

 

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Guy Donahaye - "History of Guru Worship in Ashtanga Yoga"

Jul 29, 2019 02:01:38

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Guy Donahaye, coauthor of the book: Guruji: A Portrait of Sri K Pattabhi Jois through the Eyes of His Students, sits down with J to discuss the history of guru worship in Ashtanga Yoga, the abuse that was committed, and his feelings about it now. Guy talks about discovering the practice, making it his life pursuit, his experience of Pattabhi Jois, what he knew and has learned about the abuse, the story behind the Guruji book and his decision to remove it from publication, and evolving his understanding. This episode is sponsored by Ropana CBD.

 

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Molly Lannon Kenny - "Pioneering Radical Yoga Service"

Jul 22, 2019 01:27:01

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Molly Lannon Kenny, founder of The Samarya Center, is an old friend of J’s and in this talk they discuss her formative work in yoga service and the trajectory of the industry over the last twenty years. Molly shares her insights into the early ashtanga scene, working in clinical environments, yoga therapy and standardization, mystical and contemplative aspects of practice that make yoga as a spiritual path dangerous, and a return to the essence of connecting with people right where they are. This episode is sponsored by Karmasoft.

 

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Ida Jo - "Woman of Yoga"

Jul 15, 2019 01:35:06

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Ida Jo, musician and Gosh Yoga teacher, reached out to J to talk about the research project she is undertaking on Woman of Yoga. Ida worked alongside Jerome Armstrong while he was writing his book, Calcutta Yoga, and is picking up the thread to tell some of the untold stories of woman yogis. They also discuss Ida’s music and art, aspects of prescriptive or therapeutic yoga in the Gosh tradition, the grind of creative pursuits, and the importance of sharing stories. This episode is sponsored by Yogic Studies and Ropana CBD.

 

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Neil Pearson - "Integrating Yoga and Science in Pain Care"

Jul 8, 2019 01:39:54

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Neil Pearson, coauthor of Yoga and Science in Pain Care, returns to the show to talk with j about integrating yoga and the cutting edge of pain science. They discuss the importance of creating therapeutic alliances, self-care instead of self-management, autonomic physiological synchrony and empathy, education as a form of pain treatment, biopsychosocial model as a non-dual perspective, yoga teaching vs yoga therapy, and fostering human resilience by evolving the stories we tell. This episode is sponsored by Karmasoft.

 

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Live in AU - Nicole Walsh, Mark O’Brien, Michael de Manincor

Jul 1, 2019 02:01:56

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In June 2019, J traveled to Sydney, AU and while he was there he recorded this live panel conversation with Nicole Walsh, Mark O’Brien, and Michael de Manicor. They discuss Nicole’s history with Bikram Yoga and the AU scene and her new direction with InYoga, Mark’s insights into Qi Yoga’s longevity and how to maintain a practice over time without getting caught up in the trends, and Michael chimes in on the move to advanced training at The Yoga Institute and serving our communities. This episode is sponsored by Yogic Studies and Ropana CBD.

 

Nischala Joy Devi - "The Namaste Effect"

Jun 24, 2019 01:33:43

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Nischala Joy Devi, author of The Namaste Effect, returns to the show to warm J’s heart and inspire us all to be in a place of love and oneness. They discuss what’s been going on in the two tears since they last spoke, the fear and anxiety that currently pervades, how we might counter injustice with yoga, definitive evidence of our own divinity, practical applications of chakra theory, what the “namaste effect” is, and how we can live in this world expressing love and compassion as a primary action. This episode is sponsored by Karmasoft.

 

Lauren Walker - "Energy Medicine Yoga"

Jun 17, 2019 01:49:47

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Lauren Walker. creator of Energy Medicine Yoga, talks with J about energy healing and her circuitous path in yoga. They discuss their shared history in NYC in the 90’s, Lauren’s departure from yoga and pursuit of other modalities, how politics and unforeseen events shaped her choices, connection with nature and developing primitive skills, Donna Eden, misunderstandings about chakras, and seeing past arbitrary limitations to reveal our inherent power and ability to heal. This episode is sponsored by Yogic Studies and Ropana CBD.

 

Chase Bossart - "Patañjali’s Yogasūtras, Samkhya, and Gita"

Jun 10, 2019 01:53:19

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Chase Bossart, founder of Yoga Well Institute, is a longtime student of TKV Desikachar and friend of J’s who returns to the show to shed some light on the essence of yoga with an unconventional view of Patañjali’s Yogasūtras, Samkhya, and Bhagavad Gita. They discuss whether Patanjali wrote the commentary of his sutras, Chase’s reasoning for looking at the sutras alone, misconceptions about the definition of nirodhah and other terms, and a universal picture of yoga based on perception and knowing. This episode is sponsored by Karmasoft.

 

Bernie McDonald - "Walking and Learning About America"

Jun 3, 2019 01:41:31

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Bernie McDonald is walking 100 miles in every US state and decided to stop by J’s studio in Allentown, PA. They discuss why he started walking, the sort of interactions he has had in the yoga world during his travels, aspects of the country that most of us don’t ever see or think about, how he stays focused on his purpose when things get difficult, preconceived ideas about who and what we are supposed to be, the power of kindness and friendship, and the simple beauty and profound majesty of life as it is. This episode is sponsored by Yogic Studies.

 

Lara Land - "Being an Ally for Diversity in Yoga"

May 27, 2019 01:25:47

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Lara Land, founder of Land Yoga and SOULFest NYC, talks with J about opening a yoga center in Harlem and becoming an ally for diversity in yoga. They discuss family life and some early days in the NY scene, her level 2 Ashtanga authorization and where she stands on the turmoil in that tradition, what it was like to open a center in Harlem, why she formed a non-profit and started programs to reach underserved populations, and the challenges we face when attempting to address institutional injustice. This episode is sponsored by Karmasoft.

 

Michelle Johnson - "Dismantling Racism and Oppression"

May 20, 2019 01:38:56

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Michelle Johnson, author of Skill in Action, talks with J about the intersection between racism, social justice, and yoga. They discuss the life experiences that led to her work, dismantling racism training, the heartbreak related to institutional oppression, actions being held accountable to principles and people, intentions around creating inclusion, leveraging privilege to create space for people of color, the challenge of reconciling paradoxes, and the universal truth that everyone is connected. This is episode is sponsored by Yogic Studies.

 

Jana Long - "History of Blacks and Yoga in the U.S."

May 13, 2019 01:56:58

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Jana Long, director of Power of One Yoga Center and co-founder of the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance, talks with J about the history of yoga in the black community. They discuss the earliest influencers of yoga in Black America, the expressions found in black art and spiritual life, Jana’s many years of self-directed practice before discovering other black teachers and receiving training, her experiences in Africa and ashram life in India, why she started BYTA, and the universal threads that unite and transform. This episode is sponsored by Karmasoft.

 

James Mallinson - "Uncovering Yoga’s Ancestral Past"

May 6, 2019 01:39:21

Description:

James Mallinson, senior lecturer in Sanskrit and Classical Indian Studies at SOAS, Principle Investigator at The Hatha Yoga Project, co-author of Roots of Yoga, reached out to J after hearing his name mentioned on the show and it lead to this conversation about the research he is pioneering and its implications on yoga in the modern world. They discuss Jim’s academic pursuits, his guru, the philology of physical yoga practices, and the symbiosis between scholarship and living traditions. This episode is sponsored by Yogic Studies.

 

Live in Brooklyn - Amy Matthews, Sam Chase and Christie Roe

Apr 29, 2019 01:47:41

Description:

J returns to his former studio in Brooklyn, now Goodyoga, and is joined by Amy Matthews, Sam Chase, and Christie Roe for intimate conversation about the nature of our anatomies and the values we are aligning with. Amy expands upon J’s ongoing inquiry into the biopsychosocial viewpoint, Sam discusses the resilience training he has been developing which challenges people to connect what they feel and value, and Christie provides a millennial perspective on what is happening on the ground. This episode is sponsored by Karmasoft.

 

Peter Blackaby and Bernie Clark - "Body Tissues and Patterns"

Apr 22, 2019 01:47:55

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Peter Blackaby and Bernie Clark come together with J to consider the nature of human anatomy and the process of affecting change. Initiated by Peter after he listened to Bernie’s last appearance, this probing conversation was an opportunity to clarify points of agreement and hash out some areas of departure. They discuss whether the spine is primarily a source or stability or mobility, what poses do to our tissues or patterns, and the intents and purposes that forge a deeper understanding. This episode is sponsored by Yogic Studies.

 

Greg Lehman - "Recovery Strategies for Pain"

Apr 15, 2019 01:25:59

Description:

Greg Lehman, author of Recovery Strategies - your pain guidebook, talks with J about addressing pain and what it means to be a “movement optimist.” They discuss the benefits of bio-mechanics and some of the misconceptions that are still being taught about the body, what is meant by the idea of a neutral spine, if tissue damage correlates with pain, what nociception is, and the importance of getting active so we can address our beliefs and know better what is sensitizing us. This episode is sponsored by Ana Luisa Jewelry and RopaNa CBD.

 

Dr. Aimée Shunney - "CBD and Cannabis Medicine"

Apr 8, 2019 01:24:41

Description:

Dr. Aimée Shunney, naturopathic physician trained in both modern medical science and integrative medicine, talks with J about CBD and the growing research around Cannabis medicine. They discuss some of the history behind cannabis research, the endocannabinoid system in our bodies, different strains and applications of CBD, J’s and Aimée’s experience with regular use, challenging outdated ideas and embracing holistic models, and the importance of remaining open to anything that works. This episode is sponsored by Yogic Studies.

 

Mike Huggins - "Yoga Service: No Money No Mission"

Apr 1, 2019 01:33:23

Description:

Mike Huggins, founder of Transformation Yoga Project and co-author of Yoga for Recovery - A Practical Guide for Healing, returns to check in with J on the challenges and rewards of doing yoga service. A lot has happened in the two years since they last spoke, they discuss the expansion of Mike’s organization, the resources required to maintain quality programs, operating with purpose, and the practicalities of truly meeting people where they are. This episode is sponsored by Ana Luisa Jewelry, Karmasoft, Dawn Soprin, and RopaNa CBD.

 

Mary Jennings - "Sub-Lease Yoga Studio Collective"

Mar 25, 2019 01:37:29

Description:

Mary Jennings is opening Fresh Coast Yoga in Houghton, Michigan with an alternative studio model she heard discussed on the show so J brought her on to talk about what she is doing. They discuss what it’s like to be a millennial MBA mother with a one-year old who wants to bring yoga to her community in rural America, the crowdfunding campaign that is helping fund it, advantages to sub-leasing instead of profit-sharing, and the heart required for a venture truly based in yoga. This episode is sponsored by Yogic Studies.

 

Gina Price - "Exploring Sociocracy"

Mar 18, 2019 01:35:39

Description:

Gina Price, partner in the Sociocracy Consulting Group, talks with J about creating order out of chaos through the principles of Sociocracy. They discuss governance based on a decentralization of authority where all elements in the system are made equal, finding common purpose through collaborative decision making, creating domains of autonomous responsibility and a hierarchy of function instead of power, and if yoga professionals are up to the task. This episode is sponsored by Dawn Sopron, Karmasoft, and RopaNa CBD.

 

David Dodd - "Organization, Anarchy and Yoga"

Mar 11, 2019 01:31:46

Description:

David Dodd and J have corresponded for years but a recent email exchange about the Yoga Alliance prompted this discussion on the inherent problem of creating organizations around yoga. They discuss David’s background in coaching and working with large bureaucratic entities, the difference between coaching and teaching yoga, the tension between an unbounded context for yoga and attempts at regulating it, and the practical wisdom of knowing when to do something and when to leave it alone. This episode is sponsored by Yogic Studies.

 

Rama Jyoti Vernon - "Great-Grandmother of American Yoga"

Mar 4, 2019 01:42:10

Description:

Rama Jyoti Vernon, one of the first yoga teachers in the United States, talks with J about her pivotal role in bringing yoga to the west. They discuss the LA yoga scene in the 1940’s and 1950’s, meeting BKS Iyengar and hosting him in America, founding both Unity in Yoga and the California Yoga Teachers Association which led to the creation of the Yoga Alliance and Yoga Journal Magazine, her reasons for avoiding the commercial aspects, and her laments and hopes for the direction of yoga. This episode is sponsored by Karmasoft and RopaNa CBD.

 

Norman Blair - "Yoga Teachers and Pay"

Feb 25, 2019 01:19:27

Description:

Norman Blair wrote an article about yoga teacher pay that caught J’s attention and led to this wide-ranging conversation about the monetary policies of yoga centers and the underlying economics that are fueling them. They discuss the emergence of a yoga teaching profession, hard numbers on the stagnant or declining rates of income yoga teachers are receiving, actionable steps to potentially counter unhealthy trends, and the revolutionary power of yoga to help shape society. This episode is sponsored by Yogic Studies and Karmasoft.

 

Amayu Ashtanga - "Reimagining a Yoga Tradition"

Feb 18, 2019 01:39:16

Description:

Scott Johnson, Greg Nardi, Emma Rowse and Jock Orton talk with J about the creation of Amayu Yoga and a reimagining of the ashtanga tradition. They take time out of a retreat together to discuss the state of the global Ashtanga community, reasons for creating an organization, their orientation and purpose in doing so, the principles of ashtanga yoga, and their efforts to bring more accountability and safety to yoga by establishing clearer standards and a more horizontal collective. This episode is sponsored by YogaAnatomy.net and RopaNa CBD.

 

Frank Jude Boccio - "Mindfulness, Zen Naturalism, and Yoga"

Feb 11, 2019 01:48:49

Description:

Frank Jude Bocci, author of Mindfulness Yoga, talks with J about his integrated approach to yoga and buddhist mindfulness. An early adopter, Frank was ahead of his time and had an impact on J without ever having met him. In this conversation, they discuss the yoga scene before it was a scene, studying with Thich Nhat Hanh, pitfalls in spiritual communities and the freedom to challenge dogma, dilemmas in the marketing of yoga, and cultivating a truly self-empowered practice. This episode is sponsored by Yogic Studies and Karmasoft.

 

Bernie Clark - "Your Spine, Your Yoga"

Feb 4, 2019 01:41:07

Description:

Bernie Clark, author of Your Spine, Your Yoga, returns to the show to talk with J about his new book and the important perspective it provides. They discuss the notion of “neutral spine,” the myth of flexibility in yoga, understanding stability and strength, the concepts of stress and load, variation and adaptation in our systems and structures, the “anti-fragility curve,” functional movement, what “optimal” means, and how important it is for each person to develop their own sense of awareness. This episode is sponsored by YogaAnatomy.net.

 

Seth Powell - "History and Philosophy of Yoga"

Jan 28, 2019 02:08:29

Description:

Seth Powell, founder of Yogic Studies, extended J an invitation to take his course and it led to this wide-ranging conversation about cutting edge research and his scholarship in yoga history and philosophy. They discuss Seth’s background and motivations for pursuing more rigorous academic study, issues and discoveries regarding the translation of ancient texts, commonly held misconceptions about the origins of yogic practices, and the benefits of expanding our perspectives and understandings. This episode is sponsored by Karmasoft.

 

Rachel Brathen - "Instagram Yoga Girl on What is Real"

Jan 21, 2019 01:28:17

Description:

Rachel Brathen, creator of @yoga_girl, talks with J about how a bohemian lifestyle on the beaches of Costa Rica converged with the invent of Instagram and led to two million followers and a yoga career. They discuss the process of going from obscurity to recognized social media influencer, the evolution of her choices and professional pursuits, pitfalls and misinformation in the social media sphere, DIY business models, and operating by principles that will better serve the people behind the hashtags. This episode is sponsored by YogaAnatomy.net.

 

Annie Carpenter - "The Evolution of Yoga Teacher Training"

Jan 14, 2019 01:33:46

Description:

Annie Carpenter, veteran yoga teacher trainer from Yogaworks and creator of SmartFLOW Yoga, talks with J about the history of YTT’s, current industry trends, and transitioning from growth models to in-depth inquiry. They discuss Annie’s background in yoga, the professional situations she has had to navigate, her opinions on conducting trainings and mentoring teachers, how things have changed over the years for good and bad, and the indications of a grassroots upswell calling for a return to core principles. This episode is sponsored by Karmasoft.

 

Kerry Maiorca - "Inside the Yoga Alliance"

Jan 7, 2019 01:59:36

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Kerry Maiorca, founder of Bloom Yoga Studio and Chair of the Board of Directors for Yoga Alliance, talks with J about the inner workings of the Yoga Alliance and the Standards Review Project. Kerry and J are old friends and participated in the same yoga teacher training over twenty years ago, after some reminiscing over their shared history they talk about why and how she became involved at the Yoga Alliance, the evolution of the organization, and the status of the review process that is underway. This episode is sponsored by YogaAnatomy.net.

 

Tao Porchon-Lynch - "Opening the Gateway of Life"

Dec 31, 2018 01:02:26

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Tao Porchon-Lynch, named Oldest Yoga Teacher by Guinness World Record and author of Dancing Light, sits down with J a few months after her 100th birthday to talk about her life and the spirit of yoga. They discuss the morning class that J took with her, universal qualities of facilitating yoga, some of her childhood experiences, how she greets each day with the expectation that it will be the best yet and believes anything is possible, transformation and connection, and the inspiration that Tao and her life instills. This episode is sponsored by Karmasoft.

 

Neil Boyd - "Farming, Friendship, and Yoga"

Dec 24, 2018 01:32:08

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Neil Boyd, Board Vice-President of the Feathered Pipe Foundation, talks with J about his life as a farmer, his yoga, and how the two have informed each other. They discuss the connection between his work and the turn of the seasons, how he ended up getting into yoga, the teachers that helped him, farm practices and what they can tell us about yoga practices, Krishnamurti, the magic of the Feathered Pipe Ranch, and the simple wisdom of embodying kindness in your attitude and actions. This episode is sponsored by YogaAnatomy.net.

 

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Hauora Yoga Conference - "Yoga Therapy in New Zealand"

Dec 17, 2018 01:31:54

Description:

J moderates a panel discussion at the Hauora Yoga Conference with Katie Lane, Donna Farhi, Jac Wilson, Leanne Davis, and Felicity Molloy on the accreditation of yoga and yoga therapy in New Zealand. They discuss the current standards for Yoga Australia and Yoga New Zealand, the difference between yoga and yoga therapy, standardization and pedagogy, reasons for a yoga therapy classification, obstacles in getting funding, and the possibility of creating something uniquely Aotearoa. This episode is sponsored by Karmasoft.

 

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Michael de Manincor- "Kaleidoscope of Wisdom and Science"

Dec 10, 2018 01:51:20

Description:

Michael de Manincor, founder and Director of The Yoga Institute, is a student of TKV Desikachar that J met earlier this year and reconnected with for this conversation about the study and transmission of yoga, and the kind of science that supports it. They discuss Michaels trajectory and perspective on the evolution of yoga industry and profession, the PhD research he is doing, Patanjali, competencies for yoga teaching and yoga therapy, and the possibility of moving our understanding of yoga forward. This episode is brought to you by YogaAnatomy.net.

 

Anne Jablonski - "Freedom, Agency, and the Mindful Unplug"

Dec 3, 2018 01:32:45

Description:

Anne Jablonski, president of the Feathered Pipe Foundation, shares with J her love of Freedom Style Yoga and the magic that is the Feathered Pipe Ranch. They discuss Anne’s relationship to the teachings of Erich Schiffmann, what makes the ranch so special, teaching people to develop their own intuitive knowing vs telling them what to do, mindfully unplugging as an essential form of self-care, and the importance of connection and friendship in fostering the spirit of healing and good will. This episode is brought to you by Karmasoft.

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Karen Rain - "Pattabhi Jois Was Not a Great Yogi"

Nov 26, 2018 02:20:39

Description:

Karen Rain talks with J about the lack of consent culture in yoga, and ways that people can change what they are doing in their own spheres to create a safer and more just society. They discuss the abuse and deception that Pattabhi Jois committed on her and others, deflection and denial from those in the community, calling out rape culture, and educating ourselves about power imbalances. Karen also turns the tables on J and holds him to account for his own culpability in the past. This episode is brought to you by YogaAnatomy.net.

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Genny Wilkinson Priest - "Can Ashtanga Evolve?"

Nov 19, 2018 01:35:54

Description:

Genny Wilkinson Priest joins J for this probing conversation about the impact of Pattabhi Jois’ sexual assaults on the ashtanga community and yoga world at large. They discuss Genny’s previous life as a journalist, her discovery and love of the ashtanga system, her process of learning and evolving in light of the revelations about Pattabhi Jois, what efforts are being made to shift the culture going forward, hard adjustments and injuries, and the possibility of reformation and a new paradigm. This episode is brought to you by Karmasoft.

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Gregor Maehle - "Truth and Reconciliation" - Internationally Renowned Ashtangi, student of Patabhi Jois, Author

Nov 12, 2018 01:44:46

Description:

Gregor Maehle, founder of 8 Limbs Ashtanga Yoga, discusses the history of Patabhi Jois’ sexual assaults and the need for the Ashtanga tradition to evolve. He talks about the studies and motivations that led to his adoption of Ashtanga Yoga, direct experience of observing the abuse and attempting to raise concerns, the injuries that led to his separation, admitting complicity, deeper philosophical and evolutionary factors in the creation of stratified power structures, and how to sublimate and grow. This episode is brought to you by YogaAnatomy.net.

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Pedro Luna - "Instagram and Beyond" - Yoga Teacher, Dad, creator @Yogimemes, co-coordinator YogaFestFL

Nov 5, 2018 01:43:11

Description:

Pedro Luna, creator of the Instagram account @Yogimemes, started taking J’s live stream classes and it led to this conversation about Pedro’s infamy on Instagram and their shared experiences trying to make a life as yoga teachers. They discuss the challenges of balancing a yoga career and being a dad, generational divides when it comes to social media, how Pedro got to 100,000 followers, doing YogaFestFl, and discerning the fine line between promoting your work and still maintaining integrity. This episode is brought to you by Karmasoft.

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Karin Carlson - "Yoga Alliance is Beside the Point" - Yoga Revolutionist, Writer, founder of Return Yoga

Oct 29, 2018 01:39:39

Description:

Karin Carlson, founder of Return Yoga, has been bringing yoga out of the studio model into underserved communities for years and, after reading a recent post she wrote about the Yoga Alliance, J reached out to work through some ideas together. They discuss the early blogosphere days, shifts in industry that made it harder to make a living, questions of regulation and scope of practice, Yoga Alliance’s role, and filling the gaps between ancient wisdom and modern day relevance. This episode is brought to you by YogaAnatomy.net.

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Nadiya Nottingham - "Pragmatic Mysticism" - QiGong Teacher, Celtic Shamanic Practitioner, old friend of J’s

Oct 22, 2018 01:29:42

Description:

Nadiya Nottingham and J know each other from the early days of the NY yoga scene and have been friends for years but this is the first time they really have a full length conversation about ideas that are important to both of them. They discuss Nadiya’s evolution from yoga to QiGong and Celtic Tree Medicine, the relationship between QiGong and Tai Chi, similarities and differences between QiGong and Yoga, power animals, and the mystery and magic of each persons own individual medicine. This episode is brought to you by Karmasoft.

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Shelly Prosko - "Biopsychosocial-Spiritual" - PhysioYoga Therapy pioneer, host of W.O.W. Chats

Oct 15, 2018 01:35:46

Description:

Shelly Prosko returns to talk with J about some difficult questions he has been grappling with. They discuss the concept of right or proper alignment, the difference between yoga therapy and yoga, changing understandings around pain, compassion science, and moving from a postural-structural bio-mechanical model to a biopsychosocial-spiritual model. They also consider the fine line between science and mysticism, and how we might keep yoga from falling into foreseeable pitfalls. This episode is brought to you by YogaAnatomy.net.

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Carrie Owerko - "Nontraditional Iyengar" - Senior Iyengar Teacher, proponent of curiosity and openness

Oct 8, 2018 01:44:41

Description:

Carrie Owerko and J talk about her unconventional approach to teaching Iyengar Yoga and some of the pressing issues facing the community. They discuss her formative theater influences, questions about one right alignment and the importance of interoception, her relationship to the Iyengar method and how her choices have shaped her teaching, the accounts of sexual assault by a senior teacher, and the fundamental problems inherent in hierarchical traditions. This episode is brought to you by YogaLifestyle.com and Karmasoft.

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Dr. Loren Fishman - "Medical Practice of Yoga" - Back-pain Specialist, Diagnostician, Yoga Injury Prevention

Oct 1, 2018 01:37:30

Description:

Dr Loren Fishman, pioneer of integrative medicine and founder of yip.guru, talks with J about his relationship to BKS Iyengar and his published research on the treatment of many disorders, including piriformis syndrome, scoliosis, osteoporosis and rotator cuff tear. They also discuss ideas about postural alignment and how it relates to injury prevention, creating protocols without sacrificing the mystery, PGC1alfa, and bringing evidence-based yoga into medicine. This episode is brought to you by YogaAnatomy.net.

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Jessie Barr and Tom O'Brien - "Om City" - Actors, Filmmakers, Yoga Teachers, acclaimed husband-and-wife team

Sep 24, 2018 01:20:21

Description:

Jessie Barr and Tom O’Brien, creators of OM City, are launching a campaign to fund a second season of their show which is J’s favorite ever depiction of the yoga teacher lifestyle. J gushes over how much he loved the first series, finds out why it has taken so long to make more episodes, communes with them on the challenges of independently producing your own stuff, and discuss portrayals of yoga as cliches or nuanced reality. This episode is brought to you by YogaLifestyle.com and Karmasoft.

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Patti Safian - "Never Give Over Your Power" - Fertility Coach, Acupuncturist, old friend from back in the day

Sep 17, 2018 01:44:59

Description:

Patti Safian and J used to run in the same circles back in the early days of the NY Yoga scene and a recent reunion at the TKV Desikachar celebration led to this conversation about her mom, her yoga, and her takeaways from years of study. They discuss her article in Glamour about her mom leaving to become a disciple of Rajneesh, yoga in the nineties, different traditions and common threads that run through, cults and cult-like behavior, and how to never giving over your power. This episode is brought to you by YogaAnatomy.net.

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Philip Goldberg - "Maha Lineage" - Author, American Veda, The Life of Yogananda, cohost Spirit Matters Podcast

Sep 10, 2018 01:29:50

Description:

Philip Goldberg, author of American Veda and The Life of Yogananda, talks with J about the long arc of yogic spiritual teachings migrating into western culture, and some of the important figures and moments that have shaped its progression. They discuss the roots of yoga’s export to America and the impetuous for writing American Veda, his new book on Yoganandya and why it was the perfect follow up, the importance of tradition and the democratization of yoga. This episode is brought to you by YogaBooksWholesale.com and Karmasoft.

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Larry Payne - "Prime of Life" - Ph.D, International Yoga Teacher, founding president IAYT, Yoga Therapy Rx

Sep 3, 2018 01:31:44

Description:

Larry Payne, founder of Prime of Life Yoga and Yoga Therapy Rx, gives J a dose of expertise and humor in this conversation about his life and career. They discuss his journey to India and the many amazing teachers he encountered, the influence of TKV Desikachar on his life and teaching, bridging yoga and western medicine and the challenges therein, differences between yoga and yoga therapy, and the grand picture of yoga spreading around the world with the power of its transformative qualities. This episode is brought to you by YogaAnatomy.net.

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Mirka Scalco Kraftsow - "With Courage" - Director of Teacher Development, cofounder American Viniyoga Institute

Aug 27, 2018 01:57:25

Description:

Mirka Scalco Kraftsow, cofounder of the American Viniyoga Institute, brings her special brand of shakti to the podcast and talks with J about the spirit that guided her to her teachers Gary Kraftsow and TKV Desikachar, and her ongoing journey to bring the teachings of yoga to light. They discuss her childhood in Italy, her time with Rajneesh/Osho, how she met Gary and her relationship with Desikachar, the progression of Viniyoga, and the simple sadana of ordinary life. This episode is sponsored by Yogalifestyle.com and Karmasoft.

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Gary Kraftsow - "Viniyoga" - founder, director, senior teacher at American Viniyoga Institute, author of Yoga for Wellness

Aug 20, 2018 01:41:11

Description:

Gary Kraftsow, founder of the American Viniyoga Institute, author of Yoga for Wellness and Yoga for Transformation, talks with J about his precedent-setting career in yoga and yoga therapy. They discuss his relationship to TKV Desikachar and the impact it had on his teaching, why the efforts to create a national organization were thwarted, the story behind him using the name Viniyoga, TKV's son, yoga in healthcare, the definition of yoga therapy, and the true spirit of the teachings. This episode is brought to you by YogaAnatomy.net.

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Richard Miller - "Nondual Wisdom, Modern Adaptation" - PhD, Yogic Scholar, Clinical Psychologist, founder iRest Yoga Nidra

Aug 13, 2018 01:28:58

Description:

Richard Miller, founder of iRest Yoga Nidra, co-founder of The International Association of Yoga Therapy and founding editor of the professional Journal of IAYT, talks with J about his many years of study and the work he has done integrating teachings for others. They discuss nondual philosophy, his relationship to TKV Desikachar, his use of Yoga Nidra in the military, making sense of the scandals, and the core principles at work in the process of healing through yoga. This episode is sponsored by Yogalifestyle.com and Karmasoft.

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R. Sriram - "Legacy of TKV Desikachar" - Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Teacher, longtime student of Sri T.K.V. Desikachar

Aug 6, 2018 01:41:17

Description:

R. Sriram comes to the Unites States of America for the first time to attend a celebration of his longtime teacher T. K. V. Desikachar and sits down with J for this conversation about the man and the legacy he left the world. They discuss Sriram’s early studies in Madras, T Krishnamacharya, moving from India to Germany, his views on cultural appropriation and the popularity of yoga in the west, the scandal around T.K.V.’s son Kausthub, and the simplicity and authenticity at the heart of the tradition. This episode is brought to you by YogaAnatomy.net.

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Faith Hunter - "Spiritually Fly" - International Yoga and Meditation Instructor, Wellness Philanthropist

Jul 30, 2018 01:51:51

Description:

Faith Hunter, creator of Spiritually Fly, talks with J about the life events that fueled her commitment to yoga, some shared roots in NYC, and the course of her high-profile career. They discuss her early work with a national HIV/AIDS organization, the transition into teaching and owning a center, the breaks that enabled her to expand outside of her immediate sphere, how she came up with her signature Spiritually Fly Sutras, and the current state of the yoga industry. This episode is sponsored by Yogalifestyle.com and Karmasoft.

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Jerome Armstrong - "History of Hot Yoga" - Researcher, Historian, Ghosh Yoga, Author of Calcutta Yoga

Jul 23, 2018 01:28:19

Description:

Jerome Armstrong, author of Calcutta Yoga, talks with J about his new book on the history of hot yoga. They discuss the largely untold story of Buddha Bose & the Yoga Family of Bishnu Ghosh and Yogananda, and how that led to Bikram Yoga. Jerome also speaks to his own experience of practicing both standard hot yoga and the more traditional teachings of Ghosh Yoga, and the crazy turn of events that led to the discovery of a rare document and a relationship to the family. This episode is brought to you by YogaAnatomy.net.

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Benjamin Lorr - "Exposing Bikram Yoga" - former High School Science and Sex Education Teacher, author of Hell-Bent

Jul 16, 2018 01:31:15

Description:

Benjamin Lorr, author of Hell-Bent: Obsession, Pain, and the Search for Something Like Transcendence in Competitive Yoga, talks with J about Bikram Yoga, how it lead to writing his tell-all book on the subject, and the aftershocks that are still being felt today. They discuss Benjamin’s first place prize in a yoga competition, paradoxes at work in Bikram Choudhury and his yoga system, power dynamics and cult behavior, larger cultural implications, and his new book project focusing on Trader Joes. This episode is sponsored by YogaLifestyle.com and Karmasoft.

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Arundhati Baitmangalkar - "East Meets West" - Founder and Lead Teacher of Aham Yoga and BolllyWorks Dance

Jul 9, 2018 01:37:15

Description:

Arundhati Baitmangalkar, founder and lead teacher of Aham Yoga and Bollyworks Dance, sent J a supportive email after hearing him speak about being accused of cultural appropriation, and J remembered some blogs that Arundhati had written on yoga in the west vs east, and it led to this wide-ranging conversation. They discuss Arundhati's first Power Yoga classes in Bangalore, her study of classical yoga in Mysore, moving to the USA, and how she made her own thing happen. This episode is brought to you by YogaAnatomy.net.

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Beryl Bender Birch - "Power Yoga" - Renowned Yoga Teacher, Author, founder of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute

Jul 2, 2018 01:49:56

Description:

Beryl Bender Birch, author of Power Yoga and founder of The Hard and the Soft Yoga Institute, joins J for a look back at the earliest remnants of yoga in the west, its progression into the mainstream, and the role she played in shepherding it forth. They discuss what yoga was like in the late sixties and early seventies, how she found her way into teaching yoga for athletes and coming up with the name ‘Power Yoga’, Patabhi Jois, and her work with the Give Back Yoga Foundation. This episode is sponsored by Yogalifestyle.com and Karmasoft.

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Kristen Fewel - "Changing the Model and an Invitation to Awaken" - Teacher, Author, founder of Full Circle Yoga & Healing Arts

Jun 25, 2018 01:33:40

Description:

Kristen Fewel, author of The Gift of Awakening and founder of Full Circle Yoga & Healing Arts, reached out to say that she was inspired by some of the talks on the podcast to transition her yoga center away from the conventional way of doing business to a less extractive rental model so J invited her on to have a conversation about what she is doing and how it is working out. They also discuss her newly published book that bravely delves into realm of the mystical and the possibility of awakening. This episode is brought to you by YogaAnatomy.net.

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Erin Heisel - "Flow States and Play Spheres" - Soprano, Researcher, Teacher of Movement, Music and Voice

Jun 18, 2018 01:32:56

Description:

Erin Heisel is a podcast listener who reached out to J after hearing him talk about ‘flow states” which led to this conversation about her research into play and its relevance to yoga and beyond. First, Erin lays out a theoretical framework for play and then they discuss whether flow requires physical challenge, the elements that bring about flow or play spheres, the effects of entering those kinds of mind states, and the relevance to how we practice yoga and engage ourselves in life. This episode is brought to you by Yogalifestyle.com and Karmasoft.

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Joe Simek - "Small Yoga, Big Impact" - Yoga Therapist/Teacher, co-owner Dragonfly Yoga, co-founder The Fiaria Project

Jun 11, 2018 01:31:32

Description:

Joe Simek, co-owner of Dragonfly Yoga and co-founder of The Fiaria Project, reached out to J after hearing he was moving to PA and invited him to his studio where they started a conversation that continues in this talk. They discuss their common history in music, how Joe let go of his corporate life and focused on health and family, his experience of becoming a foster parent and starting a non-profit to help others who do the same, and the realities of keeping things small and still making it work. This episode is brought to you by YogaAnatomy.net.

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Cheryl Urbanczyk - "Female Muslim Hijab-Wearing Yogi" - Yoga Teacher Trainee, founder of Silver Flow Yoga

Jun 4, 2018 01:31:46

Description:

Cheryl Urbanczyk, yoga-teacher-in-training and regular podcast listener, sent J an email that caught his attention and prompted this talk about her faith and yoga. They discuss Cheryl’s conversion from Catholicism to Islam, misconceptions about Muslims, how she came to yoga, and some of the unique obstacles that the Muslim community face getting exposed to yoga. They also discuss her plan to create women's only yoga classes and mindful movement for women and girls. This episode is brought to you by Yogalifestyle.com and Karmasoft.

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Andrea Ferretti - "Editorial Transparency" - Creative Director for Jason Crandell Yoga Method, host of Yogaland Podcast

May 28, 2018 01:39:33

Description:

Andrea Ferretti, creative director for Jason Crandall Yoga Method and host of Yogaland Podcast, joins J to talk about their common experience of being both parents and podcast hosts in the yoga world. They discuss Andrea’s early avenues into yoga and publishing, her many years as an editor at Yoga Journal Magazine, how her relationship to Jason Crandall went from professional to personal, what it means to be a yoga family, and the mind-expanding challenge, and joy, of producing podcasts. This episode is brought to you by YogaAnatomy.net.

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Prabha Sinha - "Turning Grief Into Giving" - Founder of Pratyush Sinha Foundation and Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival

May 21, 2018 01:35:02

Description:

Prabha Sinha, founder of the Pratyush Sinha Foundation and Lehigh Valley Yoga Festival, sits down with J to talk about her journey from India to America and the story behind the foundation and festival she has dedicated her life to. They discuss misconceptions about yoga in the west, cultural differences and universal truths, the death of her son and how it led to her yoga, insights after overcoming a brain tumor, and the heart and soul that goes into making it all happen. This episode is brought to you by Yogalifestyle.com and Karmasoft.

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Matthew Remski - "From Somatic Dominance to Trauma Awareness" - Writer, Cult Survivor, Yoga Activist

May 14, 2018 01:53:56

Description:

Matthew Remski and J have a long-standing friendship and dialogue which carries into this talk about the rapid paradigm shift taking place in the yoga world around consent and authority. They discuss Matthew’s recent article profiling victims of sexual assault by Pattabhi Jois, the process that transformed WAWADIA into a consideration of somatic dominance, pitfalls when asking tough questions, the line between cult-like and cult, and how we navigate new and unchartered paths. This episode is brought to you by YogaAnatomy.net.

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Sarai Harvey-Smith - "Mysore and Beyond" - Senior Yoga Teacher and Mentor, KPJAYI Authorized Level 2

May 7, 2018 01:34:47

Description:

Sarai Harvey-Smith talks with J about becoming part of the Ashtanga Yoga community and how she is navigating her way in light of the revelations surrounding abuse by Pattabhi Jois. They discuss Sarai’s process of getting into yoga and becoming authorized at KPJAYI, her love of the practice and teaching, the reasons for her gradual transition away from the system, and her clear position statement and suggestions for the AY community to heal and move forward. This episode is brought to you by Yogalifestyle.com and Karmasoft.

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Scott Johnson - "Stillpoint" - Husband, Dad, Yoga Teacher, Founder/Director of Stillpoint Yoga London

Apr 30, 2018 01:44:49

Description:

Scott Johnson, founder of Stillpoint Yoga London, joins J for a continuation of the friendship and conversation that started between them when they met in London a few months earlier. They discuss Scott’s former life as an electrician, the importance of family, the motivations for his yoga and center, his relationship to the Astanga Yoga Tradition and feelings about the current crisis the community is facing. They also talk about low-overhead business models and finding shared or alternative spaces. This episode is brought to you by Yogaanatomy.net.

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Kino MacGregor - "Conflicts and Confluences" - International Yoga Teacher, founder of Miami Life Center and OMstars

Apr 23, 2018 01:23:51

Description:

J interviews Kino MacGregor, founder of Miami Life Center and OMstars, about a few of the hot button topics at the forefront of yogaland. In this difficult conversation, they discuss the current situation in the Ashtanga Yoga Community regarding revelations of sexual abuse by Patabhi Jois, recent contract disputes and related issues resulting from the sale of Cody video app to Alo Yoga clothing company, and Kino’s individual perspective on the business and soul of the mainstream yoga industry. This episode is brought to you by Karmasoft.

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Tara Stiles - "Yoga Rebel circa 2011" - Teacher, Author, Fashion Designer, Social-Media Maven, founder of Strala Yoga

Apr 16, 2018 01:54:20

Description:

Tara Stiles, founder of Strala Yoga, helps J get over some of his personal baggage regarding the Industrial Yoga Complex by giving him insight into her trajectory and teaching. Tara shares the story of her humble beginnings in a small town, the happenstance that led to a modeling career, the process of coming into yoga as a profession, and the trials and tribulations of having a high profile career. They also explore the relative nature of status, and misperceptions we have about money. This episode is brought to you by YogaAnatomy.net.

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Peter Blackaby - "Intelligent Yoga" - Asana Yoga Teacher, author of Intelligent Yoga, dispeller of mereological fallacy

Apr 9, 2018 01:31:12

Description:

Peter Blackaby, author of Intelligent Yoga, talks with J about the newly revised second edition of his book and the implications it has on our ideas about yoga and ways in which we teach it. They discuss the fundamental premise that no living thing exists in isolation, how addressing pain is more about life than muscles, and the importance of developing attentive discernment and fashioning a healthy context for practice. Peter also assuages some of J's concerns on standardization and codification of yoga. This episode is brought to you by Karmasoft.

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Schuyler Grant - "Kula and Wanderlust" - Teacher, Founder of Kula Yoga Project, Co-creator of Wanderlust Festival

Apr 2, 2018 01:59:01

Description:

Schuyler Grant, founder of Kula Yoga Project and co-creator of Wanderlust Festival, communes with J on their shared past in the early NY scene and on all that has happened since. Schuyler tells the story of her unusual trajectory into becoming a teacher, the circumstances and motivations behind becoming a center owner, and the inspiration that led to creating a yoga festival that completely changed the game. They also candidly address the financial realities of the profession and industry. This episode is brought to you by YogaAnatomy.net.

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Ana Forrest and Jose Calarco - "Fierce Medicine" - Pioneer in Yoga, Partner and Producer, Spirit of Ceremony

Mar 26, 2018 01:36:06

Description:

Ana Forrest, creatrix of Forrest Yoga, and her partner Jose Calarco, join J for a discussion on their current work and some of the roads that brought them there. Jose fills J in on his role and the current incarnation of the ceremonies they are producing. Ana talks about her early jump into death and back into life, and the progression of her renowned practice from its early origins, through yoga's transition from underground to mainstream, the present day, and tracking right into the mystery. This episode is brought to you by Karmasoft.

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Gernot Huber - "Disrupting the Stress Response" - Thailand-based Yoga Teacher, Ecologist, Evolutionary Biologist

Mar 19, 2018 01:52:56

Description:

Gernot Huber, founder of Yoga Mind Yoga Body, happened to take a few of J’s live stream classes via a mutual friend and had some constructive feedback and criticism. In this talk, they discuss Gernot’s background in silicon valley, his studies in ecology and evolutionary biology, how he ended up being a yoga teacher, and his ideas on learning to disrupt the stress response. Ultimately, they engage in a spirited and friendly debate on the pros and cons of periodically engaging your edge with mindfulness and non-attachment to achievement.

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Danny Paradise - "Evolution of Ashtanga" - International Yoga Teacher, Musician/Songwriter, early-adopter circa 1976

Mar 12, 2018 01:41:54

Description:

Danny Paradise, renowned teacher and writer/co-producer of Love Will Rescue You, joins J to talk about how things have evolved from his first experiences in 1976 until the present day. They discuss the influences that have informed his teaching, including shamanism and the Egyptian roots, and how his practices are designed to show the interrelatedness of different cultures and disciplines. They also touch on the commodification of yoga, celebrity clients, and the Pattabhi Jois scandal. This episode is brought you by Karmasoft.

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Theo Wildcroft - "Post-Lineage Yoga" - Yoga Teacher, Doctoral Researcher, advocate for safe, diverse and inclusive yoga

Mar 5, 2018 01:52:37

Description:

Theo Wildcroft was kind enough to let J stay with her during a recent trip to England. On their last day together, they sat down to have this conversation about different yoga cultures. They discuss how yoga happens in alternative spaces, distinctions in philosophy that shape a persons teaching, and the challenges we face when trying to forge uncharted paths. They also discuss the thesis she is working on regarding ‘Post-Lineage Yoga', examining the intersection between lineage traditions and the commodification of yoga.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

 

Andrew Tanner - "Standards Review"- Yoga Alliance Chief Advancement Officer, Standards Review Project Survey

Feb 26, 2018 01:50:08

Description:

Andrew Tanner, chief ambassador for Yoga Alliance, joins J to discuss the Standards Review Project and the recently released survey. The conversation gets a bit heated as J grapples with his YA status and what he sees as fundamental flaws with both the survey and the organization. Andrew does his best to reassure J that the process YA has embarked on will be open, democratic and transparent. In the end, the spirit of friendship holds in this passionate exchange tackling the many difficult issues at play. This episode is brought to you by Karmasoft.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

 

Jonathan Sattin - "triyoga" - Lawyer, Meditator/Practitioner, founder of triyoga London

Feb 19, 2018 01:35:32

Description:

Jonathan Sattin, founder of triyoga, sits down with J at the head offices in London to talk about how he went from holding yoga classes in his living room to creating one of the premier destinations for yoga in the UK. They discuss what it takes to build an operational structure that can survive and grow for eighteen years, amassing five locations, 200+ teachers, and the inherent challenges that come when you get that big. They also touch on the financial realities at work, current trends, and what it might mean to bring integrity to scale.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

 

Roseanne Harvey - "its all yoga, baby" - Writer, co-editor 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice

Feb 12, 2018 01:28:33

Description:

Roseanne Harvey, founder of its all yoga, baby and co-editor of 21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics and Practice, is an old friend of J’s from the blogosphere days who has been away from the yoga world for a time but has recently emerged once again. In this conversation, they talk about the heyday of the internet, that time Roseanne slept in J’s bed, and what is behind her sort-of departure and semi-return to yogaland. They also tackle debt, money, and the yoga of getting our financial houses in order. This episode is brought to you by Karmasoft.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

 

Richard Freeman - "Still Looking" - Legendary Yoga Teacher, synthesizer of contemplative traditions

Feb 5, 2018 01:35:21

Description:

Richard Freeman was the person J most wanted to speak with when starting the podcast and his dream is finally realized in this conversation celebrating the 100th episode. They discuss what yoga was like in the late 60’s, how Richard came to study with BKS Iyengar and Pattabhi Jois, universal threads that run through the many different contemplative traditions he has inquired into, trends that have emerged with the progression of yoga into the mainstream, and the importance of remaining curious about the nature of reality.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

 

Amina Naru - "Yoga in the Criminal Justice System" - Teacher, owner Posh Yoga, project manager Yoga Service Council

Jan 29, 2018 01:45:02

Description:

Amina Naru, board member and project manager at the Yoga Service Council, owner of Posh Yoga, talks with J about her work bringing yoga into juvenile detention centers and prisons, and the new Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System. They discuss her spiritual name, some of the trials and tribulations that have shaped her journey into yoga, her experience of being a black woman in a predominantly white profession, the process of creating community, and the profound gift of shared acceptance, wellness, and purpose.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

 

Tiffany Cruikshank - "Yoga Medicine" - Yoga Teacher, Wellness Expert, Author, founder of Yoga Medicine

Jan 22, 2018 01:32:26

Description:

Tiffany Cruikshank, founder of Yoga Medicine, joins J for a discussion about her early challenges and roots into yoga and holistic healing modalities, and the process of developing her professional work as a teacher and educator. Their conversation includes a consideration of changing paradigms in yoga, how she incorporates or separates her yoga with her work in sports medicine and orthopedics, her experience of navigating the yoga industry, and developing training with a focus on fusing the two worlds of eastern and western medicine.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

 

Maria Kirsten - "Yoga for Grown Ups" - Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapist, Occupational Therapist

Jan 15, 2018 01:28:50

Description:

J met Maria Kirsten, founder of Yoga for Grown Ups, through mutual contacts in Japan and they kind of hit it off after discovering they share many common experiences and viewpoints in yoga. In this conversation, they compare notes on teaching and discuss a range of topics including the importance of self-directed mentorship, fostering gradual progressions and relationships over time, teaching people about themselves more than poses, finding your root and stabilization, somatization, and asking the big questions about where it’s all going.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

 

Rexx Anthony - "Rogue Ashtanga" - Teacher, former center-owner, evolutionary approach to Ashtanga Mysore Instruction

Jan 8, 2018 01:40:12

Description:

Rexx Anthony, founder of Rogue Ashtanga, wrote a blog post entitled "A Cautionary Tale on Operating Yoga Studios" that caught J’s attention and spurred this conversation. They talk about Rexx’s early adoption of Ashtanga Yoga and how the system has changed over the years. They also discuss the trends and tribulations of managing a yoga center, some of the pressing issues facing the industry, the challenges that yoga teachers grapple with, and the personal and professional factors that make up a life in the grassroots world of yoga.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Seane Corn - "Assume Humanity" - Internationally Renowned Vinyasa Flow Teacher, Spiritual Activist

Jan 1, 2018 02:02:24

Description:

Seane Corn, creator of 'Off the Mat, Into the World', joins J for a lively and wide-ranging discussion on coming into adulthood as teachers alongside yoga going mainstream. Seane talks about the early days of NY Yoga and Life Cafe, her migration west, how she became a “yoga celebrity,” and the political activism that she spearheads. The conversation also examines the evolution of yoga as a profession, healing trauma, sexual misconduct in the yoga world, and the light, shadows and people that have shaped her inspirational teaching.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

 

Or Shahar - "Light of the Dawn" - Israeli Yoga Teacher, Buddhist, passionate about depth and connection

Dec 25, 2017 01:28:37

Description:

Or Shahar, from freedomyoga.info, is a podcast listener with a booker who got a bit lucky and caught J in a moment that led to this candid and unexpected conversation about family, cultural divides, and the universality of yoga. Or shares her process of healing depression and trauma, how she ended up making a life for herself in Berlin, overcoming the obstacles that yoga teachers face as professionals, and the challenge of meeting people where they are while still holding true to principles that explore the depth of practice.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

 

Barbara Benagh - "Slow Flow Master" - Early-adopter, Boston-area legend, indy yoga teacher icon

Dec 18, 2017 01:43:21

Description:

Barbara Benagh, legendary indy yoga teacher, joins J to trace the history and evolution of yoga from the 70’s until the present day. They discuss her early adoption of Iyengar yoga, her progression into a more somatic approach, the teachers and influences that have inspired her along the way, her relationship to and feeling about the ascendance of yoga as big business and the celebrity of yoga teachers, and how she ended up going against the grain and setting a precedence of cultivating her own sensibilities and charting her own course.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

 

Justine Mastin - "Full-time Fangirl" - Geek-centric Psychotherapist, Yogini, and creator of YogaQuest

Dec 11, 2017 01:26:42

Description:

Justin Mastine, creator of YogaQuest, talks with J about bringing yoga to the geek community. They discuss what it means to be a geek, the process of embracing her inner nerd through yoga, and how she came to create a narrative-based practice that gives permission for people to be who they are even when it doesn't fit what other people think is normal. Justine also shares her insights into the unique issues that those with passionate fandoms face, and provides an example of what it means to bring yoga with whimsy to unconventional spaces.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Anneke Lucas - "Conspiracy of Patriarchy" - Teacher, Writer, Speaker, founder of Liberation Prison Yoga

Dec 4, 2017 01:34:05

Description:

Anneke Lucas, founder of Liberation Prison Yoga, returns to talk with J about her thoughts on the resurgence of the #metoo movement, the politics of power addiction, and the larger implications for the yoga world. They discuss the public reckoning that men are being confronted with, areas in which we are still operating with blinders, the prevalence of pedophilia and conspiracies that cover it up, enabling in the ashtanga tradition, bringing yoga into the criminal justice system, making space for healing, and what it means to be liberated.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Jill Miller - "Hip Replacement Surgery" - creator of Yoga Tune Up® and The Roll Model Method®

Nov 27, 2017 01:49:47

Description:

Jill Miller, creator of Yoga Tune Up® and The Roll Model Method®, talks with J eight days after receiving hip replacement surgery. They discuss their parallel journeys, Jill’s decision to go under the knife, what its been like since, the blowback she got online, and why J is both grateful and freaked out by her example. The conversation also touches on issues surrounding injuries in yoga, the role that anatomy plays in mitigating risk factors, radical transparency, and the challenge of being able to evolve and grow while under public scrutiny.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Alexis Marbach and Caitlin Lanier - "Trauma-Informed" - Social Workers, Yoga Teachers, members of The Breathe Network

Nov 20, 2017 01:52:08

Description:

Alexis Marbach and Caitlin Lanier, members of The Breathe Network, talk with J about the evolving world of trauma-informed yoga. They discuss the expansion of trauma sensitivity in the wake of yoga scandals, whether increased training is warranted, pitfalls in labeling and standardizing individual experience, Flip Chips, and how the current landscape is changing the dynamics and context. They also tackle some of the sticky realities implicit in addressing power dynamics, and being able to make mistakes publicly and learn from them.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Sadie Nardini - "Rock Your Yoga" - Core Strength Vinyasa, The Yoga Shred, Yoga Girls, lead singer of Salt & Bone

Nov 13, 2017 01:47:10

Description:

Sadie Nardini, founder of Core Strength Vinyasa and The Yoga Shred, host of Rock Your Yoga and cast member of Yoga Girls, talks with J about her early beginnings and emergence as a social media yoga icon. Sadie discusses her childhood struggle with a neurological disorder, the fierce determination that helped her be strong, the unintended consequences that forced her to change, and the development of her yoga practice and teaching. They also discuss her persona as the “black sheep” of yoga and her love of music.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Lucas Rockwood - "Energetic Equity" - Yoga Teacher Trainer, Digital Nomad, Green Food Junkie, Serial Entrepreneur

Nov 6, 2017 01:33:50

Description:

Lucas Rockwood, founder of Yoga Teachers Collegeand YOGABODY Naturals, host of Yoga Talk Show, is a fellow podcaster and expat who wrote a scathing piece about doTerra that got J’s attention. They have a lively discussion about leaving the NY scene to stake a claim in the international markets, his evolution from accidental teacher to retreat center owner, starting a supplements company, and creating a well known online presence. Lucas also shares important warnings and insights into successful entrepreneurship in the yoga sphere.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Matthew Taylor - "Organizational Yoga Therapy" - PT, PhD, C-IAYT, integrative rehabilitation and clinical skills development

Oct 30, 2017 01:33:14

Description:

Matthew Taylor, past president of the board of directors of International Association of Yoga Therapists, chair of their business development community, and leader in business and clinical skills development for Yoga therapists, talks with J about the origins and future of yoga as a respected therapy. They discuss Matthew’s background in integrative rehabilitation, formative times in his evolution, the creation of standards and their importance, exciting new developments in the field, and his work with the Veterans Yoga Project.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Kimberly Wilson - "Tranquil Space" - Therapist, Writer, Creative Entrepreneur, founder of Tranquil Space in DC

Oct 23, 2017 01:32:20

Description:

Kimberly Wilson, founder of Tranquil Space and host of the Tranquility du Jour Podcast, sold two of the most popular yoga center locations in the DC area to Yogaworks right about the same time that J sold his center in Brooklyn. They talk about the arc of yoga in the mainstream, the process of growing a yoga center and related businesses, and what it means to let go and move on to new horizons when the time comes. Kimberly shares some of her insights into what it takes to be successful and ways to keep learning, exploring, and growing.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Roody Senecal - "Karmasoft" - Software Developer, founder of Yoga Tribe Brooklyn, creator of Karmasoft Online

Oct 16, 2017 01:49:29

Description:

J sits down with Roody Senecal, creator of Karmasoft Online, to talk about how he went from manufacturing metal doors to becoming a yoga teacher, owning a yoga center, and developing the software that J ran his center with for seven out of ten years he had it. They discuss Roody’s childhood in Haiti and immigration to Brooklyn, the relationship to his wife that started his yoga journey, his training with Bikram Choudhry, and how he utilizes his relationships with people to foster a successful yoga center and business.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Jillian Pransky - "Deep Listening" - Yoga Therapist, author, director of Restorative Yoga Teacher Training for YogaWorks

Oct 9, 2017 01:51:23

Description:

Jillian Pransky, author of Deep Listening, talks with J about her journey in overcoming anxiety and finding a slow, gentle approach to body and life. They discuss her childhood and early exposure to meditation, giving up a “real” job in publishing to pursue a yoga career, the influences that have shaped her work and led to a focus on restorative yoga, and her new book. The conversation also touches on navigating the changing professional yoga landscape, and the increasingly difficult challenge of finding a healthy work/life balance.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Vanessa Kudrat Weinberg - "Kundalini and Internet Startups" - Teacher, DJ, student of Yogi Bhajan, founder of Body Mind Gifts

Oct 2, 2017 01:32:00

Description:

Vanessa Kudrat Weinberg, founder of Body Mind Gifts, is an old friend of J’s from their early college years who showed up to one of his final classes in Brooklyn after not seeing each other in over fifteen years. They reconnect and reminisce on the old days at NYU, talk about Vanessa’s studies with Yogi Bhajan, the early days of the internet, and the ways in which wellness and yoga have gone mainstream and become professions. The conversation also examines the effects of new media on yoga teachers and the policies of yoga centers.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Trina Altman - "Interdisciplinary Movement" - creator of Yoga Deconstructed® and Pilates Deconstructed®

Sep 25, 2017 01:58:08

Description:

Trina Altman, creator of Yoga Deconstructed® and Pilates Deconstructed®, talks with J about her viewpoint on the limitations of the physical side of yoga for fitness and health. They discuss life events and influences that have led to the combination of modalities and techniques informing her teaching and approach to yoga and embodied movement. J learns about the differences between Yoga and Pilates, and they examine how the new teaching landscape lends itself to exploring a wider scope and more diverse diet of movement.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Melissa Hagedorn - "Affordable Immersion" - Yoga Aficionado, Outdoor Guide, founder of the Northwest Yoga Conference

Sep 18, 2017 01:36:47

Description:

Melissa Hagedorn, founder of the Northwest Yoga Conference, joins the podcast for a lively and redemptive conversation after J accidentally used a photo of hers on one of his blog posts and got a polite but firm request to cease and desist. All is made well as they discuss Michelle’s mobile lifestyle and her call to create a yoga conference against all odds. They also discuss the accessibility of conference offerings, the pay or lack there of for teachers, and the ways in which balance can be struck between yoga and commerce.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Noah Mazé - "Outdoor Adventure, Anusara, and Embodied Spirituality" - Yoga Teacher, founder of YOGAMAZÉ

Sep 11, 2017 01:50:32

Description:

Noah Mazé, founder of YOGAMAZÉ, talks with J about his early exposure to yoga, how he came to meet John Friend during the formative time of Anusara, the trajectory of his teaching and the effects that the Anusara downfall had on him, and the ways in which the thread of his yoga has carried through and expanded. They also discuss the online videos of Noah doing crazy asana stuff, the repercussions of those videos being posted without context, a recent scandal, Facebook trolls, and the discussions that exemplify and shape our times.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Cora Wen - "The Fame Game" - Acclaimed Yoga Practitioner and Teacher, underground icon of the old school

Sep 4, 2017 01:41:30

Description:

Cora Wen is a name that J knew from his early remembrances of the yoga world, yet it wasn’t until this talk that he knew anything about her. They discuss Cora’s origins in yoga, the many amazing teachers that she has worked closely with over the years, and some reasons why she has maintained a slightly underground status. The conversation also tracks some yoga-going-into-the-mainstream history, some of the pitfalls and troubles that come with the territory, what things look like today and what might be warranted given the new conditions.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Leslie Kaminoff - "Endings and Beginnings" - Live from the last oral history event at The Breathing Project

Aug 28, 2017 01:44:50

Description:

Leslie Kaminoff invites J to join him for the last of his live oral history events at The Breathing Project. They are accompanied by a small group of staff and friends for an intimate conversation about what has gone past and what lies ahead. The discussion tracks some history behind the Breathing Project, the publication of Yoga Anatomy and rumors of a potential third edition, and all the emotions around saying goodbye as the space reincarnates into the Babies Project and Leslie sets a new course for himself and The Breathing Project Foundation.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

 

Nischala Devi- "The Full Yoga" - Teacher, Author, spent 25 years as monastic disciple of Sri Swami Satchidananda

Aug 21, 2017 01:31:49

Description:

Nischala Devi, author of The Secret Power of Yoga: A Woman's Guide to the Heart and Spirit of the Yoga Sutras, joins the podcast and brings J some inspiration and joy. They talk about her many years in ascetic life, the process of leaving it, new paths forged since, and what its like to translate Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras from a woman’s perspective. They also discuss the evolution of yoga from its beginnings as an alternative lifestyle into a mainstream industry, and what might be needed to retain the heart and soul of the practice.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

David Lipsius - "Yoga Alliance Reboot" - President and CEO of the Yoga Alliance, Registered Yoga Teacher

Aug 14, 2017 02:02:38

Description:

David Lipsius, president and CEO of Yoga Alliance, sits down with J to talk about the issues facing the organization and his new leadership role. They discuss David’s history and credentials, his study and training in yoga, and what he hopes to do at the YA. The conversation tackles many of the misconceptions regarding YA, problems with the standards, a lack of transparency in the past, what is going to change going forward, and how we might start an honest dialogue to raise the value and social impact of the yoga profession.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Michelle Ryan - "Collectively Running a Center" - Yoga Teacher, founder of Ashtanga Yoga Northampton

Aug 7, 2017 01:55:39

Description:

Michelle Ryan, founder of Ashtanga Yoga Northampton, has been listening to the podcast and, after hearing J and his guests talking about new models for yoga centers, felt compelled to reach out via email. She is running her center in a different way that brings some new ideas to the table, so J brought her on to discuss what she is doing. They track Michele’s background in yoga and owning centers, the pitfalls and tribulations of the life, and the methods that she has arrived at to forge more sustainable means of operation.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

 

Amy Ippoliti - "Evolving Leadership" - Yoga Teacher, Author, veteran of the yoga wave and Anusara kula

Jul 31, 2017 01:34:06

Description:

Amy Ippoliti talks with J about being in the right place at the right time, at the cusp of yoga’s entrance into the mainstream, through the rise and fall of the Anusara popularity, and the path to healing and learning in the aftermath of the scandal. They swap some tales of the early NY scene, get into the real story behind why Anusara fell apart, compare the time that they came into to teaching with some of the realities that new teachers are facing today, and find shared purpose in their love of yoga and passion for helping people.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Temple Fiergola - "Underpaid and Undervalued" - Experienced Yoga Teacher, Writer, podcast listener

Jul 24, 2017 01:24:10

Description:

Temple Fiergola is a yoga teacher and podcast listener who sent J a blog post she wrote about negotiating her pay rates with yoga center owners that warranted a longer conversation, so J brings her on to talk it out. In the course of the discussion, Temple shares some intimate details of her life that strike a cord in J and set a tone for further inquiries into balancing family life and maintaining a teaching practice, overcoming grief, the diminishing pay scales available to yoga professionals, and the need for more open dialogue.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Justine Wiltshire Cohen - "Down Under School of Yoga" - Yoga Teacher, owner of Down Under School of Yoga

Jul 17, 2017 01:45:38

Description:

After a snarky post from J referencing an article in Yoga Journal about Down Under School of Yoga in Boston making yoga teachers employees vs independent contractors, the owner, Justine Wiltshire Cohen, joins in this conversation to clarify and make her positions clear on the issues. They discuss the origins of the center, its growth, the reasons for non-compete clauses, intellectual property rights, pay scales, and the problem with attempting to present black and white solutions to nuanced and varied challenges.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Adriene Mishler - "Yoga with Adriene" - Actor, Yoga Teacher, co-founder of famed Youtube channel

Jul 10, 2017 01:46:46

Description:

Adriene Mishler, from the Yoga with Adriene Youtube Channel, talks with J about what its like to have over two million people subscribing to your Youtube videos, how such a thing comes about, and the work that goes into making something like that fly. In this unexpected and engaged conversation, J discovers that Adriene is way more than just a “Youtube star” as they discuss the yoga hustle and what it means to make real connections with people both in person and through the asynchronous universe of the internet.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Amy Matthews - "Ordinary Magic" - Embodied Asana Teacher, co-founder Babies Project, purveyor of possibility

Jul 3, 2017 01:37:51

Description:

Amy Matthews, co-founder of Babies Project, sits down with J to talk about the ideas we hold around the human body and our ability to change. After studying with Amy for almost a year, J takes this opportunity to delve deeper into questions of injuries, bio-mechanics, somatic experience, embryology, the proportionality of growth, and the disconnect between what our physiology is actually saying and what we think is the case. More than anything, they invite a full range of possibility by embracing the mystery of existence.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Alexandria Crow - "Evolution of a Teacher" - Yoga Teacher, Teacher Trainer, founder of Yoga Physics

Jun 26, 2017 01:38:34

Description:

Alexandria Crow, founder of Yoga Physics, joins J for a conversation about her evolution as a yoga teacher, from early high profile appearances to whistle-blower and rabble-rouser. They have been in contact for some time but only hook up after Alex posted one of J’s podcast about Yoga Alliance on her FB timeline and a comment thread blew up. In this candid conversation, they discuss some of Alex’s history, reconciling the documentation of your past online, and problems with the industry “standards” for yoga teachers.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Accessible Yoga NYC 2017 - "Ageism and Ableism" - Steffany Moonez, Prakash Capen, Mirabai Hubbel, and Char Grossman

Jun 19, 2017 02:11:09

Description:

J moderates this panel discussion at the Accessible Yoga Conference NYC with Steffany Moonez, founder of Yoga for Arthritis, Prakash Capen, Integral Yoga Teacher and Minister, Mirabai Hubbell, chair of the Older Adults Department at City College, and Char Grossman, founder of YogaReach. The topic was “Ageism and Ableism: Creating Welcoming Yoga Spaces” and after some time getting to know the panelists, they share their views and take questions from the audience on issues of inclusion in yoga classes.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Amber Karnes - "The New Grind" - Ruckus Maker, Yoga Teacher, creator of Body Positive Yoga

Jun 12, 2017 01:22:21

Description:

Amber Karnes, creator of Body Positive Yoga, joins J for a talk about making the ends meet as teachers in the new landscape. They are both in the midst of moving and navigating the ways they can make a living and, after canceling a number of times, they jump into a conversation despite not feeling all that up to it. Fortunately, coming together on the challenges they are facing is a welcome release and serves to reaffirm their resolve. They also discuss the origins of Body Positive Yoga and the Yoga for All Training she does with Dianne Bondy.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Sadia Bruce - "Yoga Industrial Complex" - Yoga Teacher, Alchemist, grassroots voice for diversity and inclusivity

Jun 5, 2017 01:27:04

Description:

Sadia Bruce, a friend and fellow teacher, posted something about one of J’s podcasts that ruffled his feathers some so he decided to bring her on the show to talk about it. But, while they do discuss the post and why it bothered J, the conversation ended up going in unexpected directions as J learns that Sadia has come to a crossroads in her career and is considering leaving the profession. They talk about racism, prejudice, the co-option of the diversity and inclusion conversation, and the difficult grind of making a livelihood as a yoga teacher.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Joe Sandor - "Numbers Side of the Yoga Biz" - grants officer at the State Department, newby Yoga Instructor

May 29, 2017 01:34:44

Description:

Joe Sandor, a budding yoga instructor who recently discovered the podcast, sent J an intriguing email and he thought it would be fun to bring him on to talk about it. They discuss Joe’s 9-5 job at the State Department, the role that showers played in his entrance into yoga, the inner workings of Core Power, and his experience of teacher training. They go on to consider some of the current economic models for where teachers fit into the business of yoga, the pitfalls therein, and some potential ideas on what else might be possible.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

India Supera - "Feathered Pipe" - Holistic Life Foundation, founder of the Feathered Pipe Ranch

May 22, 2017 01:35:19

Description:

India Supera, founder of the Feathered Pipe Foundation and Ranch, graces J with a conversation on a most auspicious day. They discuss the turns of history and politics that shaped her journey to the east, the happenstance that brought her back and birthed the Feathered Pipe, and the many incredible people who make pilgrimage there. They also discuss changes in the yoga world and remaining true to purpose, celebrate the magic that brings them together, and share in the joy and excitement of J’s inaugural visit to the ranch.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Andrew Tanner @ YJ Live 2017 - "Future of Yoga" - Spokesperson for Yoga Alliance, news at YA and industry trends

May 15, 2017 01:34:44

Description:

Andrew Tanner, official spokesperson for the Yoga Alliance, invites J to the Yoga Journal Conference NYC 2017 to discuss recent developments at YA and the future of the yoga industry. Recorded in front of a live audience, Andrew fills J in on the hiring of YA's new CEO, the election of a new head to the board, and the idea for change that the organization is embarking upon. They also field questions from the audience and discuss trends, predictions, and how individual professionals are adapting to the changing times and landscape.

https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Jivana Heyman - "Accessible Yoga" - owner of Santa Barbara Yoga Center, founder of Accessible Yoga

May 8, 2017 01:26:28

Description:

After Jivana Heyman, founder of Accessible Yoga, invited J to moderate a panel discussion at the Accessible Yoga Conference NYC, they have a chance to speak about the origins of Jivana’s work and the mission of the conference. Jivana shares how he transformed the horror of the AIDS crisis in 1990’s San Francisco into the gift of making Yoga accessible to everyone. The discussion also touches on aspects of yoga philosophy and purpose, the difference between doing service and business, and the power of love and community to heal.

The Accessible Yoga Conference NYC is happening May 19-21.
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https://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Sam Rudra Schwartz - "Ashram NYC" - Devotee of Swami Satchidananda, Interfaith Minister, Accessible Yoga Teacher

May 1, 2017 01:46:22

Description:

Sam Rudra Swartz stops by the center in Brooklyn to talk with J about the Accessible Yoga Conference and his long-time relationship with Integral Yoga. They discuss his formative years becoming a resident of both the Yogaville Ashram in Virginia and the Integral Center in NYC, the onset of his physical ailments and the process of overcoming them, and his work in making yoga more accessible to everyone. The conversation also touches on a range of current topics in the yoga word and the application of yoga philosophy to everyday life.

http://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Anna Guest-Jelley - "Curvy Yoga" - Writer, Teacher, champion of body affirming practice, founder of Curvy Yoga

Apr 24, 2017 01:27:22

Description:

Anna Guest-Jelley, founder of Curvy Yoga, knows J from way back when in the early yoga blogosphere days. After getting a PR workup on her new book and feeling a bit jealous, J gets over himself and talks with Anna about her road to greater body acceptance, the influences that have presented challenges, the practice she discovered, the teaching she developed, and the culmination of her new book. They also talk some shop about the pros and cons of the new digital landscape, and making your way as an independent teacher.

http://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

 

Zack Kurland - "Yogaland Departed" - Creative Director, Musician, Writer, Illustrator, former yoga professional

Apr 17, 2017 01:39:46

Description:

J sits down with his old friend, Zack Kurland. They started out in the yoga word on parallel tracks but Zack ended up taking a different turn ten years ago. They finally get a chance to talk about the way things went and how they are now. Zack discusses his studies in Yoga and Ayurveda, the early NYC days, his experience in yoga-related businesses, starting the Breathing Project with Leslie Kaminoff, the time that they knew each other as fellow teachers, and his decision to depart the yoga profession and find another direction.

http://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Dylan Galos - "Clydesdale Yogi" - Epidemiologist, Yoga Teacher, PhD Candidate, Big Dude, podcast listener

Apr 10, 2017 01:19:26

Description:

J talks to Dylan Gallos, a podcast listener who sent an email that hit home and ended up challenging preconceived notions. They discuss Dylan’s bi-racial roots, his relationship to fitness, the PHD he is almost done with on intergenerational child abuse, and the realities of navigating yoga studio culture as an independent teacher who doesn’t fit the conventional molds. The conversation also touches on the fears that keep us from having open dialogue, and ways in which we can overcome our divides and come to better understanding.

http://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Beth Donnelly Cabán - "Circles of Support" - Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Registered Nurse, Childbirth Educator, Doula

Apr 3, 2017 01:25:13

Description:

Beth Donnelly Cabán, long time friend of J and co-producer of The Essential Prenatal Yoga Video with Beth Donnelly Cabán, talks with J about their connection through his center in Brooklyn, the early NY yoga world that brought them together, Beth’s relationship with Integral Yoga, and the release of their new video. They also discuss her extensive work in educating and helping people during prenatal and postpartum stages of life. J and Beth’s producer, Josh Sitron, also jumps on to share the process and purpose behind facilitating their work.

http://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Donna Farhi - "The Way Forward" - Internationally Renowned Yoga Teacher, Best Selling Author

Mar 27, 2017 01:32:53

Description:

Donna Farhi talks with J about her experience going from dance to Iyengar Yoga to “the refinement of natural and universal movement principles that underlie safe and sustainable Yoga practice.” They commune on a range of pressing topics that are affecting the yoga world today, including the prevalence of injurious instruction, the lack of foundational understanding about Yoga, ethical behavior, how different pedogogy either empowers or disempowers people, and the kinds of questions that best encourage a healthy way forward.

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http://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Mike Huggins - "Prison Yoga" - Transformation Yoga Project, Liberation Prison Yoga, author of Going OM

Mar 20, 2017 01:35:48

Description:

Mike Huggins, founder of Transformation Yoga Project and author of Going OM: A CEO's Journey from a Prison Facility to Spiritual Tranquility, talks with J about the turn of events that took him from the top of a corporate ladder to federal prison, and how that experience was transformed into a new life purpose. They discuss his work in applying yoga practices for addiction recovery and trauma-related issues, the personal realities of incarceration, white privilege and diverse populations, and serving on a board together at Liberation Prison Yoga.

http://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Peter Blackaby - "Beyond Anatomy" - Asana Yoga Teacher, Osteopath, Anatomist, author of Intelligent Yoga

Mar 13, 2017 01:24:42

Description:

Peter Blackaby, author of Intelligent Yoga, talks with J about how he went from Iyengar yoga and an anatomical approach to a view that encompasses the complex relationship between things. They discuss some of his influences, including Vanda Scaravelli, Serge Krakovetsky, and Stanley Kellerman, the idea of functionality, and letting go of yoga practice as a form of physical exercise. This conversation is precursor to the upcoming Beyond Anatomy Symposium with Peter, Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews at the Breathing Project NYC.

http://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Helene Couvrette - "Misty" - Yoga Therapist, co-founder of the Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga

Mar 6, 2017 01:18:36

Description:

Helene Courvrette, co-founder of MISTY-Montreal International Symposium on Therapeutic Yoga, talks with J about her passion for bringing people together to share and learn. They discuss some of the deep tragedies and losses that Helene has endured, how they led to the work she does as a Yoga Therapist and organizer of MISTY, and the miracle of life that fueled it all. They also touch on the difficulties and financial realities of organizing events and running yoga centers, and where the truest rewards are to be found.

Alex Auder - "Magu Yoga" - Yoga Teacher, Provocateur, director of Magu Yoga in Philadelphia, PA

Feb 27, 2017 01:45:14

Description:

Alex Auder, director of Magu Yoga and old friend of J, talks about her mothers' relationship to Andy Warhol, growing up in the Chelsea Hotel, NYC in the 80’s, the early formative times of Jivamukti Yoga, and the fierce determination of independent yoga center owners to make shit happen. They also compare and contrast the current landscape of social media and teacher trainings with how things were in the older days of yoga industry, and briefly discuss some presidential politics as it happened this was recorded on inauguration day.

http://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Dui Turner and Carol Horton - "Yoga Service" - Best Practices For Yoga With Veterans, Yoga Service Council

Feb 20, 2017 01:19:55

Description:

Dui Turner and Carol Horton have a conversation with J about the Yoga Service Council and the recent publication of Best Practices For Yoga For Veterans. Dui shares her story of nineteen years in military service, her passion for the healing arts, and how she is bringing them together. Carol joins in to speak about her role on the council and to give further insight into the process of creating consensus and community. They also touch on how politics fits in for them individually and the universal appeal of yoga.

http://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Theo Wildcroft - "Wild Yoga" - Doctoral Researcher, Yoga Teacher, lover of vulnerable people and wild things

Feb 13, 2017 01:34:17

Description:

J brings Theo Wildcroft on the show after a lovely shout-out online that also included a playful jab about the lack of guests from outside North America. They discuss her research inquiring into the democratization of physical practice, the convergence of yoga and activism, and the radical impact of “pagans doing yoga in fields.” Theo was also around for the Anusara meltdown, teaches yoga to children with special needs, and has something to say on how you don’t have to be a commercial success in order to be a yoga teacher.

http://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Douglas Rushkoff - "Team Human" - Writer, Documentarian, Lecturer, J’s cyberspace guru.

Feb 6, 2017 01:21:39

Description:

Serendipity brings Douglas Rushkoff, author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus and Aleister & Adolf, and host of Team Human podcast, to J’s basement for a conversation on the digital age and the economic effects of information technology on human well-being. They discuss Rushkoff’s writing trajectory, chronicling the evolution of the internet from its early open source origins to its corporate controlled iteration of today. They talk about the current state of affairs and, much to J’s amazement, some shared past and friendship between them.

 

http://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Brenda Feuerstein - "Georg’s Legacy" - Philosopher, Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Author, wife of the late Georg Feuerstein

Jan 30, 2017 01:19:13

Description:

J has the honor of talking to Brenda Feuerstein, wife of the late Georg Feuerstein. Georg’s writings have been a huge influence on J and this was a special opportunity to learn about a man he considers a teacher but never met in person. They discuss Brenda’s relationship to Georg, on both personal and professional levels, and the work of continuing his legacy. They share in mutual appreciation for yoga philosophy as a means of transformation, the gifts they received from Georg, and examining the deeper aspects of practice.

Mentions: Georg Feuerstein, Kareen Zebroff, Yoga Research and Education Center (YREC), International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), Larry Payne, Richard Miller, Kum Nye, Tarthang Tulku, Hareesh Wallis, Abhinava Gupta

http://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Susanna Harwood Rubin - "Devi Soul" - Visual Artist, Yoga Teacher, Anusara Refugee, author of Yoga 365

Jan 23, 2017 01:41:31

Description:

J hangs out with Susanna Harwood Rubin, author of Yoga 365, in her Manhattan apartment for an intimate conversation about the early years of the NY scene and how things have gone since then. Susanna shares some early shaping experiences transitioning from art world to yoga world, her perspective on the rise and fall of Anusara, and her love of studying yoga philosophy. They also talk about how she relates to Hindu deities, her feelings about the issue of cultural appropriation, and the process of writing her new book.

Mentions: Amy Ippoliti, Elena Brower, Vira Yoga, Douglas Brooks, John Friend, Noah Maze, Sianna Sherman, Leslie Kaminoff, The Breathing Project, Laura Tulumbas, Dana Covello, Emily Stone, Jody Rufty, Kari Harendorf, Peter Rizzo, Bhava Yoga, Mel Russo

http://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Brian Leaf - "Garden State Yogi" - Author, Holistic Educator, Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedist, Swami Kripalu Devotee

Jan 16, 2017 01:26:07

Description:

Brian Leaf, author of Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi and Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi, is a mutual friend of J’s producer. They knew of each other for years but this is the first time they actually met. They discuss Brian’s work helping students manage ADD and overcome standardized-tests, how he overcame ulcerative colitis through yoga and Ayurveda, his devotion to Swami Kripalu, and what it means to come from a place of knowing. They also touch on the role of intuition in Brian’s most recent book, The Teacher Appears.

http://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast/

 

Katchie Ananda - "Spiritual Midwife" - Yoga and Dharma Teacher, Veteran of Jivamukti and Anusara, J’s first

Jan 9, 2017 01:28:02

Description:

Life comes full circle for J in this conversation with Katchie Ananda, his first ever and beloved teacher. They talk about early times when the NY yoga scene was just burgeoning, Katchie’s move away from NY to Colorado to study with Richard Freeman, her time in Anusara and relationship to John friend, and the dharma path that she is following today. They touch base on how things have changed in their practice and teaching over the years, and the need for "all hands on deck" given the challenges of our current political environment.

Mentions: Hilary Cartwright, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Jivamukti, Lilia Mead, Cyndi Lee, Kevin Gardner, BKS Iyengar, Patabhi Joys, Elena Brower, Lady Ruth, Kimberly Flynn, Kelly Morris, Richard Freeman, John Friend, Anusara, Jack Kornfield

http://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Roslyn Brown - "Bagel Tiger" - Future Veterinarian, Gymnast, Artist or Pop-star, J’s eldest daughter

Dec 24, 2016 39:52

Description:

On the occasion of her seventh birthday, J shares some conversations with his eldest daughter, Roslyn Brown. He promised her that they were recording a “real” podcast and, after a recent incident where he maybe wasn’t there for her as a father, he felt compelled to make good on his promise. They talk about animals, her baby sister, her mom, and whether they should stay in Brooklyn or move somewhere else. Please note: This one is for fans of J’s personal narrative. Otherwise, its probably best to enjoy the archives.

Ryan & Kate - “Unrolled” - Boston-based Yoga Educators and Teachers, hosts of Unrolled Podcast

Dec 19, 2016 01:46:57

Description:

J sits down with Ryan Cunningham and Kate Robinson, hosts of Unrolled Podcast, for a lively conversation in Ryan’s kitchen just after a workshop at his center, Bow St. Yoga in Sommerville MA. They talk about how Ryan went from being the former-manager of a center acquired by Yogaworks to being a yoga center owner himself in the span of a year, showers at yoga studios, the awesomeness that is Unrolled Podcast, why J does Sanskrit chanting and if the name of his podcast is lame, and forging new models for yoga going forward.

http://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast/

Shelly Prosko - “Physio Yoga” - Physical Therapist, Yoga Therapist, Pilates Instructor, pioneer of Physio Yoga Therapy

Dec 12, 2016 01:27:07

Description:

J talks with Shelly Prosko, founder of Physio Yoga, about her mission to integrate yoga into the healthcare system. Shelly shares some of her personal story of how a random injury catapulted her work incorporating medical therapeutic yoga and traditional physical therapy. They discuss earlier days before yoga was considered an alternative healing modality, the difference between bringing medicine into yoga and yoga into medicine, the limitations of allopathic models, yoga therapy, and the need for clarity of scope.

Mentions: Judith Hanson Lasater, Michael Lee, Neil Pearson,  Gary Kraftsow, Leslie Kaminoff, IAYT, Amy Matthews

http://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

 

Erich Schiffmann - "Freedom Yoga" - American Yoga Master, author of The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness

Nov 28, 2016 01:23:40

Description:

J talks to one of the greats, Erich Schiffmann. This is the first time they have ever spoken to each other and Erich takes J through some history and a bevy of tales that speak to the coming of yoga into the west and mainstream. They discuss what it’s like to have lunch with J Krishnamurti and get slapped by BKS Iyengar, the origins of the traveling yoga career, free-form yoga, and learning how to learn from your own practice. Erich also shares why he is stepping away from teaching and sings praise for the Feathered Pipe Ranch.

Mentions: Richard Hittleman, J Krishnamurti, Jim Fowler, UG Krishnamurti, Mark Whitwell, TKV Desikachar, T Krishnamacharya, Vanda Scaravelli, John Bernard Rishi, Judith Hanson Lasater, Mary Stuart, Dona Hillman, BKS Iyengar, Joel Cramer, Maty Ezraty, Yogaworks, Feathered Pipe Ranch, India Sapira, Ramana Patel, Patricia Walden, Schumaker, Elise Miller

http://www.jbrownyoga.com/yoga-talks-podcast

Cristina Kuhn - “Living with MS” - Yoga Teacher, Owner of The Yogi Underground in Falls Church, VA

Nov 21, 2016 01:09:03

Description:

Cristina Kuhn returns to talk with J about the one big thing they didn’t discuss last time they got together, her MS. After their last podcast, they went out to dinner and Cristina mentioned her condition and agreed to come back on. They finally found an opportunity to make good on it. She shares what it was liked to be diagnosed, conventional and alternative treatments, the emotional impact, and the resolve to carry on with life. They also touch base on how business is going at her center, the Yogi Underground in Falls Church, VA.


Mentions: Sam Chase, Alexandria Crow, Tiffany Cruikshank, Diane Bruni

Cyndi Lee - “OM Yoga” - Renowned Yoga Teacher, author of Yoga Body Buddha Mind and May I Be Happy

Nov 14, 2016 01:41:52

Description:

Cyndi Lee, founder of the influential OM Yoga center, was someone who set the stage for people like J. After running in the same circles for years, they finally get a chance to meet. They talk about Cyndi’s personal journey into yoga and Tibetan Buddhism, yoga coming into the mainstream, the story of how OM Yoga came into existence and why it had to close, and the way things are playing out now. Both Cyndi and J share openly about what it is to make your practice into a profession and the rapid change in the yoga industry.


Mentions: Cyndi Lauper, Mary Ellen Strom, Pierce Turner, Ivan Reiner, Babaji, Yogananda, Richard Hittleman, Sivananda, Eugene Lorner, Candy Jernigan, Phillip Glass, Galek Rempoche, Swami Buo, Allen Ginsberg, Sharon Gannon, David Life, David Nichtern

Joey Slater-Milligan - “Yoga of Wheatus” - Background Vocalist for Wheatus, Yoga TT Grad, author of young adult novel ‘PSY’

Oct 31, 2016 01:31:28

Description:

J talks with Joey Slater-Milligan, background vocalist from the band Wheatus. Joey graduated from J’s teacher training program a while back and they take some time to learn about each other outside of the practice space. Joey shares her journey from a small village in England to playing arena-sized shows with a band she started out selling t-shirts for. They also discuss why she decided to do a yoga teacher training, dealing with the loss of parents, the perils of gentrification and a hustle economy, and her new young adult sci-fi novel ‘PSY’.

Jason Crandell - “Professional Responsibility” - Teacher, Author, contributing editor for Yoga Journal magazine

Oct 24, 2016 01:20:15

Description:

Jason Crandell has always been on J’s radar as someone of his generation who managed to break through into the mainstream. They talk about early days of Yoga Journal cruises, what it takes to launch a yoga career, the invent of yoga teacher training, social media literacy, realities and issues facing current yoga business models, raising the educational bar and holding teacher trainers accountable. They also discuss drug and alcohol addiction in loved ones, sequencing yoga programs, and the ins and outs of online video.


Mentions: Yoga Journal, Rodney Yee, Richard Rosen, Patricia Sullivan, Mary Paffard, John Abbott, Amy Stone,  Richard Freeman, John Friend, Sean Corn, Judith Hanson Lasater, Gary Kraftsow, Rod Stryker, Rachel Bratern, Katherine Budig, Tiffany Cruikshank, Andrea Ferretti, TriYoga, Yogaworks, Yoga Tree, Yogaglo

Wendy Reese - “Whole Being Zone” - Coach, Author, Yoga Teacher, host of The Whole Being Zone Podcast

Oct 17, 2016 01:17:12

Description:

J returns the favor and brings on Wendy Reese, host of The Whole Being Zone Podcast. They talk about the horrors of having crappy internet service, what the yoga scene is like in a town of five hundred people, the journey from fitness to wholeness, dealing with mental illness, learning to love yourself, the practicality of psychic power, and how to build community. They also discuss her new book Alchemy of Yoga: Living Yoga Off the Mat, which mixes ancient wisdom and science with “pragmatic woo-woo” in applicable and slightly irreverent ways.

 

 

Julie Buckner - “Closing InYoga” - Writer, Public Affairs and Marketing Consultant, CEO of InYoga

Oct 11, 2016 01:46:18

Description:

Julie Buckner and J had been emailing back and forth for months, but only when the final word came down that she was definitely closing her yoga center did they sit down and talk about the state of affairs. They discuss the hard realities facing independent yoga centers vs standardized and scaled models, what it means to be successful but not profitable, real estate markets and sustainability, and even get into a bit of national politics. More than anything, they look to each other for support and inspiration.


Mentions: Jennilyn Carson, Yogadork, Pience Dubel (Iyengar teacher), BKS Iyengar, Judith Hanson Lasater, Richard Rosen, Patricia Sullivan, Bill Clinton, Barbara Boxer, Josh Baron (PR), Richard Gear, Dianne Finestein, Baghvan Shree Rajneesh, Osho, Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, Yogaworks, Maty Ezraty, Chuck Miller, Erich Schiffman, Sean Corn, Shiva Rea, Steve Ross, Brian Kest, Annie Carpenter, Kelly Benshouf, Aaron Hoyen, Modo Yoga, Groupon, Classpass

Eddie Stern - “Ashtanga Yoga” - Brooklyn Yoga Club, Namarupa, Yoga Mala, Teach Wellness

Sep 26, 2016 01:29:02

Description:

Eddie Stern, esteemed Ashtanga Yoga teacher, invites J to The Brooklyn Yoga Club to talk about the old days and current incarnations of his yoga and teaching. They discuss his early practice, formative times in the NY yoga scene, the entrance of Patabhi Jois into the US, the birth of “vinyasa” as a hybrid style, bringing yoga into schools, and whether or not Ashtanga Yoga is injurious. The conversation also brings them together around a connection between punk rock, hip-hop, yoga, and being true to who you are and what you do.


Mentions: Alison West, Leslie Kaminoff, Todd Vyorick (Bleaker Bobs), Amrit Desai, Ram Das, Baghvan Rajneesh, Darma Mitra, Jivamukti, David Life, Sharon Gannon, Ravi Singh, Patabhi Jois, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin, Courtney McDowell

Sam Chase - “Yoga to the People” - Yoga Teacher, Author, Co-owner of a Yoga to the People studio

Sep 19, 2016 01:51:52

Description:

Serendipity brings Sam Chase, author of Yoga and the Pursuit of Happiness, and J together in this intimate back and forth about the parallels in both their early beginnings and current life situations. They discuss the lonely aspects of being a yoga teacher, Sam’s dual yoga personality, vinyasa yoga’s identity crisis, the evolution of Kripalu Yoga, and the origins and purpose behind Yoga to the People. They also touch on the back-end of owning a studio and the challenges inherent in being true to the ethics of what you advertise.


Mentions: Christina Kuhn, Dana Moore, Mary Overly, Greg Gumucio, Dharma Mitra, Leslie Kaminoff, Amy Matthews

Michael Lee - “Phoenix Rising” - Master Educator, Author, Founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy

Sep 12, 2016 01:18:23

Description:

Michael Lee, founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, talks with J about the origins of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and its defining characteristics. They discuss creating safe containers for practice, identifying what’s going on in your body and in your life based on both experience and psychological principles, the thin line between yoga and yoga therapy, changes in the professional yoga landscape, and being true to who you are. They also share together in the many tribulations and incarnations that a life can present.


Mentions: Richard Hittleman, Kripalu, Don and Amba Stapleton, Fritz Pearl, IAYT, Larry Payne Richard Miller, Tom Styles, Gary Kraftsow, TKV Desikachar, Lilias Folan, Karen Hasskarl, Elissa Cobb, John Kepner, On Your Authority Podcast, Matthew Taylor, Stefan Elgelid, Weena Pauly

Hareesh (Christopher) Wallis - “Tantra Illuminated” - Sanskrit Scholar/Practitioner, Teacher, Author

Aug 22, 2016 01:17:47

Description:

Hareesh (Christopher) Wallis has a B.A. in Religion and Classics from the University of Rochester, an M.A. in Sanskrit from U.C. Berkeley, an M.Phil. in Classical Indian Religions from Oxford, and a Ph.D. on the traditions of Śaiva Tantra from Berkeley. He talks with J about the art and science of translating Sanskrit, the influence of Tantra on modern yoga, qualifications on non-duality, Abhinava Gupta, and how the removal of conceptual overlays and integration of transcendence reveals inherent wonder and awe in life.


Mentions: Jacob Kyle, Swami Muktananda, Paul Muller, David White, Patanjali, BKS Iyengar, Vivekenanda, Ashton Szabo

Jennilyn Carson - “Yogadork” - Writer, Editor, Innovator, Yoga Teacher, Doula, Cat Lover

Aug 15, 2016 01:20:43

Description:

J sits down with Jennilyn Carson, long time friend, editor in chief of Yogadork, founder of Cycledork and TASCbar. They rode the wave of yoga into the mainstream together and reminisce over some of the sign posts and stories that marked the way. The conversation also covers Jennilyn’s interests in woman’s cycles, cats, social justice, and the ever-changing “cluster-f***” of yoga culture and news. The two commune on the silver linings, and J explains why he decided to have this be the year anniversary episode.


Mentions:  John Friend, Anusara, Paula Liberis, Yogaworks, Melanie Kline, Body Coalition, Yoga Service Council

Pamela Tanner Boll - “A Small Good Thing” - Academy Award-Winning Producer, Director, Artist, Writer, Activist

Aug 9, 2016 01:19:10

Description:

J talks with Pamela Tanner Boll, award winning producer and director of the documentary films A Small Good Thing and Who Does She Think She Is? They discuss her earlier work and formative times in life that shaped the themes running through her movies, including the pressing issues addressed in her recent work that spoke to J deeply and inspired their conversation. They touch on the difference between holding space vs fighting for it, the challenges of making a living as an artist, and the importance of being curious, not furious.


Mentions: Geralyn White Dreyfous, Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman, Born into Brothels, Maya Torres, Camille Musser, Mayumi Oda, Maye Torres, Angela Williams, Janis Wunderlich

 

Judith Hanson Lasater - “Restorative Yoga Queen” - Yoga Body, Relax and Renew, What We Say Matters, Living Your Yoga

Jul 25, 2016 01:23:11

Description:

Judith Hanson Lasater is a seminal figure in the yoga world. She talks with J about the earliest times for independent yoga teachers, her experience with BKS Iyengar, reasons for withdrawal from the Iyengar organization, and the inspiration behind what she teaches now. They discuss the appropriateness and intention with which we practice, the privilege of teaching and holding a sacred circle of safety, understanding psychological projection, and mirroring back the inherent goodness and inner wisdom of the student.


Mentions: BKS Iyengar, Sivananda, Jess Sterns, Swami Vishnu Devananda, Jean Bernard Rishi, Karin Stephan, California Yoga Teachers Association, Mary Dunn, Sri Aurobindo, Swami Sivananda, Robert A Johnson,

Kerry Porter - “Hindu Facebook Justice” - Political Activist, Yoga Student & Teacher, Fellow member of a Hindu Facebook group with J.

Jul 18, 2016 01:12:22

Description:

Kerry Porter joins J to discuss some of the comment threads they have participated in together as mutual members of a Facebook group, and the implications they share with broader issues in our politics. They talk about the decolonizing of language and culture, listening to the voices of injustice, the marketplace of exploitation, appropriated yoga, and how we might begin to stop perpetuating oppressive power imbalances through reparatory justice instead of essentially telling people to “go eat a turd pie."


Mentions: AG Mohan, TKV Desikachar, T Krishnamacharya

Diane Bruni - “Ashtanga Unveiled” - First Ashtanga Yoga Teacher in Canada, Cancer Survivor, Whistleblower

Jul 11, 2016 01:46:06

Description:

Diane Bruni was the first Ashtanga yoga teacher in Canada. She stopped by J’s yoga class in Brooklyn and they sat down afterwards to talk about her story of yoga’s entrance into the mainstream, yoga injuries, and the new directions that are being forged. Diane shares openly about her early and unconventional instruction in Iyengar method, controversial exit from the Ashtanga community, cancer diagnosis and healing, and the movement research she is exploring now. They discuss the current state of the Slow Yoga Revolution.

Mentions: Matthew Remski, Yogi Bhajan, BKS Iyengar, Lisa Schwartz, Bikram, Richard Freeman, Beryl Bender Birch, Sting, Danny Paradise, Jivamukti, Ron Reid, Downward Dog Yoga Centre, Katherine Bruni Young, The Axis Syllabus, Frey Faust, Thomas Meyers

Bernie Clark - “Yin Yoga” - Yoga Teacher, Author, Your Body - Your Yoga, The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga

Jun 28, 2016 01:19:05

Description:

Bernie Clark has intimate knowledge of one of the most popular forms of yoga practice today, Yin Yoga. He talks to J about where it comes from, how he got to it, and what distinguishes it from other styles. Bernie answers some of the most common questions about Yin Yoga, including whether or not you can stretch a ligament and what happens to a fibroblast when you hold a pose for longer periods. They discuss his new book, Your Body - Your Yoga, and other aspects of the science and metaphysics at work behind the approach.

Mentions: Paul Griley, Sarah Powers, Shiva Ray, Eric Schiffman, Saul David Raye, Paulie Zink, Master Cho Chat Ling, Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama, Bruce Lipton

Anneke Lucas - “Abuse of Power” - Liberation Prison Yoga, Writer, Survivor of Child Sex-Trafficking, Corrector of Injustice

Jun 21, 2016 01:41:48

Description:

Anneke Lucas was sold into a child sex-trafficking network at the age of six. Now she teaches yoga in prisons through her organization, Liberation Prison Yoga. J sits down with Anneke to talk about her journey of healing trauma and expanding consciousness, being groped by Pattabhi Jois, the Jivamukti scandal, a panel discussion on power in the yoga world, trauma sensitivity training, and how to create safer spaces and better support for victims. The conversation touches upon difficult topics, listener discretion is advised.


Mentions: Zeke Zubrow, Eddie Stern, Alison West, Patahbi Jois

Neil Pearson - “Pain Science” - Founding Chair of Canadian Physiotherapy Association Pain Science Division, Yoga Therapist, Expert Educator, Life is Now Pain Care

Jun 13, 2016 01:13:08

Description:

Neil Pearson has spent over 30 years in the field of physiotherapy and pain management science. J talks with him about the difference between awareness and self-regulation, prescription vs process, the intertwined nature of pain and suffering, how the medical system teaches us to give power over to someone else, and recognizing things as safe or dangerous. The conversation touches the philosophical nature of science, and where science and yoga are coming together to help people address pain.

Mentions: Kelly McGonigal, International Association of Yoga Therapists, Matthew Remski

Dianne Bondy - “Yoga For All” - Social Justice Activist, Educator, Trailblazer, Yoga Teacher and Writer

May 30, 2016 01:27:22

Description:

Dianne Bondy has become a leader in encouraging greater diversity in yoga. J talks with her about his own blinders, her move from fitness to yoga, drinking the Anusara cool-aid, being DIY on and off the mat, the power of language to either empower or disempower people, and ways in which yoga can move us into fuller acceptance of ourselves and others. They also discuss being a spokesperson and have a lively back and forth about practice, communing in their shared intention to present yoga appropriately for everyone.

Mentions: Linda Makowski, Namaste Yoga, Anusara, John Friend, Amber Karnes

Hari-kirtana das - "Krishna Consciousness" - Bhakti Yogi, Teacher, Theologian

May 24, 2016 01:42:03

Description:

Hari-kirtana has gone by many names depending on the different lifestyles he's led. J talks with him about being a member of "the mother of all cults", the Hare Krishna movement, participating in Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training, separating the teachings from the teacher, comparative yoga philosophy regarding non-duality and the inherent duality of bringing theology and realization to the modern marketplace of ideas.

Mentions: J Krishnamurti, Alan Watts, Joshua Green, Jivamukti, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Holly Feraut, Edwin Bryant

Matthew Remski - “Downregulated Yoga“ - Writer, Ayurvedic Consultant, WAWADIA, Threads of Yoga, Family Wakes Us Up, Yoga 2.0

May 17, 2016 01:45:13

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Matthew Remski has become known for his provocative, sometimes controversial, and inspiring writings on pressing issues in the yoga world. J talks with him about his early experiences and how they have shaped the course of his work, the misconceptions and current status of his ongoing WAWADIA (What Are We Actually Doing in Asana?) project, the recent flap regarding Jivamukti Yoga, his interest in subtle body phenomenon and the grey zone between the mystical and the wounded.

Mentions: David Life, Sharron Gannon, Michael Stone, Scott Petrie, Jean Koerner, Micheal Roach, Sermey Khensur Lobsang Tharchin, Christy McNally, Ruth Lauer-Manenti, Daniel Shaw, Eric Schiffman, Donna Farhi, Endeavor Academy, Charles Anderson, Daren John Maine (SF), Rocky Mountain Institute of Yoga and Ayurveda, Holly Feraut, Michelle Goldberg, Leslie Kaminoff, Mark Singleton, Victor Van Cooten, BKS Iyengar, Scaraveli, T Krishnamacharya, TK Sribhashyam, Eric Shaw, Mark Whitwell

Pleasance Silicki - “Lil Omm” - Teacher, Coach, Magic-maker, Author of Delight

May 9, 2016 01:32:28

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Pleasance Silicki started out in the DC Public School system working with inner city youth before she forged a path as a yoga teacher and founder of Lil Omm. J talks with her about how she ended up in the yoga world, her experience of opening and closing a yoga center, the changes that have happened in the last ten years and the challenges that yoga teachers are facing, and her new book that was born out of her need to embrace change and move forward.


Mentions: Beryl Bender Birch, Willow Street Yoga, Angela Lauria, Author Incubator

Mark Whitwell - “Heart of Yoga” - The Promise, Yoga of Heart, T Krishnamacharya, UG Krishnamurti

Apr 26, 2016 01:36:31

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J finally has the guts to bring Mark Whitwell, his most influential teacher, on the podcast. They trace Mark’s life in yoga, from his early years before teaching to his experience meeting Krishnamacharya, Desikachar, and the Krishnamurti’s, and his travels around the world. The discussion is wide ranging as they reminisce about their shared past, changes in the yoga industry, and the directions they see things going in the future.

Mentions: Leslie Kaminoff, Sharon Gannon, David Life, TKV Desikachar, T Krishnamachrya, J Krishnamurti, UG Krishnamurti, Heart of Yoga, Zack Kurland, Amy Matthews, Brian Kroeker, Sathya Sai Baba, Muktananda, Nityananda, Ramana Maharshi, Douglas Rosestone, BKS Iyengar, K Pattabhi Jois

Jared Hirsch - “Jahvocado” - Yoga Teacher, Dad, Graffiti Artist, Ulcerative Colitis Survivor

Apr 18, 2016 01:25:57

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Jared Hirsch is an old friend who shares a mutual teacher with J. In this talk, they reconnect after more than 10 years and commune on how things have happened as time has gone by. They discuss early days as young upstarts, differences between teachers aligned with the TKV Desikachar tradition, graffiti art, the ins and outs of dealing with ulcerative colitis, and the blessings of partnership, family, and friendship.


Mentions: Mark Whitwell, Jeremiah Brimlow, Gary Kraftsow, T Krishnamacharya, TKV Desikachar, UG Krishnamaurti, Jahvocado

Carol Horton - “Yoga Ph.D.” - Writer, Educator, Activist, Yoga Service Council, 21st Century Yoga

Apr 11, 2016 01:37:21

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It’s not always easy to make sense of what is happening in the broader yoga world and society at large, but Carol Horton can sometimes help illuminate and clarify the issues so we might stand a chance. J talks with Carol about her transition from political science professor to yoga writer and thinker, her work in the Cook County Jails, the heyday of the yoga blogosphere, the books she’s published, the pioneering work of the Yoga Service Council, and the current political atmosphere.


Mentions: Roseanne Harvey, 21st Century Yoga, Anna Forrest, Yoga Circle, Chicago Yoga Center, Daren Friesen, Moksha Yoga Center

The Workshop is Here - "Bernie Sanders of Yoga" - J's producer Josh Sitron, Gentle is the New Advanced

Mar 22, 2016 01:24:29

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Josh Sitron, J's producer, becomes his first repeat guest as they sit down to check in on how things have been going since the first episode of the podcast and discuss the release of J's new online workshop: Gentle is the New Advanced. They share intimate details about the process that led to its creation, the purpose for its existence, and an impromptu strategy session where much the signature back and forth between the two friends ensues. J gets personal from a hotel room in Japan and ponders his way forward.

 

Mentions: Andrew Atkin, Lindsay Mueller, Well / Aware Podcast, Dora the Explorer, Leslie Kaminoff, Amy Matthews

Ann Votaw - “Uncertain Realities" - Writer, Recreational Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Karate Champion

Mar 14, 2016 01:16:32

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J has been interviewed by Ann Votaw a few times over the years for articles she’s written and he was always impressed by her wit and spontaneity. In this intimate and bawdy discussion, they talk about taking responsibility for your own mortality, the profound work of being a caregiver, the misconceptions people have about yoga teachers, and the crazy pace of everything from politics to online dating. Ann shares personal stories and they do their best to make sense of what they see happening in yoga and the world around them.


Mentions: Dr. Melvin Rosenfeld, Laughing Lotus, iRest, Richard Miller

Andrew Tanner - “Yoga Therapy” - Yoga Alliance, New Policy on the Use of Yoga Therapy Terms

Mar 7, 2016 01:34:02

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Andrew Tanner is the official spokesperson for the Yoga Alliance. He reached out to J to record this conversation about a new policy that was announced regarding the use of yoga therapy terminology. Andrew explains what the new policy is and why it was implemented. J pushes back for a compelling talk on some aspects of the new policy, as well as other issues surrounding the YA, yoga teacher training, and the industry at large. This talk expands upon J's blog post for this month: Establishment Politics in Yoga.


Mentions: Leslie Kaminoff, Gary Kraftsow, John Kepner, The International Association of Yoga Therapists, Yoga Journal, Rodney Yee, Rama Jyoti Vernon

Leslie Kaminoff - “Yoga Educator” - The Breathing Project, Co-author of Yoga Anatomy

Mar 1, 2016 01:39:56

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When it comes to the inside track on being a yoga teacher and the industry, Leslie Kaminoff has been part of the conversation since it started. J has known Leslie for many years, he was one of the original teachers at The Breathing Project and their programs have become “sister schools.” In this conversation, they talk about the early times before J got on the scene, the origins of the Yoga Alliance, the International Association of Yoga Therapists, regulation of yoga, the business of independent studios and the heart of why yoga teachers do what they do.


Mentions: Unity in Yoga, Swami Vivekananda, Gary Kraftsow, David Frawley, TKV Desikachar, Larry Paigne, International Association of Yoga Therapists, Sivananda, Swami Vishnu, Fritjof Capra, Rodney Yee, Robert Most (Swami Sankarananda), Linda Huey, Professional Yoga Teachers Association, California Yoga Teacher Association, BKS Iyengar, Rama Jyoti Vernon, Heart of Yoga, Religiousness in Yoga, Dr. Richard Bachrach, Eric Bielman, American Yoga, Eddie Stern, Yoga Journal, Patricia Hansen, Nancy Ford Cohen, Sandra Kosack, Mid Atlantic Yoga Association, Vyaas Houston, Ananda Ashram, Indra Devi, Satchidananda, Amrit Desai, Yogi Bhajan, Ananda Mai, Self-Realization Fellowship, Vijayendra Pratap (Sky Foundation), Rammurti S. Mishra, Jivamukti, Maude Carlson, Kripalu, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Alison West, Kevin Gardiner, Shiva Rea, Amy Matthews, The Breathing Project, T Krishnamacharya, Carl Horowitz, Andy Sugarman, Kelsey Kaufman, Brandon Hartsell, YAMA Talent, Ava Taylor, Lydia Mann, Matthew Remski, Andrew Tanner

Chase Bossart - “Old School” - Sanskrit Scholar, Yoga Teacher, YATNA, Yoga Well Institute, longtime student of TKV Desikachar

Feb 16, 2016 01:25:53

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Chase Bossart is J’s go-to-guy for all things Sanskrit and ancient texts. In this rare conversation, Chase shares insights into the translation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and opens up about his long-time relationship with the Desikachar family and the tragedy that has befallen the lineage. As they trace Chase’s trajectory from the late 80’s till today, the conversation touches on the difference between Yoga and Yoga Therapy, illuminates some trends and downfalls in the current industry, and points to potential alternatives going forward. 

Mentions: T Krishnamacharya, International Association of Yoga Therapists, Amy Matthews, Grateful Dead, Morris Berman, TKV Desikachar, William Skelton, Mary Lou Skelton, Gary Kraftsow, Kate Holcomb, BKS Iyengar, Patanjali, Vyasa, William Powell, Healing Yoga Foundation, Kausthub Desikachar, Menaka Desikachar, Krishnamacharya Healing Yoga Foundation, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Leslie Kaminoff, Yoga Well Institute, YATNA, Dolphi Wertenbaker, Amy Wheeler

Cristina Kuhn - “Proud Mamma” - Yoga Teacher, Owner of The Yogi Underground in Falls Church, VA

Feb 8, 2016 01:08:26

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Cristina Kuhn opened The Yogi Underground last year and invited J to teach some workshops there. They sat down to talk about the process of becoming a teacher and opening a center, all while being a wife and mother of three children. From her experience of being out there in the “big bad yoga world” teaching in gyms to the intricacies and nuances of managing her own local center, Cristina shares her viewpoint and insights. There is also a secret reveal that forms a precursor for another meeting between the two friends.

Mentions: Kripalu, Yoga Journal Live, Coby Kozlowski, Steven Leonard, Alexandria Crow, Pure Prana, Lil Omm, Pleasance Silicki, Corina Benner

Lilia Mead - “Go Yoga” - Yoga Teacher, Founder of Go Yoga in Brooklyn, NY

Jan 19, 2016 01:39:56

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Lilia Mead was the owner of Go Yoga in Brooklyn NY, recently closed after fifteen years of operation. J taught there as a senior teacher for seven years before he opened a center himself. They sit down together to talk over the last twenty years, just in time before Lilia’s permanent move to Los Angeles. The discussion tracks from the early nineties until today and comments on the way yoga teachers are trained, make a living, and the immense changes that have taken place affecting both. Their shared history, friendship, and love of yoga is celebrated.

Mentions: Jivamukti, David Life, Sharon Gannon, Nikki Costello, Dana Flynn, Peter Rizzo, Jessica Belafatto, Sting, Madonna, Mike D, Russell Simmons, Christy Turlington, Genny Kapular, Krishna Das, Bhava Yoga, Gabriel Casper, Josh Sitron, Lady Ruth, TKV Desikachar, Omega Institute, Kula Yoga, Schuyler Grant, Wanderlust, Pattabhi Jois, Geshe Michael Roach, Christie McNally, Michael Hewitt, Brooks Singer, Three Jewels, Kimberly Teresa, Doug Veenhof, Lama Marut, Greenhouse Holistic, Yoga Works, Seane Corn, Back Bay Yoga, Kripalu

Ray Greenberg - “Yoga Life Style” - Yoga Teacher, Owner of yogalifestyle.com

Jan 12, 2016 01:27:43

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For more than five years, J has been buying yoga mats from yogalifestyle.com. He always appreciated that it was independently owned and operated. So he decided to have a talk with the owner, Ray Greenberg. They discuss how he fell into the yoga supply business, nuances in the yoga products market, insider business considerations (i.e. Amazon), and how things have changed in the yoga world. Ray speaks passionately about both yoga and the products he sells. They commune on the need to foster and nurture personal relationships.

Mentions: Dharma Mittra, Hudson Valley, Yoga International, Bheka, Gary Damaskos, Margery Chessare, IAYT, Yoga Journal Conference, Breeze Bolsters

Roberta Karp - “I’m OK” - Special Education Teacher, J’s Friend and Student

Dec 22, 2015 01:17:49

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J spends time with Roberta Karp, a long-time friend and student. They talk about Roberta’s ongoing struggle with chronic pain, due to several chronic conditions including diabetes, fibromyalgia and colitis. Roberta shares openly about her grieving process after her husband’s death and how yoga has been a “game changer.” J and Roberta come together on what it means to be OK despite our difficulties, and the beauty that life holds.

Mentions: Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Colitis, Grief, Joy

Elena Brower - “Art of Attention” - Yoga Teacher and Author

Dec 1, 2015 01:07:11

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Renowned yoga teacher and author, Elena Brower, talks with J about the early boom times, the rise and fall of Anusara yoga, closing her own center after twelve years, what it’s like to teach 10,000 people at once, and the challenges of making a living as a yoga teacher in today’s climate. They reminisce on their shared past and discuss Elena’s forthcoming projects, including a new book with co-author Gabrielle Hartley entitled: Your Elegant Divorce.

Mentions: Jonathan Safran Foer, Mark Whitwell, Addidas, Virayoga, Ashleigh Sergeant, Alison West, Cyndi Lee, OM Yoga, John Friend, Anusara, Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Richard Freeman, Rod Stryker, Tom Knowles, Virayoga, Twisted Trunk Yoga, Susanna Harwood, Dana Covello, Lole, Art of Attention, Dr. Gabrielle Lion, Katonah Yoga, Abbie Galvin, OM City Series

Ryan Cunningham - “Indie Yoga” - Former Manager at Back Bay Yoga Boston, Yoga Teacher

Nov 17, 2015 01:37:05

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J sits down with the former manager of BackBay Yoga Boston, Ryan Cunningham, to discuss how he got to yoga, became the manager of BackBay, and the surprising announcement that Yoga Works bought the center three days before J got there to teach workshops. They also discuss the realities of conducting yoga teacher training, the role it plays in a yoga education, and the dawning realities that independent yoga teachers and centers are facing.

Mentions:  Leslie Kaminoff, Back Bay Yoga, Yoga Works, Om Yoga, Cyndi Lee, Barbara Benagh, Amy Matthews, Breathing Project

Richard Karpel - “Yoga Bureaucracy”, Former President and CEO of Yoga Alliance

Oct 19, 2015 54:25

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J talks with Richard Karpel about his brief tenure as the President and CEO of the Yoga Alliance. They discuss the circumstances surrounding his hiring, limitations in not-for-profit structures, working with boards of directors, the need for ‘radical transparency’, and the ‘yoga of bureaucracy’. J also shares an example of how yoga is applied in his personal life, and comes clean on his ambivalence regarding the Yoga Alliance.

Mentions: Yoga Alliance, Andrew Tanner

Amy Matthews - “Yoga Anatomy”, The Breathing Project, Embodied Asana

Sep 20, 2015 01:27:17

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Distinguished yoga teacher and movement expert Amy Matthews and J talk about their dance, theater and movement roots, shared history, and ongoing evolution as yoga teachers. Amy gives background and insight into the field of Somatics and they engage in spirited debate on subtle points of disagreement, exploring the relationship between our movement and practice patterns and how we are in the world.

Mentions: Alison West, Mark Whitwell, Leslie Kaminoff, Gigi Boetto, Laban Movement Analysis, Irmgard Bartenieff, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Body-Mind Centering, Mary Overly, Paul Langland, Wendell Beavers, Blue Barn Theater, Somatics, Yoga Anatomy, Embodied Asana

Josh Sitron - “Manic New York Jew”, Composer for Dora the Explorer, and J.’s Producer

Aug 15, 2015 01:04:16

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J. talks with his producer, friend, and long-time student, Josh Sitron. Perhaps better known as the composer for Dora The Explorer, Josh, a self-described 'manic NY Jew', talks about how he came to do yoga back in 1993, how he found his way to J's yoga class and their reacquaintance years later which led to producing J.'s yoga video and now podcast. Josh openly shares his struggles with depression, anger, the recent stress from his wife's cancer, and how yoga has helped him through it all.

Mentions: Kripalu, Dora the Explorer, cancer, New York Jew, Go Yoga, Lilia Mead, Gab Casper, Leslie Kaminoff, Brian Leaf, Jennifer Sitron