King and Queen of Yoga Dethroned

Royal Pain

Perhaps the most questionable convention in yoga practice is the assertion that headstand and shoulderstand are the “king and queen of asana.”  Deeply rooted in classical traditions and adopted by modern hybrids, the emphasis on these poses is an example of a broader disconnect between ideals and actualities.

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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

Where Is Your Peak Yoga Experience?

On the Mat. Off the Mat

Triumphant as it may seem, the vast internet array of photos depicting every budding yogi's best arm balance is misleading. Assigning these images to the epitome of yoga detracts from the real draw and glory of yoga, which actually takes place outside the practice ritual.

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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

How to Use Every Yoga Prop and Which Ones to Try

Whether you struggle to straighten those legs in triangle pose or teeter while trying to touch the ground in standing split, getting to a place of “om” when you feel unstable in your yoga practice is hard. Luckily, a plethora of yoga props help bring balance and stability to any yogi’s practice, whether you’re a true beginner or a seasoned professional.

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Dance Party Yoga Gone Wrong

Adepts have told us that yoga can be found in anything. But does that mean that anything can be yoga? With all the mixing and combining of yoga with other activities going on these days, the line between what constitutes a yoga practice and what does not has certainly become blurred and invites us to wonder why so many people find yoga insufficient on its own.

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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

Screw Union WIth the Divine

I have this tendency to be overly provocative, sometimes to a fault. I have managed to temper this but, as I've discussed before, changing old patterns requires continued attention.

The title of this post is a perfect example. You see, I really wanted to call it "F*** Union with the Divine" but I decided to exercise my better judgment. Indulging in my taste for irreverence is immensely satisfying; however, incendiary language can easily put folks off and the intended sentiments are lost in my fancy for stirring the pot.

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J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com

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Annoyed cat wearing paper crown and ribbons.
09/28/2017
Royal Pain Perhaps the most questionable convention in yoga practice is the assertion that headstand and shoulderstand are the “king and queen of asana.”  Deeply rooted in classical... read more
woman in arm balance yoga pose on lake shore.
03/24/2017
On the Mat. Off the Mat Triumphant as it may seem, the vast internet array of photos depicting every budding yogi's best arm balance is misleading. Assigning these images to the epitome of yoga... read more
Woman using bolster and yoga props in seated forward bend.
03/17/2017
Whether you struggle to straighten those legs in triangle pose or teeter while trying to touch the ground in standing split, getting to a place of “om” when you feel unstable in your yoga practice is... read more
Multi-color lights at a dance rave club.
11/25/2016
Adepts have told us that yoga can be found in anything. But does that mean that anything can be yoga? With all the mixing and combining of yoga with other activities going on these days, the line... read more
man in park doing headstand with photographer nearby
06/24/2016
I have this tendency to be overly provocative, sometimes to a fault. I have managed to temper this but, as I've discussed before, changing old patterns requires continued attention. The title of... read more
Annoyed cat wearing paper crown and ribbons.
09/28/2017
Royal Pain Perhaps the most questionable convention in yoga practice is the assertion that headstand and shoulderstand are the “king and queen of asana.”  Deeply rooted in classical... read more
woman in arm balance yoga pose on lake shore.
03/24/2017
On the Mat. Off the Mat Triumphant as it may seem, the vast internet array of photos depicting every budding yogi's best arm balance is misleading. Assigning these images to the epitome of yoga... read more
Woman using bolster and yoga props in seated forward bend.
03/17/2017
Whether you struggle to straighten those legs in triangle pose or teeter while trying to touch the ground in standing split, getting to a place of “om” when you feel unstable in your yoga practice is... read more
Multi-color lights at a dance rave club.
11/25/2016
Adepts have told us that yoga can be found in anything. But does that mean that anything can be yoga? With all the mixing and combining of yoga with other activities going on these days, the line... read more
man in park doing headstand with photographer nearby
06/24/2016
I have this tendency to be overly provocative, sometimes to a fault. I have managed to temper this but, as I've discussed before, changing old patterns requires continued attention. The title of... read more