The Incredible Shrinking Yoga Class

In the last twenty years, yoga in the west has gone from a guru-driven model to a market-driven model.

Decisions still often come from atop a pyramid. But now, the directives are based more on aggregated data than on the presumed authority of an ancient wisdom. One small manifestation of this turn can be found in the way that yoga classes have gotten progressively shorter. As yoga teachers are newly questioning old models for what and how they teach, industry mores also deserve examination.

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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

Riddle Me Some Reality

Expanding the definition of reality beyond the usual time, money, and politics is generally considered naive or delusional.

Aspects of life that are immeasurable or defy explanation are relegated to the realm of hearsay and mysticism. But from a purely pragmatic standpoint, magic is undeniable.

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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

Yoga's Marginal Utility

Among longtime yoga professionals, there are some well-kept secrets.

The reasons for these truths to remain unspoken are rooted in protecting both personal and professional interests. But, for many, the veneer has worn too thin and what once was an article of faith now feels like perpetuating myths. For those untangling the mess of confused emotions and experiences, honesty is our only saving grace.

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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

Am I Misappropriating Yoga?

The continued rise of Instagram-influenced yoga has led to a new wave of criticism among East-Indians and academics alike.

Accusations of cultural appropriation are being levied just as long-held myths are being debunked. Many earnest practitioners find themselves confused by the discord between what they see and read in the media and the experience they have of Yoga in their lives.

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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

Yoga is Not Stretching

The ubiquitous trope that “yoga is stretching” is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of both yoga and human anatomy.

Now that scientific research is largely debunking ingrained notions of what it means to “stretch,” the language that yoga teachers and media are using to describe what yoga practice does needs to be questioned.

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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

15 Relaxation Techniques to Reduce Stress

Relaxation techniques can be really beneficial to your mental and physical health, if you practice them regularly.

So in this guide, we'll cover 15 relaxation techniques to reduce stress - and the reasons why.

Why Use Relaxation Techniques?

We all feel stressed from time to time...

But did you know that this can be incredibly harmful?

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John runs Relax Like A Boss, a blog that teaches people how to reduce stress and relax in a busy world. His passion is helping and inspiring others to beat stress and live a healthier, happier lifestyle.

A Yoga Revolution - Slower is Stronger

On the outskirts of the last decade, a small and humble minority has been pushing back against the pumped up power craze that swept through the nineties, and still largely has a hold on modern postural yoga. Now that the longstanding kingdoms that once guarded yoga's legacies have fallen, and individuals are left more to their own devices, this once obscure and unsung song is finding a new chorus of practitioners.

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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

Can We Make Things Better? (Spoiler - Yep)

Transformation

Transformation is a catchword in yoga circles. Wanting to see things change, both personally and societally, is often what motivates people to practice. But the ability to bring about change does not always correspond with things getting better. Life has a curious way of balancing our desire for something new with the obstinate reality of the way things are.

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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

18 Amazing (and Scientific) Benefits of Yoga

Yoga is becoming more mainstream in western cultures as those who practice it realize the numerous physical, mental, and emotional benefits that come with the ancient art.

Science has proven that yoga can have a transformative effect on the body, resulting in everything from lowered blood pressure to disease prevention. 

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Jacky Miller is a Registered Dietician based in New Zealand. She specializes in chronic conditions and through diet and lifestyle changes helps her patients improve their health, and lead richer, more fulfilling lives. She writes regularly on health related topics for blogs including MindBodyGreen, Jen Reviews, and The Huffington Post. 

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Brogis Need to Recognize - #TimesUp in Yoga, Too

Given the patriarchal history of yoga and society, the predominance of women in yoga classes and the marketing efforts to entice men is not only profoundly ironic but indicative of changing gender dynamics. As universal concepts continue to be teased out of the dogmas, we are challenged to let go of deeply ingrained modes of communicating. While both men and women need to play a role in restoring mutuality, it behooves men to bear the greater burden.

I am nonetheless a white privileged male who has assumed a position of authority.

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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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Close up of woman's hands rolling teal yoga mat.
10/08/2018
In the last twenty years, yoga in the west has gone from a guru-driven model to a market-driven model. Decisions still often come from atop a pyramid. But now, the directives are based more on... read more
Man in flanel shirt floating above ground in forest.
10/01/2018
Expanding the definition of reality beyond the usual time, money, and politics is generally considered naive or delusional. Aspects of life that are immeasurable or defy explanation are relegated... read more
Woman doing yoga crow pose in front of wooden wall
08/03/2018
Among longtime yoga professionals, there are some well-kept secrets. The reasons for these truths to remain unspoken are rooted in protecting both personal and professional interests. But, for... read more
woman's torso with yoga t shirt and holding her hands in meditative pose
07/13/2018
The continued rise of Instagram-influenced yoga has led to a new wave of criticism among East-Indians and academics alike. Accusations of cultural appropriation are being levied just as long-held... read more
Close up of woman grabbing feet in yoga pose
06/22/2018
The ubiquitous trope that “yoga is stretching” is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of both yoga and human anatomy. Now that scientific research is largely debunking ingrained notions of... read more
Two hammocks in silhouette against sunset sky
05/31/2018
Relaxation techniques can be really beneficial to your mental and physical health, if you practice them regularly. So in this guide, we'll cover 15 relaxation techniques to reduce stress - and the... read more
Tortoise stretches its neck to look right at the camera
04/20/2018
On the outskirts of the last decade, a small and humble minority has been pushing back against the pumped up power craze that swept through the nineties, and still largely has a hold on modern... read more
Woman leaning against red wall helplessly with head in a pipe
03/07/2018
Transformation Transformation is a catchword in yoga circles. Wanting to see things change, both personally and societally, is often what motivates people to practice. But the ability to bring... read more
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03/02/2018
Yoga is becoming more mainstream in western cultures as those who practice it realize the numerous physical, mental, and emotional benefits that come with the ancient art. Science has proven that... read more

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Close up of woman's hands rolling teal yoga mat.
10/08/2018
In the last twenty years, yoga in the west has gone from a guru-driven model to a market-driven model. Decisions still often come from atop a pyramid. But now, the directives are based more on... read more
Man in flanel shirt floating above ground in forest.
10/01/2018
Expanding the definition of reality beyond the usual time, money, and politics is generally considered naive or delusional. Aspects of life that are immeasurable or defy explanation are relegated... read more
Woman doing yoga crow pose in front of wooden wall
08/03/2018
Among longtime yoga professionals, there are some well-kept secrets. The reasons for these truths to remain unspoken are rooted in protecting both personal and professional interests. But, for... read more
woman's torso with yoga t shirt and holding her hands in meditative pose
07/13/2018
The continued rise of Instagram-influenced yoga has led to a new wave of criticism among East-Indians and academics alike. Accusations of cultural appropriation are being levied just as long-held... read more
Close up of woman grabbing feet in yoga pose
06/22/2018
The ubiquitous trope that “yoga is stretching” is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of both yoga and human anatomy. Now that scientific research is largely debunking ingrained notions of... read more
Two hammocks in silhouette against sunset sky
05/31/2018
Relaxation techniques can be really beneficial to your mental and physical health, if you practice them regularly. So in this guide, we'll cover 15 relaxation techniques to reduce stress - and the... read more
Tortoise stretches its neck to look right at the camera
04/20/2018
On the outskirts of the last decade, a small and humble minority has been pushing back against the pumped up power craze that swept through the nineties, and still largely has a hold on modern... read more
Woman leaning against red wall helplessly with head in a pipe
03/07/2018
Transformation Transformation is a catchword in yoga circles. Wanting to see things change, both personally and societally, is often what motivates people to practice. But the ability to bring... read more
Woman on beach in silhouette practicing yoga at sunset
03/02/2018
Yoga is becoming more mainstream in western cultures as those who practice it realize the numerous physical, mental, and emotional benefits that come with the ancient art. Science has proven that... read more

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