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J. Brown Yoga Talks

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

Justin Mastin, 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...

Duration: 01:26:41

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

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...

Duration: 01:34:03

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

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...

Duration: 01:49:46

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

Alexis Marback 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...

Duration: 01:52:07

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

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...

Duration: 01:47:09

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

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...

Duration: 01:33:49

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

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...

Duration: 01:33:13

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

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...

Duration: 01:32:19

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

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...

Duration: 01:49:28

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

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...

Duration: 01:51:21

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

Vanessa Kudrat, founder of Body Mind Gifts, is an old friend of J’s from their college days and drops by to see him in his final days in Brooklyn after not seeing each other in over fifteen years. They 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 come into the mainstream and become professions. The conversation also examines the effects of the new media on yoga teachers and the...

Duration: 01:31:58

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

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...

Duration: 01:58:07

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

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...

Duration: 01:36:46

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

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...

Duration: 01:50:31

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

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...

Duration: 01:41:29

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

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...

Duration: 01:44:49

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

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...

Duration: 01:31:48

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

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...

Duration: 02:02:37

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

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...

Duration: 01:55:38

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

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...

Duration: 01:36:06

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