Yoga teacher and writer J. Brown is leading the way in the Slow Yoga Revolution, advocating for more intimate, breath-centered, therapeutic yoga practices. J interviews guests from old-school yoga teachers to other yoga revolutionists about philosophy and the business of yoga.
Norman Blair - "State of the Yoga Teacher Union"
Norman Blair returns to the show to assess the current state of the yoga teaching profession and encourage creative ways of moving forward. They discuss the impact of the pandemic on yoga teachers and centers, online teaching and getting back together in person, pay equity for yoga teachers and the formation of a yoga teacher union in the UK, the benefits of keeping things small and cooperative, poetry and regulation of the nervous system, and daring to think creatively about our future.
Kelly Kamm - "Fringe Dwelling Then and Now"
Kelly Kamm was recommended to J by a listener and it lead to this talk about the NY yoga scene, mythology, and the current state of play. They discuss the atmosphere of learning in earlier times, opening and closing a yoga center, misgivings of vinyasa yoga, seeking deeper connection to the invisible forces of magic and spirit, hindu mythology and fringe dwelling goddesses, leaning into the uncomfortable void, coming to grips with incorrect assumptions, and fusing the sacred and the everyday.
Jessie Nieusma - "Trans, Gender and Sex Education"
Jessie Nieusma (he/him/his) answered J's call to join him for a discussion to dispel misinformation and humanize trans people. They discuss the realities of trans kids, the importance of ensuring that trans people receive the care they need, myths about sports and bathrooms, scare tactics used to discriminate, statistics for the trans community, spectrum’s along both gender and sex, different ways that people work to move the needle towards equality, and getting to know each other across our differences.
Kathryn Anne Flynn - "Teach Kind, Clear Yoga"
Kathryn Anne Flynn, author of Teach Kind, Clear Yoga, talks with J about yoga methodology and pedagogy. They discuss the influence of yoga in Kathryn's childhood, some of the roots behind teaching yoga for the general population, magic, Madame Blavatsky and the Theosophical Society, the "ceptions" and exploratory practice, pigeon pose, mobility and stability vs strength and flexibility, strategies for making practice fit needs, forever student mindset, and daring to be simple.
Katchie Ananda - "Gender Spectrum and Biological Sex"
Katchie Ananda, J's first yoga teacher, returns to the show to talk about gender spectrum and biological sex. They discuss how Katchie ended up becoming active and writing about the issue, the cancel campaign waged against her in response, what it means to change a persons sex with puberty blockers or surgical interventions, whether intersex people prove that sex is assigned, woman’s liberation and individual expression, Big Pharma in trans medicine, and every persons right to be whoever they want to be,
Gregor Maehle - "Finding Your Life's Divine Purpose"
Gregor Maele, author of How to Find Your Life's Divine Purpose, talks with J about belief systems and realizing a purposeful life. They discuss pros and cons of experiencing the entirety of everything at once, perceptual filters and the process of enculturation that cut us off from sacred knowledge, infinite human capacity for bullshitting ourselves, how we know what we know and how we know if were wrong, feeling freer from a fear of death, and collective purpose in finding peace with nature.
Open to be yourself
I’m sitting in Copenhagen and love that podcast- I appreciate that you J are open and honest about yourself, your struggles, your vulnerability, joy and situation in life. Great guests and talks!!!! So bring it on:)))) can u maybe make a podcast with Philip Shepard???? Please ❤️
I look forward to this podcast every week. I've learned so much and been so inspired.