Less is more, gentle is advanced
For this episode, I sat down with J.Brown. J is a yoga teacher, writer, and podcaster. He is at the forefront of a quiet yoga revolution, based in healing, that seeks to change the dialogue and direction of yoga practice in the west. His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. His podcast is internationally renowned for raising the level of conversation around the practice.
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MY 5 BIGGEST TAKE-AWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:
1- The point to do one-on-one is to adapt the practice to the needs of the students. In a group class, if you use simplicity and repetition in the sequence, students get to know what is coming and if you offer tools so students learn how to individualize the practice, you can as a teacher walk around, and help in a way that the group practice becomes closer to a personal, one-on-one practice.
2- Less is more. Simple breathing and simple movement can have huge impact. They teach you sustained attention, and that connects you to how you feel, it builds your awareness and clears your perception of what is happening in your life.
3- Sometimes we need to do something, so we can stop doing, and find wonder, awe and harmony. In there lies healing.
4- When you decide that your practice is not about the poses, the practice becomes about the breath. "Attention to breath and body to that" instead of making the breath follow the movements. When you loose the breath, pull back on the movement. Use the breath as a stabilizer in the movement, and operate form a place of awareness. Let the breath be your boundary.
5- The relationships teacher-student is at the core of the practice. Depth of relationship is better on many levels than wider reach.
QUESTIONS HE ANSWERED DURING THIS EPISODE:
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your yoga journey?
How do you bring the main principals of a personal practice into a group practice?
What's the value of self-practice in your opinion?
What is yoga for you? What's your experience of yoga?
What do you wish teachers and students alike would understand better about the breath?
How can more gentle be more advanced?
Why did you start the podcast?
Is there any episode that were particularly impactful to you?
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ABOUT OUR GUEST
J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and podcaster. He is at the forefront of a quiet yoga revolution, based in healing, that seeks to change the dialogue and direction of yoga practice in the west. His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. His podcast is internationally renowned for raising the level of conversation.
Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com