Dui Turner and Carol Horton - "Yoga Service" - Best Practices For Yoga With Veterans, Yoga Service Council

Dui Turner and Carol Horton have a conversation with J about the Yoga Service Council and the recent publication of Best Practices For Yoga WIth Veterans. Dui shares her story of nineteen years in military service, her passion for the healing arts, and how she is bringing them together. Carol joins in to speak about her role on the council and to give further insight into the process of creating consensus and community. They also touch on how politics fits in for them each individually and the universal appeal and power of yoga.

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J. Brown

J. Brown is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, New York. A teacher for 15 years, he is known for his pragmatic approach to teaching personal, breath-centered therapeutic yoga that adapt to individual needs. His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, Elephant Journal and Yogadork.

Theo Wildcroft - "Wild Yoga" - Doctoral Researcher, Yoga Teacher, lover of vulnerable people and wild things

Theo Wildcroft - "Wild Yoga" - Doctoral Researcher, Yoga Teacher,  lover of vulnerable people and wild things

J brings Theo Wildcroft on the show after a lovely shout-out online that also included a playful jab about the lack of guests from outside North America. They discuss her research inquiring into the democratization of physical practice, the convergence of yoga and activism, and the radical impact of “pagans doing yoga in fields.” Theo was also around for the Anusara meltdown, and teaches yoga to children with special needs,

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Douglas Rushkoff - "Team Human" - Writer, Documentarian, Lecturer, J’s cyberspace guru

Douglas Rushkoff - "Team Human" - Writer, Documentarian, Lecturer, J’s cyberspace guru

Serendipity brings Douglas Rushkoff, author of Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus and Aleister & Adolf, and host of Team Human podcast, to J’s basement for a conversation on the digital age and the economic effects of information technology on human well-being. They discuss Rushkoff’s writing trajectory, chronicling the evolution of the internet from its early open source origins to its corporate controlled iteration of today.

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Brenda Feuerstein - "Georg’s Legacy" - Philosopher, Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Author, wife of the late Georg Feuerstein

Brenda Feuerstein - "Georg’s Legacy" - Philosopher, Yoga and Meditation Teacher, Author, wife of the late Georg Feuerstein

J has the honor of talking to Brenda Feuerstein, wife of the late Georg Feuerstein. Georg’s writings have been a huge influence on J and this was a special opportunity to learn about a man he considers a teacher but never met in person. They discuss Brenda’s relationship to Georg, on both personal and professional levels, and the work of continuing his legacy. They share in mutual appreciation for the deeper aspects of practice.

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Susanna Harwood Rubin - "Devi Soul" - Visual Artist, Yoga Teacher, Anusara Refugee, author of Yoga 365

Susanna Harwood Rubin - "Devi Soul" - Visual Artist, Yoga Teacher, Anusara Refugee, author of Yoga 365

J hangs out with Susanna Harwood Rubin, author of Yoga 365, in her Manhattan apartment for an intimate conversation about the early years of the NY scene and how things have gone since then. Susanna shares some early shaping experiences transitioning from art world to yoga world, her perspective on the rise and fall of Anusara, and her love of studying yoga philosophy. They also talk about Hindu deities and her new book.

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Brian Leaf - "Garden State Yogi" - Author, Holistic Educator, Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedist, Swami Kripalu Devotee

Brian Leaf - "Garden State Yogi" - Author, Holistic Educator, Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedist, Swami Kripalu Devotee

Brian Leaf, author of Misadventures of a Garden State Yogi and Misadventures of a Parenting Yogi, is a mutual friend of J’s producer. They knew of each other for years but this is the first time they actually met. They discuss Brian’s work helping students manage ADD and overcome standardized-tests, how he overcame ulcerative colitis through yoga and Ayurveda, his devotion to Swami Kripalu, and coming from a place of knowing.

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Katchie Ananda - "Spiritual Midwife" - Yoga and Dharma Teacher, Veteran of Jivamukti and Anusara, J’s first

Katchie Ananda - "Spiritual Midwife" - Yoga and Dharma Teacher, Veteran of Jivamukti and Anusara, J’s first

Life comes full circle for J in this conversation with Katchie Ananda, his first ever and beloved teacher. They talk about early times when the NY yoga scene was just burgeoning, Katchie’s move away from NY to Colorado to study with Richard Freeman, her time in Anusara and relationship to John Friend, and the dharma path that she is following today. They touch base on how things have changed, and the need for "all hands on deck."

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Roslyn Brown - "Bagel Tiger" - Future Veterinarian, Gymnast, Artist or Pop-star, J’s eldest daughter

Roslyn Brown - "Bagel Tiger" - Future Veterinarian, Gymnast, Artist or Pop-star, J’s eldest daughter

On the occasion of her seventh birthday, J shares some conversations with his eldest daughter, Roslyn Brown. He promised her that they were recording a “real” podcast and, after a recent incident where he maybe wasn’t there for her as a father, he felt compelled to make good on his promise. They talk about animals, her baby sister, her mom, and whether they should stay in Brooklyn or move somewhere else.

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Ryan & Kate - “Unrolled” - Boston-based Yoga Educators and Teachers, hosts of Unrolled Podcast

Ryan & Kate - “Unrolled” - Boston-based Yoga Educators and Teachers, hosts of Unrolled Podcast

J sits down with Ryan Cunningham and Kate Robinson, hosts of Unrolled, for a lively conversation in Ryan’s kitchen just after a workshop at his center, Bow St. Yoga in Sommerville MA. They talk about how Ryan went from being a former-manager to a yoga center owner, showers, the awesomeness that is Unrolled Podcast, why J does Sanskrit chanting and if the name of his podcast is lame, and forging new models for yoga going forward.

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Shelly Prosko - “Physio Yoga” - Physical Therapist, Yoga Therapist, Pilates Instructor, pioneer of Physio Yoga Therapy

Shelly Prosko - “Physio Yoga” - Physical Therapist, Yoga Therapist, Pilates Instructor, pioneer of Physio Yoga Therapy

J talks with Shelly Prosko, founder of Physio Yoga, about her mission to integrate yoga into the healthcare system. Shelly shares some of her personal story of how a random injury catapulted her work incorporating medical therapeutic yoga and traditional physical therapy. They discuss the difference between bringing medicine into yoga and yoga into medicine, the limitations of allopathic models, and the need for clarity of scope.

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Erich Schiffmann - “Freedom Yoga” - American Yoga Master, author of The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness

Erich Schiffmann - “Freedom Yoga” - American Yoga Master, author of The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness

J talks to one of the greats, Erich Schiffmann. This is the first time they have ever spoken to each other and Erich takes J through some history and a bevy of tales that speak to the coming of yoga into the west and mainstream. They discuss what it’s like to have lunch with J Krishnamurti and get slapped by BKS Iyengar, the origins of the traveling yoga career, free-form yoga, and learning how to learn from your own practice.

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Cristina Kuhn - “Living with MS” - Yoga Teacher, Owner of The Yogi Underground in Falls Church, VA

Cristina Kuhn - “Living with MS” - Yoga Teacher, Owner of The Yogi Underground in Falls Church, VA

Cristina Kuhn returns to talk with J about the one big thing they didn’t discuss last time they got together, her MS. She shares what it was like to be diagnosed, conventional and alternative treatments, the emotional impact, and the resolve to carry on with life. They also touch base on how business is going at her center, the Yogi Underground in Falls Church, VA.

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Cyndi Lee - “OM Yoga” - Renowned Yoga Teacher, author of Yoga Body Buddha Mind and May I Be Happy

Cyndi Lee - “OM Yoga” - Renowned Yoga Teacher, author of Yoga Body Buddha Mind and May I Be Happy

Cyndi Lee, founder of the influential OM Yoga center, was someone who set the stage for people like J. After running in the same circles for years, they finally get a chance to meet. They talk about Cyndi’s personal journey into yoga and Tibetan Buddhism, yoga coming into the mainstream, the story of how OM Yoga came into existence and why it had to close, and the way things are playing out now.

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Joey Slater-Milligan - “Yoga of Wheatus” - Background Vocalist for Wheatus, Yoga TT Grad, author of young adult novel ‘PSY’

Joey Slater-Milligan - “Yoga of Wheatus” - Background Vocalist for Wheatus, Yoga TT Grad, author of young adult novel ‘PSY’

J talks with Joey Slater-Milligan, background vocalist from the band Wheatus. Joey graduated from J’s teacher training program a while back and they take some time to learn about each other outside of the practice space. Joey shares her journey from a small village in England to playing arena-sized shows with a band she started out selling t-shirts for. They also discuss why she decided to do teacher training and her young adult sci-fi novel ‘PSY’.

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Jason Crandell - “Professional Responsibility” - Teacher, Author, contributing editor for Yoga Journal magazine

Jason Crandell - “Professional Responsibility” - Teacher, Author, contributing editor for Yoga Journal magazine

Jason Crandell has always been on J’s radar as someone of his generation who managed to break through into the mainstream. They talk about early days of yoga journal cruises, what it takes to launch a yoga career, the invent of yoga teacher training, social media literacy, realities and issues facing current yoga business models, raising the educational bar and holding teacher trainers accountable.

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Wendy Reese - “Whole Being Zone” - Coach, Author, Yoga Teacher, host of the Whole Being Zone Podcast

Wendy Reese - “Whole Being Zone” -  Coach, Author, Yoga Teacher, host of the Whole Being Zone Podcast

J returns the favor and brings on Wendy Reese, host of The Whole Being Zone Podcast. They talk about the horrors of having crappy internet service, what the yoga scene is like in a town of five hundred people, the journey from fitness to wholeness, dealing with mental illness, learning to love yourself, the practicality of psychic power, and how to build community. They also discuss her new book Alchemy of Yoga: Living Yoga Off the Mat.

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Julie Buckner - “Closing InYoga” - Writer, Public Affairs and Marketing Consultant, CEO of InYoga

Julie Buckner - “Closing InYoga” - Writer, Public Affairs and Marketing Consultant, CEO of InYoga

Julie Buckner and J had been emailing back and forth for months, but only when the final word came down that she was definitely closing her yoga center did they sit down and talk about the state of affairs. They discuss hard realities facing independent yoga centers vs standardized scaled models, successful but not profitable, and even a bit of national politics. More than anything, they look to each other for support and inspiration.

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Eddie Stern - “Ashtanga Yoga” - Brooklyn Yoga Club, Namarupa, Yoga Mala, Teach Wellness

Eddie Stern - “Ashtanga Yoga” -  Brooklyn Yoga Club, Namarupa, Yoga Mala, Teach Wellness

Eddie Stern, esteemed Ashtanga Yoga teacher, invites J to The Brooklyn Yoga Club to talk about the old days and current incarnations of his yoga and teaching. They discuss his early practice, formative times in the NY yoga scene, the entrance of Patabhi Jois into the US, the birth of “vinyasa” as a hybrid style, bringing yoga into schools, and whether or not Ashtanga Yoga is injurious.

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Sam Chase - “Yoga to the People” - Yoga Teacher, Author, Co-owner of a Yoga to the People studio

Sam Chase - “Yoga to the People” - Yoga Teacher, Author, Co-owner of a Yoga to the People studio

Serendipity brings Sam Chase, author of Yoga and the Pursuit of Happiness, and J together in this intimate back and forth about the parallels in both their early beginnings and current life situations. They discuss the lonely aspects of being a yoga teacher, Sam’s dual yoga personality, vinyasa yoga’s identity crisis, the evolution of Kripalu Yoga, and the origins and purpose behind Yoga to the People.

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Michael Lee - “Phoenix Rising” - Master Educator, Author, Founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy

Michael Lee - “Phoenix Rising” - Master Educator, Author, Founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy

Michael Lee, founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, talks with J about the origins of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and its defining characteristics. They discuss creating safe containers for practice, identifying what’s going on in your body and in your life based on both experience and psychological principles, the thin line between yoga and yoga therapy, changes in the professional yoga landscape, and being true to who you are.

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