Gentle is the new advanced
Choose from 3 sessions with international teacher J. Brown

Saturday 1st Dec 2018

Choose any or all sessions with J.Brown on his first visit to Australia

Gentle is the New Advanced
Saturday 2- 5pm

Pursuing a quiet yoga revolution based in healing,  J. Brown seeks to change the dialogue and direction of yoga practice in the west.

Imagine yoga before it was transformed in its journey to the West. Imagine a personalized, breath-centered practice, passed down from individual teacher to student. A Yoga for the well being of the whole person; something that would provide a vehicle for learning to truly take care of ourselves and ease the pains of life.

That something is breath, moving in and through the opening and closing body. Full, deep breathing into all corners of the body makes people feel better. Feel stronger. Feel more energetic. And it has been doing so for thousands of years.

Yoga changed when it came to the West. New styles and brands of yoga have developed which meet the desires and expectations of much of the American audience. Focusing on the outer, physical achievements, and perhaps losing something in the creation of a standardized, scaled and franchised approach to yoga. But the older traditions have also continued, and J. Brown is at the forefront of a wonderful resurgence of this ‘old-school’ yoga.

In this gentle, therapeutic, breath-centered yoga, we are making the body strong and flexible — but we go about it in a way that also encourages useful patterns of thought and behavior. No struggling. No straining. No striving. Just strong and calm, even and measured work.

 

Slower is Stronger: more power, less pain.
Sunday 10am – 1pm

When breath and movement are together, and breath is made long and smooth, the practice slows down and offers a different kind of support. You will often hear yoga teachers say; “It’s all about the breath.” Yet, very rarely are they making breath primary over alignment or sequence.

In this workshop, J will examine the role of breath in yoga poses as both a point of focus and support. We will consider the anatomy behind our breathing, the benefits of emphasizing breath in asana, and techniques for making breath a central feature in practice.

Imagine yoga before it was transformed in its journey to the West.  Imagine a personalized, breath-centered practice, passed down from individual teacher to student.  A Yoga for the well being of the whole person; something that would provide a vehicle for learning to truly take care of ourselves and ease the pains of life.

In this workshop, you explore

  • Ensuring safely in group yoga classes
  • The role that breath plays in supporting the body
  • The effects of different sequencing and pacing in group flow classes
  • Techniques for teaching diverse populations and multilevel students
  • The teacher/student relationship.

 

Making Vinyasa Yoga Safe
Sunday 2 – 5pm

For teachers and interested students at all levels.
Learn how to apply the core principles of therapeutic yoga to a conventional vinyasa class. By establishing basic safety protocols, you can prevent injuries and get the maximum benefit from your yoga practice.

In this workshop, you explore

  • Methods for safely incorporating therapeutic yoga into group classes
  • The role that breath plays in supporting the body
  • The effects of different sequencing and pacing in group flow classes
  • Techniques for teaching diverse populations and multilevel students
  • The teacher/student relationship.

Whether you’re a beginner interested in starting a safe yoga practice, a more experienced practitioner with injuries, or a teacher wanting to ensure safe and favorable outcomes for your students, you can do away with unintended consequences and nurture your yoga practice as a genuine form of preventive care.

 

Cancellation up to 48 hours prior to event date is possible subject to a $5 cancellation fee. Less than 48 hours’ notice of cancellation is only possible if we can fill your place from a wait-list.

 

Meet J. Brown
J (E-RYT 500) is a yoga teacher, writer, and founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, New York. A teacher for more than 15 years, he is known for his pragmatic approach to teaching personal, breath-centered therapeutic yoga practice adapted to individual needs, including chronic or acute conditions. His writing has been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, Elephant Journal and Yogadork. J’s writing, video, and international events are featured at jbrownyoga.com.

He is studied in the Ashtanga-Vinyasa, Iyengar, Sivananda, and Desikachar/Krishnamacharya forms of Hatha Yoga practice. His teachers include Alison West (Yoga Union Certified), Richard Freeman, Swami P. Saraswati (Rishikesh-India), Katchie Ananda and Mark Whitwell (Heart of Yoga Certified). Member IAYT.

For more than fifteen years, J. Brown has been developing techniques to teach people how to practice yoga in a deeper and more fulfilling way.  He is also a well known writer, having been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, Elephant Journal, and Yogadork

Brown came to yoga by way of his mother’s death.  Reconciling that loss, and wanting to be free from the crippling grief and disillusionment that came with it, fuelled his passion for learning to make himself well.

First, he gravitated towards an Ashtanga, power vinyasa style. The intensity suited his struggling temperament. After sustaining several injuries, he explored an Iyengar based approach to learn better alignment.  But he soon discovered that better alignment alone was not the answer.   Despite having achieved proficiency in both the Ashtanga and Iyengar styles,  studying with renowned teachers such as Alison West and Richard Freeman, J admits: ‘I still had chronic pain and was horribly disillusioned and unhappy.’   The next phase of his search would be in India.

In Rishikesh, J. found a rare and special teacher in Swami P. Saraswati.  He taught J that yoga practice was not a linear progression towards some unknown thing, but rather a process of learning how to take care of yourself.   Back in NY, J. stopped going to regular group classes and devoted himself to a self-practice, ultimately meeting his most influential teacher Mark Whitwell and finding his way to an entirely therapeutic orientation in the tradition of TKV Desikachar and T Krishnamacharya, the “teacher of teachers”.

In 2007, After more than a decade as a popular teacher at various schools in Manhattan and Brooklyn,  J. founded Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY.  AYC was created to provide a home for yoga practice that adapts to individual needs.

When

Saturday 1st Dec 2018 To Sunday 2nd Dec 2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Where

Qi Freshwater Studio
Saturday 2 - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 1pm
Sunday 2 - 5pm

Price

$59 one session
$111 for 2 sessions
$155 for 3 sessions

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