J. Brown Yoga – Gentle is the New Advanced: 2 day Yoga intensive

Saturday 2nd May 2020

Pursuing a quiet yoga revolution based in healing,  J. Brown is changing the dialogue and direction of yoga practice in the West.

We welcome back Yoga teacher, writer, and podcaster J. Brown after his popular teaching tour of 2019. He received rapturous reviews and challenged our perceptions of what yoga is and what yoga can be.

He is leading the way in the Slow Yoga Revolution, advocating for more intimate, breath-centered, therapeutic yoga practices. J’s offerings are both a revolution and a return to the ancient roots of yoga. His approach is largely inspired by the teachings of TKV Desikachar and is geared towards feeling well and lessening of pain.

J is not only one of the most listended-to podcasters in yoga today, but a gifted and inspiring teacher of great experience, empathy and intelligence.

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.

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.

All sessions will offer both lecture/discussion and a practice, and each session builds on the next and are suitable to yogis of all experiences and backgrounds including those with injuries
No partial enrollment is possible for these 2-day workshops.

CPD: this workshop will count towards 11 CPD points for teaching associations


Session 1: Introduction and Context    9.30 – 12.30pm
Here we establish a context for inquiry together where J learns about the interests and experience of the participants and shares the background behind what he teaches. 


Session 2:  The Ideas That Make it Work    2.00 – 4.30pm
In this discussion, we explore the history and philosophy of yoga, comparing and contrasting different viewpoints and examining how ideas are expressed through practice. Expect to explore what we are actually doing in asana and shatter a few myths along the way.


Session 3: Practice Technique    9.30 – 12.30pm 
This session will focus on the techniques and principles at work in the practice that J teaches. Specifically, the role of breath and details of sequencing choices.

  • 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.


Session 4:  Application of the Principles   2.00 – 4.30pm
J brings it all together and discusses the application of the principles and techniques to create safer and more effective practice.


Cancellation more than 25 days prior to event date is possible subject to a $25 cancellation fee.
Less than 25 days’ notice of cancellation is only possible if we can fill your place from a wait-list.


(Click address to see google maps)

Sydney: Saturday May 2 – Sunday May 3
9.30am – 4.30pm
Norths Leagues Club, 12 Abbott Street, Cammeray

Brisbane: Tuesday May 5 – Wednesday May 6
9.00am – 4.00pm
Shri Yoga 

26 Burnett Lane, Brisbane    http://www.shriyoga.com.au

Melbourne: Saturday May 9 – 10          
9.30am – 4.30pm

Kensington Town Hall, 30 – 34 Bellair Street, Kensington


What to Bring:
Please bring a yoga mat and blanket or cushion to sit on, plus notebook.


Meet J. Brown
J is probably best-known to Australian yogis via his influential podcast series. He is a yoga teacher (E-RYT 500), 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

In 2007, After more than a decade as a popular teacher at various leading 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. He now teaches maninly through his on-line teacher circles and delivers teacher-trainings and workshops around the globe.


Saturday 2nd May 2020 To Sunday 10th May 2020
9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Sydney, May 2 - 3: Norths Leagues Club, 12 Abbott Street, Cammeray

Brisbane: May 5 - 6: Shri Yoga, 26 Burnett Lane, Brisbane

Melbourne May 9 - 10: Kensington Town Hall, 30 - 34 Bellair Street, Kensington



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I so enjoyed the warm wisdom of such a humble and engaging teacher who wants to help students, not force them into a paticular dogma or “style”.

He’s not only a pionering yoga podcaster who’s met everyone in the yoga world, but a kick-arse teacher too. Thanks for coming J.

Mark O'Brien