Gentle is the New Advanced

Gentle is the New Advanced

12-hour Weekend Intensives with J. Brown in Berlin

January 18th – 19th, 2020 from 9:30 till 17:00

at Zen Yoga by Dynamic Mindfulness

The number of spaces is limited to 18 participants

Fee: € 275 ($299 USD)

Come and explore how you can create a simpler, gentler, slower yoga practice geared towards creating both a self-empowering and nurturing relationship with your body in this weekend of inquiry and sharing.

Physical and mental pain and spiritual longing can also be contributing factors in blocking us from being our most vibrant self. In this weekend of workshops, J Brown will share his knowledge for those who are looking for more self-empowered ways of healing and finding direction. You will be encouraged to develop self-inquiry across these three elements and will learn how to develop a strong, calm and measured practice.

During our time together, we will practise yoga to ease anything from normal aches and pains to more chronic or acute conditions. We will also delve into the purpose behind our practice and how it applies in all aspects of our lives.

J. Brown, host of Yoga Talks podcast, has been pursuing a quiet yoga revolution for the past 10 years, seeking to change the dialogue and direction of yoga practice in the west.

Over the course of the weekend we will look at:

– Cultivating deeper intuition and an inner sense of knowing
– Adapting practice to individual needs
– The importance of breath
– Changing the narrative from fitness to healing
– Identifying the nature of our pain
– How yoga can address pain (from both a scientific and mystical viewpoint)
– Clarifying the duality/nonduality paradox as a form of pain treatment

This is an opportunity for those who have never met J before to benefit from his viewpoint, and for old friends to catch up and compare notes.

‘Gentle is the New Advanced’ intensive consists of four three-hour sessions. All sessions consist of both a lecture/discussion and a practice, and each session builds on the next.


Saturday: 09:30-12:30 and 14:00-17:00
Sunday: 09:30-12:30 and 14:00-17:00

About J.Brown

For more than twenty 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 and podcaster, having been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. His podcast has become the premier resource for yoga teachers and center owners.

J. 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, fueled 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 one his most influential teachers Mark Whitwell and finding his way to an entirely therapeutic orientation inspired by the TKV Desikachar/Krishnamacharya  tradition.

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 to provide a home for yoga practice that adapts to individual needs. In 2017, J closed the center to travel, write, and talk about the important issues and focus on his work changing the dialogue and direction of yoga practice in the west.

Visit his website at jbrownyoga.com