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YogaDork Giveaway: Win ‘Gentle Is The New Advanced’ – J. Brown’s Online Workshop

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gentle-is-the-advanced-workshop It’s almost (officially) summer and life just got even busier. But it doesn’t have to be harder. In case it feels that way, we have just the thing to help you slooowww things downs. Straight from the increase-the-ease department we’re delighted to be giving away your ticket to chillville, J. Brown’s Gentle Is The New Advanced, an online workshop designed around simplicity and attention rather than pushing beyond one’s edges.

An advocate for the slow yoga revolution, J. Brown makes it his mission to remind us all that “advanced” doesn’t have to mean putting our feet behind our head. His Gentle Is The New Advanced online workshop reinforces that concept, his approach has been described as “slow and strong, powerfully intimate, breath-centered therapeutic” yoga teaching. You can read more about J. Brown and his approach here.

WIN: We’re giving away the Gentle Is The New Advanced online workshop to three lucky winners, courtesy of J. Brown. The workshop is made up of eight 90-minute sessions adding up to 12 hours of practices, lectures, demonstrations and discussions to view on your own time or whenever you need a moment for yourself. (Value $99)

More info:

  • 12 Hours of video in eight 90-minute sessions featuring lectures, practices, demonstrations and discussions.  Learn directly from J. Brown in his first ever online yoga course.
  • Stream Online or Download for Offline Viewing
  • Never Expires – Take the class at your own pace and in your own time
  • Class Workbook – An accompanying workbook illustrates the poses and principles behind J. Brown’s teachings, to help you get more out of your workshop.
  • Office Hours – Submit your questions and comments for J to respond and share with other students taking the course
  • Hours can be applied towards Yoga Alliance’s Continuing Education (CE) Requirement that ALL Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT)  receive 30 hours of yoga training every three years.
  • Perfect for all teachers and inquiring students.

TO ENTER: Regarding old school versus new school yoga, J. Brown has said the main distinction between the two has to do with the mentality around the physical work of the practice.Challenging yourself on the mat becomes something very different depending upon your definition of what that means,” says J. Let’s use that as inspiration for this one. To enter, share with us either a way that you challenge yourself in yoga, or a way that yoga challenges you. Leave your entry in the comments below, on our facebook page, or twitter with hashtag #gentleisthenewadvanced (be sure to tag us @yogadork!)

Giveaway will remain open until 11:59pm Monday, June 20, 2016. Three winners will be chosen at random and announced soon after. Good luck!

Update: And the winners are…Karen C., Molly D., and Cara M.! Congrats! Thank you to all for your inspiring entries.

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  • I challenge myself in yoga to practice with non-judgment and an acceptance of where I’m at in the moment – gentle is the new advanced is a mindset that I would like to take with me on the mat whenever I catch myself judging how simple my practice seems to be. The challenge lies in doing what feels good and not worrying about how challenging the postures appear to anyone who isn’t on my mat!

  • Yoga challenges me to slow down and be in relationship with my moment.

  • Namastellen

    I challenge myself to find the aha moment on the mat, the moment when I didn’t worry and found my breath and myself and ease of moment.

  • Laura

    My practice challenges me to s l o w d o w n-this workshop sounds great!

  • Mandi

    I challenge myself in yoga to tune in to what I really need each day I practice. When I make it to my mat I really try to notice whether it is day to push myself to move a bit more or day that I could use more stillness and quieting poses.

  • I challenge myself to slow down in two ways: holding each pose for 5-8 breaths and for two sided asanas, take three breaths in between each side to relax and feel the pose. Being conscious with each breath is the key for me.

  • maryann

    I challenge myself in yoga by continuing to show up on my mat regardless of how I feel-holding a pose even for a second longer-but most importantly-I am kind to myself regardless of what I can or cannot do. That is the biggest challenge on and off the mat!

  • Gloria Sanford-Breton

    Yoga challenges me to be my most authentic self and to honor both my body and my spirit with non-judgement. As a yoga teacher who serves those with special needs and those who are typically under-served, I am challenged to also bring this authenticity and non-judgement to my work with my students.

  • Stacey

    Yoga challenges me to be present with myself, not escaping or running away.
    I am challenged to honor and be kind to myself, instead of dwelling on my faults.
    And I am challenged to grow and evolve, and come out of the shell I spent so many years building.

  • I challenge myself on the mat by playing with the spectrum of doing and being. By taking my time and moving slowly and mindfully, rather than furiously and mindlessly, I am able to joyfully experience the “do” of the pose by finding the alignment that best serves my unique body fingerprint. Then, knowing that I am safe and sound (or sweet and steady), I can shift into the being of the pose. Yoga challenges me to move away from seeing being and doing as opposites and instead to experience them as different expressions of the same, pure energy. Namaste.

  • Debbie Gunkel

    Yoga challenges me to let go. Let go of perfection, worry about my family, my aging, changing body. To instead embrace the knowledge that I cannot control much of anything, except my breath. The challenge is to breath, just breath. Moving slowly in the postures, letting go for even just 5 minutes of life and just breath, move, and let my mind rest.

  • Anthony Scaletta

    Yoga challenges me to show up authentically and be vulnerable and to slow down = less thinking and doing/more feeling and being. Namaste y’all!

  • Jericho

    Yoga challenges me to be true to however I am feeling about myself that day. If I really want to do yoga, I have to pay attention to what kind of movement is appropriate for my body and emotional state for that particular moment. Sometimes that manifests itself as a really long child’s pose at the beginning of class, or a 30 minute shavasana half way through class because I’ve already had enough. Other times I might do two classes in a row because I’m feeling revved up that day. Either way, everyday is a different story.

  • Cherry

    Oh this would be such a DREAM!!! I am a yoga teacher of 15 years, constantly working to bring this attitude and mentality to my teaching. I feel like this would be the “training” I need so that I can better serve my students!!! I just adore J Brown!!

  • Erin Anderson

    For me, yoga has become the challenge of being engaged, of intimacy with this present moment. Then, when I’m not tuned in, the challenge of yoga is to come back, to breath, to the beautiful face in front of me, to the task at hand. Yoga’s challenge is being connected to what’s real and present right now.

  • Katharina Lehman

    I’d love to archieve to really syncronise movement and breath- to be in union with life

  • Kathleen Lung

    My practice challenges me to show up and brings awareness about how often I don’t……………

  • Yoga challenges me to dig deep into the dirt I’ve swept under the rug over the past 29 years. Some of it is so old that I don’t even realize it’s there. Yoga helps me to find it and release it so I can live a more authentic, free, unapologetic life.

  • I challenge myself on the mat by staying present. I might clarify this more as attempting to stay present. My body moves easily, but my mind is still very busy as I’m working to slow myself down and ask where my challenge is that day–whether I need a physical practice or perhaps meditation if I’m feeling ungrounded.

  • Isabel

    Yoga challenges me to be present, nos, to observe all that happens inside during the practice, to open space within and out. Not an easy challenge.

  • Sandra

    I´m from Germany and i´m living in a small town. Looking for yoga classes i could join that werent designed to loose weight or left me without aking muscles i found J. Browns DVD. I´m challanged every day to listen to my body, not to harm myself and go the ahimsa-way :). In my practice im focussing on how i feel now, not to get somewhere or reach something or “performing” an asana. And if i do, i´m gently reminding myself to breathe 😉

  • Marcia Tullous

    I feel that my yoga practice constantantly challenges me to bring all my love and attention into my life as a mother. And somedays that’s a tall order. When I fall short, which happens more often than I care to admit, my years of practice helps me to remember to be forgiving, to be kind, and to keep at it. The way that I challenge myself in my practice is simply to show up on my mat, to let my practice be what it is, and to let let go of the idea that it needs to be anything more than an act of love and deep connection to my self.

  • I drag myself out of bed and on to my mat each morning….that can sometimes be a real challenge. I challenge myself physically by not just practicing the asanas I love but also the ones I need. Mentally and emotionally I am challenged to face my fears.

  • I challenge myself to allow whatever my practice is that day to be ENOUGH. Gentle? Vigourous? Backbends or slow flow? To assess what I need that day and proceed with care. It is enough.

  • deb waag

    Nothing stays the same. I’ve found that over the last two years I have been forced to accept my yoga practice must change due to physical issues. My challenge is to remember that each day. The yoga becomes a deeper practice when you are not striving the next big pose. Move, breath, move, and breath that is a deep enough and challenging thing to do.

  • Mary

    The challenge of yoga is to live within the awareness it cultivates, on and off my mat, within each breath, each moment.

  • Tara Lichtensteiger

    I am challenged everyday off the mat. Living truthfully, compassionately and authentically everyday.

  • Yoga allows me a safe place and challenges me to present my authentic self in my personal practice and when teaching. When I first started teaching, I worried about not being exactly what every student wanted and whether I could be as good as some of the teachers who I considered inspiration and mentors. I also worried that my style was not athletic or bendy enough. I have learned that as long as I present who I am and what I love with compassion, the students who need me and who I can learn so much from will find me.

  • the biggest and best challenge in Yoga is remembering that the practice only begins once you’ve left the mat. The physical sequencing, Breathwork and resting states bring us, oftentimes to a moment of peace but upon leaving the mat it studio how does one translate that into every moment? How do I wrap that up in parenting 3 small children and schedules and money worries? Is it holding on or letting go to those states? Is it surrender or acceptance?

  • Shelly Rowen

    Love this way of practicing and would love to do the online workshop.
    My practice challenges me to keep on evolving!

  • Yoga challenges me to be.

  • Supriya Jaswal

    Yoga is a path for my spiritual journey. The challenge for me on and off the mat is just to be and not trying to become something which I am not. Completely accept my own self.

  • Patti

    I challenge myself to truly stay present with the thought that today is the only day…this is the only moment..and in meditation and yoga asana practice, this is the only time that matters. Age, illness, ability, disability all serve my greater good.

  • Chelsea Zimmerman

    I challenge myself to find that moment where I’m moving and breathing but observing myself from outside of my body–where I am unattached to the practice but in sync with body, mind, and breath.

  • I challenge myself to just make it up as I go. No need to impress anyone. 🙂

  • Stone Cairns

    I have a hidden disability and I practice very active yoga when I feel well. Yoga is challenging me to find a practice that I can use on days when I do not feel well.

  • Spencer

    On the mat I challenge myself to be slow and still. I love to flow slowly and fluidly from asana to asana. It’s a big contrast from my other physical activities like running and skiing, where speed and fluidity are key.

  • Leslie Montano

    I’m about to turn 60 and I have actually been pushing myself to prove to myself that I can do exactly what I did at 20…except that I’m not 20! I mean this is yoga! What the heck am I doing and what do I need to prove? And to whom? My body is feeling that instead of easing my body aches and pains, my yoga practice was making them much worse!
    So I’m challenging myself…I’m starting to slow things down; have been doing only gentle classes and more Yin. I’m trying to change my home practice but I am feeling the need for a workshop like this to help me move forward and come into my new, slower practice.

  • I love slow yoga because it allows me to really focus on my breath, notice what is transpiring in my body, and encourages me to still my mind as I sustain poses.

  • Nina

    Yoga challenges me to awareness! Now for sometime it has kept me going on in a slower space, and the challenge has been to listen to my yoga! To my body and that part of my mind that speaks to me to be happy about the slowness. In my mysore class everybody else does their practice so fast and I have been so confused. Now that I found J. Brown’s filosophy I don’t have to be confused anymore, when I found J. Brown And it would just be so perfect to get to know the routine also.

  • Amy

    Yoga challanges me to slow down. To stop the chatter both inside and outside of myself. It challanges me to be intimate with my own body. To truly know what is best for me and to release from my ego to honor that. It actually is a way for me to show a deep love for myself ( as I would a child)… A way of saying “I got you and I will care for and protect you”.

  • Leanna

    Like many, when I first started practicing, yoga simply challenged me physically.

    Then slowly, with the gentle guidance of teachers, my practice began to infiltrate my life “off the mat”.

    Currently, my deepening practice is challenging me to rethink what I always thought to be true. That goes for questioning asana (why do we have to hug those elbows in? Is that bio mechanically sound?)… That goes for questioning life choices (do I really want this career I’m in?)…. That goes for questioning the status quo (why haven’t I spoken to my sister in law in 2 years?)….

    Because, after all, the evidence we have that were doing yoga ‘right’ is not that our handstands get fancier and with more likes….
    But if our life + relationships have space to evolve, decisions are executed from a deeper sense of authenticity, we begin to fight for what we believe and our life takes on a new shape…. Then maybe our yoga had actually challenged us! Thanks J Brown for being part of this conversation!

  • Audrey Wood

    Each time I step on my mat is a challenge. Finding the time, the energy and sometimes even the space to delve into my practice. Once you have arrived then the second half of the battle begins, moving with your breath and sending energy to each muscle for a full body experience. I leave my mat each day truly feeling accomplished no matter the length off time spent there.

  • Suzanne Barry

    In recent times my challenge has been to get on the mat at all…. That affliction has gone on too long! Now my challenge is to move forward and not loose it over lost time….! I’m not so challenged by the “hurting” or the “pushing” anymore… I’m just wanting to ride that wave with you and your teachings… You’re spot on J Brown…. Keep rockin!

  • I challenge myself not to overly attach to the postures that come easier to me. I challenge myself to not overly resist the postures that are more difficult. I challenge myself to keep my nervous system calm through the breath regardless if the posture.

  • Laura

    I challenge myself to find more ease in my body and in my practice. Rather than efforting into and in a posture, I try to infuse more fluidity throughout my practice. I am learning the balance of supporting myself and maintaining appropriate structure for my body while not being overly rigid.

  • Shawn Reid

    Yoga challenges me to look at my true self not just the person I see in the mirror…

  • YJW

    Yoga challenges me to be nice and gentle with myself, in a way that is totally new to me and oftentimes can be very very scary. It’s like sailing across the ocean at night, balancing everything i feel/ know/ do/ am……

  • Yoga challenges me to remember to connect my breath, body, and movement, in order to feel grounded when things are so busy/stressfull/crazy the rest of my day. Afterwards I feel strong enough, both mentally and physically, to meet challenges head-on, with patience and compassion.

  • Valerie

    Lately, yoga has been challenging me to make space in my life to practice. And when I do practice, I’ve been challenged to come to yoga with a beginners mind and accept the part that don’t come as easily as they used to after an extended intentional break from the practice.

  • Erin

    Yoga challenges me every day to be in the moment. As someone who suffers from anxiety, I tend to “what if” everything and myself. Yoga has challenged me to be in the present and focus on breath, body, and mind. Now, right now.

  • The challenge is to shut up and show up. Everything else is bonus time.

  • Karen

    I’m amazed by the sweeping changes that have occurred in the last 20 years of yoga. This ancient form as evolved in so many interesting ways. And over the 20 years I’ve evolved with it. It has carried me gracefully through the rough and gentle sea change of life and even past cycles of enviable death. I learn something new everyday from it. I marvel in the way that it still manages to surprise and inform my life. I’d love to learn this much needed slowed down type of yoga. We all need this now.

  • I challenge myself and my students to be content with being exactly where we are at any particular moment in our practice! To deconstruct our own ideas about ‘challenge’ and come to a realization that our edge is a moving target and not the goal. Our BEST is our goal. Whatever that means. Exploring that is the fun part 🙂

  • Yoga challenges me to let go of attachments and the stories of the mind and just be. Yoga provides a space to practice getting connected to the big online.

  • Even after 20 years, standing on my mat challenges me…to pay attention, to focus, to not phone it in, to notice the residue from my practice whether I am doing Triangle Pose or Handstand. When I am teaching it is challenging to allow the students to have their own experience, to teach them how to pay attention, to focus, to not be mechanical no matter the pose or movement. After all these years of practicing and teaching, I have learned that the most simplest of movements can be the most profound and challenging.

  • Loreta

    I challenge myself in yoga by listening to my body and knowning when to be gentle and/or take a day off. And the biggest challenge of yoga is keeping the still mind!

  • Laura Kobat

    My yoga mat opened a world where I could learn to be calm amidst the storms, to find joy in the sweetest moments. I can be fierce, strong, gentle and awake to what I have been searching for to heal the heartaches of my life. It’s been inside all along and the rectangle of the mat reminds me of the magic of yoga. Blessed be to all.

  • Tricia

    Yoga challenges me to live in peace and accept the now.

  • Yoga challenges me to LISTEN to what is going on inside instead of what the teacher is telling me to do. My body becomes my teacher, and instead of doing upward facing dog with the rest of the room, I listen to my lower back and do a little tiny baby cobra. Yoga teaches me patience and helps tame my ego.

  • Lynne

    Yoga challenges me to slow down, focus on one thing at a time & find softness even in challenging situations – the exact opposite of what day-to-day life is often like.

  • Nina

    I think that we are a culture that makes everything more complicated than it is. My challenge is to find “easy, not hard” in my yoga practice.

  • Deborah Hayes

    Practicing yoga with a basset hound around challenges me to be flexible with what my practice will look like that day. Although I LOVE Savasana I sometimes have to be okay with a shorter practice due to a needy hound 🙂

  • molly davis

    When I first started learning yoga my instructor was very mindful. He made sure we understood how important pranayama is and being aware of our bodies. Years later I started taking Power Yoga classes and noticed it was more about the extreme than being aware of my body. I have since come back to being more intent with my practice than to see how “powerful” I can be. I would love to learn more from J. Brown! *namaste*

  • Dixie Groutt

    Yoga challenges me to listen to my body and to slow down.

  • J

    My yoga practice challenges me to remember things are always changing. My practice has sustained and supported me for many years through all of life’s changes, be it mental, physical or spiritual. I can always be assured, once I am on my mat, my prana and asanas will take me where I am supposed to be.

  • Janet

    My challenge depends on the day, sometimes on the moment. Sometimes the challenge is to see if I can go deeper in a pose, and sometimes the challenge is to accept that it’s okay if I don’t do as much as I think I should. The main challenge is accepting that, even if I don’t go to my edge that day, my work to be present is simply enough.

  • A well upholstered person, a seasoned Yogi, and a Senior Citizen walk into my yoga class. I take a look at my Vinyasa rundown of asanas and have to decide on the spot how I am going to modify the class to fit each of their needs. This is a daily challenge. Even with my training and experience, there is always a concern that over-explaining will bore the Yogi, or that Crow Pose will not be comfortable for the well upholstered person, or that I may underestimate the abilites of the Senior Citizen and risk insult. Each class feels like a party where I’ve invited lots of different types of people with the hope that they will all get along. The challenge on my mat, as a yoga teacher, is to let go of feeling like I have to be the ultimate host of a party and instead, just offer yoga as a trusting servant. The yoga itself is the unifying experience. It’s up to each individual whether they embrace what is being offered or not. I can guide and assist but I can’t force anyone to enjoy their practice.

  • Amanda

    Yoga challenges me to stop thinking about what happened yesterday and what’s going to happen tomorrow.

  • Susan C.

    Yoga is a constant challenge. Some days I want a vigorous practice and the poses…the shapes and the breath… are challenging. Some days I need a restorative practice and my ego challenges me: “don’t be a wimp”. If I listen to my body there really is no challenge at all since the body is wise.
    I also teach gentle classes. The challenge is to be extremely observant and mindful (outside my own body) of what I am asking students to do. Constant beautiful challenges!

  • Melanie

    My challenge is simply to find ease in this moment.

  • kate

    The practice of Yoga challenges me by reminding me over and over to ask, “Does this choice support connection with myself, my family, my community?” The challenge for me is to stayed tuned inward and listen, to settle down, get quiet and listen for the truth. I feel like this a challenge when I’m on my mat and also when I’m doing my job, with my kids and my partner, living life.

  • yoga challenges me to be in the moment/ be present and not worry all the time.

  • Megan

    Yoga challenges me to listen carefully and translate the words into asana.

  • Oh I’m late again. Wait for another chance here.

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