Hello! I'm the author of The Truth of Yoga and the tutor of the courses on this website.
I've been studying yoga in various forms since I first encountered it in India in the 1990s. I began as a curious outsider, dabbling in backpacker classes and trying to interview sadhus at the Kumbh Mela. As I focused more on practice, I kept asking questions.
To help me find answers, I went back to university, earning a master's degree from SOAS in Traditions of Yoga and Meditation. I've since taught courses at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies – on yoga history and philosophy, and the Vedas and Upaniṣads – and on teacher trainings at Triyoga in London. I also offer talks and workshops internationally.
In a previous career, I was a foreign correspondent, working for Reuters and the New York Times. You can find out more via the button below – or scroll down for interviews and articles.
Exploring what's true with J. Brown, from the corporate media to yoga philosophy.
A wide-ranging chat with Scott Johnson – from psychedelics to the meaning of yoga.
Discussing accessible writing with Seth Powell while making sense of authenticity.
A conversation about The Truth of Yoga with Jacob Kyle on the Chitheads podcast.
NEW BOOKS NETWORK
How online courses make learning fun: an interview with fellow tutor Raj Balkaran.
WHAT IS YOGA?
"Restraining the Yoga Police," Spirituality Studies, Issue 6, Vol. 2 (2020)
"See Here Now: Gauḍapāda's Early Advaita," Pushpam, No. 4 (2019)
"Prāṇāyāma (SOAS Haṭha Yoga Project)," Sahapedia (2018)
"What is the Purpose of Āsana?" Pushpam, No. 1 (2015)
"China: The New Yoga Superpower," Yoga International (2011)
"To all my teachers, and all that inspired them," says the dedication in The Truth of Yoga.
The book's acknowledgements are uploaded here.