Writing and Things

  • Maty Ezraty (My Teacher) Memorial Video 2019

    Maty Ezraty (My Teacher) Memorial Video 2019

    After my teacher, Maty Ezraty passed away unexpectedly in July of 2019, I made this video from pictures and video I shot while assisting her over the years. It was impossible for me to articulate her impact at that time, so I chose to use her words. We played it on a loop at her…

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  • Bridge


    Seven people have attempted suicide in my front yard in the past year. I live under a tall bridge, known for its high winds, sweeping vistas, and ease of use for those seeking to end their lives.  Every few weeks, While I’m home hanging out having a normal day, another human passes within feet of…

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  • J. Brown Yoga Talks Podcast

    J. Brown Yoga Talks Podcast

    James Matthew Brown talks with J about the boom years for yoga in the early aughts and the legacy of his teacher, Maty Ezraty. They discuss his gigs teaching the Gore family during the 2000 election and touring with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, how he became a student of Maty, the formation of Yoga…

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  • Kibera


    Wearing brand new sneakers covered in human poo, standing at the top of a hill overlooking Africa’s biggest slum, I first asked myself a question that took almost 20 years to answer: “How uncomfortable do I have to get with things before I actually change my life?” It was 2004 and a couple of actors…

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  • March on Washington 1987

    March on Washington 1987

    I posted this below on Instagram. Scroll down to see me talk about it on MSNBC a couple of days later. The Original Instagram Post View this post on Instagram A post shared by James Matthew Brown (@jamesbrownlive) The Subsequent Interview Photos of Me Then

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  • Easter and Savasana

    Easter and Savasana

    I am reminded by the bells at the cathedral at the end of my street, and by the growing size of the crowds flowing in and out of it each Sunday, that Easter is coming in a few days. Although I left the Catholic Church that I was raised in many years ago, my experience…

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  • The Colossal Failure of Modern Yoga (2016)

    The Colossal Failure of Modern Yoga (2016)

    I published this when I stopped working in the yoga business and it caused quite a stir). Most contemporary yoga teachers cannot answer one simple question that any teacher should be able to answer without hesitation. And that question is: What do you teach? I. Every time I look at the screen to write this…

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