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Brian Castellani | Origin Magazine September 2012

Origin Magazine, 2012

On The Record.

 

 

Brian Castellani worked at Yoga Journal Magazine, been involved with many types of businesses such as restaurants, local businesses, raw food co-ops, farmers’ markets, travel agencies and every other type of media imaginable.

He has been featured in two national magazines, the front page of the Florida Times-Union Sunday paper, written into the foreword’s of one International book – with International and National yoga teachers – drew worldwide attention to the most crucial element happening in yoga today: yoga education.

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Rob Sidon, editor of Common Ground, Brian Castellani of Yoganomics®, performance artist and yoga teacher MC Yogi, and yoga teacher Les Leventhall, at the first Wanderlust in 2009.

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THE CHRONICLES OF BRIAN CASTELLANI

Brian Castellani at 2010 Yoga Teacher Training with teachers Meg Whitman, Jason Crandell and Tony Briggs.

On December 4th, 1993, at 13th and Pine Street, I was involved in an altercation while I was living in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, in Seattle, Washington.  I literally altered the course of my life.   I went from being relatively unhindered physically, to suffering a frontal lobe head injury where I was forced to learn to walk again. I had double-vision, and my balance was affected to the point of needing a wheelchair, then graduated to a four-point cane, then a single point cane.  My ability to speak was impeded and in the beginning, I would often forget what I was saying.

 

This incident would alter the course of my life.  I was in Harbourview Medical Center, in Seattle Washington, for over a month and underwent a year of intensive physical therapy and learn to walk again.  Re-learn, re-define definitions and learn my own world again… Everything I thought I knew was useless and start from scratch, again.  When your life is stopped and you are fortunate enough to continue living, you cannot regret what you lost. You have to find faith in something.

 

Yoga & Love class for the Prison Yoga Project teacher training with James Fox – with ReneSauvan, James Lee V,  Alexis Busenlehner, and Brian Castellani at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, featured on WBRC FOX6.  (July 2019)

Brian Castellani and IAYT President, Johnathan Kepner at the 2010 National Ayurvedic Medical Association conference.  

Recovery from something like a head injury is a life-long process, and when I started practicing yoga, my life changed fairly drastically. I finally felt I had found – not only the answer for myself but also maybe the answer for other people with head injuries too.

But – unfortunately, medical yoga is not an accepted form of rehabilitation for most people.  Anyone who teaches yoga knows that we are not properly equipped with the necessary and specific knowledge to instruct people with head injuries specifically. So we are forced to fit inside a commercial definition of homogenized yoga.

 

So a movement was born.  It is essential that yoga teachers understand that education must be the most important aspect of yoga teacher trainings. We cannot hide behind the confines of a topical credentialing process, it is a disservice — not only to the practice of yoga — but to other teachers in the yoga industry.

If you are unsure of what that means — it is directed at the current trajectory that yoga is on — where those who claim to be shaping “yoga education,” have actually — in fact — kept yoga stagnate for almost twenty consecutive years.

I have been blunt at my own expense, hoping that people would think to look past the veil of hijacking tags, cheap marketing techniques, corporate inauthenticity – to see things as they really are… but people are only as conscious as they want to be.

I am still known as one of the few yogis who successfully “Advocated for Yoga Teachers” regarding the most important aspect of teaching yoga: Yoga Education

Gardening with Brian Castellani and Val Hermann (July, 2018)

John Abbott, Ex-Owner of Yoga Journal magazine, yoga teacher Jennifer Morrice Harrell and Brian Castellani (2009)

Today, I am still recognized by some for methodically and consistently bringing awareness into yoga education since 2009… (also with the help of a handful of other Yoga Teachers from NY, TX, WA, LA, and CA – we changed American Yoga without any help from Yoga Alliance).

If you have similar experiences, you should reach out.

 

What are you saying?

Brian is quite likely the most significant rising star in the Yoga world. He is passionate about supporting yoga teachers in doing what they do best. Brian goes out of his way to communicate with and support the continually growing and increasingly dedicated core of independent yoga teachers, studio owners, musicians, conferences, and events that populate the national and global community of yoga devotees.

He works harder than anyone I know to improve our lives and our opportunities as yoga teachers and practitioners…

Carol Stall

Namaste’ USA Yoga

Dallas

Brian Castellani provided successful feedback, advising me on how to create my website…

Brian’s craft is communicating your word. Extraordinary results come from your participation. If you really want to do something you will find a way. If you don’t you will find an excuse. I’d recommend Brian for any projects that require building digital footprints, online communities, and video marketing. Thank you, Brian, your presence is a total and complete gift!

Brian’s craft is communicating your word. Extraordinary results come from your participation. If you really want to do something you will find a way. If you don’t you will find an excuse. I’d recommend Brian for any projects that require building digital footprints, online communities, and video marketing. Thank you, Brian, your presence is a total and complete gift!

Melissa J. Chaney

Notary Public & Business Operations Manager

Denver

Brian is such a nice guy and so professional. He has a very laid back approach which all of my employees seemed to really like when it came to him shooting videos. I think he shot and edited about 15 youtube videos for my company.

He is very knowledgeable with not only just shooting video’s and editing but with all aspects of Social Media. I highly recommend Brian to work on your Social Media needs as well as his videoing and editing.

Patrick O’Brien – Owner

Live Fit Gym and Wellness Center

San Francisco

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“Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.”

–Martin Luther King Jr.

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