Brian Castellani started his yoga journey while working at Yoga Journal Magazine. Due to a previous accident, he realized how beneficial yoga was for him, and eventually completed a yoga teacher training at the Yoga Loft in San Francisco. He has openly advocated for yoga teachers rights by successfully creating Independent Yoga community. IndependentYoga.com, Yoganomics.net, IndieYoga.com, Yogis.me have all been created to address different aspects of being a Yoga Teacher.
Brad Warner Brad Warner was born in Ohio in 1964. In 1983 he met Zen teacher Tim McCarthy and began his study of Zen while he was still the bass player of the hardcore punk band Zero Defex, whose big hit was the eighteen-second masterpiece “Drop the A-Bomb on Me!” In the 1980s he released five albums of psychedelic rock under the band name Dimentia 13 (that’s the way he spelled it), though Dimentia 13 was often a one-man band with Brad playing all the instruments. In 1993 he moved to Japan, where he landed a job with Tsuburaya Productions, the company founded by Eiji Tsuburaya, the man who created Godzilla. The following year Brad met Gudo Nishijima Roshi, who ordained him as a Zen monk and made him his dharma heir in 2000. Brad lived in Japan for eleven years. He published his first book, Hardcore Zen, in 2003, followed by Sit Down and Shut Up! in 2007, Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate in 2009 and Sex, Sin, and Zenin 2011 and There is No God and He is Always With You in 2013. These days he travels around the world leading retreats, giving lectures, and looking for cool record stores. At last report he was living in Los Angeles.