Jason Varney - Personal Biography
Jason has been a student and practitioner of yoga since 1998. He has been teaching consistently since 2002. Embracing all aspects of yoga with asana, pranayama, study of yogic texts, chanting and Ayurveda, he has spent a significant portion of his life immersed in the yogic lifestyle. Jason's studies of Ashtanga yoga began in 2001 with Nancy Gilgoff, the most influential teacher in Jason's life to this day. Within the first four years of practicing, Jason completed both the primary and second series. Over the next two years, Jason went on to complete the third series. From 2001 to 2009, Jason made numerous trips to Maui, Hawaii to study with Nancy and completed both her primary and second series adjustment clinics in Bristol, Vermont. He has also assisted Nancy at Purple Valley Retreat in Goa, India in 2009 and 2010.
Jason made his first journey to Mysore, India in 2005 to study with Guruji, Sharath and Saraswathi at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. He returned again for further study in 2008 and has attended numerous workshops with Guruji and Sharath in New York City.
Jason is deeply grateful for the many wonderful teachers with whom he has had the honor of studying, including Nicki Doane and Eddie Modestini, David Swenson, Bhavani Maki and Manju Jois. He continues to respect and draw inspiration from all his teachers in his own devoted path as a teacher in the Ashtanga tradition. Through unwavering commitment to his own daily practice and extensive study over the many years, Jason has come to a place of deeper understanding and clarity around the Ashtanga system that translates clearly through his teaching.
He looks forward to assisting Nancy Gilgoff again in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2012 and Goa, India in 2013. Jason lives and teaches in Portsmouth, New Hampshire at his studio, Portsmouth Yoga Shala.