My first experience with Yoga was at a Bikram Studio in Philadelphia, PA when I was 17 years old. Having no background or previous knowledge of the practice, I left the studio that day a changed man. My instructor was a Hari Krishna, and as a result, my earliest encounters with Yoga were more philosophical than physical. This instructor gave to me a copy of the Bhagavad Gītā, and from then on my practice centered around the three principles of Performing Action (Karma Yoga), Devotion (Bhakti Yoga), and Knowledge (Jñana Yoga). These formative years laid the foundation of my relationship with Yoga, and led me to a period of self-study through B.K.S. Iyengar.
When I was 20 years old I met my sad guru (true teacher), Gary Weber, who instructed his teachings from the lineages of Ramana Maharshi, Vini Yoga, and Zen Meditation. Over the next two years, I committed myself daily to practicing his method and deepening my understanding of Meditation and Yoga. At 23, I completed a teacher training with the White Lotus School in Santa Barbara, CA. At 25 and 28, I completed two certifications with the western teaching school of YogaWorks in Los Angeles, CA. At 27, I spent 10 days in India with 1200 other Yogis practicing under Geeta Iyengar after the passing of Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar. Since I began practicing in 2004, I have held my practice to the highest standard and have committed my life to living through the practice of Yoga.
As a Meditation and Yoga teacher, I feel a deep gratitude to all past, present, and future teachers who share the integrity of yoga with others. Jason Gorenstein Mediation & Yoga is a combination of the old and the new schools of thought; an integration of old practices into the Modern world, using ancient text in a practical, innovative way.