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What Others Are Saying
A handful of testimonials from some of my wonderful clients.
“Jason is generous, sincere, and passionate about helping others live well. His continuous laugh is the laugh of the Buddha, and we have come to identify it with the goodness in all things. As a teacher he is egoless and encourages us to find the yoga within. I think this is the sign of an excellent and enduring guide.”
–John and Courtney, Pioneers in Progressive Education and Philosophy Living, South Pasadena, Ca.
“Jason is a very enthusiastic and highly skilled teacher of yoga. He is a wiz at differentiating his instruction to match the various skill levels of the many that attend his class. I particularly enjoy how Jason incorporates the spiritual side of yoga while he teaches. This has helped me experience the practice on a more profound and deeper level.”
–Mary M., Elementary School Teacher, Alhambra, CA
“Dedication, Ease, Consistent, Confident. When I met Jason I knew little about yoga and nothing about meditation. After the first class he taught at the Myra House I felt this was a worthy endeavor. I have admired Jason’s consistent and creative efforts to bring yoga, meditation, and chanting practice to the community.”
–Kimberly P., Mother of 4, Healthy Body and Mind Advocate, Spiritual Practitioner, Claremont, CA
“Jason has guided me from a new beginner to intermediate and I am a better person for it. His corrections and diligent guidance both in asanas and philosophy have been on the highest level. His seriousness, dedication and cheerful personality adds to the collective whole of Yoga.”
–Michael L., Yogi, Traveler, Enjoyer of Life, Alhambra, CA
“ As a dear friend of ours, Jason visits our community to teach classes and lead sessions for retreating guests and students from The Claremont Colleges. His highly cognitive and affective instruction helps us to unblock our faculties and to open each individual’s creative impulses.”
–Sung Jacob Sohn, Ph. D., Founder & Executive Director, Myra House Holistic Living Center, Claremont, CA.
“Jason is so dedicated and spends a lot of time making sure that we are doing the pose correctly. I admire how he helps beginners with patience and at the same time helps more advanced students’ progress in their practice. He is one of a kind.”
–Nongnooth S., Yogini, Traveler, Enjoyer of Life, Alhambra, CA
Frequently Asked Questions
Please refer to the following list of frequently asked questions about my practice, and if you still have questions feel free to contact me.
What is Jason Gorenstein Meditation and Yoga?
Jason Gorenstein Meditation and Yoga is a combination of the old and the new schools of thought. The integration of old practices into the modern world. Using ancient text in a practical innovative way.
He draws from the Bhavad Gītā, the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar, the teachings of Ramana Maharshi, the teachings of Shankara, the teachings of Nisargadatta Maharaj, the teachings of Gary Weber and his own practice.
Jason also incorporates Urban Zen Integrative Therapy into his practice and teachings.
Who is Jason Gorenstein Meditation and Yoga suitable for?
Jason Gorenstein Meditation and Yoga is suitable for all. All ages, all ethnicities, all dispositions, all cultures, all sexualities, all religions, all merits. There are no bounds to whom will benefit from the teachings and practices Meditation and Yoga.
What Credentials do you have to teach Meditation and Yoga?
Certifications: CPR and First Aid (2/2016 – 2/2018), Master Level Reiki Certification (2018), Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Certification (2017), YogaWorks 300Hr Teachers Certification (2015 – 2016), YogaWorks 200Hr Teacher Certification (2013), White Lotus Foundation 200Hr Teacher Certification (2010)
Jason Has Practiced Under: Eleonore Koury – Sacred Ventures Reiki Unleashed (2017 – current), Gary Weber PhD – Happiness Beyond Thought (2006 – current), H.S. Arun (2013 – current) Dora Hasenbein Junior II – Iyengar Yoga (2015 – current), Ashley Redeaux – YogaWorks (2015 – 2016), Jeanne Heilman (2013 – 2015) and Anne Van Valkenburg (2013), Ganga White and Tracey Rich (2010)
Intensives: 10 day – Vipassana Meditation as taught by Goenka (2018), Iyengar Practice Teach – Dora Hasenbein (2016), Inversions – Dora Hasenbein (2016), 5-day Silent Retreat-Hazy Moon Monastery (2015) Prāṇāyāma/Iyengar Practice Teach – Chris Stein/Dora Hasenbein (2015), Iyengar Practice Teach – Garth McLean/Chris Stein/Dora Hasenbein (2015), H.S. Arun (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), Geeta Iyengar (Yogānuśāsanam Pune India 2014), Manus Manos Weekend Intensive (2014), Inversion Workshop Annie Carpenter Smart Flow (2010)
Jason’s Practice: Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (2017 – current), Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali (2013-current), Iyengar Yoga (2013 – current), Happiness Beyond Thought (2006 – current), Vichāra (Self-Inquiry) (2006 – current), Advaita (Non-duality) (2006 – current), Light on Yoga – B.K.S Iyengar (2006 – current), The Bhagavad Gītā (2004 – current), Bikram Yoga (2004 – 2010)
Registration: E-RYT-200 (Yoga Alliance)
Bachelors: Integrative Medicine – School of Letters, Arts and Sciences – Pennsylvania State University (2009)
Health Store Team Advisor (2010-2011)
Restaurant Industry Server, Bar back (2011-2013)
New Patient Coordinator for Keck Hospital of USC (2013-2018)
I am not flexible, can I still Practice?
There is flexibility of the body and flexibility of the mind. The practice of Meditation and Yoga will aid to bring both into balance.
I have health problems, can I still practice?
Meditation and Yoga have been used for thousands of years in treating the conditions of the body and mind. That being said, ALWAYS consult a physician prior to practice.
I am Menstruating or Pregnant, should I let you know?
Yes, there are certain postures that will help the process of both and certain postures that may hinder the process. Letting me know ahead will ensure that I can address the situation and avoiding the possibility of harm.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is remaining in your source. Some refer to this state as happiness, peace, stillness, and love.
What is Yoga?
One of the six systems of Indian Philosophy.. The word is derived from Yuj which means Union. The practice of Yoga is Union of the Mind, Body and Spirit. Yoga is the practiced to bring the one into a state of permanent meditation which is referred to as Kaivalya (Liberation)
When was Yoga first developed?
Pre-vedic Yoga (3000 B.C.E. – 1300 B.C.E) –excavation of Indus Valley reveals practices of yoga in that period (www.Columbia.edu)
(Shiva Pashupati “lord of the animals” Seal – Mohenjodaro Archeological Site
Ṛgveda (the oldest Indian scripture 1700-1200 B.C.E.) – The first mention of Yoga in any text occurred in the
yuñjate mana uta yuñjate dhiyo viprā viprasya bṛhato vipaścitaḥ |
Men illumined yoke their mind and yoke their thoughts to him who is illumination and largeness and clear perceiving.
(taken from Ṛgveda “Praised Knowledge” 5.81.1)
Should I eat prior to practice?
It is best to eat something light 2 hours prior to our session.
What should I wear?
Comfortable, breathable clothing.
Should I shower/bathe before and/or after practice?
It is best to be clean prior to practicing. The yoga sūtras mention cleanliness (śauca) as a main pillar to the practice of Yoga. It is understood that many people will be arriving from different places (work, family, exercise), that being said please be mindful of your cleanliness as that will affect your own experience. It is also beneficial to cleanse after practice. By bathing you will cleanse the toxins of your body and be able to focus better on your tasks.
What should I bring?
Yoga Mat, Water Bottle, Meditation Pillow
What if I do not have a Yoga Mat or Meditation Pillow?
Not a problem, there will be Clean Yoga Mats and Meditation Pillows that you will be able to use upon your arrival.
What system of Yoga do you teach?
Yoga is a system based on the 8 limbs of Aṣṭāṅga Yoga: Yama, Niyama, Āsana, Prāṇāyāma, Pratyāhāra, Dhāraṇā, Dhyāna, Samadhi.
Universal Practices (YAMAS)
Outer Practice. Morals. Code of Ethics. Universal Vows. May be practiced by all – race, disposition, country, origin, sexuality, age, religion, space, and time. Ahiṁsā (non-violence/love), satya (truthfulness), asteya (non-stealing), bhramacarya (continence), and aparigraha (freedom from coveting). These are the preliminary practices to moving toward the state of Yoga.
Invididual Practices (NIYAMAS)
Inner Practices. The inner works. Śauca (cleanliness), santoṣa (contentment), tapas (dedication), svādhyāya (self-study), īśvarapraṇidhānāni (surrender). These are additional practices that deepen one’s self to remain in a state of Yoga.
Postures (Āsana) are the hidden gems of yoga. In practicing postures (āsana), we learn how to find ourselves. This is the entry point for many of us. The benefits of asana are countless (including concentration, balance, focus, strength, flexibility, endurance, health, wellness, etc.). Postures (āsanas) are prescribed to all individuals interested in freeing the body and the mind from their various restraints.
Breathing Practices (PRĀṆĀYĀMA)
Prāna – Energy, Life force, breath and Āyāma – Extension, Lengthening, Expansion, Regulation, and Restraint are the pillars for guiding us toward Meditation (Dhyāna). The four points of the breath are the in-breath (pūraka), the out-breath (rechaka), and retention (kumbhaka) on both ends. Breathing exercises (Prāṇāyāma) invigorate the body and the mind and activate the soul. These practices are prescribed to practitioners that have minimum 3-5 years asana experience prior to receiving Breathing Exercise (Prāṇāyāma). B.K.S. Iyengar states, “The practice of prāṇāyāma develops a steady mind, strong will power and sound Judgement”(Light on Prāṇāyāma B.K.S. Iyengar p 12)
Withdrawal of Sense (PRATYĀHĀRA)
To achieve liberation (Kaivalya) one must become keen in developing intelligence (mahat) toward the senses (indriyās). This is known as pratyāhāra. Our natural disposition is for the mind to be consumed by our senses – vision, smell, taste, touch, sound and thought. As a result, we become unhappy, displaced, and lost. This is similar to a child that needs to listen to their teacher to learn but does not. We must listen to ourselves to find happiness/truth. By withdrawing our sense (pratyāhāra), we become sensitive to our inner wisdom (antaraṇga sādhana). When the senses no longer take hold of the mind, we exist in happiness.
Concentration Techniques (DHĀRANĀ)
There are 5 states of mind. Kṣipta (disarray or neglect), vikṣipta (agitated and dominant), mūḍha (dull), ekāgra (single-minded), and niruddha (absorption). The Yoga Sutras c1v2 states “Yoga is the stilling of mind into absorption of the self (Yogaḥ cittavṛtti nirodhaḥ)”. There are many techniques for working toward absorption of the mind. Self-Enquiry (Vicharasangraham), Repition of the Celestial Sound (Japa-Praṇava or Aum), Continuous practice (ekāgra-abhyāsa), freedom from desires (viṣaya vairāgyam), freedom from qualities of nature (guṇavaitṛṣṇyam), Profound meditation on the Self (Iśvara-praṇidhānāt) are but some of techniques in developing Dhāraṇā. These practices should be done concurrently with spiritual text (vedas) or under the guidance of a true teacher (sadguru).
Ramana Maharshi in his epitaph Upadesa Saram (Instruction on returning to the Self) states, “Unbroken meditation is like the flowing of water or the pouring of oil, this is most effective (i.v9)”.
Patañjali in the Yoga Sūtras states, “A steady, uninterrupted flow of attention going toward a single point (that) is meditation (dhyāna) (iii.2)” The Bhagavad Gītā states “As a light (flame), in a place without wind does not waver, this comparison is considered of the yogī whose mind is controlled and is constantly engaged in meditation on the Self (6.19)”. Thus, all great teachers (sadgurus), and all great text (sadvedas) state, Meditation is a continuous process in which the individual must seek themselves (draṣṭuḥ svarūpe) and with continuous practice (ekāgra-abhyāsa) remain in That (Atmān).
The final state of Yoga is Samadhi. Samadhi is the merging of the mind, body and soul into Oneness.
The Yoga Sūtras State, “When the object of meditation engulfs the meditator, appearing as the subject, self-awareness is lost. This is Samadhi (iii.3)” This state may be referred to as silence. The Bhagavad Gītā describes, “One who has resided in the Self (Atma), would be in the self, satisfied and contented, for him/her work does not exist (3.17)” In a material world, we are driven by our senses (indriyās), which is the act of our disposition (prakṛti) moving toward the soul (puruṣa). It is normal to think that you are the doer and that everything is done by your free will based on your reality.
Samadhi is not focused on a doer or free will. Instead it is focused on experience (bhāvana) without the experiencer (ahankāra). An artist consumed by the art, a musician consumed by the music, a politician consumed by the politics, a doctor consumed by the care, and a lawyer consumed by the practice of law may all be examples of Samadhi. By stepping out of the way, experience happens perfectly without the constraints of the mind (amanas). This is Liberation (Kaivalya)
What is your cancellation and rescheduling policy?
There is a $75.00 “no show” fee and the same fee applies to changing or canceling the appointment up to 48 hours before the set appointment. The $75.00 deposit is applied towards your session.
How does payment work?
There is 50% deposit taken at the time of your booking. The deposit will apply toward your session. This includes class packages. The deposit will not be refunded should you break the cancelation policy. Fees and Packages.
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Do I need to sign a liability waiver?
A waiver of liability must be completed prior to our session. Please print and sign liability waiver prior to our appointment.
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