Let me introduce you to Jason, a yogi buddy. - by Laurence Gay
Twice in my life as a yogini have I met a ‘yogi buddy’, a person you hardly know but next to whom you enjoy practicing just because you feel in phase. As simple as that. I first had a yogi buddy when I was practicing ashtanga yoga in Dublin early in the second millenium. We would practice our series almost in synch, after practice we would share our post-savasana feelings. More recently I found Jason. I met Jason on several occasions during teacher trainings with Shiva Rea in the US. Jason lives in Atlanta in the US, very tall, muscular, he is physically impressive. This former basketball player has moved into teaching yoga.
If I enjoy practicing next to him, it is neither because of his athletic looks nor because of his smile (I know, I’m a saint). Jason’s strength is not so much in his muscles. it is rather in the gentleness and grace of his moves. To me a yoga practice never lies about people. Practicing next to him is like being inspired and supported by powerful gentleness., he soothes and gives confidence. I asked him if he would agree to answer a few questions for my blog. He said yes. I thank him with all my heart for his honesty, I asked him about his relationship to female yoga students and I did not know what I would really get out of that question, I loved his answer. I also thank him for sharing moments of vulnerability and I hope that Jason words will resonate with those guys out there who are still unsure about practicing yoga. Let’s not wait any longer, come on, I’ll introduce you to Jason, you’ll see, I was not wrong about him.