Jason Crandell was named one of the U.S.’ “next generation of yoga teachers” (Yoga Journal), for his skillful, unique approach to vinyasa yoga. Jason is the creator of 4 Yoga Journal dvd’s and author of Yoga Journal’s newest column entitled “Align and Refine.” He is a contributing editor for Yoga Journal and has authored over 50 articles, many of which have been translated in international editions. His primary influence is Rodney Yee. Find out more at www.jasonyoga.com.
Name: Jason Crandell
Occupation: Teaching yoga in San Francisco, CA and beyond
Location: Right now, as I’m doing the interview? A café in Portland OR
Favorite yoga style: I admit it, Iyengar Yoga—though, that’s not the style that I teach.
Favorite yoga pose: Triangle because it contains a little bit of everything and its more sophisticated than it appears to be.
Yoga is… I’m torn between giving an academic and personal answer. I’ll stick with personal. Yoga is a process of moving skillfully, breathing efficiently, listening carefully and observing oneself and others with greater clarity, objectivity and space.
What Do You Love Most About Yoga?
How adaptable the practice is to different people and circumstances.
How Has Yoga Changed Your Life, Personality and Physique?
Yoga doesn’t change anyone’s personality. It shed’s light on our personality, and, in doing so, helps us make some behavioral modifications when necessary. It’s made my life more physically, mentally, and emotionally comfortable and given me tools to whether the occasional storms. Physically, it’s helped me feel much, much more integrated.
What Everyday Thing Did You Get Better At Because Of Yoga?
It’s helped me be nicer to people.
How Do You Keep Your Yoga Practice Interesting and Challenging?
I always do what I think my body needs and this has worked for 17 years.
What Book, Website or Person Inspires You?
George W. Bush. He was a very misunderstood leader. No, honestly, that’s not true—it just came to mind and I thought it was funny. Seriously, comedians, satirists, and cultural critics inspire me right now.
What Do You Listen To While You Do Yoga?
Usually nothing. Sometimes, though, I’ll listen to the sweet sounds of Dave Flemming, John Miller, and Duane Kuiper calling a San Francisco Giants game. And, sometimes, my music collection which is almost exclusively comprised of punk rock.
What's The Best Advice You've Ever Received?
Teach from your heels, not your toes.
Is There Anything Else You'd Like To Share With Our Readers?
Different people require different degrees of physicality to feel grounded and content. And, even more, people’s needs change. Be mindful of where you are on this spectrum and find a practice and teacher that works for you.
Other links: practice with me online at yogaglo.com