Jason Varney

The energy Jason cultivates in the classroom is relaxed and nonthreatening. His knowledge is deep and thorough in a way that only comes from years and years and years on the mat.
— Anna Koriath

Jason has been a student and practitioner of yoga since 1995. He has been teaching consistently since 2002 and embraces 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. 

He began studying Ashtanga yoga with Kimberly Dahlmann in Barrington, NH at a Buddhist center. Jason's studies of Ashtanga yoga advanced 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 and fourth 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.

Jason made his first journey to Mysore, India in 2005 to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Sharath and Saraswathi at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Institute. He returned again for further study in 2008 and has attended numerous workshops with Guruji and Sharath in New York City. He also assisted Nancy at Purple Valley Retreat in Goa, India in 2009 and 2010.

Jason is deeply grateful for the many wonderful teachers with whom he has had the honor of studying including Govind Kai, Kimberly Dahlmann, Nicki Doane, Eddie Modestini, David Swenson, Bhavani Maki, Babba Ji, Manju Jois, and Jonas Amberger. 

Through unwavering commitment to his own practice and extensive study over many years, Jason has come to a place of deeper understanding and clarity around the entire Ashtanga system as a whole. He draws upon all aspects of the practice to meet student's individual needs. In this way, Jason reaches in to the heart of the therapeutic and transformative power of the Ashtanga system and makes it accessible to anyone. With a commitment to consciousness and to the practice as a powerful tool for personal growth, Jason is passionate about sharing all he has learned through his teaching.

Jason brings levity and enjoyment to the class! He makes suggestions and adjustments with a light sense of fun.
— Joan and Richard Donhauser
Jason is an incredibly knowledgeable teacher who is patient, kind and compassionate. He has a quiet and lovely sense of humor. Even though he regularly tells me “to get out of my head,” his explanations and suggestions have helped me to deepen my practice and be more considerate and patient with myself.
— Sharyn Potter