Birthday: November 28
Training/education: Sarah Lawrence College, Université Paul Valery, Certifications from Prana Flow Vinyasa, Laughing Lotus, and Yoga Shanti Certifications.
Mentor: Colleen Saidman, Rodney Yee, Genny Kapuler
Favorite prop: A good, thick yoga brick.
Primary practice: Alignment Inspired Vinyasa, Iyengar, Kundalini Kriyas, and Pranayama.
Teaching style: it's like that thing where you teach side angle pose but then you talk about the inner and outer knee, and then you mention a chakra and/or a quote from your favorite 80s film, 9 to 5.
What poses do you always teach: Anjaneyasana, Vasistasana variations, I love puttting twists and forward folds together.
Favorite pose? Kukutasana just for the name alone.
Least favorite pose? Kurmasana is like "the struggle is real" embodied in a pose
NYC neighborhood: Tribeca or FiDi (so calm and quiet on the weekend)
Favorite fruit: Mango or raspberries
Favorite tunes for yoga: Classic rock, Down tempo electronica, Classic R & B, and it's Britney, bitch.
Most embarrassing yoga moment?: Twice! Twice this has happened! Demoing open angle pose without knowing a hole was in my crotch until it was too late.
Interests outside of yoga: cooking. I'm a personal chef part time. Movies of the 70s and 80s. Flaubert and other French things. I love wine!
Special talent: I read the tarot cards and i know what you did last summer.
Hunter or gatherer: I go both ways.
What word do you always spell wrong: There and their. Not original.
Alien life?: Most definitely.
Anything else you want to add? I believe hatha yoga can be sporty and spicy but we need to develop focus and some peace of mind otherwise it's just calisthenics with exotic names. Also, I am not interested in yoga as a performance or anything that is overbranded. Authenticity is honorable.
Social media handle/website: @jolsonnyc, @jasondujour, tumblr: jasonolson, facebook: jason olson body & soul, myjasonolson.com