Ever wondered the inner workings of a yogi’s mind, or wanted to know more about their journey? Prana & Pie’s column, 15 Questions for a Yogi, is dedicated to posing 15 questions to a devout yogi and getting only real answers in return. Think you’ve got the answers, too? We’d love to feature you; contact us here. This week’s yogi, Jason Bowman, is a musician, writer, and yoga teacher living in Boulder, Colorado. He teaches at a several Boulder studios, including Yoga Workshop and Yoga Pod. For more about Jason and his path, see his bio below.
What was your first experience with yoga?
How would you describe your personal practice?
The more I practice the more I want to practice. I have a strong affinity for chaturanga dandasana and I nurse a love/hate relationship with my sitting cushion.
What’s been playing on your iPod lately?
Selva de Mar, Ludovico Einaudi and Bluetech. Always.
You‘re a T-Shirt slogan. What do you say?
Today’s your big day.
How do you practice yoga off the mat?
By attempting, usually feebly and after the fact, to find equanimity and comedy in the constant unfolding of circumstance. By working to see myself in others. By constantly re-framing expectations, intentions and presuppositions in order to make room for the perpetually evolving moment. And where the rubber meets the road, by trying to cultivate compassion and selflessness in my relationships. I can do better at all these things.
Bikram Choudhury. Discuss.
His system has proven to inspire health and well-being in some and narcissism and close-mindedness in others, just like many of the systems of yoga I’ve encountered. As for the man himself, I’ve never met him.
The world ends tomorrow. What will you eat tonight?
Pizza and cookies.
What’s the last book you read?
The Hindus by Wendy Doniger.
Imagine you’re on the cover of Yoga Journal. What pose would you strike?
What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
Banana, blueberry, mango, almond butter, acai, maca, ashwaganda, spinach, blue green algae, coconut milk smoothie.
If you could roll out your yoga mat anywhere in the world, where would it be?
On the ceiling.
There are only three things on your sandwich. What are they?
Did I mention I love pizza?
What inspires your practice?
The sensations of breath. Really good break-dancers. The strength of curiosity. My brother Dylan who runs 100 mile races. Compassionate people. The calling to continuously redefine my edge. And, my partner Torrey.
You’ve got the day off. What do you do?
Enjoy a series of leisurely pursuits with a slight sense of urgency.
Complete the sentence: I wear my sunglasses at night, so I can ___.
Embody the ancient saying from the Upanisads, ‘the sun never sets on a true gangsta.’
Jason’s adoration for the art of yoga budded at around the onset of adulthood. Since then the inertia of perpetual study and practice has paved the way for a continuously renewing enchantment. It is with a keen sense of curiosity and fascination that he nurtures his love for creativity, interpersonal interaction and the human body. Having lily-padded around the pond of tradition for some time, Jason’s passion blossomed in recent years through the practice and study of Astanga Yoga with Richard Freeman and Vipassana Meditation through the teachings of SN Goenka. The unabashed simplicity and rigor of these systems has greatly inspired his teaching. Always drawn with gravity to the meeting place between art and technology, Jason’s classes create a framework to experience the ways in which these two things interface in the practice of yoga. He strives to bait the meeting point between theory and intuition by honoring the roots of practice while encouraging a subjective inquiry into the vast ocean of wisdom that lies in direct experience. You can find Jason’s music, writing and yoga information at The Wander Home.