My name is Jason Scott and I discovered yoga fifteen years ago in Buenos Aries; I continued to practice when I returned to England and came across Ashtanga Yoga soon afterwards by discovering David Swenson’s video cassette of the Primary Series- this yoga system really resonated with me. I now regularly practice the Mysore Ashtanga Yoga style and am currently working on the third series postures of this sequence. I have also been fortunate to study this tradition in Mysore, India with Saraswathi Rangaswamy and additionally have attended led classes with Sharath Jois in London on a number of occasions.
Although Yoga is often seen as just a physical practice (and of course can help the physical body in many ways) I have discovered over the last fifteen years that the real benefit comes from cultivating a calmer and steadier quality of mind: the yoga practice itself is training for this, but ultimately it significantly improves day to day life off the yoga mat.
My initial 200 hour teacher training was completed in Nashik, India at Yoga Vidya Gurukul in 2010. This course was holistic in approach, covering all aspects of a Hatha-based yoga lifestyle on an ashram for a four weeks. Soon after I completed a one week Ashtanga teaching training course in Scotland with David Swenson, and since then I have done a variety courses and workshops with Ashtanga teachers such as Rolf Naujokat, Kino McGregor, Joey Miles (who is my current teacher), Eddie Stern, Mark and Joanne Darby, and David Robson.
The yoga classes I teach are primarily based on the Ashtanga Yoga system and my teaching ranges from modified versions of this versatile yoga sequence to more challenging traditional Sanskrit counted Primary classes and workshops. This makes Ashtanga available to absolutely everyone; the dynamic and flowing yoga links breath with movement and is the perfect antidote to the challenges of everyday life.
I have been teaching yoga regularly for the last nine years, primarily at the University of Leeds, as well as other local yoga studios. I currently have a number of private students and have taught on a variety of yoga retreats in this country as well as in Europe. More recently I have been teaching yoga class online using Zoom and appreciate the benefits of teaching this way in a time where being in a yoga studio is not always possible. I currently have accumulated around 3,000 hours of teaching experience.