There are so many things I have learned with Jaye, that I really don’t know how to even begin to explain how great of a being and teacher he is. I met him in Costa Rica in 2008 when he went to the studio I used to practice at for a weekend workshop. At the time, I had been practicing yoga for about 6 months and was a very constant student. I took regular classes 6 or 7 times a week and had only done 1 workshop in that period of time; though I had gotten physically strong and flexible, and had come to feel at ease within myself; I had not yet been exposed to much yoga philosophy and certainly not to Anusara yoga. It was such a great experience to have this magnificent, happy, sweet and approachable teacher talk about basic concepts of Tantric philosophy, explain to us the meaning of the mantra we were chanting and facilitate an asana practice that helped me go beyond my limits that I immediately knew I would always want to study more with him.
One of the most amazing things I accomplished that weekend, was loosing the fear of doing inversions (headstands, handstands, etc.) as Jaye made it seem easy and accessible to everyone. The entire weekend he was talking about “how to make the impossible, possible; the possible, easy; and the easy, elegant and refined” – and he gradually and slowly had everyone in the room do just a bit more, he made us go one step further every time, with a sweet and loving approach, which created a trustworthy atmosphere, enabling change to take place. I was inspired to try a little harder and at the same time without pressure and feeling safe, it was just magical : )
Since then, he has been one of my most beloved teachers & mentors, and has become a dear friend. In his presence, the best of me comes out, not only in my asana practice, but also off the mat. He has the capacity of making everyone feel appreciated and special, and he also has a very unique ability to explain complex concepts and ideas in a very simple way, which makes it very easy to understand for anyone. I always look forward to studying and spending time with Jaye, with his presence and guidance, life certainly gets better, more enjoyable and easy to live, specially through the challenges as he usually helps to make me see things from a different perspective. I feel very fortunate and lucky to have Jaye in my life.