Master Teacher: Edward Jones

Energized by the intersection of Buddhism, psychology, and yoga philosophy, Edward Jones creates a communal space in his class for listening to one’s intuition as well as understanding oneself in flow which allows for an experience of true shape-shifting.

Co-founder of Now Yoga, Jones’ interest in anxiety and depression as well as psychoanalysis has been a continuous thread in his numerous trainings (with Leslie Kaminoff and

Judith Lasater, among others) and his teaching. His interest in Buddhist studies led him to become a trained meditation teacher under the guidance of David Nichtern and Cyndi Lee. Jones is currently training as a psychoanalyst at the New York Graduate School of Psychoanalysis.

Devoted student Danielle Claro said, “You know how a sandwich tastes better at the beach? That’s how practicing with Edward is for me. A side bend I’ve done a thousand times can seem completely new and rich and revelatory in his class. I think it’s a combination of Edward’s empathy and intelligence and warmth: He’s so knowledgeable, but also understated and real. A sort of truth emanates in his class; there’s no need to have your guard up, so you don’t, and you practice more honestly.”

Kathleen Kraft: What does your practice look like every day?

Edward Jones: I think about my practice in terms of what I need on any given day. Typically this includes a fair amount of surya namaskar because of how efficient those sequences are at maintaining a reasonable level of physical balance. I’m turning 40 in April, which I recognize isn’t particularly old, but I do feel old enough to identify pretty distinct shifts in what my body needs or even enjoys doing from when I started practicing asana about 16 years ago. You could say that my practice has become much more practical than it used to be. Where I was once very excited by unlocking new variations of challenging poses, I now see more benefit in simply moving my joints through a deep but healthy range of motion, keeping my muscles feeling alive and engaged, and most importantly, soothing my nervous system.

We’re all trying to use our practice to feel more comfortable with ourselves. Over the past six months or so, my practice has included a lot more pranayama. My nervous system has needed a lot more soothing than it used to. Sitting meditation has also become even more of a priority.

KK: What are the most important qualities of the student/teacher relationship?

EJ: Curiosity and patience. My practice, both as student and teacher, really blossomed during my time at