Jonathan Foust, MA, is a senior teacher and former president of Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, the largest yoga center in North America. Jonathan has studied numerous approaches to meditation from both the yogic and Buddhist traditions. For over 20 years, he has led workshops and retreats in both residential and corporate settings that are designed to help people cultivate a living relationship to spirit. He has been widely quoted for his commentary on yoga, meditation, spirituality, and healing in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Yoga Journal, and other national publications. From the age of 25, Jonathan's passion for enlivening the relationship between body, mind and spirit was fueled by living at the Kripalu Yoga Ashrams in Summit Station, Pennsylvania, and Lenox, Massachusetts. For over 15 years, he had the opportunity to study with great teachers at these ashrams.
Jonathan is certified in or has extensive training in the following mind/body modalities: Kripalu Yoga, Kripalu Holistic Lifestyle Training, Trager Work, Structural Acupressure (Zero Balancing), Cranio-Sacral, Kripalu Bodywork, Polarity Therapy, Reiki I and II, Clinical Hypnotherapy, Vivation, and deep tissue massage. He has also explored a wide variety of approaches to yoga, martial arts, and meditation. Additional certifications include: Master of Arts in Education, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Focusing practitioner and trainer, and Community Dharma Leadership (Spirit Rock Meditation Center). Jonathan is also the co-founder of the Mindfulness Training Institute of Washington, DC, which offers programs, presentations, and personal guidance for those seeking training to reach their full potential. He directs a professional training program for teachers entitled "Teaching Meditation Techniques", a course that explores various philosophies and approaches to integrating body, mind, and spirit. He is a mind-body therapist and writer, and leads weekly classes in the DC area.