Jayson Barniske interview with David Alan Binder

posted Oct 9, 2017, 4:13 PM by David Alan Binder

Jayson Barniske interview with David Alan Binder


Full disclosure:  Even though Jayson and I live(d) in the same little town in California at different times, I sought him out due to the fact that he was featured in an article in the local valley newspaper.)


Bio from his website:  My mother introduced me to yoga one night in 2006 through a deep breathing practice. The peace I found in that moment inspired a curiosity that could only be satisfied with the practice of yoga. Soon after, I began to study Ashtanga Yoga. At the time, I was an aspiring Brazilian Jujitsu practitioner. Since then I have earned seven national titles and three world championship medals.

In 2009, I began to study with Tim Miller and completing his First Series Teacher Certification Training that year and the Second Series Teacher Certification Training in 2010. About the same time, I met a Shiv Tantric meditation master Yogi Shivraj and have been practicing meditation with him ever since.

In 2010, I opened The Power of Yoga studio in Brawley [California] and taught there until moving to San Diego to be closer to my teacher. I have also taught numerous seminars in the Imperial Valley and in studios in various locations in Mexico.

In 2016 I wrote my first book titled, “Ancient Wisdom for Modern Enlightenment”, and look forward to publishing in 2017. The book covers how to live spiritually in contemporary society, basic yoga philosophy, and the concept of modern enlightenment.

Yoga continues to inspire me. Every breath, every movement is a devotional step closer to the divine, a step closer to one’s true self.

My hope is that those who come to my classes and seminars and read my book find whatever it is they are looking for be it extending their physical capacity, gaining mental clarity or heightening a spiritual connection.









1.     Where are you currently?

 I live in Encinitas California.

2.     What is the most important thing that you have learned in your writing experience, so far?

Writing has been an amazing journey of self-discovery for me. I write mostly about ancient religious and spiritual philosophy. The process of writing has been an incredible tool to help me interpret, analyze, and internalize these sacred wisdom teachings.


3.     What would you say is your most interesting writing, publishing, editing or illustrating quirk?

For me writing is a process of self-inquiry and introspection. The beauty of the experiment is getting to share the epiphany’s I experience with my readers.


4.     Tell us your insights on self-publish or use a publisher?

I chose to self-publish with Amazon KDP and CreateSpace. For me it was both the most cost and time effective way of getting my work out to the world. I also appreciate retaining all creative control of the project. This would not be the same had I gone with a big-name publisher. Being a non-fiction author (in the early stages of building my following), I felt self-publishing was best for me.

5.     Any insights eBooks vs. print books and alternative vs. conventional publishing?

Everybody needs to find what works best for them. I prefer reading print books and I know many prefer eBooks. I feel it is important to offer both avenues to my readers. The same goes for publishing. Find what works best for you and your readers and run with it.

6.     Do you have any secret tips for writers on getting a book published?

There is no real secret, but I can give a solid tip. Set your mind towards your goal and do not give up until you achieve it. There will be challenges. The beauty in achieving your goal lies in overcoming the challenges you encounter along the way.

7.     Do you have any suggestions or helps for new writers (please be specific and informational as possible)?

Write every day and share what you write with others. Write about subject matter that inspires you and lights up your heart. In this manner you become charged what your work and your productivity and quality levels skyrocket.

8.     What was one of the most surprising things you learned with your creative process with your books, editing, publishing or illustrating?

While writing my book I would spend 1 day every week (24 hours) in total silence. Every Friday night from 10pm to Saturday night at 10pm, I would refrain from saying a single word aloud, even to myself. It was during my time in silence; I had my greatest insights and produced my highest quality work.

9.     How many books have you written?

I’ve written non-fiction title and am currently in the process of writing a second.

10.                        Do you have any tricks or tips to help others become a better writer (please be as specific and information as you possibly can)?

The first tip I shared earlier in the interview, write every single day. The second tip I can give is to read. My writing most resembles the authors I read most like Wayne Dyer and Eckhart Tolle. Our linguistic pattern tends to mimic those we are most familiar with. Read authors you admirer and want to emulate in your own unique, incredible style.

11.                        What makes your or any book stand out from the crowd?

I read over 100 ancient texts during the process of writing my book. It was no easy tasks to attempt to describe enlightenment. The nature of illumination is infinite, how could I possibly describe such a state with a finite word. I have yet to come across a modern work that summited such a peak in my research. I’ve my readers get a mere tenth of what I’ve gotten from writing my book, their lives will be forever changed for the better.

12.                        What are some ways in which you promote your work?

Social media is a big one in our current paradigm. I also teach yoga classes and workshops in different cities across the nation. I share message and my books in all my classes.

13.                        What saying or mantra do you live by?

I am a meditation teacher and use many different mantras. My current favorite is “Allow the heart to lead and the mind to follow”.

14.                        Anything else you would like to say?

The world is in a period of incredible growth and transformation. The level of global consciousness will steadily increase and the world we inhabit will reach greater heights of love. What each one of us can do to manifest this reality more quickly is to always choose kindness. When faced with a simple or challenging decision, always choose the kinder option. This is exactly what I mean when I say, allow the heart to lead and the mind to follow. Every loving thought, emotion, and action takes us one step closer to creating a heaven on earth.