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UPCOMING EVENTS

Yoga for Anxiety Management
Live-stream 
Thursdays April 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 11am-12:30pm
Zen Yoga Center

Cost: $80 for all 4 sessions $30 for drop-in 

 

Michael Johnson has been a full-time yoga instructor for 20 years. After studying in India and abroad with many teachers and traditions, his scientifically informed approach to yoga integrates some of the most accessible and practical techniques for managing our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. 

 

In this 4-week Live-stream workshop you will receive:

- powerful tools for managing stress

- time-tested strategies for preventing unnecessary stress

- techniques for self-soothing 

- one on one attention

- 4 slow and gentle guided yoga practices that you can keep

Introduction to Sanskrit
April 17 - 19, 2020
Asheville Yoga Center

Want a comprehensive introduction to the language of yoga in one weekend? In this course, you will learn to read and write the alphabet, properly pronounce yoga postures, sing sacred mantras, and read texts with precision. Each session will include an all levels asana practice, reading materials, chanting, and exercises to enhance memory.

This Sanskrit weekend is for anyone interested in learning, at any age. Michael will teach you how to approach this mysterious language of yoga as a yoga practice in and of itself, in a way that is both enjoyable and inspiring. The first step in learning Sanskrit is to develop an intimacy with its sounds; to become familiar with their exact location, feeling their force and power, and the unique way they vibrate the palate and engage the breath. So be prepared for chanting, lecture, handouts, and asana practice all woven into a great weekend.

The ART of Balance
May 1 - 2, 2020
Zen Yoga Center

Sign up for both sessions or just one!  Learn the ART of Balance: Arm-Balancing and Inversions can be one of the most exciting aspects of your yoga practice.  They develop greater core strength, flexibility and heighten awareness that breaks through any self-doubt and fears.   Learn how to break past  fears and challenge yourself within the safety of your practice edges. Whenever we have a breakthrough, this breakthrough creates self-confidence and more self-love. It is no secret that our physical yoga practice can mirror our approach to life. When you learn to build the proper foundation and harness your breath, these poses become one of the best ways to arrive in the present moment. They require your complete and utter focus and attention, expanding your proprioception and interoception, allowing you to be fully present with yourself.

 

 

Over the course of this two day workshop you will learn the bio-mechanics involved with some of the most popular arm balances and inversions. A proper understanding of alignment and bandhas will allow you to create a sustainable practice with integrity, while reducing the risk of injury. This workshop will include a vinyasa flow to warm up key parts of the body and plenty of time to explore the most popular balances in depth. We will also explore a series of wrist therapy techniques that will relieve stress and develop strong and healthy wrists, which are a major component of arm balances. Ready to come fly with us?

Curriculum includes:
– Yin Yoga theory and practice
– Vinyasa Flow and the elements of moving mindfully in a stable and balanced way
– Meditation and mindfulness practices
– Transformational pranayama techniques
– The use of touch and purposeful hands-on adjustments
– Designing and teaching balanced sequences for all levels (beginners to intermediate)
– Skillful verbal communication
– Deep relaxation techniques

Yoga, Chakras, and Consciousness
May 8 - 10, 2020
Asheville Yoga Center

Come for a weekend of yoga, meditation and reflections on wellness. Drawing from ancient Indian and Tibetan lineages as well as modern research in contemplative neuroscience and positive psychology, we will explore what is meant by chakras, nadis and vayus. By deepening our understanding of these mysterious energy channels we can become more grounded in effective ways to help people overcome obstacles to growth and wellbeing. As a system for helping us manage our daily habits, you will learn a series of postures for each chakra, breathing techniques, mantras, melodies and meditations that you can easily integrate into your practice and teaching.

Bhakti Power Flow: Polyvagal Theory
May 15 - 17, 2020
Lucky Cat Yoga

Learn how yoga combined with a clear understanding of Polyvagal Theory can help you reduce anxiety, live longer, increase resilience and experience deeper intimacy in your relationships. The vinyāsa sequence will move with live music by Alvin Young for steady ujjāyī breathing (6 breaths a minute) to increase Polyvagal tone, strength, balance and flexibility.

Bhakti Masters Weekend
June 5 - 7, 2020
iShine Yoga

Bhakti Vinyasa is a hybrid style of yoga that integrates optimal alignment, skillful sequencing, steady breathing to the rhythm of music composed for yoga and meditation. Learn the nine kinds of Bhakti that can help us care for ourselves and better support our family, friends and community.

 

Friday PM 6-8pm
Saturday AM 9-11:15am
Saturday PM 1-3pm
Sunday 1-3pm

 

Friday PM Session

Learn how this approach to yoga combined with a clear understanding of Poly Vagal Theory (PVT) can help reduce anxiety, live longer, increase resilience and experience deeper intimacy in your relationships. This all-levels Bhakti Vinyāsa Flow session will move slowly with music for steady ujjāyī breathing (6 breaths a minute) to increase Poly Vagal Tone, strength, balance and flexibility.

Saturday AM Session

In this all-levels Bhakti Vinyāsa Flow the theme will explore how we can overcome anxiety by learning how to control the 'Turtle Nādī' (Vagus Nerve) with optimal alignment for our unique body type, a medley of breathing techniques, conscious interoception and neuroception. Also learn more about the five skandhas and 3 keys to Vipassanā for increasing resilience.

Saturday PM Session

This slow-flowing, gentle Bhakti Vinyāsa Flow (with no chaturanga or downdog) will help prepare people of all kinds to be able to sit comfortably in stillness with the help of props. Then the combination of ānaprāṇasmṛti (mindfulness of the exhale and inhale) vipaśyanā (insight) and mettā (loving-kindness) will be offered in a couple different ways as perspective on how to get the best results from sitting daily.

Sunday PM Session

Bhakti is the yoga of the heart, emotions and relationships. Learn the nine kinds of Bhakti that can help us heal ourselves and better support our family, friends and community. In this session you will learn the Medicine Buddha Mantra and flow through an all-levels sequence with options for beginners and advanced students. After śavāsana we will move into a kīrtan with universal mantras for peace and empowerment and end with a deep listening meditation.

 

Decoding The Yoga Sutra
June 19 - 21, 2020        
Asheville Yoga Center

Come for a weekend of reflection on the most authoritative text on yoga philosophy. Originally written in a codified version of Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit, this text requires a commentary to make sense. Although the most popular commentary by Vyāsa (called the Yoga Bhashya) is the standard, there is a rich forest of other commentarial traditions that have emerged from the original text over the millennia.

In this workshop, we will unpack the Yoga sūtra's greatest hits in a way that makes sense with a 21st century understanding of a wide variety of contemplative traditions, as well as the latest research in social neuroscience. You will also learn techniques for studying each sūtra that can help you engage your students with meaningful insights while they practice.

Yoga and Poly Vagal Theory
July 10, 2020
Bella Prana

Bhakti is the yoga of the heart, emotions and relationships. Learn how this approach to yoga combined can help reduce anxiety, live longer, increase resilience and experience deeper intimacy in our relationships. 

This all-levels vinyāsa flow will move slowly with music for steady ujjāyī breathing (6 breaths a minute) to increase strength, balance, flexibility and polyvagal tone.

The Yoga of Consciousness
July 11, 2020        
Bella Prana

Explore the nature of consciousness directly and collectively in this experiential workshop. This session will include a lecture, an all levels yoga practice, guided meditations and partnering exercises.

 

Integrating the descriptions of consciousness from ancient yogic texts with modern understandings and interpretations can be tricky to say the least. Michael will present and experiential exploration of these theories in a group setting, collectively raising our understanding of and connection to consciousness.

In this workshop, we will unpack the Yoga sūtra's greatest hits in a way that makes sense with a 21st century understanding of a wide variety of contemplative traditions, as well as the latest research in social neuroscience. You will also learn techniques for studying each sūtra that can help you engage your students with meaningful insights while they practice.

The Roots of Yoga
August 6 - 9, 2020
Asheville Yoga Center

Want to learn about the roots of yoga? Are you curious about the long and rich history of yoga in India as well as in the West? In this 4-day course, Michael will guide you from the origins of yoga to the modern day yogi, using Sanskrit as a guiding tool.
Each day will include reading materials, lecture, discussions and an all levels āsana practice. Throughout the course, you will learn how to read, write and pronounce Sanskrit, especially with how it relates to yoga's history and modern relevance in pronouncing yoga postures themselves.

Curriculum:
- The Vedas
- The Upanishads
- Śramana traditions like early Buddhadharma and Jainadharma
- Hiranya Garbha, Patañjali, and the Yoga Śastra
- Sānkhya, Kapila and Īśvara Krsna
- Valmiki and the Rāmāyana
- Veda Vyāsa, the Mahābhaārata and Bhagavad Gītā
- Nagarjuna, Mahāyana and Vajrayana Buddhism
- Šankaracarya and Advaita Vedānta
- Ramanuja, Nārada and the Bhakti movement
- Tantra, Svātmārāma and the Hatha Yoga Pradīpikā
- The 6 Yogas of Niguma, Naropa and Vijñāna Bhikshu
- Swami Vivekānanda, Paramahansa Yogānanda and Theos Benard
- Krishnamacharya, Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
- Indra Devī, K. Pattabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar and TKV Desikachar
- Śivananda and Swami Satchidānanda
- Sharon Gannon, David Life and Jivamukti Yoga

5-Day Bhakti Vinyasa Intensive
September 9 - 13, 2020        
Asheville Yoga Center

An opportunity to join a special group of both aspiring and experienced yoga teachers and serious students who are ready to deepen their practice and transform themselves into more effective and creative flow yoga teachers.

Bhakti means devotion to something higher than just ourselves. Whether it be toward a relationship, a family, a community, future generations or all beings, Bhakti is essentially the development of compassion, love, gratitude and equanimity.
Vinyasa means to move skillfully with the breath. It is a set of principles that can help us accept where we are now so that we can move with integrity, from one posture to the next in a flowing yoga sequence and toward optimal well-being.
These intensive yoga teacher trainings will inspire or re-inspire the fundamentals of vinyasa flow yoga with a devotional aspect that will awaken the heart to love and peace. Students looking to become teachers, students who are currently teachers with or without previous training, or students simply having the desire to deepen their practice, will find this course inspiring and practical.

Yoga Sparshana: 

Hands-On Assists

October 16 - 18, 2020
Asheville Yoga Center

The art and science of hands-on assists is called Yoga Sparshana. It is part of yoga history to have a competent and effective knowledge of adjusting your students so that energy can be freed up. Please join Michael for this fun and informative weekend workshop to explore the art of hands-on assists. You will explore partner assists and alignment assists, as well as feel good assists. You will also play a bit with organic sequencing and theming. This is for teachers and serious students who want to immerse themselves totally in an inspiring community and with invigorating practices. You will leave this weekend with practical resources to strengthen your confidence in alignment and technical skills, as well as be able to trust your intuition in “reading” body energy.

Yoga, Meditation, & Neuroscience
November 13 - 15, 2020
Asheville Yoga Center

One of the most difficult things we can do in life is to be fully awake and fully present for ourselves and for the people we love and care about. Join us for a weekend of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices that will help bring your body, mind, and heart into a state of harmony. This weekend will offer you a firm foundation in the traditional teachings of meditation along with modern insight from the latest research in contemplative neuroscience.

You will learn and practice a variety of specific techniques along with some research on their unique benefits. You don’t have to be a teacher, or even desire to become a teacher to attend this course.