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Community Kirtan
@ Asheville Yoga Center

3rd Wednesday of every month
7:00 - 8:30pm

Join us for an evening of inspiring Kīrtan and community with Michael Johnson and friends!

Open your heart with Bhakti devotion to enjoy the presence of community and celebrate the divine energy within. With music and devotion, we will create a space for sangha (community) with one another.

Everyone is welcome, no previous experience required.

All Donations will benefit the Asheville Yoga Center Teacher Training Scholarship Fund

Decoding the Yogasutra
@ Asheville Yoga Center
[In-person & Online]

June 16 - 18, 2023

Join Michael for a playful weekend workshop with special guest Dr. Ranganathan, who translated Patañjali’s Yogasūtra for Penguin in 2008! Over the weekend we will explore all four chapters, the central arguments of the text, the controversy over authorship, the most influential commentaries, and techniques to skillfully teach Yoga Philosophy in your classes. Each of the five 3-hour sessions will include an āsana practice with prāṇāyāma and meditation.

Recommended Reading:

Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra by Shyam Ranganatha

Yoga Sparśana: Hands On Assists
@ Asheville Yoga Center

July 18 - 20, 2023

The art and science of Hands-on Assists is called Yoga Sparshana. It is part of yoga history to have 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. Exploring partner assists, alignment assists, as well as feel good assists, we will also play a bit with organic sequencing and theming. This isn’t just for teachers, but for serious students who want to immerse themselves totally with inspiring community and invigorating practices. Leave the weekend with practical resources to strengthen your confidence in alignment and technical skills, as well as being able to trust your intuition in “reading” body energy.


  • Consent (techniques like utilizing cards to indicate their current wishes)

  • Assessment of their foundation and their unique concerns

  • Stabilizing assists

  • Breathing with them while holding the assist

  • Alignment strategies that favor function over form

Yoga, Meditation, & Neuroscience
@ Asheville Yoga Center
[In-person & Online]

December 15 - 17, 2023

Special Guest: Dr. Will Hamilton


One of the most difficult things we can do in life is to be fully awake and 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 insights from the latest research in contemplative neuroscience.


In this workshop you will learn:

- 5 Foundational Meditation Techniques

- Anatomy of the Brain and Nervous System

- How each Technique Changes the Brain Over Time

- How Polyvagal Theory Applies to Meditation

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