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.

- 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

Bhakti Vinyasa Flow Weekend
September 11 - 13, 2020        
Asheville Yoga Center

Come for an opportunity to join a special group of aspiring and experienced yoga teachers and serious students who are ready to deepen their practices 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.

Vinyāsa 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 toward optimal well-being.


This weekend teacher training 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.



How to design and teach dynamic sequences
Teaching Ujjayi breathing (the inner and outer technique)
5 Bandhas for functional alignment
Mantras for empowerment
9 kinds of Bhakti

Come for an opportunity to learn about Poly Vagal Theory (PVT) and how yoga can help us increase resilience. You will learn how to integrate 'neuroception' into your practice and teaching, along with many techniques to optimally provide the space for acceptance, healing and empowerment.


  • How to design and teach gentle, alignment-based and flowing vinyāsa sequences

  • Teaching Ujjayi breathing (the inner and outer technique)

  • 5 Bandhas for functional alignment

  • Anatomy of the Vasgus Nerve and its impact on nearly every aspect of our life

  • A summary of the best scientific reasearch on yoga and poly vagal theory

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.