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UPCOMING EVENTS

Yin Yoga & Meditation

December 13, 2019
Zen Yoga Center

This workshop is designed to help students understand and cultivate awareness through the practice of Yin Yoga and finding stillness.  Incorporating the practice Vipaśyanā  (Mindfullness) Meditation and the encouragement of a kinder, more compassionate way of relating to their mind and body. During this session, participants will be guided with a 90 minute Yin Yoga  practice yin yoga , they will learn yin postures and breathing techniques to find stillness and relaxation, release tensions and increase energy, connecting the practice of Vipaśyanā Meditation and residing in the present moment. They will be introduced to the physical benefits of the practice resulting from gentle compression, stretching fascia and muscles, gentle stress of ligaments and the shearing force created in twists.  The results of these stresses affect the body on many levels, resulting in a rejuvenation of the body and mind.   

Bhakti Flow & Live Music

December 14, 2019
Zen Yoga Center

Michael will guide you through an all levels Bhakti Viñyāsa Flow Yoga class.  Bhakti is the yoga of emotions, it involves singing a mantra (resolution) for inspiration and empowerment.  Enjoy Michael's flowing sequence of postures designed for developing strength, balance and flexibility woven together with ujjāyī prāmāyāma that will naturally sync up to the music at 108 beats per minute for calm and steady breathing through out the practice.  

195 Day Yoga Challenge
begins January 1, 2020

Starting January 1st, the 195 day practice 

challenge begins for anyone who wants the benefits of maintaining a daily yoga and meditation practice. The on-line component will include 15, 30, 45, 60, 75 and 90 minute yoga classes, a variety of guided meditations, a daily email with one Yogasūtra per day, audio-tracks for pronunciation, the classic commentaries, my written commentary, weekly quizzes, and access to a private group for asking questions, discussions and for sharing related ideas. The tuition for the on-line component is $195 (scholarships available). Anyone who completes all 195 days will receive a t-shirt with the eight-limb mālā (seen below) and everyone who participates will receive new Ösel music composed for yoga. 

Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Pranayama
January 10 - 12, 2020
Asheville Yoga Center

What's the difference between the Yoga Sutras and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika? While many of us have studied the Yoga Sutras, which illuminates the philosophy behind the practice of yoga, the Haṭha Yoga Pradīpikā isn't as popular. But it is so vital, as it teaches us the "How to" of yoga postures and breathing. It gets very specific on how to perform specific techniques ranging from āsana, diet, prāṇāyāma, mudrā, bandha, meditation and nāda yoga. Our weekend together will contain a thorough overview of this 15th century text, along with an emphasis on how to optimally practice and teach seven different prāṇāyāma techniques.

The Bhagavad Gita:
Moral Philosophy for
Modern Yoga Practitioners
February 21 - 23, 2020
Asheville Yoga Center

Moral philosophy is the very foundation of the eight limbs of yoga. Join us for a weekend of practice and reflection on one of the greatest yoga texts of all time: महभरतम् Mahābhāratam (Great India) and its famous section: भगवद् गत Bhagavad Gītā (Song of the Divine). This epic story of two families has been a source of inspiration and wisdom for nearly two millennia. In addition to an overview of the Gītās 18 chapters and its greatest quotes, you will explore the current debate on the new science of morality:http://www.edge.org/events/the-new-science-of-morality 

You will learn about the differences between liberal and conservative moral channels, automatic vs. manual morality, the moral landscape, willpower and the false dichotomy between emotion and reason so that you can better communicate to your audience. You will learn several inspirational stories that you can share in your classes to help make the world a better place.

5-Day Flow & Yin Intensive
March 16 - 20, 2020
Asheville Yoga Center

This deeply transformational 5-day teacher training intensive will offer practical tools to incorporate the “yin and yang” perspectives of Yin & Vinyasa Flow Yoga into your everyday life, practice, and teaching. By exploring the deep and meditative practice of Yin Yoga and the more active, flowing aspects of vinyasa yoga, we will learn to move through our lives from a more awakened, balanced, and harmonious place.

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

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.

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.

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.

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
December 4 - 6, 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.