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UPCOMING
EVENTS

Restorative Yoga and Stories of Resilience

Yājñavalkya and Gargī: The Yoga of Non-duality 

Sunday, May 16th, 7pm 
Zen Yoga Center       LIVE STREAM

Rejuvenate your body and mind for a wonderful cause!  Join Michael for a relaxing Restorative  Yoga class as he intertwines a story of resilience as he guides you through the practice.  This week the story will be  about the famous Yājñavalkya (c.800 BCE) who helped introduce Advaita (non-dual) philosophy to India and Gargī, the woman who championed him in public debate and married him.  
 

Proceeds from Donations will be going to:

- Smile Together India to distribute PPE, food and education to prevent transmission  

- Path to provide Medical Oxygen 

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Yoga, Meditation and Consciousness

May 21 - 23,  2021
Asheville Yoga Center       LIVE STREAM

Explore the nature of consciousness directly and collectively in this experiential workshop. Integrating the insights of Francis Crick, Kristof Koch, Karl Pribahim, David Chalmers, Daniel Dennett, Susan Blackmore, and Anil Seth with the descriptions of consciousness in the Upanishads, the Yogasūtra, or the Ashtāvakra Gītā can be tricky to say the least. This weekend workshop will include guided yoga, meditations and partnering exercises in every session.

Restorative Yoga and Stories of Resilience

Mahāvīra and the First Limb of Yoga

Sunday, May 23rd, 7pm 
Zen Yoga Center       LIVE STREAM

Rejuvenate your body and mind for a wonderful cause!  Join Michael for a relaxing Restorative  Yoga class as he intertwines a story of resilience as he guides you through the practice.  This week the story will be  about Mahāvīra ('Great Hero' from the Jain Tradition c.600 BCE) was born to the elected leaders of his tribe. Although raised to become a tribal leader, he left home at the age of 30 to go on a spiritual quest. After 12 1/2 years he returned and taught the five Mahāvrata (the first limb of Yoga) as a means to liberation from suffering.
 

Proceeds from Donations will be going to:

- Smile Together India to distribute PPE, food and education to prevent transmission  

- Path to provide Medical Oxygen 

Restorative Yoga and Stories of Resilience

Patrul Rinpoche and the Medicine Buddha

Sunday, May 30th, 7pm 
Zen Yoga Center       LIVE STREAM

Rejuvenate your body and mind for a wonderful cause!  Join Michael for a relaxing Restorative  Yoga class as he intertwines a story of resilience as he guides you through the practice.  This week the story will be  about Patrul Rinpoche (1808–1887) was a Tibetan Monk who became famous for walking the walk. Though he was offered many opportunities to teach in monasteries and live in the lap of luxury, he refused and chose to wander the country without possessions to better serve people in need, never knowing where he was going to sleep each night.

Proceeds from Donations will be going to:

- Smile Together India to distribute PPE, food and education to prevent transmission  

- Path to provide Medical Oxygen 

Introduction to Sanskrit

June 4 - 6,  2021
Asheville Yoga Center       LIVE STREAM

Do you 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 yoga texts with more precision. Each session will include an all-levels asana practice, reading materials, chanting and exercises to enhance memory.

 

Young or old, this Sanskrit weekend is for anyone interested in learning. Michael will teach you how to approach this unique language 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, feel their force and power and understand the unique way in which they vibrate the palate and engage the breath. Come prepared for chanting, lecture, handouts and asana practice all woven into one inspiring weekend.

5-day Vinyāsa Teaching Tune-up Intensive

June 14 - 18,  2021
Asheville Yoga Center       LIVE STREAM

Looking for inspiration?

Want to take your teaching to the next level?
Come for a 5-day course that will help you design a variety of optimal sequences, offer functional alignment to students of all kinds, and skillful verbal cues to help you and your students reach a flow state. This virtual course will require real-time participation with partnering and teaching that builds from day 1 to day 5.

 

learning outcomes:

  • competence in delivering a well-designed yoga practice for all levels

  • the ability to guide the outer method of ujjāyī breathing throughout the practice

  • the ability to guide the inner method of ujjāyī breathing throughout the practice

  • skillful ways to offer functional alignment for a wide variety of people with all kinds of challenges

  • a toolkit of set sequences ranging from 15-90 minutes

  • the ability to teach genuine yoga on zoom with or without music

195 Day Challenge

begins June 20th

This on-line course is for anyone who wants the benefits of maintaining a modest daily yoga and meditation practice. The Yogasūtra is made up of 195 compact statements that will serve as a tour through the various continents of Yoga Philosophy across millennia. This course will include a variety of prerecorded 15, 20, 30, 45, 60, 75 and 90 minute yoga classes that you can practice at home at your own convenience. 
This course will also include a variety of guided meditations relevant to the techniques mentioned in the Yogasūtra. Though you are welcome to practice any technique you choose, you will be required to practice for at least 20 minutes every day. It can be any style of yoga, meditation or any combination of the two. Some days it might be strictly śavāsana and other days it could be multiple classes. 
Starting on June 20, 2021, you will receive an email with one Yogasūtra per day, audio-tracks for accurate pronunciation and an original melody for each sūtra. In the PDF you will find a comparison of 20 different English translations, Vyāsa's commentary (योगभाष्य Yogabhāṣya [c.450 CE]), and my commentary with links to relevant topics in 2020. As an optional component you will also receive weekly quizzes and access to a private group on Facebook where people can share stories, ask questions, and engage in friendly discussions. 
 
The tuition for this course is $195 (scholarships available). Anyone who completes all 195 days will receive a t-shirt with the eight-limb mālā.

Foundations of Yoga

Begins July 1st
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Yin Yoga Weekend

July 16 - 18,  2021
Asheville Yoga Center       LIVE STREAM

This deeply transformational weekend teacher training will offer practical tools to incorporate the "yin" perspectives of Yin Yoga into your everyday life, practice and teaching. By exploring the deep and meditative practice of Yin Yoga you will learn to move through your life from a more awakened, balanced and harmonious place.

 

Curriculum includes:

  • Yin Yoga theory and practice

  • 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

Love Shine Play

July 22 - 25,  2021

Asheville, NC
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5-Day Roots of Yoga Intensive

August 9 - 13,  2021
Asheville Yoga Center       LIVE STREAM

Do you 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 five-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 asana practice. Throughout this course, you will learn how to read, write and pronounce Sanskrit and learn how it relates to yoga's history and modern relevance with 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

Yoga, Meditation and Neuroscience

September 24 - 26,  2021
Asheville Yoga Center       LIVE STREAM

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 each of their unique benefits. You don’t have to be a teacher or even desire to become a teacher to attend this course.

5-Day Decoding the Yoga Sutra Intensive

October 18 - 22,  2021
Asheville Yoga Center       LIVE STREAM

Come for an in-depth tour of the most authoritative text on yoga philosophy. Originally written in a compressed form of Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit, the Yoga sūtra requires a commentary to make sense. Although Vyāsa's Yoga Bhāṣhya (c.450 CE) is often considered to be the standard commentary, his unwavering devotion to Sāṃkhya philosophy and disregard of Buddhist ideas in the original text leave much to be desired.


In this 5-day intensive, you will explore the main themes of each chapter, compare nine different famous translations and commentaries side by side, practice teaching from the original text without misrepresenting it and make meaningful connections to your personal experience, multiple contemplative traditions and scientific discoveries. You will also learn techniques for studying each sūtra that can help you engage your students with useful insights while they practice. Each session will include an āsana and meditation practice based on the themes of each chapter.

The Bhagavad Gita: Moral Philosophy for Modern Yoga Practitioners
November 12 - 14,  2021
Asheville Yoga Center       LIVE STREAM

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: महाभारतम् Mahābhāratam (Great India) and its famous section: भगवद् गीता 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 with 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

December 13 - 17,  2021
Asheville Yoga Center       LIVE STREAM

This deeply transformational five-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, you will learn to move through your life 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