Foundations of Yoga

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July 22 - 25,  2021

Asheville, NC
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Friday July 23rd 8am Cleaning Up & Waking Up


Bhakti Is the yoga of devotion to thinking, speaking and acting in harmony with our freely chosen ideal (IShTa Devatā). It does not require any belief in dogma. You can be genuinely who you are and free your mind of mental afflictions (Kleśhas) so well that you can inspire others to do the same. 


Cleaning up (Śhaucha) begins with our environment, body, speech, mind. It involves accepting and owning our shadow (avidyā), persona (social mask) and ego (ahaNkara/asmitā) and transcending it (Ātmanivedanā) with humility and wisdom so we can clean up our impressions the way we want to by sorting through our own intelligent vs. unintelligent desires all day long. 

Waking up (SantoSha) is an embodied process of acceptance. When our nervous system has become emotionally disregulated, our window of tolerance tends to shrink, and we might take the path of denial, anger, bargaining, helplessness, etc. before we are able to accept certain things and move on. This process can be tricky at times. Through the regular practice of all eight limbs, over a long time without interruption, done accurately and whole heartedly, one can gain the physical, emotional, and mental stability to accept all people and things as they are and even maintain a genuinely positive outlook despite numerous obstacles.

This session will include a combination of sitting, moving, singing, and non-contact partner exercises that involve listening carefully.


Sunday July 25th 8am Growing Up & Showing Up


Growing up (Tapas) is finding the motivation to change for the better despite the unintelligent desires that tend to hold us back. When we are ready to change, we will work hard to make it so. Tapas is the inner heat we feel when testing our stress tolerance. Practicing an accessible, yet challenging sequence of postures can be a way to gradually increase our window of tolerance, as well as help us find the means to keep growing in the way we want to show up for all of our relationships. 


Showing up (Svādhyāya) is self-governance. Often translated as self-study, memorization of texts, etc. it primarily means no longer blaming anyone or anything for our inability to live how we wish to live. It means assuming responsibility for our half of every relationship and having the healthy boundaries to let every other person assume responsibility for their half.


This session will include a combination of sitting, moving, singing, and non-contact partner exercises that involve listening carefully

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.


- 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: 

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

195 Day Challenge

Jan 1, 2022

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 January 1, 2022, 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.