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Yoga and Vipassana Weekend with Michael Johnson


Must Register for the Entire Weekend: $160 total cost

Friday 6-8:30pm
यम नियम
The Yang and Yin of Yama and Niyama
A review of the foundational limbs of yoga during a slow gentle power vinyāsa followed by a soft and gentle yin practice exploring the confluence of moral philosophy, psychology and social neuroscience with insight meditation. The yoga portion of this all levels practice will accompanied by original music composed for optimal ujjāyī breathing. During the overview of the various styles of Vipassanā there will be time for questions, followed by silent practice sessions.

Saturday 9:30-12pm
आसान प्राणायाम प्रत्याहारा
Āsana, Prāṇāyāma and Pratyāhāra
An all-levels Bhakti Vinyāsa Flow with original music to assist with maintaining steady ujjāyī prāṇāyāma (6 breaths a minute). The theme will explore sthira (stability) and sukha (joy) with optimal alignment for different body types, a medley of breathing techniques and how to develop interoception. Learn more about the five skandhas and 3 keys to Vipassanā.

Saturday 1:30-4pm
धारणा ध्यान समाधि
Dhāraṇā, Dhyāna and Samādhi
This slow-flowing gentle vinyāsa (with no chaturanga or downdog) will help prepare people of all kinds to be able to sit comfortably in stillness with the help of props. Then the combination of ānaprāṇasmṛti (mindfulness of the exhale and inhale) vipaśyanā (insight) and mettā (loving-kindness) will be offered in a couple different ways as perspective on how to get the best results from sitting daily.

Sunday 9:30-12pm
कर्म ज्ञान भक्ति राज़
Karma, Jñāna, Bhakti, and Rāja
Explore the multiple paths to wholeness in this all-levels sequence called 'Forest for the Trees'. After śavāsana and meditation we will explore social vipassanā and some of the ways this technique has been used to help with depression, anxiety, martial issues, and trauma.

These workshops are also available for Yoga Alliance CEU's

Meet the Instructor:
Michael Johnson E-RYT 500 has been a full-time yoga instructor for nearly two decades and a teacher trainer for 16 years. He has traveled to India and studied many styles and traditions from Aṣṭāṅga, Bhakti, Karma, Jñāna, Jīvamukti, Rāja, Restorative, Vinyāsa, Vipassanā and Yin. He is a lead instructor for Asheville Yoga Center's 200hr Teacher Training and 300hr Advanced Training Programs.

"Michael Johnson’s classes are a beautiful mix of music, exploration of the yoga sutras, well-sequenced asana practice, and devotion to the highest virtues of humanity- and peppered with tidbits of science and humor. In my opinion, it is a well-rounded experience which gently guides the students into an exploration of what it can feel like to navigate yoga and life in the modern world with integrity, health and compassion." - Dana N.

Earlier Event: October 26
Create a Functional Movement Practice
Later Event: November 9
Full Moon Meditation