The Philosophy of Yoga: Now and Then

with Michael johnson (May 17th - 19th)

may 17th from 530 - 830 pm
may 18th from 930 - 430 pm
may 19th from 930 - 330 pm


**Weekend workshop counts for CEUs for yoga alliance.

The Yogasūtra has become very popular in the last century and is required reading for nearly every modern yoga teacher training. However, few people have received a living commentary on it by someone who has memorized the original thread and studied the vast commentarial tradition that has stemmed from Vyāsa’s Yogabhāṣya. In this course, we will compare the advices that Vyāsa offered in the first millennia with a 21st century understanding of evolution, social psychology, and contemplative neuroscience. We will also address that the first three chapters were written in a Buddhist-Hybrid form of Sanskrit and look at the sūtra from a viewpoint that is informed by Buddhism. Despite being mocked by haters and critics, this text has lots of useful insights to offer modern yoga practitioners and teachers for generations to come.   

Michael Johnson has been a full-time yoga instructor for nearly two decades and a teacher trainer since 2003. He has travelled to India and studied many styles and traditions from Aṣṭāṅga Vinyāsa, Bhakti, Karma, Jñāna, Jīvamukti, Rāja, and Restorative to Yin. In addition to teaching ten weekly classes, 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.