Asheville Yoga Center is one of the most popular yoga schools in the Southeast. Our foundational programs are designed to enhance your personal knowledge, deepen your practice and provide you with the confidence and skills necessary to safely experience or teach yoga.

We offer three types of event:

  • Yoga workshops (non-certification events) 
  • 200 Hour RYT  training courses
  • 300 Hour certified training courses (Advanced Study and Therapeutically-Oriented)

The Roots of Yoga

The Roots of Yoga
Michael Johnson
Asheville Yoga Center
August 9, 2018
12:00 am - 12:00 am

August 9 - 12, 2018 
All Levels Welcome

300-hour YA Credit

Save $100 if you sign by June 28, 2018
$350 with Early Bird Special!
($450 after June 28, 2018)

Thursday - Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm l 2:00 – 5:00pm
Sunday 9:00am – 12:30pm

Want to learn the roots of yoga? Are you curious about the long and rich history of yoga in India as well as 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 all levels āsana practice. Throughout the course, you will learn how to read, write and pronounce Sanskrit, especially how it relates to Yoga's history and modern relevance in 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

Required Reading (click on book title to purchase): 
The Language of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman
Roots of Yoga by James Mallinson and Mark Singleton

Recommended Reading (click on book title to purchase):
Indian Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction by Sue Hamilton (any edition)
The Yoga Tradition Georg Feuerstein

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More Info: The Roots of Yoga & 300 Hour Advanced Studies

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

200 Hour (200 RYT)
Yoga Teacher Training

Become a Yoga Teacher — Our 200 Hour program is lead by an expert faculty who inspire future yoga instructors and those simply looking to deepen their practice. Gain skills, knowledge and experience to be great yoga teacher.


300 Hour (500 RYT)
Advanced Teacher Training

Begin Anytime – 11 Required Modules (mostly weekends). Our most popular and flexible program: you have several years to pick and choose your courses to most enhance your own teaching style.


Therapeutically Oriented 
Teacher Training

10+ Weekends over 9 months – This course is geared mostly towards working one-on-one in private yoga sessions that contain strong therapeutic elements, with each weekend building upon the next.

300 Hour Advanced Studies Teacher Training Modules