An Afternoon of Mahāpatha Yoga with Douglas Johnson

Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Mahāpatha Advanced Yoga Nidra $25.00 – SOLD OUT
Mahāpatha Yin/Yang Pranayama $35.00 – SOLD OUT
Kirtan with Douglas Johnson & The Mahāpatha Players $15.00
Attend All Three Sessions for $60.00

Join Douglas Johnson, E-RYT 500, YACEP, for an Afternoon of Mahāpatha Yoga at evolation Yoga Midtown! This all-day event includes Advanced Yoga Nidra (12:00 pm to 2:00 pm), Yin/Yang Pranayama (2:30 pm to 5:30 pm), and Kirtan with Douglas Johnson & The Mahāpatha Players (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm). You may drop-in to each individually or attend all three sessions (descriptions below).

About Douglas Johnson E-RYT 500, YACEP: Douglas is a certified Advanced Amrit Method Yoga Nidra Facilitator and founder of Mahāpatha Yoga, a community of yoga practitioners dedicated to supporting one another in regular advanced yoga practice to help create a better life for ourselves and all beings. Douglas has been teaching Meditation and Yoga since 2000.

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Mahāpatha Advanced Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is the Yogic practice of ‘sleep meditation.’ This practice has many of the same benefits as seated meditation while mostly avoiding the difficulties that beginners experience when first trying to meditate. Yoga Nidra is practiced laying-down, and once comfortable, a facilitator leads you into a meditative state. The fact that it is guided and done laying-down make Yoga Nidra the perfect meditation practice for first-time meditators or people who have had difficulty meditating in the past. However, don’t let its accessibility fool you. Yoga Nidra is a very profound and powerful Yogic technique that can help facilitate personal change and transformation on every level of human experience be it physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.

While superficially, most people report feeling very relaxed after a Yoga Nidra practice, therapeutically Yoga Nidra has been shown to be very good for conditions related to stress and trauma like PTSD and ADHD. There have been studies done that show that just 11 hours of Yoga Nidra are enough to cause measurable changes in the brain. However, according to the Yogic tradition, the effects of Yoga Nidra go far beyond just being therapeutic. Its results can be genuinely life-changing by facilitating personal changes in long-standing habit-patterns and disempowering beliefs thus helping us manifest the life we’ve always wanted. Beyond this, Yoga Nidra can help us access the unfathomable experience of spiritual realization which takes us beyond physical benefits alone to the true meaning of Yoga which is reunification with our true nature, essence, or source. All of this is possible with a consistent and repeated Yoga Nidra practice.

In this workshop, we will do two Yoga Nidra sessions that will last approximately 30-45 minutes each. Session 1 will be an Advanced Yoga Nidra where we will use intention and energetic processes to help us let go of old negative habit patterns (vasanas) and create new beneficial action (or karma) in our lives. Session 2 will be a Kids Yoga Nidra which can help us to access our inner child and move past childhood traumas, discover hidden talents and creativity, and unlock repressed parts of our identity and personality. 

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Mahāpatha Yin/Yang Pranayama

In both the Taoist and Yogic traditions, the main focus of posture and breathing practice is to affect what is called Chi or Qi in Taoism and Prana or Shakti in Yoga. Both words are usually translated as ‘lifeforce energy’ in English. Both traditions teach that the expansion and control of this lifeforce energy are essential not just for physical health, but also for emotional balance, mental clarity, and ultimately spiritual development.

In the Yoga tradition, the primary way to work with this energy is with Pranayama. Indeed the word Pranayama is broken down as Prana meaning breath or lifeforce energy and Yama meaning control. In the Taoist tradition, the words Qi Gong or Chi Kung mean virtually the same thing, lifeforce (Qi/Chi), control or mastery (Gong/Kung).

In this workshop will use Yin (static/passive) & Yang (active/flowing) movement (a type of Qi Gong taken from the Taoist tradition) to first help remove blockages that prevent the free flow of Chi or Prana and then to circulate the energy with fluid, flowing movements to balance the energetic channels called Meridians in Taoism and Nadis in Yoga. We will then use Pranayamas or breathing techniques from the Yogic tradition to further expand and control this energy. The result will be an increase and balance of vital energy that gives an overall sense of wellbeing. This energy can then be directed by the individual to facilitate healing, physical development, or spiritual awakening.

About Douglas Johnson E-RYT 500, YACEP. Douglas Johnson has studied Yin & Yang Yoga and Pranayama with Paul Grilley, the man who gave Yin Yoga its name. Douglas has also trained to teach Pranayama under other modern Yoga masters like ‘Yoganand’ Michael Carroll (Pranakriya), Andrey Lappa (Universal Yoga), and Deva Parnell (Kripalu).

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Mahāpatha Kirtan with Douglas Johnson & The Mahāpatha Players

Kirtan is the yogic practice of call and response chanting done in Sanskrit to live music. Kirtan evolved during a time of spiritual persecution in India and was a way to make the power of mantra available to the masses. While traditional Vedic mantra practice and Sanskrit pronunciation can be quite challenging, the beauty of the Kirtan practice is you can’t do it wrong. This quality makes Kirtan a uniquely appropriate and accessible yogic practice for people in the west. While some may say Kirtan is a kind of meditation or prayer, it is a unique practice who’s power must be experienced to be understood.

The Mahāpatha Players are Douglas Johnson on Vocals & Guitar, Rachel Isley on Vocals & Harmonium, Matt McKenny on Tabla & Cajon, and Jeremy Keen on Vocals & Bass Guitar.

About Douglas Johnson E-RYT 500, YACEP
Douglas Johnson has been a semi-professional musician all of his adult life and has released several instrumental albums under the name Sound of Seventy Three. Currently, a full-time professional meditation & yoga teacher Douglas has learned the art of Kirtan directly from some of the West’s modern Kirtan masters like Jai Uttal, David ‘Durga Das’ Newman, and Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band. Douglas is also the founder of Mahāpatha Yoga, a community of yoga practitioners dedicated to supporting one another in regular advanced yoga practice to help create a better life for ourselves and all beings. Douglas has been teaching Yoga and Meditation since 2000.

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