Skill in Action Book Reading and Meditation
Aug
11
11:00 AM11:00

Skill in Action Book Reading and Meditation

The current social context highlights how power and oppression is present in the very air we breathe. Michelle C. Johnson, author of Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just world will read from her book exploring the intersection of justice and the principles of yoga. Q&A and book signing to follow. 

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Skill in Action Book Reading and Meditation
Aug
10
6:00 PM18:00

Skill in Action Book Reading and Meditation

The current social context highlights how power and oppression is present in the very air we breathe. Michelle C. Johnson, author of Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just world will read from her book exploring the intersection of justice and the principles of yoga. Q&A and book signing to follow. 

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Asheville Yoga Festival
Jul
26
to Jul 28

Asheville Yoga Festival

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Michelle is thrilled to be presenting two classes, a book signing and a day-long immersion at this year's Asheville Yoga Festival. The classes and book signing come included with your festival ticket price, and the day-long immersion can be purchased separately. Read on for details.


Skill in Action Dharma and Karma Workshop
July 27, 1:30-3pm

Karma, a term used very often in and outside of yoga spaces means the sum or our experiences and actions in deciding our fate or destiny. Dharma is our duty or higher purpose, and calls us to take action in co-creating our destiny with the universe. This inspiring yoga journey will explore our actions and reactions, not only individually but collectively and help us harness our power so that we may take action and create social change. Through the practice of yoga, pranayama, and meditation we will connect with our inner fire, agni, to gain clarity about our actions and their alignment with our higher purpose all in service of our collective humanity. You will leave this class with a deeper connection to self, your community and all beings.


Radical Self Care Workshops
July 28, 1:30-3pm 

In yoga, the "self" truly is a reflection of everyone that we interact with; there is no separation and we are inextricably linked. The current cultural context is one that is greatly imbalanced, causing dysfunction, separation, isolation, trauma and harm individually and collectively. Self-Care is a radical act of resistance.It is time for us to consider how we want to more intentionally care for ourselves and others. Through the practice of yoga, this workshop will focus on the relationship that you have with yourself and how that informs your relationships with others. In this workshop we will explore what it means to make space to practice self-care and what it means to care for the collective good. We will set intentions focused on living into the highest versions of ourselves, and make space to heal our hearts so that we can more clearly see our connection with others.


Meet and Mingle + Book Signing
July 27, 4:00-5:00pm


Immersion: Radical, Responsive and Ready! Creating a Just World Through The Practice of Yoga
July 26, 9am-4pm
 

During the Asheville Yoga Festival in 2017, we began a discussion about the external cultural and political landscape and its intersection with the practice of yoga. Friends, these are dark times that require an even deeper dive into understanding how we got to where we are and what skillful actions we can take in response. No one can escape the effects of white supremacy, patriarchy and capitalism. It is time that yogis mindfully and actively engage in creating justice through the practice of yoga. Radical, Responsive and Ready will inspire you to change. Four yoga practitioners, Kerri Kelly, Chelsea Roberts Jackson, Carrington Jackson and Michelle will engage you in an exploration of the intersection of yoga and social justice. The session will include: a dharma talk, meditation, partner and group work, asana, and breath work. This moment is about you asking yourself to commit to creating a just world through your practice of yoga. We will guide you. Now is the time. Join us.

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Weekend Intensive
Jul
20
to Jul 22

Weekend Intensive

White supremacy’s most effective tool is Divide and Conquer, which causes us to distance from ourselves and others, leaving us split apart both individually and collectively. Dismantling white supremacy requires turning and facing one another. Through the practice of yoga, we can experience a personal transformation that allows us to approach one another with honesty, skill and awareness. In this workshop, we will deepen our understanding of the principles of justice and of yoga, the workings of power and privilege, oppression and identity, suffering and liberation, and loving kindness. In addition, we will discuss what we internalize from living in a white supremacist culture and how these internalizations impact us individually, as people of color, as white people, and as a collective. We will practice asana (postures), meditation, mindfulness, pranayama (breathing), chanting and mantra work as you sharpen goals and visions for your work to change the world. You will also create concrete plans to put your goals into action.

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The Art of Inclusivity: for Teachers, Wellness Workers & Healers
Jul
19
9:00 AM09:00

The Art of Inclusivity: for Teachers, Wellness Workers & Healers

Our culture is constructed in a way that only allows for some to prioritize their own wellness. So often, taking care of oneself seems like a privilege only afforded to some. Michelle Johnson, author, yoga teacher, social justice activist and licensed clinical social worker, has spent time considering how to create the most inclusive spaces for contemplative practice. If you have an interested creating inclusive healing spaces join Michelle as she shares from her new book: Skill in Action, Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World. Michelle will explore the intersection of yoga and justice as an entry into understanding how to create inclusive spaces for healing. The workshop will include contemplative practice, journaling, self-reflection and small group discussions. Show up to learn more about yourself and to identify ways to inspire justice. 

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Skill in Action: Yoga + Social Justice
Jul
18
6:00 PM18:00

Skill in Action: Yoga + Social Justice

Let's explore our actions and reactions, not only individually but collectively to help us harness our power so that we may take action and create social change. Through the practice of yoga, pranayama, and meditation we will connect with our inner fire to gain clarity about our actions and their alignment with our higher purpose all in service of our collective humanity. You will leave this workshop with a deeper connection to self, your community and all beings. This all-levels yoga workshop will include a dharma talk, meditation, asana, and discussion.

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Cultivating Courage in the Heart of Activists and Allies
Jul
17
6:30 PM18:30

Cultivating Courage in the Heart of Activists and Allies

In this workshop, Michelle will share from her new book: Skill in Action, Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World. Michelle will explore the intersection of yoga and justice as an entry into understanding how to create inclusive activist spaces that center healing and resiliency. The workshop is not a yoga class, but will include contemplative practice, journaling, self-reflection and small group discussions. Show up to learn more about yourself and to identify ways to inspire justice.

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Yoga and Social Justice Workshop
Jul
15
1:00 PM13:00

Yoga and Social Justice Workshop

This three hour workshop will explore our actions and reactions, not only individually but collectively and help us harness our power so that we may take action and create social change. Through the practice of yoga, pranayama, and meditation we will connect with our inner fire, agni, to gain clarity about our actions and their alignment with our higher purpose all in service of our collective humanity. You will leave this workshop with a deeper connection to self, your community and all beings. This all-levels yoga workshop will include a dharma talk, meditation, asana, and discussion.

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Yoga + Social Justice: Reading and Talk
Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga + Social Justice: Reading and Talk

Are you are interested in the intersection of yoga and justice, the role of contemplative practice in activists spaces and exploring your relationship to power and privilege? Author, yoga teacher, social justice activist and licensed clinical social worker, Michelle Johnson, is offering a book reading and discussion on the intersection of yoga and justice based on her new book: Skill in Action, Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World. The reading and discussion will include self-reflection through journaling and paired shares as well as a meditation focused on justice in the body. Show up to learn more about yourself and to identify ways to inspire justice. 

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Skill in Action: Yoga + Social Justice Workshop
Jul
5
6:30 PM18:30

Skill in Action: Yoga + Social Justice Workshop

This workshop will explore our actions and reactions, not only individually but collectively and help us harness our power so that we may take action and create social change. Through the practice of yoga, pranayama, and meditation we will connect with our inner fire, agni, to gain clarity about our actions and their alignment with our higher purpose all in service of our collective humanity. You will leave this workshop with a deeper connection to self, your community and all beings. This all-levels yoga workshop will include a dharma talk, meditation, asana, and discussion.

Cost: $25 for general public, $10-$15 sliding scale for yoga teacher trainees.

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Skill in Action: Yoga + Social Justice
Jul
1
12:00 PM12:00

Skill in Action: Yoga + Social Justice

This three hour workshop will explore our actions and reactions, not only individually but collectively and help us harness our power so that we may take action and create social change. Through the practice of yoga, pranayama, and meditation we will connect with our inner fire, agni, to gain clarity about our actions and their alignment with our higher purpose all in service of our collective humanity. You will leave this workshop with a deeper connection to self, your community and all beings. This all-levels yoga workshop will include a dharma talk, meditation, asana, and discussion.

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Yoga + Social Justice Workshop
Jun
30
2:30 PM14:30

Yoga + Social Justice Workshop

Join Michelle at Unfold Studio for this three hour workshop will explore our actions and reactions, not only individually but collectively and help us harness our power so that we may take action and create social change. Through the practice of yoga, pranayama, and meditation we will connect with our inner fire, agni, to gain clarity about our actions and their alignment with our higher purpose all in service of our collective humanity. You will leave this workshop with a deeper connection to self, your community and all beings. This all-levels yoga workshop will include a dharma talk, meditation, asana, and discussion.

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Yoga + Social Justice: Talk, Class & Reading
Jun
29
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga + Social Justice: Talk, Class & Reading

Join Michelle at (com)motion PDX for a talk that explores our actions and reactions, not only individually but collectively in order to help us harness our power so that we may take action and create social change. Through the practice of yoga, pranayama, and meditation we will connect with our inner fire to gain clarity about our actions and their alignment with our higher purpose all in service of our collective humanity. We'll finish with a reading from Michelle's new book, Skill in Action. You may also purchase books at the event if you like.

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Free Skill in Action Book Reading
Jun
28
6:30 PM18:30

Free Skill in Action Book Reading

The current social context highlights how power and oppression is present in the very air we breathe. Michelle C. Johnson, author of Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just world will read from her book exploring the intersection of justice and the principles of yoga. Q&A and book signing to follow.

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Apr
27
to Apr 29

Race and Resilience with Kerri Kelly and Michelle Johnson

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Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/race-resilience-online-immersion-tickets-43071349566

These are trying times and we need spaces to truth tell, grieve, learn, heal and build skills. Join Kerri Kelly and Michelle Johnson, two social change activists, for an informative and transformative workshop focused on dismantling racism and connecting with our individual and collective resilience. Together, we will explore systems of power and privilege, the impact of racism on our collective wellbeing and build the skills and practices to transform our society from the inside out.

To make this workshop accessible we will be offering it virtually through, Zoom, an online platform that will allow you to live video with us or call in. We will record all of the sessions for you to reference at a later date. Each day will begin with a live meditation and movement practice to prepare us to move into the content and analysis building. We will support a practice of applied learning based on the content offered and we will end with time for your self-reflection and integration of the lessons from the day. Here's what it will look like:

Morning Session (10am EST Live): Yoga/Meditation + Journaling (2 hours)

Afternoon Session (5pm EST Live): Lecture + Discussion + Workshop (2 hours)

Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/race-resilience-online-immersion-tickets-43071349566

Kerri and Michelle are deeply committed to creating accessible spaces. One way they ensure accessibility is to offer a sliding scale for workshops. We have three different price points for this program. You decide which one works for you. If our price points are cost prohibitive please let us know. We don't believe in turning anyone away. We do believe in sustaining the work and continuing to provide radical programming about the intersection of oppression and yoga.

Kerri is the founder of CTZNWELL, a movement to mobilize the wellbeing community into a powerful force for change. Her work was sparked on 9-11, when she lost her fireman step-dad in the towers. She quickly discovered the power of mindfulness, not just as a tool for personal healing, but as a catalyst for collective change.  Since then, Kerri has worked passionately across communities to fight for justice and wellbeing.

Kerri is recognized for her work to bridge personal practice with social change and politics. She’s been instrumental in translating the tools of wellbeing into practical application and social action in the public sector, working in collaboration with community organizers, spiritual leaders and policy makers. Her leadership has inspired a movement to democratize wellbeing that is actively organizing around issues of economic justice (Fight for 15), food system reform (Plate of the Union), civic engagement (voteWELL) and more.

For more information about her work go to ctznwell.org and kerrikelly.co

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Michelle Johnson is a yoga teacher, social justice activist, licensed clinical social worker and Dismantling Racism trainer.  She approaches her life and work from a place of empowerment, embodiment and integration. With a deep understanding of trauma and the impact that it has on the mind, body, spirit and heart, much of her work focuses on helping people better understand how power and privilege operate in their lives. Michelle explores how privilege, power and oppression affects the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and energy body. Before Michelle became a certified yoga teacher she was practicing clinical social work and began her private practice in Chapel Hill, NC in 2001. Michelle specialized in trauma, eating disorders and racial identity work. She has experienced the powerful transformation that comes with embodiment through the practice of yoga. In 2008, Michelle went through yoga teacher training with the goal of infusing different treatment modalities into her practice to better help clients align their minds and bodies. She became a certified yoga teacher in 2009 and went on to complete a 500-hour certification in 2012.  In 2015, Michelle began leading her own teacher training. Skill in Action Yoga Teacher Training is focused on the intersection of yoga and social justice and it inspires people to consider how they can radicalize their yoga practice to create a just world. Michelle believes in social change and knows that it is her responsibility to embody and inspire change.

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Restore
Apr
15
2:00 PM14:00

Restore

Things are fast-paced, overwhelming, and sometimes challenging in the world, therefore Rest and Recovery are essential. During this two hour workshop, Michelle Johnson and Tess Perrin will invite you to settle down and to reconnect with your body, heart, and spirit.

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Kirtan-A Musical Meditation
Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Kirtan-A Musical Meditation

Join us for an evening of kirtan and community at 220 Studio! Kirtan is part of the Bhakti tradition, the yoga of loving devotion, and is essentially a joyous sing-along. Through call and response singing, we can experience a deep connection with one another and ourselves. Most of the chants are in Sanskrit, the language of light, which offers us the opportunity to become immersed in the sounds, not the meanings of the words. The chants are essentially stories that help us reconnect back to our hearts and one another.

Michelle Johnson and Tess Perrin will lead you in this musical meditation, offering traditional chants with the accompaniment of their harmoniums. All are welcome for this celebration, so please bring a friend! Warmth will be provided in many forms including tea, sitting supports, and hungry hearts. This offering is by donation - all profits will go to Living Yoga.

Future kirtan gatherings will be held on the following Fridays at the same time with other guest artists: February 9, March 16, April 13, May 11, June 15, and July 13.

Reserve your space here.

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Apr
11
6:30 PM18:30

Book Reading: Skill in Action

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This event is FREE and open to the public! RSVP here:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScA9qkDDPnSla4cDytDW235D7Ti9HPl4HAYNbJ3A7lqjBIG5w/viewform

Join Michelle Johnson for a book reading and signing featuring my new book, Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World.

Skill in Action: Radicalizing Your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World asks readers to explore the deeply transformational practice of yoga, and become social change agents so that they can create a world that is just for all. The book explores liberation for ourselves and others, while asking us to engage in our own agency, whether that manifests as activism, volunteer work, or changing our relationships with others and ourselves.

This event is donation based with all proceeds benefitting Living Yoga's trauma-informed yoga programs. Skill in Action will be for sale as well, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Living Yoga.

You can read more about the book here: https://www.michellecjohnson.com/skill-in-action-book/

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The Radical Act of Self Care with Amy Burtaine and Michelle Johnson
Mar
6
to Jun 12

The Radical Act of Self Care with Amy Burtaine and Michelle Johnson

Self-care is critical if we want to navigate our lives with grace and ease. We must develop practices and rituals, remembering to remember our own humanity. Self-care is where we begin. It is a radical act to demand that our own well-being be centered.
Please join us for an eight-week course of building tools and building community toward the radical practice of self care.
 

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Self-Care is a Radical Act
Dec
31
2:00 PM14:00

Self-Care is a Radical Act

This workshop will focus on the relationship that you have with yourself and how that informs your relationships with others. We will explore what it means to make space to practice self-care and what it means to care for the collective good. We will set intentions focused on living into the highest versions of ourselves, and make space to heal our hearts so that we can more clearly see our connection with others.

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