Workshop Schedule

Events and Trainings

Basics and Beyond: Six-Week Series at the Asheville Yoga Center on Tuesdays from 5:45 to 7:15 PM; Click HERE for more information on how to sign up and dates. This is an on-going series, so please refer to the website for the dates when the next one starts!

Yoga Workshop on Knee Stabilization and Strengthening at Total Being Yoga in Charlotte, NC

Saturday, September 21, 2019

3 - 5 PM


This workshop will explore how the ankles, knees, and hips interrelate to each other bio-mechanically. You will learn tricks for taking care of your knees in yoga poses and refine your overall movement patterns in order to have strong and healthy knees. You will experience how to stabilize the knees so that the hips can open safely. This workshop is for people who enjoy geeking out on how the body works and cultivating good alignment. All levels welcome. 


Get Your Head out of Your … Torso: A Workshop on the Shoulders, Head and Neck at the

Asheville Yoga Center

Saturday, October 5, 2019

1:30 - 4:00 PM


Most people’s head posture is too far forward causing many problems. In order to get the head back, it is imperative to properly align the shoulders in an appropriate position. This can be a somewhat complicated journey but one well worth exploring. When your head is not aligned on top of the spine, it may feel like your head is being pulled into your torso due to tight neck muscles. When your shoulders, head and neck align, it feels like your head is light, floating and free. All levels are welcome to come experience how good it feels to get your head out of your torso. 

The Power of Now at the Asheville Yoga Center

November 1 - 3, 2019
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome

Save $25 if you sign up by September 20, 2019
$275 with Early Bird Special!
($300 after Sept. 20, 2019)

Friday, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am – 12:00pm | 1:30 – 5:30pm
Sunday, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Being in the Now, or what we often call the present moment, is one of the most powerful practices of life (or yoga). Paradoxically, when we learn how to be in the Now, we deepen our ability to learn from the past and plan for the future. The book, The Power of Now, is a masterpiece that aligns beautifully with ancient yogic teachings. Instructor Joe Taft has spent several years contemplating and meditating on Tolle's powerful teachings and shares how this work connects to the practice of asana, meditation and yogic philosophy. Come spend the weekend with us as we explore these teachings through our asana practice, group discussion, and most importantly, grounding through the body.

Required Reading (click on book title to purchase):

The Power of Now, A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckard Tolle (any edition)

Recommended Reading (click on book title to purchase):

Stillness Speaks by Eckard Tolle
Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
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More Info: 300 Hour Advanced Studies

Cancellation and Transfer Policy

November 1, 2019 

Move Into the Moment with Ancient Mythology:  We are all the Characters in the Story at the Asheville Yoga Center Workshop TBA in January, 2020

The Art of Teaching Yoga at the Asheville Yoga Center

January 20 - 24, 2020
300-hour YA credit
All Levels Welcome  

Save $100 if you sign up December 3, 2020
$550 with Early Bird Discount!
($650 after December 3, 2020)

$250 Deposit will hold Early Bird discount, or pay in full. Balance due one week before start.

Monday - Thursday 8:00am- 12:00pm 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Friday 8:00am- 12:00pm

In this training we will learn and refine our teaching language, sequencing, and imagination to improve our classes in order to create a theme-based class.

This 5-day workshop will show you how to align your core beliefs with your teaching, giving you the confidence and persistence to plan inspiring yoga classes with your own unique themes. We are often afraid to take ourselves out of our comfort zones and embrace challenges. However, the key to a successful yoga class is learning how to convey inspiring themes that not only uplift the students, but that also allow the teacher to continue to grow. This understanding of how our belief in the outcome of our success directly affects our performance is what educators, teachers, and neurologists are now calling growth mindset.

You will learn how to achieve a growth mindset and apply these principles to your own lives inside and outside the classroom. You will learn many techniques to improve your teaching, such as how verbal cuing directly connects to the overarching theme and the breath. We will explore the power of setting an intention or goal for your own practice, in your classes and in your life. You will leave this training with many examples of how to create a theme-based yoga class, but also with the tools to approach every aspect of your life with a growth mindset.

Curriculum Objectives:
Study your own yoga practice and habitual behavior.

Empower yourself so that you can empower your students.

Explore what is truly important as a yoga teacher to you.

Learn the power of simply setting up a classroom.

Transference and counter transference.

Discover how to keep your teaching simple.

Learn the “So What Mantra” — the mantra of the teacher.

Explore natural breath vs. breath exercises and when is it appropriate to teach which style.

Teach clearly and specifically with confidence and compassion.

Deepen understanding of sequencing and how to do a successful demonstration for students.

Therapeutic Essentials of Yoga at the Asheville Yoga Center

May 7 - 10, 2020
All Levels Welcome
300-hour YA credit

Save $75 if you register by March 26, 2020

$375 with Early Bird Discount

($450 after March 26, 2020)

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

Sunday 8:30am – 11:30am

In this training, we explore principle-based therapeutics, meaning that one thing builds on the next. This set of principles or actions in the body will help a number of therapeutic issues that students may have. Every session includes asana, anatomy, body mapping and therapeutic hands-on adjustments. You’ll learn techniques to help students in a classroom setting and in a one-on-one private setting. We look at “inner alignment” or how students align attitudinally, because the outer form always reflects the inner state on some level. You will also learn how to empower your students, – so they can help themselves. Most importantly, together we’ll create a fun learning environment that allows our knowledge and body awareness to flourish.

Learning Objectives:
We will look at how the small injuries of the body connect to the energy body as a whole.
We will increase our understanding of how one set of instructions can help an array of different injuries.
You will learn techniques to help students in a classroom setting and in a one-on-one private setting.
You will learn how to help your students feel empowered, so they are more open to your help and feel they can help themselves.
We will target injuries that we see in a yoga environment such as sciatica, sacral iliac subluxation, low back pain and hamstring tears.
In the shoulder region we will explore injuries such as rotator cuff injury, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and more.
We will explore some of the most common injuries in the body in which their source cause is located in parts of the body in which most people do not have awareness.

Thursday 9:00am – 12:30pm | 2:00 – 5:00pm
The Ankles, Knees, and Hips
This session covers the basics of foundation and yoga therapy. It’s essential to establish how the ankles, knees and hips relate to each other biomechanically, before applying the principles of yoga therapeutics. We will learn how to stabilize the knees, so the hips can open safely.

Friday 9:00am – 12:30pm
The Hips and Low Back - Psoas Awareness
We begin to gain a clearer insight into low back and hip pain and how to relieve it, by increasing our understanding of the psoas muscle and exploring how it links our upper body to our lower extremities. We review the anatomy of the hips, pelvic region and low back so you can heal the “mother hub” – our hips and low back.

Friday 2:00 – 5:00pm
The Hips and Low Back - A Deeper Look
We will cover questions from the previous session. Then, we look at the basics of the musculature; learn why injury happens and how to avoid it next time on a whole body level.

Saturday 9:00am – 12:30pm
The Shoulders
This session reviews the anatomy of the shoulder and yoga therapeutics of the upper body. We explore issues including rotator cuff, back pain and respiratory concerns.


Joe's Online Classes

Joe has several classes on Yoga International for you to try!  And, he has new classes for you to enjoy on the School of Wholeness and Enlightenment. Eventually, he will be creating a class per week for purchase this site, so you do not have to miss out while you are away from Asheville!