With over 1000 hours of training under his belt and over 13,000 hours of actual teaching experience, Douglas Johnson – E-RYT 500, YACEP is one of the southeasts most experienced and well-trained yoga teachers. Founder of the Mahāpatha Yoga community Douglas has led countless classes, kirtans, retreats, workshops, and teacher-trainings since he started teaching yoga almost a decade ago.
Douglas has had the privilege to study with some of the best that modern-yoga has to offer like Amrit and Kamini Desai, Paul Grilley, and Andrey Lappa. He currently holds certifications in Kripalu Yoga, Yin Yoga, Universal Yoga, and Amrit Yoga and has also studied with Deva Parnell (Kripalu), Rod Stryker (Para Yoga), and Yoganand Michael Carroll (Pranakriya).
In addition to teaching a diverse array of asana-styles Douglas is a certified Amrit Method Advanced Yoga Nidra Facilitator and has been practicing and teaching meditation for over two decades.
A life-long semi-professional musician, Douglas often integrates the Yoga of Sound and the practice of Kirtan (call and response chanting in Sanskrit) into his teaching. He has had the privilege of learning the art of Kirtan directly from modern masters like David “Durga Das” Newman, Jai Uttal, and Sean Johnson. He is currently studying Vedic chanting with his teacher Russill Paul.
Perhaps what truly sets Douglas’ teaching apart, however, is how he is able to bring all of this knowledge and experience together into a clear and unified whole that he calls Mahāpatha Yoga or Great-Path Yoga. Mahāpatha Yoga is a blending of heart and head, old and new, east and west, art and reason, science and spirit, Form and Emptiness, Yin and Yang, and Shiva and Shakti. Mahāpatha Yoga takes one within to the true treasure that lies hidden behind everything.
Douglas currently offers instruction in Vinyasa yoga; Yin yoga; Pranayama; Bandha; Mudra; Yoga Nidra; Chakra meditation; Zen meditation; and Kirtan. In addition to currently teaching 15 classes a week, he gives private instruction and leads retreats, intensives, workshops, training, and kirtan in and around the Atlanta area.