FALL BACK to basics: A Yoga & Kirtan Retreat

Nov 8, 2019 - Nov 10, 2019



Hello, I’m Douglas Johnson E-RYT 500, YACEP, and I’ve been teaching yoga, meditation and chanting for over two decades now. I have studied with some of the world’s best teachers, and on this retreat, I want to share with you the foundational yoga practices of what I call Mahāpatha Yoga. While these practices are basic, they are just as transformative as more advanced techniques and include, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Kirtan, and Vinyasa. This retreat will be an excellent first retreat experience for someone who has never been on one of my retreats before and a great experience for anyone who likes doing yoga to live music.



  • Opening Kirtan
  • Extended Yin Yoga Class w/ Live Music
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Dinner


  • ‘Yin-Yasa’ (vinyasa/yin) Class w/ Live Drumming
  • Advanced Yoga Nidra
  • Brunch**


  • Kirtan Concert w/ the Mahāpatha Players
  • Dinner
  • Fire Pit / Drum Circle / Singalong


  • Dharma Talk
  • Kids Yoga Nidra
  • Closing Kirtan
  • Brunch**

*Please note: this schedule is tentative and is subject to change without notice.

**Please note: there will be no breakfast served as it is better to practice yoga on an empty stomach. While I don’t recommend eating before the first practice, if you feel you must have something to eat in the morning, please bring something to eat with you.


YIN YOGA: was first popularized by my teacher Paul Grilley in the 2000s. It is a style of practice where you hold floor postures in a relaxed manner for extended periods. This practice is highly therapeutic and can result in profound healing and the spontaneous release of tensions in the body and mind. On this retreat, we will do a Yin practice every day.

YOGA NIDRA: is usually translated as ‘sleep meditation.’ In this practice, one reaches a state of deep conscious sleep where spiritual insight and physical, emotional, and psychological healing can happen quite effortlessly. On this retreat, we will use the Amrit-Method of Yoga Nidra and explore a Basic Yoga Nidra on Friday, Advanced Yoga Nidra on Saturday, and a Kids Yoga Nidra on Sunday.

KIRTAN is the yoga practice of call and response chanting in Sanskrit that was popularized in 16th century India by Sri Krishna Chaitanya. Today some of my teachers like Jai Uttal, David “Durga Das” Newman, Sean Johnson, and Russill Paul, have helped to spread and popularize this practice throughout the world. We will do at least a little Kirtan every day and will have a full concert on Saturday evening.

VINYASA: was popularized by Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and his disciple K. Pattabhi Jois in the last century. Since then it has spread to the west where it has become the predominant form of Yoga practice taught the world over. For many people who hear the word ‘Yoga,’ it is this practice that comes to mind. We will do a combination Vinyasa/Yin class on Saturday morning that I call ‘Yin-Yasa.’


With over 1000 hours of training under his belt and more than 20 years of actual teaching experience, Douglas Johnson is one of the Southeast’s most experienced and well-trained yoga teachers. Founder of the Mahāpatha Yoga community, Douglas has led a countless number of classes, kirtans, retreats, workshops, and teacher-trainings since he started teaching yoga and meditation two decades ago.

Douglas has had the privilege to study with some of the best teachers 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, Amrit Yoga, and Pranakriya Yoga and has also studied with Deva Parnell (Kripalu), Rod Stryker (Para Yoga), and Yoganand Michael Carroll (Pranakriya).

Douglas often integrates the practice of Kirtan (call and response chanting in Sanskrit) into his teaching having learned it directly from modern masters of the art like David “Durga Das” Newman, Jai Uttal, and Sean Johnson. Douglas is currently studying Vedic mantra and ‘The Yoga of Sound’ with internationally acclaimed author and teacher Russill Paul.

In addition to teaching asana and mantra, Douglas has been practicing and teaching meditation for over two decades and is also a certified Amrit-Method Advanced Yoga Nidra Facilitator.