Shôken Michael Stone was an author, activist, father, and teacher who sought to illuminate the teachings and practices of Vipassana meditation, yoga, and Mahayana Buddhism for the postmillennial age. A Fellow in Residence at the University of British Columbia, he was the author of several books including The Inner Tradition of Yoga and Awake in the World. He passed away on July 16, 2017 at the age of 42.
Michael Stone is a psychotherapist in private practice, lecturer, yoga teacher and authour. He co-leads the Centre of Gravity Sangha, a community of Yoga & Buddhist practitioners in Toronto and travels internationally, teaching in academic, yoga studio and conference settings. Michael offers courses and retreat that focus on integrating yoga postures, breathing practices, meditation and textual study. His research and teaching explore the intersection of committed spiritual practice and social action.
Michael also teaches courses and workshops to clinicians (doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, palliative care workers, psychotherapists) that integrate Buddhist teachings and meditation practices with contemporary approaches to clinical work. He runs the well respected Leading Edge Mindfulness for Clinicians Course in Toronto as well as training retreats.
Michael's academic background includes studies in psychology, psychoanalysis, philosophy and comparative religion. He teaches yoga in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and his principal teacher is Richard Freeman. He has studied Ashtanga, Iyengar and other forms of hatha yoga in depth as well as sanskrit and Indian philosophy.
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