George Johnston lives in the Clear Light Community at Song of the Morning Retreat with his wife, Mary Ann. As a team they work to spread the teachings of Jesus, Paramahansa Yogananda, and other great beings. George is a graduate of Yale University, where he majored in philosophy. In 1962, he discovered yoga meditation through Yogacharya Oliver Black and became a disciple of Yogananda (who founded Self-Realization Fellowship). For over thirty years, George led meditations, taught hatha yoga, and trained other instructors in the Detroit area, Lansing, and Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In the 1980’s, while living in Grand Rapids and running Johnston Optical Co., George created a comprehensive course of instruction in the teachings of yoga for students at Muskegon Community College. His illustrated manual, A Course in Yoga, includes hatha yoga postures, holistic nutrition, and the philosophical and psychological aspects of yoga. This course was taught by him until he retired. If you are interested in teaching such a course, please visit the website below and go to “About Us.”
In 1996, George moved to Vanderbilt, Michigan to be able to live close to nature and attend group meditations at Song of the Morning Retreat. There, he met Mary Ann. They fell in love and were married in 2000.