So you're ready to take a yoga class? Here are a few things to know before choosing your class and arriving at Asheville Community Yoga.
Please arrive 15 minutes early and sign in. Doors will be closed 10 minutes after class starts
Bring a towel and a water bottle.
We provide yoga mats, blocks, straps, bolsters and blankets.
Avoid parking in the paved lot next to the building.
This space is reserved for teachers, staff, and those with disabilities. Please pull through the paved lot next to the building and follow the signs that will guide you to our new gravel parking lot.
Please note the entrances and exits. When pulling into a space
pull all the way up to the marker leaving enough space for other cars to get through the driveways.
We greatly appreciate your cooperation.
Understanding Class Levels
Beginner & Level 1
Students of all levels will find these classes accessible. If you are trying yoga for the very first time or consider yourself fairly new to yoga, these classes will provide an easy pace and detailed instruction for learning and exploring the basics. Although more challenging poses and sequences may be offered at times, modifications will be given to make the practice accessible to everyone.
Level 1 & 2
These classes are designed for students who have a foundational understanding of common yoga postures. Classes are moderate to fast-paced and intermediate to advanced postures are offered, with modifications. Students are invited to explore their edge and also honor limitation, modifying postures accordingly to progress safely.
Michael has been in the practicing school of yoga for more than 23 years. He began teaching yoga in 2003 and has been dedicated to serving others in the path of yoga and relationship work. Igniting passion and demonstrating love are Michael's two favorite subjects. Michael is the co-founder and executive director of the center. "I am blessed and honored to be part of this most incredible miracle the community has created. YOGA-YOGA-YOGA I love Yoga." Email him at Michael@ashevillecommunityyoga.com.
Please note: Michael offers his wisdom and guidance through the class in an authentic, sometimes raw way. This may sometimes include profanity.
Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Tuesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm and Thursdays 9:30 to 10:45 am.
Warm Vinyasa Flow (L1&2, No Beginners Please)
Mondays 6:00 to 7:30 pm; Wednesdays 6:00 to 7:30 pm; Fridays 12:00 to 1:15 pm & Sundays 4:00 to 5:30 pm. Michael's flow classes are a combination of strength, balance, focus, sensitivity and humor, with the breath being the main event of the class. Starting each class by warming up the body and heart with sun salutations, we then work our way through standing and balancing poses. By this time, our bodies are beginning to feel tenderized and ready to receive our true wisdom. Moving right along, we take hip openers and inversions, boat pose is a must, then spinal twists, and finishing with the most important pose of all, (savasana) corpse pose or relaxation pose. This class is like a mini retreat, bringing our body back to its true wisdom with a gift to share with others. (Please arrive 15 minutes early and bring towel and water).
Yoga for Men (L1&2)
Tuesdays 6:00 to 7:20 pm. This class is for the beginner man who is inflexible and intimidated by the regular gym-style workout. This class also offers advanced instruction for men who have been doing yoga for some time. You will receive detailed instruction on how to stretch in a safe and healthy manner. Modifications are always offered. Learn how to move into poses with grace and vulnerability. It's time to feel the value you bring to the world. Ages 17-105.
Jodie is a registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 500, YACEP), Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, mindfulness practitioner, space holder, and changemaker. She values yoga as a holistic healing arts practice, providing guidance to learn more about ourselves, each other, and how to live more peacefully in the world. Her heart-centered desire is to serve others by sharing the tools of yoga and Ayurveda to allow for a life with more joy, ease, and purpose. Growing up in a small beach town in Australia, Jodie's initial encounter with yoga was through books. Her personal journey with yoga picked up in the early 2000s when she found her first yoga home at a Brisbane city ashram while completing her Bachelor of Communications degree. Observing the profound effects on her wellbeing, and inspired by her teachers' gentle, uplifting classes, Jodie became devoted to the practice of yoga and its powerful tools for compassion, healing, and fostering sustainable personal and spiritual growth. She studied courses in yogic lifestyle and philosophy, and in 2006 undertook the ashram's yoga teacher training program. After moving to the United States in 2011, Jodie continued to deepen her studies and completed a 200 hour Ashtanga yoga teacher training program with It's Yoga International in Nicaragua. In 2014, Jodie met her beloved teacher Cyndi Lee, where she was immersed in the integration of yoga and Buddhism. She completed Cyndi's OM Yoga 500 hour advanced teacher training program in 2016. Fascinated by the self-healing practices of Ayurveda, yoga's sister science, Jodie studied with teachers Kathryn Templeton and Sarah Gugliemi from the Himalayan Institute to complete her training as a certified Ayurveda Yoga Specialist. She continues her studies in yoga, Ayurveda and psychology with her teachers in the Institute's 3 Wisdom Traditions wellness coaching program. Over the years, Jodie has studied with a diversity of teachers that have informed and inspired her teaching and practice. She has undertaken trainings in vinyasa flow, yoga for women, yin yoga, restorative yoga, pranayama (breathwork), meditation, yoga for social justice, yoga for self-regulation, yoga for anxiety and depression, and yoga for resiliency and trauma recovery. A dedicated practitioner for over 15 years, Jodie is grateful to continue to study and practice under mentorship with her teachers, and honored to share her passion with others on their unique path to remembering and celebrating their inherent goodness. Grounded in a deep love for yoga and Ayurveda, and influenced by her teachers, community, and personal practice, Jodie's teaching style blends heart-centered intentions and purposeful action with lighthearted, compassionate instruction. She weaves in themes from daily life, shared experiences, and the wisdom traditions of yoga and Ayurveda with mindful movement, breath work, and meditation. Jodie invites you to arrive to practice open to your infinite possibilities. Jodie joined Asheville Community Yoga in 2015. She currently serves as our Associate Director. In addition to her role, she offers community yoga classes and workshops, and is a facilitator in the center's Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Immersion programs. Email her at Jodie@ashevillecommunityyoga.com.
Ayurvedic Yoga (L1&2)
Tuesdays from 12:15 to 1:15 pm. Ayurveda, translated as the "knowledge of life", is a practice of self-healing and the sister science of yoga. In Ayurveda, there are three seasons that correspond with the doshas, or individual body-mind constitutions. Late winter to spring is kapha, summer is pitta, and fall to early winter is vata. Ayurveda tells us that by living, breathing, moving, eating, and being in harmony with nature, we can balance our unique constitutions, improve our wellbeing, and experience more ease in daily life. This class is designed to pacify the doshas by considering the current seasonal and environmental elements according to Ayurveda. In line with the rhythms of nature, the practice varies on the spectrum from gentle to invigorating to support wellbeing. Each class will include asana (postures), pranayama (breathwork), and meditation. All welcome.
Yin Yoga (L1&2)
Fridays from 2:15 to 3:30 pm. Yin Yoga is a contemplative practice of quiet transformation, nourishment and equanimity. Through longer holds in postures between 2 to 8 minutes, we allow muscles to rest, accessing the deep, connective tissues and subtle energetic systems of the body, allowing prana (life force energy) to flow and harmonize. Weaving in themes of yoga philosophy, Ayurveda, and daily life, this practice cultivates gentle mindfulness through observation of sensation and breath. We reconnect with ourselves, in body, mind, and spirit. All welcome.
Teacher Training & Yoga Immersion Director.
In 2007 I was given the opportunity to move to Asia to teach English as a second language. Without a doubt I knew I had to go. I knew there was a bigger purpose to this opportunity. I had been in search of something vital I felt was lacking from my life for a long time but I could never quite define what it was that was missing. Within just a short time of living overseas it seemed as though my search was finally over. I found yoga and through yoga I found what I had been unconsciously searching for my entire life – myself! I traveled through Asia learning the traditions and techniques of yoga in different countries including: The Philippines, China (Tibet), Nepal and India where I was trained in traditional Hatha Yoga and completed my 200 hr Yoga Alliance Certification. Since returning from Asia I've completed my 500hr level certification in therapeutic yoga through Subtle Yoga (Kaoverii Weber). When my breath moves my body and my mind to that soft quiet space within, I'm able to reconnect to my true self and know that I am a free and peaceful soul. The challenges, worries and fears of this world become less of a burden when I reconnect and remember that I have my breath. I have discovered that my breath is the gateway to life and peace on Earth. I want to invite others to join me in the sacred practice that is yoga and experience the beauty, wisdom and light that is true life. Email her at Amber@ashevillecommunityyoga.com.
Yoga for Women (L1&2, no beginners)
Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:15 pm. A consistent yoga practice can reveal so many unexpected benefits, but practicing in a room full of like minded sisters can reveal the treasures of your heart! Join me on Tuesday evenings to move, groove, sway, flow and grow into your divine essence. Rediscover your inner joy, freedom, ease and acceptance in your body, in this space, in this moment. Each class will begin with a slow gentle warm-up, giving you time to connect to body and breath. The warm-up will be followed by a series of poses that are designed to challenge and empower. Once we've tapped into our inner strength and wisdom, we will slow down with gentle stretches and finally rest and restore in a sweet open state of grace.
Gentle Yoga (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Wednesdays 12:15 to 1:15 pm. This one hour mid-day class is appropriate for anyone looking for a little rest and rejuvenation in the middle of the day. While the sequence is simple and easy to follow, the contemplation is deep and rich. Together we'll take intentional time to pause, breathe deep, tune in, listen, stretch and grow.
Gentle Flow (L1, Beginners Welcome)
Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:45 am. This is a gentle flow class. We will move mindfully through a traditional hatha yoga sequence keeping our focus on our breath and our awareness on the energy that is moving through our body. The intention for this class is to guide practitioners in opening their hearts to a new day, feeling the love and compassion that moves through their bodies, and identifying the power they have within themselves to allow that energy to flow beyond the boundaries of their bodies helping to create a more peaceful experience on Earth.
I first found yoga nearly 10 years ago but it took almost 5 years for it to really grip my heart and soul. My first experiences were in my living room with a DVD, no mat, no consistency to my practice. I then discovered an online yoga community where I took classes from many different instructors, and a variety of yogic pathways, and it was during a month long series on sun salutations that I began to peel away the layers of the self and open my heart and mind to the endless path of yoga. I started weaving in classes at Asheville Community Yoga with my home practice and it was at this incredible studio that I began to realize the true healing power of yoga. My practice has continued to grow and evolve just as I have on and off the mat. For me, yoga is a part of every moment of life, each breath, each conversation, every interaction, they are all opportunities to spread light and love and to continue to explore and discover our truest selves. I completed the 250hr Yoga Teacher Training at Asheville Community Yoga and I can honestly say that it changed the trajectory of my life. Since that training I have continued to dive into the many facets of yoga, traveling through Nepal, India, and Indonesia to learn from the root source; I have completed training in Yoga for PTSD & TBI, Yoga for Trauma, Yin Yoga, as well as Thai Yoga Bodywork. I am excited and humbled to have the opportunity to share my love of yoga with this beautiful community. Email her at Lauren@ashevillecommunityyoga.com.
Gentle Flow (ALL levels, beginners welcome)
Mondays from 5:15 to 6:15 pm. Suitable for both beginners and longtime practitioners, together we will start by connecting to the breath, connecting to the body, feeling into the present moment. Balancing both effort and ease, we will mindfully move through a series of postures connected by a deep, soothing yogic breath and designed to gently open the body, open the heart, and open the mind, freeing you to relax, release and let go. We will finish our hour together with a blissful savasana to gently carry you into a restful evening.
Yin Yoga (L1&2)
Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:15 pm. Yin Yoga focuses on the connective tissues of the body as well as the energetic systems, and invites you to slow down and create space for stillness through postures that are held in mindful awareness for several minutes (3-5 minutes). This practice addresses tightness and toxin buildup in the joints and connective tissue and it nourishes the joints, ligaments, tendons, and fascia while also nurturing the heart and mind. The result is not only more lubricated and flexible joints, but also a greater sense of peace, balance, and harmony. The practice is designed to open up any blockages, in body/heart/mind, and increase the flow of life force within us.
Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Sundays from 9:45 to 10:45 am and Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Join me Sundays and Wednesdays for dynamic, free-flowing, creative, heartfelt, and thought-provoking time on the mat. We will begin our time together by allowing some space to settle in, to calm the mind, and allow the breath to become the priority. We will flow compassionately through a series of fun and playful asanas designed to help you connect to your body, feeling challenged, empowered, and open to greet whatever may lie before you. Often infused with mudras, mantras, and pranayama to help us connect physical practice with spiritual experience, this class will be sprinkled with moments of strength as well as moments of complete surrender. Coming together on our mats, to practice in community, merging our energies, what better way is there to recognize, honor, and cultivate that special spark that lies within each of us?
Community Service Director & Teacher Liaison.
Sharing Yoga as a practice of compassionate, heart-opening, soul healing, mindful movement that transcends the mat in a studio, Wendy encourages her students to incorporate yoga into every part of their lives. Often playful, always heartfelt, her classes create an environment of acceptance and unconditional love of self and others. As part of the early family of Asheville Community Yoga, Wendy is grateful to have returned to this ever-expanding space of love and devotion. It has been a beautiful journey of studying with many teachers including Erich Schiffmann, Doug Keller, Cora Wen, Rodney Yee, Paul Grilley and Seane Corn, but her greatest teachers have been her children and her students who have enlightened her life in the most remarkable way. Always grateful for the opportunity to share yoga, Wendy has over 2,900 hours of teaching experience. Certified in many different disciplines and styles of yoga, her classes vary from Gentle Flow, Yoga for Seniors to HOT Flow, as well as Yoga for Spinal Health and a fun Black Light Yoga class which incorporates yoga and dance. She serves as the Community Service Director, coordinating volunteers, being a resource to students, teachers, and community organizations, and organizing ways in which our students and teachers can reach out to the greater Asheville community through monthly service projects. As Teacher Liaison, providing support and guidance to the instructors who serve Asheville Community Yoga, organizing monthly teacher workshops, and trainings and orientations for new teachers. Wendy is a part of our Teacher Training and Immersion programs and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT and YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) She is a member of IAYT, International Association of Yoga Therapists. "Asheville Community Yoga is intrinsically woven into my heart spaced it is an honor and a privilege to serve here." Wendy serves as our Community Service Director & Teacher Liaison. Email her at Wendy@ashevillecommunityyoga.com.
Sundays from 9:30 to 10:45 am. The peaceful pace of a Sunday morning offers an opportunity to soften into a more mindful, gentle practice. A beautiful way to ease into the day with a Gentle Morning Flow practice, mindful breathing, and deeply relaxing Savasana. Options are given to make this class accessible to all levels. Beginners welcome.
Yoga for Seniors (Beginners Welcome)
Mondays from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm. Mindful movement and breathing are the focus of this class, specially designed for students who are 50 and up. Each practice will include ways in which you can incorporate yoga into your daily routine to reap the greatest long-term benefits. Props and individualized instruction help make this class suitable for all levels. With a touch of humor sprinkled in, you will find yourself smiling and energized, ready to embrace the day!
Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Start your week with an invigorating flow, connecting movement with breath and mindfulness. You will be invited to dive deeper into your individual practice of self-care, self-acceptance, and step into the empowered, worthy warrior you already are!
HOT Flow (L1&2, Absolutely No Beginners Please)
Tuesdays from 8:00 to 9:15 pm. Combining Vinyasa, Freedom Style, mindful breathing and playful enthusiasm, this class creates an opportunity to explore your practice in a whole new way. As the temperature of the room and body heat up, it allows for a deeper release and letting go. This class is challenging and not suitable for beginners. We will explore more advanced poses and sequences and encourage exploring your pose within the pose, making each practice uniquely your own. Bring a towel and be ready to sweat! Set to a great playlist of music, the time will fly by quickly, ending with the blissful relaxation of a much deserved savasana.
Yoga for a Healthy Spine (All Levels)
Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. Yoga for a Healthy Spine is designed to provide a safe environment for individuals to modify poses to fit their specific needs. Focus on mindful movement, breathing, and being at ease creates a welcome space for discussion and a practice which is unique each time we come to our mats. Strengthening the core muscles which support the integrity of the spine are essential for maintaining our posture and overall health. Ideal for those dealing with back & neck pain, specific injuries, neurological challenges, anxiety and chronic pain, students will find a healing environment in which to fully relax and experience a greater sense of connection to our breath with slow, mindful movement and resting poses. If you've ever felt inhibited about attending a yoga class, this is a delightful place to begin your practice. Please note: Please check in with Wendy before class if you have any specific needs that will require individualized modification, such as needing a chair or additional props to be at ease in your poses. You may email her or better yet, arrive 15 minutes early to go over what you need to be comfortable and safe in your practice.
Gentle Flow (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Fridays from 9:30 to 10:45 am. Moving mindfully with our breath, Gentle Flow Yoga will allow your body to release tension and create space for healing. Focusing on safely transitioning from one pose to the next which allows for a steady flow of prana through the body and organs, we will go through a series of seated, standing, and reclining postures. Suitable for Beginners, as well as Advanced students who are looking for a gentle, mindful practice.
Integrative Yoga for Seniors (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Fridays from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Each week we will focus on ways to strengthen and support our spine through core-based, mindful movement. The health of our spine is essential for the overall health of our body. Our posture, gait, nervous system, and internal organ function rely on a healthy spine. We will begin with focused breathing techniques which you will be able to use not only in your practice of yoga on the mat, but also in your everyday life as a way to release stress and create focus and clarity of mind. Movement will be based on individual alignment cues which serve to keep us safe and structurally sound so as not to put additional stress on joints and bones, but rather build muscle strength. Using our own body weight for weight bearing exercise has been proven as an effective way to safely build muscle mass as we age and maintain bone strength and integrity. We will often use the wall and props to bring greater ease to this practice. The class will be interactive and students are encouraged to ask questions as they come up, as well as reach out with any specific requests to incorporate poses to help with individual needs. (While Darleen recovers from her injuries sustained in a fall, Wendy will be teaching this class. We wish Darleen a speedy, complete recovery!).
Hi I'm Liz. I love singing, laughing, dancing, healthy food and clean water. I am grateful to be in beautiful Asheville and thrilled to be teaching at Asheville Community Yoga where I completed my first yoga teacher training, which changed my life.I have always loved stretching and moving my body, and appreciated the calm I felt after going to a yoga class. So I figured "I like yoga! I want to teach it." It took me until my training at ACY to realize that yoga goes far deeper than putting our bodies into shapes (asana). I still don't have a full picture of what "yoga" is, and wonder if I ever will- but I love this journey of ever unfolding discovery and am excited for the ride. Thank you to everyone, may you all live well. Email her at Liz@ashevillecommunityyoga.com.
Zen & Now and Promotions Manager.
Hi, my name is Dana and I love sharing my yoga practice with Asheville both on and off of the mat. When I found yoga, it's healing powers transformed my entire life and I knew instantly that I wanted to teach everything that I was learning. I earned my RYT certification at the Lakshmi Rising School of Yoga and Wellness in Cabuya, Costa Rica. My training was infused with vinyasa, dance, mantra, meditation, Ayurveda and ritual. I enjoy moving people through creative sequencing and music. I am eager and honored to be a part of this amazing yoga community! Email Dana@ashevillecommunityyoga.com.
Gentle Flow Yoga (All Levels, Beginners welcome)
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:15 to 1:15 pm. This gentle practice is a flow class that stays close to the mat and offers nurturing, kindness, and compassion for the body and the mind. It is designed to be accessible for all levels and is perfect for students who are looking for a more gentle experience, those who are new to yoga or those who need a change of pace, yet still have the option to take it to the next level.
Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm & Fridays from 4:15 to 5:15 pm. Stay focused by going with the flow of matching your movements to your breath. This diverse class is perfect for all levels and incorporates elements from many schools of yoga. Through our playful vinyasa practice we can achieve a physically, mentally and spiritually balanced experience.
Gentle Yoga (Beginners Welcome)
Saturdays from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Learn to be gentle with your body. In this class, we slow our pace a little to take time to feel our bodies move and breathe. Gentle yoga is a bridge between moving in flow and staying stationary. We stay in poses long enough to enjoy that we are not pushing ourselves as we strengthen and stretch.
I discovered yoga in the midst of a very turbulent and uncertain time in my life. I was given two choices, one was to continue down a path that was unhealthy and unsatisfying or try a totally new way of living. Fortunately, I chose the latter, which ultimately led me to Asheville where I discovered yoga and Asheville Community Yoga. I was initially drawn to yoga in order to tap into what my body was saying, something I always feared. Yoga allowed me to experience these feelings with no judgment, all I had to do was show up and let it happen. After a year of volunteering and being a regular student at Asheville Community Yoga, I decided to take the Teacher Training program. Once I completed the training it seemed only fitting to pass along the wisdom and knowledge that yoga has graced me with. Email him at Ryan@ashevillecommunityyoga.com.
Vinyasa Flow (L 1 & 2)
Mondays from 8:00 to 9:00 am. Flow into the morning sun with movement and breath. We'll focus on bringing warmth and energy to our bodies while creating space for self study and deeper practice.
Meditation (Beginners Welcome)
Sundays from 3:45 to 4:30 pm. Set the foundation for your week ahead by reconnecting with the breath. We will use mindfulness and mantra meditation to dive into the breath allowing us to reconnect with our truth. When it comes to meditation we are all beginners.
LMBT, Healing Arts Coordinator.
Like most of us, I have worn many hats in my life. Professionally, I was a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist from 2007-2017. I specialized in adaptive sports, community re-entry, and independence through adaptive equipment. It was through this service to others that I began to understand the benefits of massage for pain management. It inspired me in such a way, that I decided to become a Massage Therapist. The Center for Massage and Natural Health, located in downtown Asheville, helped me build a strong foundation for massage in 2013. I strive to educate, empower, and help others to recognize the endless possibilities of investing in their health NOW! It is never too late! It is my hope that I can aide in helping your body to move with ease, to relax, and unwind. We are all walks of life that ultimately share the commonality of nurturing our bodies and our spirit. It is my hope that I can help you in that journey through compassion, knowledge, and gratitude.
Child Care & Raffles Coordinator.
Julia has come to know yoga as a transformational healing practice and has felt its effects in mind, body and spirit. It helps her to live with an open heart, while strengthening her connection to inner peace and truth. Through a combination of movement and stillness, her classes inspire introspection and a joyful connection to the present moment. She is a graduate of the Asheville Community Yoga teacher training program and seeks to help others incorporate the magic of yoga into their lives. Email her at Julia@ashevillecommunityyoga.com.
Emily is an Asheville native, and she first began her yoga practice through occasional classes at the local YMCA. Her appreciation for yoga deepened when she fell in love with Asheville Community Yoga and began practicing at the studio almost every day. This excitement about the physical practice of asana fell in tandem with an evolving interest in the histories and spiritualities of yogic philosophy. While completing Asheville Community Yoga's 250 hr teacher training, Emily came to the conclusion that living within her truth involves offering service to others. She believes that at its core yoga is a powerful political tool, and encourages her students to take the lessons they find in class off the mat and into the world. She is so grateful for the opportunity to share this truth with you all! Email her at Emily@ashevillecommunityyoga.com.
Kids Yoga (Ages 7 to 10)
Tuesdays from 4:00 to 4:45 pm. This class is all about having fun and experiencing yoga in a way that makes sense for growing bodies and minds, so we can build strong foundations for a lifetime of yoga. What to expect: Music and sound, yoga poses, yoga philosophy and mindfulness.
Vinyasa Flow (L 1 & 2)
Wednesdays from 8:00 to 9:00 am & Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:45 am. This class will begin with centering and a focus on breath. We will then flow from sun salutations to a series of standing and balance poses. After we have moved our bodies in ways that encourage strength and celebration, we will return to the ground for some cooling postures. Expect frequent readings and opportunities to find playfulness in your practice. This class is designed for students who have some familiarity with yoga.
Gentle Flow (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Tuesdays from 10:45 to 11:45 am. This Gentle Flow class is designed for all levels of practitioners and is beginner friendly. We will begin with centering and mindful breath, move to an accessible flow with plenty of modifications, and then come down for some cooling reclined postures before settling into a restful savasana.
Zen & Now and Front Desk Assistant.
Melia began her practice of yoga in 2008, at home with a set of DVDs. After a few weeks she took the leap and found a local yoga studio. After her first in studio class she was changed. She felt a sense of coming home, and knew a yoga practice would always be part of her life from then on. After keeping a regular practice through all life's changes she decided to become of teacher of what she loved so dearly, and began teaching in December of 2014. She feels a regular yoga practice and meditation has helped shape her into the person she is today. She loves being able to give the gift of yoga to others and see the changes in people as they find their way through their own personal journeys. When she's not teaching yoga she can be found enjoying life through baking, soap making, hiking, and spending precious time with her little ones. She looks forward to serving this special community of yogis! Email her at Melia@ashevillecommunityyoga.com.
Vinyasa Flow (L 1&2)
Sundays from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm. In this class we will start with centering, breath work, and mindfulness. From there moving into sun salutations to open and warm the body to prepare for varying fun and creative sequences that awaken and invigorate the body, mind, and soul. Lastly followed by a fulfilling, restful savasana. This class is set to a fun playlist weekly, so come enjoy the music, flow, and fellowship of this beautiful community!
Front Desk Assistant.
I am grateful for the ancient practice of yoga for pulling me through a time of isolation and suffering. During my first class at Asheville Community Yoga, I experienced a taste of reconnection with my body and spirit, and I felt the warmth of genuine community. Shortly after my first visit, l shattered my dominant wrist in a car accident. I was devastated, and I turned to yoga as a tool to cope with the pain, vulnerability and anger around the trauma. As I returned to practice at the studio, I signed up to volunteer at the pre-loved clothing store, and shortly after felt a calling to take the 250-hour yoga teacher training. Yoga, along with other forms of healing arts, ultimately led me to a deeper understanding of my self, my truth and my place on this planet. I believe a devoted yoga and meditation practice can lead to profound healing of the mind-body, self-regulation through conscious breath and awareness, and a deep connection to and synchronicity with the Divine. I am thrilled and honored to be a part of a uniquely compassionate community, and to learn and share all the wisdom yoga has to offer.
Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Sundays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. In this vinyasa style class we will start by slowly sinking in to breath and body, exploring ourselves in this human form with zero judgment and within a safe environment. With breath, we will move our bodies through a playful series of different shapes, building heat and energy before cooling down for savasana. One could expect music and silence, movement and stillness, pranayama (breathwork), chanting and an opportunity to collectively OM.
Front Desk Assistant.
Sarah is a native of Western North Carolina, but began her yoga practice 5 years ago in Boston, MA.A back injury, a stressful job and anxiety brought her to Pilates and yoga and it changed the trajectory of her life. Sarah received her Pilates Mat certification from Happy Body in Asheville, NC in 2015 and her 250 Hour Yoga Teacher certification from ACY in 2018. Now, a lover of all types of movement and a strong believer in the power of movement for the mind, body and spirit. Fascinated by anatomy and the incredible things our bodies can do, Sarah wants to bring more body awareness and self-compassion to her students. Sarah hopes to bring people together with her classes and to help us all understand how important is it to love ourselves, be ourselves and take time for our minds and bodies.
Gentle Flow (Beginners Welcome)
Saturdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am. This class is the perfect way to start your weekend with intention. This flow class stays close to the mat, but allows us to explore what it feels like to move our body in the morning. We will move through poses slowly, connecting with our breath and allowing our mind, body and spirit to soak in all the benefits this practice has to offer. This gentle class is designed to be accessible to all levels. It is perfect for students looking for a change of pace or anyone looking for a more gentle nurturing experience.
My love of yoga began in 2004 when I took my first Ashtanga yoga class. For me it was challenging both physically and mentally in a way that I had not experienced before. After some time practicing, I began to notice a shift in my anxiety levels and an overall feeling of balance. I was hooked!In 2013, a friend suggested Asheville Community Yoga to me and I've been in love ever since. I signed up for the Yoga Immersion Program at ACY in the spring of 2016 and then received my 250-hour Yoga Teacher Certification with ACY in December of 2017. My hope is to encourage my students along their yoga journey with all the love and support that I have received throughout mine. As I continue to learn and grow in my practice, I hope to share with and inspire all who attend my classes.
Gentle Yoga (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Sundays from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. In this class we will explore gentle movement and sweet stillness through thoughtful asanas and meditation. Together we will open our hearts and minds as we stretch, breath, and soften into our bodies. This class is perfect for beginners and expert yogis alike. Come savor the end of the weekend and refresh for the week ahead.
Abbie is trained in both vipassana meditation (mindful meditation) as well as yoga. Abbie is levels 1 & 2 trained through Yogafit as well as being a 200-hour certified Registered Yoga Instructor though the School of Yoga Institute in Peru. She has been trained and has taught vinyasa, hatha, sivananda, restorative, and meditation yoga. Through this, she has brought meditation to the university campus where she graduated. Abbie has taught both yoga and mediation to counselors, to group settings, to refugees, to children, and to human beings of all ages and backgrounds. Abbie tries to give the gift of yoga and of meditation to anyone who will take her up on it (in parks, on rooftops, in living rooms, in office buildings, etc.)! One reason Abbie believes in the necessity of the practice of meditation and of yoga is that anyone's body-type and background are able to practice this. Yoga and meditation are universal. Abbie has learned to accept her body and her mind while practicing self-love through yoga and meditation. This shows through her classes. She hopes to share this with as many people as possible. Abbie believes deeply in the power of self-care and of self-expression while using yoga and meditation as avenues to practice those aspects. Abbie has a degree in Dietetics and is currently finishing up her internship to become a Registered Dietitian. When Abbie is not practicing/instructing yoga or teaching nutrition education, Abbie spends her time writing poetry, preforming spoken word, surrounding herself with friends, laughing, climbing mountains, learning from others, being silly, eating yummy food, trying new things, dancing in aisles of grocery stores and on sidewalks, drinking hot tea in coffee shops, and exploring this magical world.
Warm Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Wednesdays from 8:15 to 9:15 pm. Re-connect to your mind and body through this nourishing vinyasa class intended for individuals who are wanting to develop a breath to movement connection. A creative class filled with meditative movements where all are welcome to come as they are. A fun and freeing class where we will begin warming and stretching our bodies and minds while transitioning into a variety of vinyasa flows. Wrapping this class together with gentle, relaxing poses for grounding mind and body. You are welcome to bring your own creativity, self-expression, and energy to this class to get what you need from this time. This class has a special focus on self-care, self-compassion, and acceptance. Join me in this opportunity to give back to ourselves!
I've been teaching QiGong, Yoga, and Exercise for over 30 years. It all started as a teenager when an enlightened chiropractor suggested that I study Yoga to relieve back pain caused by a birth defect. After starting to learn from a book, I discovered that Swami Vishnudevananda had a retreat in the Bahamas, so I flew down and immersed myself in his teachings for several weeks. I was hooked. Next I found a chiropractor in New York City that taught Yoga based exercise, and after studying with him for a year, he asked me to teach. After three years of teaching, I opened The Body Shop in East Hampton, New York, a Yoga, T'ai Chi, Exercise and massage studio that is still running successfully. I also founded the Fitness Center of East Hampton and ran it for 13 years.In 1996 I became a licensed Massage Therapist, and 21 years ago I started studying Qigong. I have studied with Don Ahn, Malik, Song Arun, Michael Winn, Minka De Vos, and Roger Jahnke OMD among others. For the past year I've been studying with a Master named Robert Peng, who is becoming well-known as one of the more talented younger Masters in the world. After studying with Master Song Arun for 7 years he suggested that I teach The Five Treasures form. I enjoy bringing the skills of cultivating Qi to my students – it's my passion and mission.
Qi Gong (All Levels)
Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. We will learn to feel Qi, accumulate it, and move it throughout your body. We'll use tapping to stimulate the main acupuncture points, and learn movements, from various forms of Qigong. The goal is to learn how to start a practice, or add to your Yoga to improve health and peace of mind. We'll have fun generating and playing with this universal energy that surrounds and permeates everything! Those already practicing may learn forms that you have yet to study. Suitable for all (it can even be done sitting if necessary).
Amanda had a couple traumatic losses in 2009 and was looking for a healthy and natural way to bring peace and happiness into her life, and yoga was what she turned to. That was the pivotal moment that turned her life around. She fell in love with yoga and the spiritual journey it brought to her. After finding peace, changing her body awareness, and opening her mind to a new way of life, she felt destined over the years to help others heal the way she had. In 2016 she became an instructor through Asheville Community Yoga's RYS program completing 250 hours, and is on the way to eventually getting her 500 hours completed. She is very excited for her journey to continue and to help others begin their own.
Vinyasa Flow (L 1 & 2)
Fridays from 8:00 to 9:00 am. This practice is a vinyasa flow consisting of a meditation with pranayama (breath techniques) and a series of asanas with many twists to help align, strengthen, and mend your body back to its natural state. You will leave feeling rejuvenated for the rest of your day to come! Amanda radiates positive energy that allows everyone to leave with a warm heart and a smile on their face.
I came to Asheville in the fall of 1999 because I fell in love with the beautiful mountains and the kind people. After raising two boys and then getting surprised with twins in 2013, I decided I needed to find a way to both take care of myself and give back to this wonderful community. I found yoga as a form of self care and true relaxation that I often had to squeeze into a very busy schedule. It became pure bliss for me and I began to seek it out as often as possible. It was also a way for me to truly connect with others while supporting one another. In the Spring of 2018, I decided to incorporate both my mentoring of kids and my passion for yoga. I became a certified Kidding Around Yoga teacher and have loved every minute of it. I believe yoga teaches kids that they have the power to control their emotions and experiences through breathing techniques, physical postures, and meditation practices. It's very empowering and a life skill few adults have. I am thrilled to be offering this sacred space for kids here at Asheville Community Yoga.
Kid's Yoga (Ages 4 to 6)
Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. This class will introduce classic yoga, meditation, breath work, and stress management in s kid friendly style with original music, games, and imaginative play.
I began my yoga journey over 15 years ago when I bought a yoga dvd I could do in my home, but it wasn't until years later when I found my yoga home at Asheville Community Yoga that I truly began discovering the power of yoga. I couldn't get enough and started going to ACY classes regularly. This discovery came at a time when I was going through a lot of transition and self-exploration and a regular yoga practice encouraged and supported this process. Health and fitness have been life long passions for me and in the past few years I've been lucky enough to turn my passions into a career by becoming a certified personal trainer as well as a certified health coach. So when the opportunity presented itself to become a yoga instructor through Asheville Community Yoga's teacher training program, I jumped in and furthered my growth and knowledge. Now, my journey has come full circle and I'm honored to share yoga with people in the very space that inspired me to take my practice deeper. One of the biggest lessons yoga has taught me is to come back to my breath and breathe through the tight and uncomfortable spots, whether in a pose or out in the world. It is a privilege to be a part of other people's journeys toward whole wellness and continued growth. Asheville has been my home for 11 years, and I feel blessed to have found this magical place. I am the mother of two teenage boys, who have grown up in Asheville, and have been a Surrogate Mother, carrying babies for others, three times. Besides yoga, I enjoy hiking, dancing, travel, theater, and eating good food.
Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Mondays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. I invite you to come move your body and build heat while also paying attention to form and breath. In this class you will be encouraged to go at your speed and offered modifications while being reminded to come back to your breath. We will enjoy an hour of yoga and movement together as we prepare for the week ahead. Come and honor yourself and your body with a gift of an hour practice.
Prenatal Yoga (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Sundays from 12:45 to 2:00, Mondays 2:45 to 3:45, Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:45am, Wednesdays from 12:15 to 1:15 pm, Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30, and Fridays from 11:00 to 12:00 pm. Prenatal yoga is such a wonderful gift expecting mamas can give themselves. Not only will it build strength and stamina for labor, it also nourishes and supports the ever changing pregnant body and hormones. There is a magic that happens when pregnant women come together and share space with one another, moving and breathing together. Whether you are an experienced yogi or a beginner, yoga is safe and encouraged during pregnancy. Give yourself this hour to connect with other pregnant women, build strength, breathe, and relax!
Anne is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan where she studied Kinesiology (the study of the human body and movement). Besides teaching yoga, Anne is an ACSM certified personal trainer and is currently working toward her 500 hour yoga credential at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Anne finds true joy in helping others feel good, whether that be through movement, one-on-one coaching, or educating students on self-care practices. Her favorite part about teaching yoga (besides being able to wear yoga pants to work and nerd-out about anatomy) is connecting with individuals who attend her class and planning thoughtful sequences that inspire physical, emotional, and spiritual growth in her students. Anne is also a Healing Arts provider at ACY. Anne's alignment-based mindful flow classes are informed by her background in kinesiology, her life experiences, and her daily yoga and meditation practice. She believes that by focusing on aligning the body in a way that supports its structures, one can find alignment in other areas of life. Anne's philosophy of yoga, and physical exercise in general, is that it is incredibly rewarding and life-enhancing when approached in a balanced way. Thus, in a class with Anne, you can expect to experience both challenge AND ease, strength AND relaxation, in the hopes that you can find this balance in life off of the mat as well.
Slow Power Flow (L 1 & 2)
Sundays from 4:15 to 5:15 pm. Breathe, relax, feel, and flow. In this class, return to your center and release what is no longer serving you through creative sequences and cuing aimed at helping you experience a moving meditation. This class will begin with a short centering and breathing practice, followed by a fluid and grounding warm-up sequence to prepare the body for stronger postures and movements done during the peak of the class. There will be many modifications and variations offered throughout the hour to allow you a choice for the level of challenge you are looking for, and to accommodate your body's needs each day. Come to this class to rejuvenate your mind, body & spirit through slow, strong, and mindful movement with your breath!
Ashley is a mother, wife, earth lover and yogini. She has a special place in her heart for teaching movement and self-expression. Her journey began with 10 years of instructing dance. After graduating college, she found this mind-body-soul connection went unfulfilled as she pursued other passions. This lead to a renewed search for passionate movement and eventually landed her in a yoga class in 2004 – a turning point in her life. She found her spark reignited. Ashley loves being in nature, spending time with her family, volunteering at animal sanctuaries & traveling the world in search of open-hearted communities. During her travels she's realized despite the many differences in culture and tradition, a common language existed among the awakened, authentic personalities she encountered: YOGA. The support and love offered her by yoga communities both near and far root her inspiration to teach. Ashley believes Yoga is the bridge that binds us all together. She's impassioned to be able to extend this through her teachings. Ashley's classes inspire a deep sense of community; a family with a common goal: to connect deeper to oneself and to one another and to awaken to one's highest potential. Ashley's practice is rooted in Ashaya Yoga, an alignment based practice complemented by virtues of the heart. She loves challenging her students with a style that blends her love of alignment with dance-like fluidity. "Amongst chaos there is a place in the middle – between what we once were and what we shall be. In this place lives the experience of Lila- the divine dance of life. Lila teaches us to live and engage with presence in each moment. This is where the magic happens. Let's not miss it".
Vinyasa Flow (L 1&2)
Wednesdays from 9:45 to 10:45 am. An uplifting, strength building, moving meditation. This alignment based vinyasa class is a beautiful balance between long engaging holds and heartfelt flows. We'll be using breath and music as guides to take us deeper into ourselves. Themed in ancient Tantric philosophy, each class starts with a centering and closes with pranayama and shavasana.
Audrey began a regular yoga practice in 2007. Yoga has continually changed the course of and her outlook on life. Her practice has given her many gifts, including self-awareness, strength, relaxation, friends, community, confidence and purpose. Audrey has a diverse yoga background having practiced various forms of yoga, including vinyasa flow, Ashtanga, Iyengar, restorative, and therapy ball work. She completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training with YogaWorks in Los Angeles in 2010. Additionally, she completed a 200-hour yoga teacher immersion with senior teacher Eddie Modestini in 2017. This focused on supported alignment using props, including the chair and rope wall. Audrey is passionate about sharing the art of sukha (finding ease) both on and off the mat. She strives to teach in a way that is fun, safe, and accessible. She aspires to foster personal growth, self-compassion, and deep relaxation for every student. She deeply loves yoga and enjoys sharing the benefits of the practice with others. Audrey is originally from Long Island, NY, spent some time on the West coast, and moved to beautiful Asheville in Fall 2017. She has also lived in and traveled throughout Italy.
Gentle Flow (Beginners Welcome)
Wednesdays from 5:15 to 6:15 pm. Transition mindfully from your day into evening with a Gentle Flow practice. We will move fluidly, connecting movement with breath, bringing awareness to our bodies and the present moment. Movements will be slow-paced as we transition through seated, standing and reclining postures to enable a state of serenity. Class will finish with a sweet Savasana to experience relaxation and letting go. Come join us and experience the sense of community as we foster well-being and intentionally practice self-care. Suitable for all levels — Beginners welcome!
Beth has LOVED teaching yoga since 2015. She is also a certified health / life coach, and leads meditation and mindfulness based stress reduction workshops and sessions. Beth works at Mission Health here in Asheville.
Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Saturdays from 1:45 to 2:45 pm. Vinyasa flow class is a moving meditation, allowing you to create space to link your conscious breath with movement in a mindful yet powerful flow. Awaken your strength, energy, flexibility and vitality in a playful way! Come join us and Go with your Flow!
Since 2003, Beth Molaro has specialized in Jin Shin Jyutsu, a body, mind and spirit approach using light touch to bring the body into harmony and balance. Beth's background as visual artist, potter, dancer and avid gardener gives her a personal understanding of how the human body is affected by use and abuse. As a Jin Shin Jyutsu Practitioner and Self Help Instructor, Beth serves as assistant to her clients and students to gently clear and re-align the body's energies. Beth's goal is to help people balance and energize body, mind and spirit, and erase pain and stress so that they can heal and dramatically improve their quality of life. Beth is an avid student of Universal Energy and continues to study various approaches to healing that enhance her understanding of the holistic, spiritual model. In addition to her ongoing study of Jin Shin Jyutsu, studies in Reiki, Energetic Cranial Sacral Rhythms, Soul Focused Esoteric Healing, Chakra Balancing, Clearing Ancestral Lines, Meditation and Yoga all help to enhance Beth's natural and unique healing strengths and enable her to empower individuals to take charge of their health and well-being. For more information about Beth and Jin Shin Jyutsu, visit her website at spiralwayhealingarts.com. Beth is delighted to offer personal empowerment through a "Guided Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help Practice" at Asheville Community Yoga.
Jin Shin Jyutsu (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Thursdays from 8:00 to 9:00 am. Welcome to a Guided Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help Practice. Give your day a blissful start and join us for this ancient restorative practice. Jin Shin Jyutsu Self Help is a simple and powerful tool, available to all and tapping into our own innate wisdom. Our bodies contain many energy pathways that feed life into all of our cells. When one or more of these channels become blocked, the effect is discomfort and pain and can lead to dis-ease. Our health and harmony depend upon the free and even distribution of life energy throughout the body. Jin Shin Jyutsu is a tool for releasing tensions. As the energy flows freely, the body will heal itself from the effects of stress. Our practice begins with a centering and breathing meditation, then you will be guided through the specific flow sequences you will use on yourself to bring balance to your body's energy patterns, promoting optimal health and deep relaxation. We use props to support and enable us to hold the flow steps comfortably. All steps are adaptable and suitable for any body.
My asana practice began in the summer of 2012 in the fast-paced New York City Yoga scene. I moved back to Florida to finish college with a mat, some yoga DVDs and my best attempts to cultivate the strength and awareness I had discovered in my body. My self-talk while practicing showed itself to me, allowing me to uncover the stories I had spent my whole life telling myself about who I was and where I was going. It was from there that the real practice began of shifting and unfolding the narrative to fit the magnificent, life and love-filled beings that I have come to know we all are. Through this discovery of love and human connection, my faith and devotion to the path of Yoga as a way of life, has deepened. I completed my first 200 hr. Yoga Teacher Training at Wise Living Yoga Academy in Doi Saket, Thailand while backpacking around Asia in 2015. After moving to Asheville in 2016, I stumbled into Asheville Community Yoga and have been gifted ever since with the deep sense of community, love and connection. After participating in their immersion program, and later their 250 hr. Teacher Training I can honestly say my life has been forever changed, and my capactity for joy and love have deepened. I hope to share my love for life and for self while we move our bodies and deepen our breaths, all while finding softness in our strength.
Gentle Yoga (Beginners Welcome)
Mondays from 8:00 to 9:00 pm. In this gentle evening practice we will sync our bodies with our breath. Encouraging mindful movements through asana and meditation, we will work to awaken our hearts, bodies and minds to the strength and softness that lies within us. We will end the evening with a deep, restful and restorative savasana. Join us as we rest and renew our connection to self and our community!
Bridget Herring discovered yoga in 2002 and recently completed a 250 RYT hour teacher training through Asheville Community Yoga in 2014. She has studied a variety of yogic styles believing that they have each unfolded and served her in just the right moments and is currently heavily influenced by alignment based practices. Bridget believes that when we align our bodies and build a safe, strong and healthy container for them to exist in, that this is when we are truly able to open to grace and find freedom and expansion in both our physical bodies and in our souls. Yet, being a dancer at heart, Bridget weaves a subtle flow within this alignment based practice.
Vinyasa Flow (L 1 & 2)
Mondays from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. This class includes a broad mix of foundational poses that blend alignment, strength building, flow, and breath work to provide a fully rounded class. This all levels class will offer a safe space to explore your edge with the invitation to add another layer to your practice…or not. You decide. This class is ideal for the yogis that enjoy the challenge of a slightly slower paced practice.
Nacido en Argentina, lleno de sueños y energia, en el año 2000 decidi dejar todo atras, comenzar una nueva aventura y mudarme a los Estados Unidos. Afrontando los desafios que todo inmigrante enfrenta, trabaje duro para lograr establecerme y darle a mi familia un hogar en Asheville. Amante de la vida y la familia, las actividades al aire libre, los deportes, las aventuras y la adrenalina, los buenos amigos y el silencio de la soledad, el sonido del mar en la playa y el olor a "verde" de las montañas. Amo deslizarme en la nieve del invierno tanto como acostarme en el pasto, y absorver el sol del otoño. Me gusta los dias largos, vividos con intencidad, aprendiendo algo nuevo, o intentando algo diferente. Encontre en YOGA todo eso, y mucho mas…cada clase es unica, cada experiencia diferente, cada pose otra aventura. En 2017 conclui el YTT200 (Entrenamiento para ser profesor de yoga) en el Asheville Community Yoga, con el principal objetivo de adquirir las herramientas basicas para poder compartir esta hermosa forma de vida con la comunidad latina.
Clase de Christian
Yoga en Español (Todos los niveles, principiantes bienvenidos. Solamente hablantes de español fluidos por favor.)
Miércoles de 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Descripcion de la clase: Comienza la semana con una clase de Hatha Yoga en español! Esta clase le ayudara a tener mas flexibilidad, fuerza, coneccion con su propio cuerpo y vamos a explorar nuestras limitaciones fisicas. La clase ofrece una gran variedad de variaciones, y es adecuada para todos los practicantes desde principiantes a avanzados. Su cuerpo y mente se sentiran refrescados y renovados.
Darleen began a yoga practice almost 40 years ago. During recent years, as she has experienced the inevitable changes of an aging body, she has relied increasingly upon yoga to maintain strength, flexibility, balance, mindfulness and joy. When she began to fall in love with Asheville Community Yoga several years ago, she was inspired to complete their 250-Hour Teacher Training program and to pursue additional training in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors through the Yoga 4 Seniors Teacher Training offered through Duke University's School of Integrative Medicine. She has also completed a course on Yoga for Osteoporosis and Osteopenia which has deeply influenced her asana practice and teaching style. Her passion and pleasure today is in finding her voice as a teacher of others who are "Coming of Age" in bodies that are changing, becoming increasingly unable to perform like "they used to". There is joy and celebration, art and mystery in growing old, and there is no better way to take that journey than as a Yogi.
Please note that Darleen took a bad fall while Nordic pole walking and suffered injuries which make it difficult for her to teach her classes for several weeks. Jim Castle will be teaching her Chair Yoga class and Wendy Lantis will be teaching Integrative Yoga for Seniors. We wish Darleen continued healing!
Chair Yoga (Beginners Welcome)
Fridays from 10:15 to 11:15 am. This class uses a chair as a prop in order to allow accessibility for most anyone to practice Yoga. Many traditional Yoga poses can be performed in a chair or using a chair to aid with balance or accessibility, even for those with limitations. We will focus on postural alignment, breath, range of motion and balance so that students will leave practice feeling relaxed and refreshed and more aware of their body's ability to move in many ways. There are also elements of this practice that can be incorporated into a workday for those who sit at a desk or computer most of the day. All are welcome!
Integrative Yoga for Seniors (Beginners Welcome)
Fridays from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. As we move through the later decades of life, our bodies lose postural integrity, mobility and bone and muscle strength. This often leads to living with pain which is avoidable. In this class you will learn to create and maintain a flexible spine that is in neutral alignment. The practice is designed to prevent and treat back pain, osteoporosis and the postural changes of aging. You will practice therapeutic postures that increase flexibility, balance, strength and mobility. This is a breath-centered practice which links movement with breathing techniques to center and calm you. You will practice deep relaxation and serenity, with reduction of stress and anxiety. The practice will include many ways to integrate yoga into your daily routine to create "off-the-mat" mindfulness of natural posture, breath, flexibility, strength and balance.
In 2002, I eagerly took a 3 credit Yoga class in community college. I deeply appreciated this class, as I was introduced to basic yoga poses and was educated on the history of Yoga. For a few years afterward, I became distracted by a series of events in my life which diverted me me from my practice. Yet in 2009, I began to come back to myself by cultivating my own private asana practice, which mostly included daily 20-60 minute practices with Shiva Rea DVDs! Although I had taken a few workshops with Shiva Rea when she was teaching in a town nearby, I hadn't taken regular classes in studios until I moved to Asheville. Ever since I took the 250 hour program at Asheville Community Yoga, Yoga has become an essential part of my life every Moment. I live in Bliss! As a massage and bodywork therapist of over 10 years, I have great interest in the skeletal, musculature, and energetic anatomies of the body. It fascinates me how the body operates and I strive to learn the many way to assist others toward his or her path toward optimal health. I consistently take classes with a variety of teachers, as well as receive some form of bodywork weekly by different practitioners in order to better care for myself so I can proficiently help others. Education and self-care are two things I take very seriously and I love sharing what I have experienced and learned.
Vinyasa Flow (L1 & 2)
Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:15 pm. This class is dedicated to Centering the body in alignment with the Earth, holding poses to develop strength, and flowing in the practice with the breath. We begin in meditation before movement and usually incorporate breathing exercises right before Shavasana. Every class is different as every day is different…so be prepared to dance to the song the day brings! I look forward to guiding you into a sweet practice on Tuesday afternoons! Namaste.
Eduardo (Eddie) Drivon
Eduardo (Eddie) Drivon
After teaching philosophy for 20 years at a small liberal arts college, I travelled to Asheville in an effort to heal. I didn't expect to stay. Had it not been for yoga, I wouldn't have. Yoga brought me relief, providing peace of mind and restoring some mobility as I attempted to recover my health. I had taught philosophy for 20 years at a small liberal arts college, and found in yoga more practical means of answering life's profound questions. In the interest of assisting others to benefit from yoga, I volunteered my teaching at the local jail, to the unhoused and women in recovery, and shortly thereafter discovered Asheville Community Yoga. My sense has always been that ACY is not simply a yoga studio; It is an innovative model of something much broader in scope, one that creates and promotes community, enjoyment, and healing. Over the next decade I believe ACY will distinguish itself from all other yoga studios by offering an array of services that will transform the lives of a diverse population in and around Asheville.
Gentle Yoga (Beginners Welcome)
Thursdays from 8:00 to 9:00 pm. If you're not in the mood for lunges and downward dogs, let me suggest gentle yoga. The pace is steady and friendly to the breath. About half of the poses are done on our backs and the other half prone. The most frequent pose is Savasana (corpse pose) in between every other pose, giving time for integration and assimilation. We also reserve ten minutes at the end of class for a restorative Savasana. I usually teach through the wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.
Elena first came to yoga in 2001, when she was searching for a way to become healthier and more at peace, after the death of her mother. A life long learner who has also dealt with anxiety and depression, she is always continuing to expand her knowledge, consciousness, and self-acceptance. She has completed has completed three, 200-hour yoga teacher certifications programs and recently obtained her 500 hour Advanced Yoga Studies Certification through Asheville Yoga Center. She is also a 100-hour certified TIMBo (trauma informed mind body program) facilitator and is pursuing her certification as a life coach through the Coach Training Institute. In 2008, Elena volunteered at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health for over a year, and this experience catapulted her into the world of health and healing. And, it was during this time that she completed her first yoga teacher training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Then, her study of yoga took her to India where she spent several months in 2010 and completed a month long course at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram. More recently Elena has been exploring the intersections of mindfulness, anxiety reduction and yoga. So, in 2016, Elena completed a 5 day Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive and took several trainings on trauma-informed yoga. She attends approximately two meditation retreats a year. Elena also teaches trauma-informed yoga to veterans at the VA hospital in Asheville. She enjoys empowering others to find their own self-healing by leading classes that place an emphasis on one's inner experience and by coaching clients towards their highest, most authentic goals. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Boston University and a Master's in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Anxiety-Releasing Yoga (Beginners Welcome)
Tuesdays from 2:45 to 3:30 pm. This is a safe and soothing gentle yoga class that is designed for anyone who may experience anxiety, depression, PTSD or other form of trauma. This class encourages calmness of the mind by focusing on calming the body. Towards that end, class generally begins in a lying down position. Then, we focus on the breath as a way to get grounded and in touch with our inner experience. Please note that we will not come to standing in this class. Instead, the emphasis is on witnessing your own experience and being kind to yourself while in the class. If you are new to yoga, have gotten triggered in yoga classes, or are seeking a supportive environment, this class is a great start.
Gentle Yoga (Beginners Welcome)
Wednesdays from 2:15 to 3:30 pm. Appropriate for all students, this is a gentle, safe, and soothing yoga class that is designed for anyone who may think that they are too out-of-shape, depressed, old or un-flexible to do yoga. This class is designed to turn on the relaxation response by using deep yogic breathing combined with slowly flowing coordinated movements and stretches. Towards that end, time will be taken at the beginning of each class to get grounded and practice focusing on the breath. Students are encouraged to listen to their own bodies and take the class at their own pace. If you are new to yoga, would like a gentle introduction, or are working with an injury or personal challenge, this class is a good place to start.
With the foundation of a childhood yoga practice, Hanna began to feel more seriously drawn to yoga in 2010. She has since completed a 200-hour teacher training and is grateful for the opportunity to share the joy of the practice. Hanna is interested in the benefits of yoga for the subtle body and the impact of the practice on the way that we relate and balance our bodies and minds. She's enchanted by the power of yoga as a component of holistic self-care.
Gentle Flow (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 am. This gentle class fosters the connection between breath and movement in a sweet and mindful way. Accessible to those with varying levels of experience, this class moves through sequences intended to stretch and strengthen the body and relax and renew the mind. A balance of stillness and movement makes this class calming but playful. With attention to accessibility, comfort and alignment, Gentle Flow is designed to leave you feeling refreshed and balanced.
Izzy began practicing yoga after a prolonged foot injury forced her to take a break from her professional training as a Contemporary Ballet dancer. Using yoga as an education on emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness, she was able to recover from her injury and pursued her RYT certification. She now holds her 500hr RYT and has been teaching since the summer of 2016. Izzy's passion is in health education of uterine bodied/femme identifying individuals and she is currently in school preparing for Nurse-Midwife programs. In addition to teaching yoga, Izzy is an active Birth and Postpartum Doula (CD (DONA)), as well as a certified Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor specializing in reproductive health. She currently teaches a variety of yoga styles ranging from beginner friendly to more challenging "advanced" classes and is certified as both a Khalsa Way Instructor and an RYPT through the Prenatal Yoga Center of NYC. Her style as a yoga instructor is inspired by a passion for movement and self-discovery, incorporating alignment techniques as taught by her teachers Darren Rhodes, Stephani Lindsey, Sam Rice, Christina Sell, and Noah Maze. Using asana, pranayama, and meditation as an introduction into the practice of yoga, she hopes to insight in her students a thirst for deeper inquisition into what the practice has to offer.
Prenatal Yoga (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Saturdays from 12:45 to 1:45 pm. Prenatal yoga is a great opportunity for pregnant women to meet and connect with other expecting mamas in the Asheville community. Taught by trained birth postpartum doula Izzy Adair, this class is geared specifically towards the needs of a pregnant body. Through a series of mindfully sequenced postures, you will learn breath work, movement, and relaxation techniques that can be practiced at home throughout pregnancy and used during your labor and birth. Izzy offers guidance for her students based on her background as a birth and postpartum doula and her training in the Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga method. In addition, Izzy incorporates her experience as a dancer, using organic movement throughout class to help the mamas feel more empowered in their bodies. This class is open to mamas with any level of yoga experience but does include subtle strengthening exercises in addition to the more restorative prenatal exercises. Izzy strives to have her mamas leaving class feeling strong, inspired, and more connected to their experience of pregnancy and motherhood.
Postnatal Yoga (bring your baby) All Levels, Beginners Welcome
Mondays from 9:30 to 10:30 am. This postnatal yoga class is designed specifically for the post-birth parent and baby- Come to vent, breast/chest/bottle feed, cry, sleep, and just hangout with other new parents and their little ones! The class will include guided infant massage, meditative breath work, stretching, strengthening, and pelvic floor exercises…all designed to nourish the postpartum person while facilitating connection and interacting with baby. Babies are welcome and encouraged! While this is a "yoga" class, the focus is on holding space for new parents, and nothing is expected to go to plan or stay on schedule. The class is facilitated by Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor, Certified Pre/Postnatal Yoga Instructor, and Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, Izzy Adair. Izzy is there to hold space for your postpartum experience, offering whatever doula wisdom and resources she can to make sure you feel supported in this essential and raw transition into parenthood.
Jamie Knox began practicing yoga in 2004 because she worked at a yoga studio and might as well know what she was talking about. She resisted it for as long as she could, though, because she knew she'd have to face the fact that the life she was living was not authentic. Indeed yoga did open her up to this truth and she left Hollywood shortly after. Since then she's been on and off the yogic path, sometimes with grace, sometimes not. One day, while living in Texas, she decided to just drive to a yoga studio and perhaps she'd get out of the car and return to her practice; she did not. Another day, however, she did. She became a certified 200 hr teacher in 2010, finished grad school, and taught college level theatre and yoga simultaneously. She and her husband moved here recently from Texas in an effort to live a less stressful life and now she's grateful to serve at Asheville Community Yoga. She's a student of Ayurveda, a student of yoga, and an actress. Her style is eclectic with roots in Anusara, Ashtanga and Kundalini yoga. Her classes focus on letting go, accepting oneself, and proper body alignment, and always include an opening and closing chant and a brief meditation. She also has a youtube channel where she breaks down yoga poses and you are welcome to inquire with her if you'd like more information.
Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Thursdays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. This vinyasa class is designed to connect our bodies, movement and minds to our breath. Designed for those with some yoga experience, we will move from one asana to another, creating heat, strength and balance; directives will be called for modifications. Each month we will follow a specific theme and practice based on your suggestions and the calling of the seasons. As we complete our flow we will spend time on the floor in yogi's choice, allowing you space to work on any pose you choose. Savasana will always be experienced with you feet facing the back of the room and the practice will end with pranayama and meditation. All classes will begin and end with chanting OM to connect us in community with this universal sound.
I embody a yoga practice that is at the intersection of holistic wellness and social justice activism. My yoga practice, is diverse and ever-evolving. In the past five years, yoga played a significant role in my personal development and transformation. I am living proof that disciplined empathy for yourself, will change how you show up in the world. As a native of Western North Carolina, I am passionate about supporting all communities, this includes those communities who often have limited access to personal care and holistic resources. It is my intention to build bridges, weaving among diverse groups, sprinkling yoga as I go. My intention is to empower people to cultivate a more holistic relationship to themselves and the Earth. Meditation and yoga are the practices I utilize to embody actions for radical personal and collective transformation.
Vinyasa Flow (Level 1 & 2)
Fridays from 12:15 to 1:15 pm. This slow paced vinyasa flow is a full and robust look at what it means to embody yoga. As we move through our flow we slow down and hold poses to create a moving meditation. In this class we work to find softness and strength to help us better adjust to the ever changing world outside of the classroom. Class begins with centering and breathing, flowing into a fluid warm-up sequence. After warm-up we kick it up a notch with a creative sequence meant to encourage you to feel strong and empowered in your body. By focusing on our core, we will find deeper balance in our mind and body. In this class ultimately I hope to help you feel safer and more grounded. My class is a truly radical space were all humans are welcomed, pronouns are respected, and no one is neglected. Modifications and use of props are encouraged. Come join me as we explore how we embody yoga both on and off the mat!
Jean Marie Murphy
Jean Marie Murphy
As part of recovering from years of bookkeeping (and teaching yoga as a hobby) Jean Marie entered the world of mind-body medicine earning her RYT 500 as a Kripalu yoga teacher and is also a cardiac certified yoga teacher (Satchidananda Ashram). As her version of post graduate work, she received certification from The Academy for Guided Imagery and The Muscular Therapy Institute. In these extensive multi-year trainings she developed her passion for psychoneuroimmunology, neuroscience, anatomy and physiology. After years of working in hospital and hospice settings, her focus of enhancing somatic awareness and consciousness embodiment has shifted to working with individuals taking up the leadership of their lives. She teaches Yoga Nidra as a process called Engaging Your Wholeness and a specialized pelvic floor somatic process for women transitioning into peri-menopause and menopause.
Jean Marie's Class
Yoga Nidra (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Mondays from 8:15 to 9:15 pm. As a comprehensive practice of unification, Yoga Nidra has the potential to enhance your mind-body connection, awaken heart coherence, balance your sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous systems and integrate your brain while bringing you into the deeper theta state of consciousness and perhaps, through the threshold to your super consciousness. During class, lying in Shavasana, you will be guided into deep states of relaxation where the innate intelligence of the body can catalyze accelerated transformation of tension, stress, and body armoring leaving you with an overall sense of peace and well being. Class will begin with subtle movements (lying down) to awaken the cerebrospinal-spinal fluid and will end with simple brain integration movements that can also be done in a chair. As one of the esoteric practices of yoga, Yoga Nidra has the power to cleanse and re-integrate our MayaKosha's (energy sheaths) disrupting the influence of deeply seated experiences that subconsciously direct our mental and emotional behaviors and choices. While Yoga Nidra has the potential to improve overall health and wellness, its true gift is guiding you to awaken your mind-body-spirit connection and perhaps, re-connecting you to the original blueprint of your spirit.
Jessica grew up in a log cabin built by her father in the woods of rural Ohio. Her family grew most of their own food, and lived in harmony with the cycles of nature's seasons. Jessica spent her childhood exploring the forests, streams and fields around the Lohrey homestead creating bonds with the natural world that would last a lifetime. Jessica, a Certified Aromatherapist, has been studying and using herbs, aromatherapy and other holistic healing modalities for more than 30 years. Jessica began practicing yoga in the late 90's as a way to stay in shape and reduce stress. After a life-changing motorcycle accident, her physical and spiritual healing led her deeper into the practice. Over the last 18 years Jessica has studied teachings from the Krishnamacharya, Sivananda, and Kripalu lineages of yoga. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is certified as an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance. In 2007, while living in Florida, Jessica created Tree of India, a yoga instruction and aromatherapy company. Spirituality and nature appreciation have been woven into Tree of India's culture and continue to be Jessica's source of inspiration. Jessica is a long-time teacher and mentor in the South Florida Yoga Community. Considered a "teacher's teacher, " Jessica has shared her honest and heart-felt approach on numerous teacher training faculties. In 2016, Jessica moved to Asheville, North Carolina to be closer to nature and to continue her work as a holistic health practitioner. Jessica has a never-ending desire to learn and grow…and to share her experience in service to others.
Gentle Yoga (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Wednesdays from 8:00 to 9:00 pm. Through the gentle holding and flowing of postures, we open and stabilize our body/mind container. Then we learn to fill it with energy from our practice and carry that energy everywhere we go as a heightened state of aliveness. Students will be guided to BREATHE, RELAX, FEEL, WATCH, and ALLOW. Suitable for all levels, beginners welcome.
I was first introduced to yoga in 1998 with a dvd and a mat in my living room. Several years later, I stepped into my first class and my eyes were opened to a whole new world. Although my practice was sporadic for many years, yoga was always there in some way, either through mindful breathing or just simply doing a few asanas every day. Thanks to some major life shifts in recent years, not only did my practice transform to a daily one, but my whole life's path shifted. The day I walked into the studio at Asheville Community Yoga, a spark in me quickly lit and that fire has been burning at full speed ever since. I have completed the 250 hour Teacher Training at ACY and am thrilled to share my love and passion for this practice in this loving studio with this amazing community. I am lucky enough to say that the training and yoga has completely changed my life. For the first time in my life, I have found my calling and am so happy to be able to walk this path, not only here in Asheville, but in the studio. I am a native of Omaha, and moved here in 2002, after a five year stint in Seattle. These mountains are the only place I can honestly call home, and feel so fortunate to be able to live here and establish my roots. I have been a hairstylist for 20 years and am fortunate enough to have a career where I can help people feel beautiful on the outside. Now, combining that with yoga and helping people feel beautiful on the inside as well, I don't think I could be any luckier! I am most happy traveling the country and Canada in my 1973 Volkswagen Bus and seeing all of life's magical beauty. You also can find me in the woods hiking, mountain biking, and camping at every opportunity. I look forward to sharing my love and passion for yoga with you on the mat!
Gentle Flow (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Fridays from 12:15 to 1:15 pm. A nice way to start the weekend with this midday slow flow class, starting with connecting to our breath and really tuning into the body and it's needs. In this practice we will move slowly and mindfully, giving time to listen to our bodies and focusing on moving through the poses with the breath. This class offers a nice combination of seated and standing poses, and is suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners looking for a slower and more relaxing flow. We will celebrate the gift of being able to sit still in meditation for a few minutes and of course, ending with a generous savasana to help guide you into the weekend.
Wednesdays from 6:15 to 6:45 pm. (Returns in October!) Meditation is Medication for the Mind, Body, and Spirit. This Meditation class is suitable for all levels of meditators and is quite welcoming for those new to meditation. We will explore different forms and techniques of Meditation, and we will also experience different styles of Pranayama, which is breath work and essential to Yoga and Meditation. We will also learn different points of concentration to help you dive deeper into your practice. No need to be intimidated by the idea that you need to "shut your monkey mind off" during meditation, when a thought itself can become the point of concentration. Meditation is an opportunity to do a deep self exploration by letting thoughts arise as they do, and letting them reveal the truth by connecting with your breath and letting what happens, happen. Over time and with practice, you will find the mind naturally quietens as your practice deepens. Enjoy sharing this scared space we are all so fortunate to have and come sit!
Warm Vinyasa Flow (L1&2, No Beginners Please)
Wednesdays from 8:15 to 9:15 pm (Returning in October – Abbie is serving in this spot for September, so come out and practice!). Starting with breath work, or Pranayama and meditation to bring the body and mind together and into the present moment. Moving into a balanced series of asanas linked with the breath, connecting the body and mind helping to release the day and it's stresses. Sun salutations, vinyasas, and a series of standing balancing poses, are followed by a cool down period with seated poses and a nice savasana to end your practice and help to guide you into a beautiful night.
Jim's purpose in teaching yoga is to help make yoga available to all. He seeks to point the way through yoga to finding joy and peace both on and off the mat. Jim's mantra is that yoga is good for the body, fine for the mind, and great for the soul. Prior to completing 250-hour Teacher Training at Asheville Community Yoga and becoming RYT-200 Certified by Yoga Alliance, Jim taught college-level geology and environmental courses for 22 years. In recent years, his college classes incorporated yoga during a break midway through each lecture. Jim felt greatly honored when, during a departmental awards ceremony, students presented him with the "Lotus Award for mastering grace and balance through yoga in the classroom." It was the enthusiasm of these college students for yoga and Jim's own passion for yoga that inspired him to teach yoga classes. He is deeply grateful to his enthusiastic students, to his yoga teachers, and to Asheville Community Yoga.
Yoga for Seniors (Beginners Welcome)
Thursdays, from 10:00 to 11:00 am. You are invited to join us for a practice of movement and breath that respects our bodies and comforts our minds. Enjoy the benefits of yoga in a fun and relaxing way. The class is taught with acceptance and without judgment, seeking to bring peace and compassion to each of us that will continue beyond our time together. The class is designed for students who are 50 and up, and remains open to all ages and levels. Beginners are welcome. Props and modifications are provided.
Chair Yoga (Beginners Welcome)
Fridays from 10:15 to 11:15 am. Jim is honored to be holding space for Darleen while she recovers from a recent fall and injuries.
Jordänya Luna Le Fae
Jordänya Luna le Fae
I discovered the bliss of a dedicated yoga practice in 2013, while the experiences of pregnancy and young motherhood made their demands on me. Growing, nurturing and protecting a child required my cup to be full, and yoga did that for me more than anything else. I attended a Saturday yoga class religiously and practiced along with some prenatal yoga DVDs but craved more. My yoga teacher recognized this spark of potential and gifted me the book "Kripalu Yoga: A Guide to Practice On and Off the Mat." From there, my home practice was born and deepened rapidly. In 2017 I completed my 250 Hour Asheville Community Yoga Teacher Training course and proceeded to volunteer my time as an ACY teacher. Asana is truly a moving meditation, a dance of self-love and expression, and pure, blissful fun. My spirituality is an integral part of my happiness and love of life, and I find spiritual connection to What Is through yoga. My breath guides me both on and off the mat. To share this magick with others is blessed obligation. We all have this beautiful light within us and we all need a little guidance sometimes so that we may bask in it. I hope to provide that guidance to the ACY community as it was once provided to me and has forever changed my life.
Vinyasa Flow (L 1&2)
Fridays from 9:45 to 10:45 am. I enjoy flow classes that blend strength and flexibility into a dance. You can expect to move through honey with grace in my class, feeling beautiful, connected and empowered. The intentionally challenging nature of my classes is most suitable for students possessing some familiarity with asana.
Joshua Canter has been a Mindfulness practitioner and teacher the past 10 years. He has an MA in Contemplative Psychology with an Emphasis on Mindfulness. Joshua is the Co-Founder of True Nature Education, a holistic travel education company which facilitates a diverse catalog of retreats annually in the US and Costa Rica. Joshua is a trained facilitator, mediator, NVC (Non-Violent Communication) practitioner and yoga and meditation instructor. The past 8 years Joshua has been living part-time in Costa Rica and Asheville, North Carolina, teaching courses and workshops, leading retreats, and accompanying his wife musically while they travel throughout the country.
"Mindfulness Now": Meditation for All Moments (Beginners Welcome)
Fridays from 11:15 to 12:00 pm. We have the power to shape our lives and our future through the simple art of awareness. By learning mindfulness skills, we gain the freedom to live more authentically with greater clarity and confidence. Utilizing the peaceful setting of Asheville Community Yoga, we will practice together in a supportive small group setting where meaningful connections can be made. Participants will take away a memorable experience and priceless tools that will instill the inspiration to meet each moment more fully, influencing the course of our life and the world we live in. Sessions Include: Sitting Meditation, Walking Meditations, Mindful Movement (Yoga), Deep Relaxation (Yoga Nidra), Mindful Sharing, MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction).
Joy began her yoga practice in NYC in the front row of a extremely hot Bikram class. After years of pushing herself to the limit, she discover there was another approach to this practice. She began taking classes with Dharma Mittra and Matt Giordano where she learned the benefits of breathing into postures with grace and ease. This shift encouraged Joy to attend a month long training in the jungle of Costa Rica at an intentional community called Pachamama in 2012. From there Joy's travels led her to Lake Atitlan in Guatemala to esoteric studies at Las Pyamides, then India to work as a volunteer with Off the Mat, Into the World with Seane Corn and Suzanne Sterling after raising $20, 000 to instill awareness in the community and to help girls who had been sold into sex slavery. While in Rishikesh, India, and then onto Thailand, Joy studied with various Yogis and spent numerous days in multiple Ashrams where her love and appreciation for the practice of yoga deepen and it became her spiritual practice. In 2013, Joy found herself on an island of the Phillipines for a 2 month long yoga training, where she was given the opportunity to expand further. As Joy traveled, she was grateful for the gift of yoga that was always there for her. And now she is tickled to be able to share this gift and herself with the Asheville Community Yoga students. It is her intention that we support, grow and learn from each other with grace and ease. And remind each other to laugh, be silly and have fun.
Vinyasa Flow (L1 & 2)
Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. This class will incorporate a invitation to go within and get centered with yourself. A vinyasa flow will warm up the body while standing and seated postures with a Hatha flare will allow ourselves to get a feel for the benefits of being still and focusing on the breath. You will be invited to awaken to your inner strength and explore your flexibility while guided in a peaceful and gentle manner.
Julia's journey with meditation and yoga began as a young teenager, when she sought out alternative methods for coping with her anxiety and depression. Inspired by her experiences and the tools she acquired through these practices, Julia decided to complete her first teacher training in 2006, and has been sharing mindfulness and yoga ever since. In addition to holding weekly public classes in Asheville, Julia also teaches youth at risk, women incarcerated, and teens in recovery. Her mission and biggest joy in life is to provide others with the tools and motivation to heal, find self love, and live a life full of purpose, joy, and inner peace. In her spare time, Julia enjoys spending time in local coffee shops, rock climbing with her beloved, and hiking with her dog, Max. You can find out more about Julia's offerings on her website www.heartfeltalchemy.com.
Vinyasa Flow (L 1&2)
Mondays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Julia's Vinyasa Flow class is a playful space to explore your practice. Merging strong and mindful movement, intentional breath, meditation, and humor, you're sure to find a well rounded practice that will direct you towards a safe physical edge and a still inner mind. Julia enjoys finding the space between effort and ease and invites you to as well.
I hail from the shores of Lake Huron, in Michigan. I began to call the Blue Ridge Mountains home after several years of wandering and studying. My yoga practice followed me throughout my travels- I discovered asana in 2005, but didn't fall in love with yoga until I began exploring the philosophy that truly is the practice. I had visited many studios over the years, but I didn't resonate with any one in particular. When I discovered Asheville Community Yoga, walking through the doors that first time felt like a homecoming, and I immediately signed up for the yoga immersion. In 2017, I completed the 250 hour teacher training. I am honored to be of service in this community, and am jazzed by the opportunity to further explore movement as medicine and self expression.
Gentle Flow (Beginners Welcome)
Sundays from 2:15 to 3:30 pm. The present moment is all we have- the focus of this class is to tune in to what our bodies are trying to communicate to us in the present moment. Where do you hold tension? What can you let go? Poses for opening and expansion, along with gentle, slow-paced flows are the core of this class. We will shift between movement and stillness in order process what our bodies are telling us. Props will be offered, as well as modifications. No internal check-in would be complete without ample time in Savasana. This class is for beginners and expert yogis alike, and is a great way to wind down your weekend.