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.
Summer/Fall Yoga Teacher Training Program – Begins August 2018
Become a yoga teacher and transform your life in the process. If you feel called to offer something more in this life, whether by extending your practice to teach others or simply expanding your presence in relationships with others, this training will help you uncover your potential and connect with the greatness that's already within you.
Whether you feel inspired to share yoga with others as a teacher or to simply dive deeper into your own personal practice as a student
Asheville Community Yoga's 250-hour teacher training program will be a transformative and supportive next step on your path.
Our 250-hour program encourages a beautiful balance between the self-discovery of exploring your body and self through personal practice
and the outward expression of explaining yoga postures and philosophy to others.
The training invites participants to connect more deeply inward to the self through an educated exploration of their own personal practice
while at the same time radiating outward with more purpose through the multidimensional paths of yoga.
Through the lenses of self-discovery and service as two of the most essential purposes of our yoga practice
This 250-hour program guides trainees to a place of clear understanding and expertise, from which the inner teacher and leader naturally emerge.
Informed equally by ancient texts and modern science
Our 250-hour teacher training comprises asana, pranayama, meditation, bhakti yoga (devotion) and service. Through the dual lenses of the theory and practice of yoga, we will delve into methods for safely and effectively teaching asanas to a room of varying bodies, abilities and levels in styles ranging from gentle to vinyasa. You will gain an understanding of the anatomy and alignment of each pose and the techniques needed to skillfully help others benefit from yoga. With a 4.9-out-of-5-stars rating on the Yoga Alliance website, Asheville Community Yoga's graduates are adept at communicating to students not only the alignment and technique of yoga postures but also the heart and soul of the practice. Our graduates leave confident and empowered to teach a safe and effective class, and feel grounded in their own ability to seamlessly interweave instructions for the body and the breath with guidance for the mind and the spirit.
The experienced teachers guiding the program will support
Encourage and uplift you as the coursework leads you deeper into your understanding of yoga and your exploration of Self. The training is designed to foster a safe, supportive environment which facilitates personal attention within a dynamic group process. With nine convenient weekend sessions spaced across seven months, the program is structured to provide space between trainings for participants to fully integrate the information, apply the practices and digest the wisdom being shared.
Additionally, our program offers a thorough 250 hours of training, above and beyond the Yoga Alliance's required and commonly accepted 200 hours.
The faculty believe, and graduates confirm, that the additional 50 hours make the difference between carrying the knowledge solely in your head and truly integrating it, resulting in the ability to communicate and guide others as a clear and confident embodied teacher.
The training gave me the confidence to take the seat of the teacher.
I left knowing I could keep students safe and share in a meaningful way what yoga means to me. It was empowering to know that I had a place in the big wide world of yoga. The training changed my life by providing me with answers and resources to the deep down feeling I already had that yoga was more than a physical practice. It also surrounded me with a community of like minded people who will always be my teachers." -JB.
In the teacher training at Asheville Community Yoga, I finally found my true self and a real community.
All the knowledge and skills I learned in training were extremely beneficial for my mental state, while my spirit was also transformed through the center I found within myself. The teacher training taught me to always be aware of my breath in life, for it will steady my thoughts and emotions and always be there to guide me." -KA.
This has been the most important education of my life
I have learned so much about myself and the process of removing the veils that cloak our true nature. We can change the world with yoga!" -SM.
I was skeptical when our teachers told us that when we left, we wouldn't be the same
Still, they encouraged us to give everything we had as an offering, to let it go, leave nothing behind. And, I decided to do just that. You get from it most certainly what you put in. There are so many opportunities to open up, let go and be humbled." -RM.
This weekend was absolutely amazing, uplifting, wondrous and down right breathtaking.
I feel so fully loved and accepted for who I am. It is pretty rare these days to have such strong connections with this many people, but after what we have all just experienced, I am convinced that this group will only continue to stay in each other's lives." -GH.
When I decided to enroll in the yoga teacher training program at Asheville Community Yoga
My intention was to deepen my practice and possibly teach yoga (if all went well with the training). What I was not anticipating was to experience such a profound sense of love and acceptance of myself. … I am extremely grateful for connections made with the instructors, special guests and especially with my cohort of yoga teacher trainees who I now consider part of my extended family. I am so thankful for having committed myself to the gift of this experience. I now look forward to sharing this practice of love with others." -JW.
Tuition for this program is $2,995. This price includes a weekend retreat with healthy meals and lodging at The Prama Institute! A deposit of $500 is due upon registration, $100 of which is non-refundable. In effort to make this program accessible to everyone, we offer scholarships, payment plans and HUGE discounts for registering early! Refund Policy: We understand that life happens and unforeseen circumstances come up. If life throws you a curve ball and you need to withdraw from the program prior to July 1st, 2018 all but $100 will be refunded. If you need to withdraw after July 1st, 2018 the $500 deposit is non-refundable. After August 1st, 2018, no money paid towards the deposit or tuition will be refunded. If you pay in full by:
May 10th, 2018
June 10th, 2018
July 10th, 2018
Asheville Community Yoga is dedicated to making all of our programs available to as many people as possible. We anticipate being able to give up to $8,000 in partial scholarships.
These scholarships will be awarded to those who demonstrate financial need
A calling to go deeper in their own practice, or a desire to teach yoga to any of the following groups: seniors, the lesser able, underprivileged youth, veterans, prison populations, pregnant women, people with mental illness and people in recovery.
Applicants must write a one-to-two-page essay stating why they want to take the training
Why there is a need for them to receive financial aid and what they will do with their knowledge once they have completed the training. Scholarship savings cannot be combined with any other discounts. Please email the essay to email@example.com.
Requests will only be reviewed once the full training application has been submitted along with the $100 scholarship deposit.
The application, deposit and scholarship request are all due by June 10th, 2018.
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For those who are unable to make the dates for the Summer/Fall 2018 training
Dates: Aug. 10-12, Aug. 31-Sept.2, Sept. 21-23, Oct. 4-7 (Prama Institute Retreat Weekend: We will be on Prama grounds from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon), Oct. 26-28, Nov. 16-18, Dec. 7-9.
Dates for our Winter/Spring 2019 Training
Jan. 11-13, Feb. 1-3, Feb. 22-24, March 15-17, April 5-7, April 26-28 (Prama Institute Retreat Weekend: We will be on Prama grounds from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon), May 17-19, June 7-9.
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.
Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Tuesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm and Thursdays 9:45 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 7:15 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 strives to offer compassionate yoga classes, blending joyful sequencing and lighthearted instruction. She appreciates yoga as a holistic healing arts practice, providing guidance to learn more about ourselves, each other, and to live more peacefully in the world. Jodie hopes that students arrive to class open to their infinite possibilities! Following a decade of practice and study with teachers in Australia and the United States, Jodie completed a 200 hour Ashtanga yoga teacher training program in Nicaragua with It's Yoga International. After digging into trainings in vinyasa flow, yin yoga, restorative yoga, pranayama and meditation, she completed the OM300/500 hour advanced teacher training program with Cyndi Lee. Jodie is also a certified Ayurveda Yoga Specialist through the Himalayan Institute. She is grateful to continue her yoga, meditation and Ayurveda studies under mentorship with her teachers. Email her at Jodie@ashevillecommunityyoga.com.
Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Tuesdays from 8:00 to 9:00 am. Sweep the grounds for your day with an invigorating and sweet practice floating between effort and ease. Warm up with sun salutations, flow with compassion and mindfulness, and close with meditation and a blissful savasana.
Yin Yoga (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm & Fridays from 2:15 to 3:30 pm. Yin yoga targets the connective tissues along with the energetic systems of the body through longer holds in postures (3-5 minutes). This practice cultivates the ability to observe sensation and breath. All levels welcome, especially those looking to do deep and chill out.
Warm Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Fridays from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. A warm, energizing and spirited practice. Move, breathe, and find your intention to guide the weekend ahead.
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 (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:45 am. This is a gentle flow class appropriate for all levels. 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 ACY and I can honestly say that it changed the trajectory of my life. I am excited and humbled to have the opportunity to share my love of yoga and my practice 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.
Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. A balanced moving meditation that incorporates breathwork with energizing and creative flows. We will start by connecting to our breath, tapping into the inner landscape, and from there we will compassionately flow through a series of fun and playful asanas; moving and grooving our way through sun salutations and standing balancing series designed to help you feel both challenged and empowered. Often infused with mantras, mudras, and pranayama to help us connect physical practice with spiritual experience. We will finish the pracice by coming back to the ground for a cooling series of twists, stretches and inversions followed by a relaxing savasana.
Warm Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Sundays from 9:45 to 10:45 am and Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:45 pm. Join me Sunday mornings and Thursday evenings 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 asanas designed to help you connect to your body and feel challenged, empowered, and open to greet whatever may lie before you. We will work with the heat to break through any barriers in the body, freeing the heart and the breath, allowing them to shine brightly. 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, what better way is there to recognize, honor, and cultivate that special spark that lies within each of us?
Community Service Coordinator & 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 so grateful to be back in 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 2,600 hours of teaching experience. Certified in many different disciplines and styles of yoga, her classes vary from Gentle Flow, Yoga for Seniors to HOT Vinyasa, as well as Core Strengthening Yoga, Yoga for Spinal Health and a fun Black Light Yoga class which incorporates yoga and dance. She serves as the Community Service Coordinator, organizing ways in which our students and teachers can reach out to the greater Asheville community through monthly service projects and as Teacher Liaison, providing support and guidance to the instructors who serve Asheville Community Yoga. 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. 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 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.
Core Strength Yoga (L2, No Beginners Please)
Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Our core muscles are essential for the health of our spine, posture, internal organ function and breath. This unique class is more like a mini workshop, creating a practice which you can take off the mat and use at home or in the office to build core strength, enhance focus and clarity of mind, increase stamina in sports and fitness activities, and create more mindfulness in your daily life. This class is challenging and not suitable for beginners. Please refrain from eating at least 2 hours before class.
HOT Flow (L1&2, 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.
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.
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.
Restorative Yoga (All Levels)
Wednesdays from 2:45 to 3:45 pm. The perfect opportunity to slow down breath and movement to recharge in the middle of the week. Yin poses are held between 3-5 minutes, and restorative poses are held up to 10 minutes. Longer held poses can allow our muscles to relax and open up at their own pace, and coincidentally this can help our mind to relax and open up at its own pace. This will be a quiet space with opportunities for introspection and meditation.
Gentle Yoga (All Levels)
Saturdays from 2:00 to 3:15 pm. Let's take it down a notch and take a moment to settle our bodies and minds (or at least give it a try).
Programming & Cafe Coordinator.
Mary's 200hr Karuna [Compassion] Yoga Teacher Training was provided by 4025 Yoga & Wellness in 2014 and was based out of Richmond, VA. It was a small group of 5 women who spent one weekend a month together for nine months. During this time, she also completed an apprenticeship with her mentor at Blue Padma Yoga in Scottsville, VA.Mary began her yoga journey in 2008, when she went to her first class in midtown Memphis, TN. It was a slow-paced hatha practice with a long savasana (with a yummy adjustment!) and readings from "The Heart of Yoga" by T.K.V. Desikachar. When the class ended, she floated out of the studio and over to the local bookstore to pick up her own copy of the book. She did not live near a yoga studio at this time so her yoga practice took it's form in various ways – her beginning attempts at understanding her food and what/how she was consuming, exploring the forested surrounding areas at long length with her four-legged fur friend, and meeting her life partner, who showed her how open and deeply rejuvenating a relationship can be through constant support and communication. All of these, she believes, are yoga and she has built that into her teaching style and class approach, because this is the seed from which her own practice has grown. Some of Mary's favorite activities are listening to funky music, dancing, hula hooping, rolling around with her dogs, hiking, growing, eating, preparing food with love, listening, hugging, singing, making cheesy jokes, knitting, painting faces, kissing tiny flowers, and spreading the love! "May this peace we create go everywhere it is needed".
Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Mondays from 8:00 to 9:00 am; Wednesdays 6:30 to 7:30 pm; and Sundays from 11:15 to 12:30 pm. This vinyasa class is designed for students who are looking for a mindful break from the rest of their day. It is an invitation to flow however you need, whether you are looking for a challenge or a meditative flow to bring the physical body and the breath closer together…or both! The class begins with centering and breathing, followed by some fluid warm ups and a vinyasa sequence with lunges, standing poses, and balancing. The practice comes back down to the ground for some cooling poses, inversions, twists, and the final resting pose. Come as you are for a thoughtful, intuitive, and playful vinyasa practice where you will move your physical body through its range of motion, relax the mind, and reboot for the rest of your day. This class is geared towards students who have some experience and familiarity with yoga.
Gentle Flow (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Tuesdays from 10:45 to 11:45 am. All are welcome in this sweet gentle class. We will begin in a relaxing seated or reclined position to breathe and focus our awareness on the present moment. From this place of awareness, we begin to invite a deeper breath and find movement that is simple and connected with the breath. You will be invited to stretch and strengthen muscles, gently explore your body and mind, and offer yourself love and compassion as we practice. This practice will be slow, lighthearted, and relaxing with a little challenge here and there if you want it. We will practice asanas (postures), pranayama (breathing), and meditation. Everyone is encouraged to move at their own pace and to listen to their body as this is your best teacher in the practice of yoga.
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.
Yoga for Men (Beginners Welcome)
Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 am. Whether you consider yourself a beginner or you would just like to get back to basics this class is for you. Start the day off by energetically moving the body while bringing attention to breath and body. Learn poses that you can then bring to more advance classes and feel comfortable doing so. Remember, you don't have to be great to start, but you do have to start to be great.
Vinyasa Flow (L 1 & 2)
Saturdays from 1:45 to 2:45 pm. Flow into the midday 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.
Zen & Now and Promotions Coordinator.
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!
Warm Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Wednesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. This Warm Vinyasa class places focus on flowing sequences that move through poses in a dynamic and alignment centric way. Emphasis is placed on connecting breath and movement to propel you through this fluid and lighthearted practice.
Gentle Flow Yoga (All Levels, Beginners welcome)
Tuesdays from 12:15 to 1:15 pm & Thursdays from 5:15 to 6:15 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)
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.
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!
Gentle Yoga (Beginners Welcome)
Sundays from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. In this softer, mindfully paced class we will begin with centering, taking time to allow the mind to connect with the breath. From there, we will move into gentle postures with creative placement of props making the class assessable and relaxing; followed by a deeply restful savasana. This class offers a nurturing, compassionate environment suitable for beginner's to long time yogi's. Wake up from savasana feeling rejuvenated and ready to relax into the rest of your evening.
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.
Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Fridays from 8:00 to 9:00 am. Give yourself the gift of an early, invigorating practice and watch the rest of your day flow with ease. Inviting breath-based movement into our morning ritual floods the brain with oxygen and nutrients allowing us to be our best selves, bright and early! Awaken your body and heart with meditation, sun salutations and a blissful savasana to start your day with loving intention.
Healing Arts Coordinator.
Sarah is an intuitive counselor who blends her work in drama therapy, shamanic healing and Qoya. Her work is heart focused and rooted in assisting women remember their Divinity, Power, and Pleasure through unique embodiment techniques. Sarah holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Drama Therapy from CIIS and has trained extensively in the Infinity Healing Practice, Qoya and Grief work. She draws upon all of these worlds to weave a dynamic healing practice that is both grounded and Spiritual. Her work is about creating more spaciousness in the body and mind so that every woman can begin to take up more and more of their rightful spaciousness on the planet!
Qoya: Sacred Dance & Yoga for Women (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Sundays from 11:15 am to 12:45 pm. Qoya is a unique movement system that blends dance, yoga, and sensual movement. In Qoya there is no way you can do it "wrong," and the way you know you're doing it "right" is that it feels good! In Qoya we remember that our essence is Wise, Wild, and Free. Wise, drawing upon the ancient wisdom tradition of yoga. Wild: the wild creativity we feel when we dance. Free: the freedom to feel pleasure in the body by slowing down and dropping out of the head and into the heart. In this class we will create a safe and sacred space to let go of daily stressors and come back into our joy, pleasure, and natural state of balance. No prior experience in dance or yoga is required. All bodies are welcome. Please bring a water bottle, yoga mat, and optional altar item. I look forward to moving together!
Front Desk Assistant.
Eva Vega is a Yoga Instructor (300RYT), Health Coach, and Fitness Instructor. She has been teaching Yoga since 2005 and was trained in and is certified in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as created by Larry Schultz. She has continued her education and is certified in Progressive Ashtanga Yoga, Budokon Yoga, PiYo, Booty Barre and the Will Power Method. She is the creator of BalaBands and All Kinds of Strong, unique classes that incorporate fitness, yoga and mindfulness. These classes are fun, challenging and complement your Yoga practice. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and is a certified Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, adding a bigger scope of practice. Helping students create a balanced lifestyle, her classes are fun, and save. Her soothing voice will bring her students to their deepest level.
Vinyasa Flow (L 1&2)
Mondays from 12:00 to 1:00 pm & Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:45 am. Synchronizing breath and movement, this class flows, and feels almost dance-like, it teaches us to cultivate an awareness that links each action to the next. (On the mat, and in our lives).
Warm Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Thursdays from 8:15 to 9:15 pm. Energetic flow that focuses on the benefits of moving with breath. While working on strength, balance and flexibility.
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.
Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Sundays from 2:30 to 3:30 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!
Meditation (Beginners Welcome)
Sundays from 3:45 to 4:30 pm. We will start each class with grounding, meditative asanas to prepare both body and mind for a seated meditation practice. Then, we will transition into still asanas such as a seated meditation pose. Throughout this class, we will also practice various pranayama exercises to deepen our meditation practice. The intention of this class is to connect back to ourselves, to learn techniques to incorporate into our daily lives, to reduce stress, and to practice self-care. All experience levels are very welcome and encouraged to find a position that works for your body + mind for that day!
Adeline Cleveland began practicing yoga in an Environmental Studies & Dance class called "Body and Earth" at Middlebury College. Her love for movement and interest in anatomy led her to take a semester away from school and dive more deeply into Yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation in the Berkshires. Adeline received her teaching certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2011, and she has been teaching ever since. Since receiving her 200-hour certification, she has returned to Kripalu numerous times to assist yoga teacher training programs and to continue her own education, studying pranayama, meditation, asana, and the mysteries in between! She specializes in creating a safe and calm atmosphere where any and all feel welcome, regardless of previous experience. Her passion for dance and improvisation add creative layers to her own practice and to her teaching style. She encourages participants to show up exactly as they are, emphasizing the importance of whole-body awareness, deep listening, and personal safety. Her gentle, mixed-level classes and guided meditations provide lessons in mindfulness and ways to live with intention and presence both on and off the yoga-mat.
Warm Vinyasa Flow (L 1&2)
Wednesdays from 7:15 to 8:15 am. This warm vinyasa yoga class will bring you home to your body through movement and breath. We will work to balance movement with stillness, effort with ease, and focused attention with relaxation. Start the day with an hour of meditative asana practice to get out of your head and into your body! We'll begin with a meditation/centering, warm the joints and muscles of the body, balance, and stretch together and finish with a guided relaxation/sweet savasana. With a focus on personal safety and whole-body awareness, you'll find a way to dive deep, connect with your breath, and feel that sweet warm yoga glow!
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).
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, Wednesdays from 12:15 to 1:15 pm, Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:30, and Fridays from 11:00 to 12:00 pm (Note: Friday class begins September 8th). 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 and her LMBT (Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist). 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 and massage therapy, 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!
It is with great joy and a warm heart that Brian offers Radiant Heart Qigong as a meditative practice at Asheville Community Yoga. He was trained in this practice by Zen Roshi, Teja Bell in in Marin, CA. His intention in this work is to assist you in becoming more fully present in your body and in the moment. In addition to this work, he also supports clients as a Spiritual Counselor and Intuitive Reader. Over the years, he has found qigong to be an amazing tool for cultivating intuition and creativity. Brian welcomes you to join him in this energy art!
Qigong (Beginners Welcome)
Tuesdays from 9:15 to 10:15 am. Radiant Heart Qigong is a gentle moving mediation promoting peace and presence. This class will help you gain greater emotional balance, mental clarity, physical harmony, and a sense of grounded connection. Fusing Taoist Qigong, Tibetan Qigong, Tai-chi and Nei Gong, this practice is perfect for all levels of experience. Join us for an opportunity to peacefully embody your joyful essence!
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.)
Lunes de 8:15 a 9:15 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. For fluent Spanish speaking students only.
I attended my first yoga class around ten years ago when I was a senior in high school. I wish I could say that yoga instantly changed my life from that moment- but in all honesty I found yoga SO difficult in the beginning. I was always an athletic child; growing up playing soccer, basketball and track- but I had very little flexibility or coordination. Thus, yoga felt foreign and unnatural to me when I was first introduced. A few years later I reattempted the practice as an extremely lost and stressed out undergraduate college student. This time there was a shift in my experience. I approached the practice more as a wanderer on a journey rather than an athlete looking for a workout. That's when it all first clicked. I started to notice that when I was regularly practicing yoga my stress was more manageable and I felt more grounded, confident and compassionate in my day-to-day experiences. Yoga introduced me to my body, and thus began to introduce me to myself. Fast forward to present day, I am currently in graduate school at Appalachian State University working towards a Masters Degree in Body-Centered Therapy with a certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy. I received my 200 hour YTT certificate in 2017 while I was completing my first year of graduate school. Along with Yoga, I am passionate about using creativity, nature and community to help inspire individuals to further connect with themselves and the world at large. I approach my own personal yoga practice as a time to show deep, authentic compassion to myself so that I can turn around and show compassion to others. I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Asheville Community Yoga family to continue learning myself as a student, while offering guidance to others who are on this journey towards light, love and service. Looking forward to meeting you all!
Warm Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Fridays, from 7:15 to 8:15 am. This class aims to be a time of true self-compassion and gentleness. We will move slowly with intention, allowing our bodies and minds to wake up as one. Using humble movement, breath work, and meditation we will use this quiet, magical morning time to tune into ourselves with gratitude and authenticity.
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.
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.
My yoga practice began in college when a friend took me to a hot yoga class and I was immediately hooked on the high I felt. I was very into physical exercise but had never experienced the full body detox that yoga gave me. I developed a strong practice but it was purely physical. I knew that there was so much more to yoga than the physical practice, but I didn't know where to look to find it. When I moved back home to Asheville, NC I found Asheville Community Yoga and was blown away by it's love of sharing yoga with the community. The teachers and the students exhibited a connection to self that I had never seen before. I knew I had found something so pure and real here. After participating in the Immersion Program and the Teacher Training here I found my practice radically changed. Yoga is so much more than the physical asanas. I move my body not only to keep it strong and healthy, but to find connection. Connection to self, connection to my loved ones, connection to community, connection to nature, and connection to the world around us. My practice is what grounds me. And sharing the knowledge that I have with others brings me so much light and purpose. I am forever thankful to the teachers here and the knowledge and love this studio has given me. I am so thankful and honored to share in this experience!
Warm Vinyasa Flow (L1 & 2)
Mondays from 7:15 to 8:15 am. Join me in welcoming a new week by moving our bodies together as a community. We will begin by gently and sweetly waking up the body with mindful movement. Using our breath we will connect to our bodies and the earth around us, reminding us that we are strong and supported. Ready to take on whatever this week may bring us! We will flow through poses of strength and of softness, focusing on finding balance between the two. Reminding ourselves that moving our bodies opens up pathways for stored energy to leave, and new energy to arrive. Join me in giving your body a sweet start to a new day!
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.
Warm Vinyasa Flow (L1 & 2)
Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:15 pm. This warm 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! You are encouraged to care for yourself during this class as your body temperature will rise; the instructions given are merely suggestions as this time on your mat is for YOU and YOUR needs! 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)
Mondays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm and Wednesdays 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.
Vinyasa Flow (L1 & 2)
Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. You'll find virtually every muscle, bone, tendon and ligament carefully exercised and strengthened throughout this sequence. It is a comprehensive study of body and breath. After a series of standing poses, we move to the floor for supine and prone poses. At the end we enjoy a generous Savasana (corpse pose). I usually teach through the wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.
Yoga for Men (All Levels)
Mondays from 7:30 to 8:30 am. Yoga for Men keeps the peculiar features of a men's body in mind. Men and women's body's are not identical. You don't need to move like a rubber-band. The emphasis is on strength, determination, and resilience rather than flexibility and speed. For these reasons it is an ideal class for those beginning their yoga practice or keen on working on fundamentals. 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.
Elka has been practicing yoga since the late 90's and began formal study in 2005. She's gone on to study with internationally recognized teachers, including Doug Keller and Robin Rothenberg. Exploring everything from somatic movement to yin, from working in the Iyengar tradition (RYT 500 ), to exploring functional movement and the therapeutic benefits of Viniyoga, Elka became an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist in 2017. While her focus has turned towards therapeutic applications of yoga, what has stayed the same is her fascination with the possibilities of yoga to change, to remake and to heal. As a scientific system of self- investigation and a journey about reducing suffering, in ourselves as well as in others, Yoga is about what's hopeful, what's right and what's possible. Elka thinks of yoga as the good news!
Integrative Yoga for Seniors (Beginners Welcome)
Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Open to all levels, this class works to increase strength, flexibility and balance while integrating breath and movement. Join us as we become more aware of the language of the body. All this while having fun as well!
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!
Vinyasa Flow (LEmma Berger-Singer1 & 2)
Wednesdays from 9:45 to 10:45 pm. 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.
As I am constantly learning and digesting all that is Yoga, I find the holistic benefits to be both on a personal and universal level. I first discovered Yoga at a young age, but it wasn't until my 250 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Asheville Community Yoga that I found the truly transformational effects it can have on the mind, body and spirit. As a Children's Art teacher of many years, I am reminded of the creative inner child in all of us. I hope to use this practice to help myself and others stay connected to this whether it is on or off of the mat. Through my personal experiences I have seen the therapeutic benefits of combining two of my passions, Yoga and Art. I am excited to offer a variety of workshops and classes as an outlet for self expression and healing. I am so honored to continue learning and sharing with you all in this beautiful space! https://www.facebook.com/CreativeKidsYoga/; http://www.ashevillekidsyogaandart.com/; https://www.facebook.com/ashevillekidsyoga/.
Kids Yoga (Ages 4 to 6)
Wednesdays from 4:00 to 4:45 pm. In this class we will explore asana, breath work, mindfulness and restorative play through a creative, fun and imaginative yoga sequence. We will move through a series of postures and breathing exercises to help children increase mind and body awareness, self regulation, strength, flexibility, balance, focus, creativity and more. Parents are asked to please stay in the lobby area or sit outside adjacent to the studio while class is in session.
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.
Isabel (Izzy) Jenkins
Isabel (Izzy) Jenkins
Isabel came to yoga looking for rehabilitation and healing after a lifetime of training professionally in contemporary ballet. Using yoga as an education on emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness, she was able to recover from her injuries and later pursued her RYT certification. She is now a 500hr RYT and works in Asheville as an Ayurvedic wellness counselor, and a Birth and Postpartum Doula. Her passion is in women's health education and empowerment and she is endlessly inspired from her experience in birth and working with families.
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 Jenkins, 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, Isabel 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.
Restorative Yoga (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Saturdays from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. In this class, students will move through a sequence of postures with longer, prop-supported holds. Most of the postures are done reclined, seated, or side-lying. The specific sequence of postures allow your body the opportunity to let go of mental, emotional, and physical tension. The teacher is attuned to the needs of each student in the class, adjusting props and postures to fit their particular needs, creating the environment for students to explore a truly relaxed state of mind. People often doze off in this class, and that is welcomed too J.
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.
Warm 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.
As a certified laughter yoga teacher, health coach, and healer, Jenn offers wise, intuitive and simple tools for living a happy, healthy life. Jenn graduated with honors from the University of Tampa in Florida in 2006. After college, she pursued her career abroad, working for a naturopathic practitioner in Melbourne, Australia. This opened a lifelong interest in holistic and natural modalities. She became a certified health coach through Integrative Nutrition in New York in 2011 and is accredited with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She has hosted nutrition workshops, ran her own coaching practice, and worked for a large nutraceutical company for a number of years implementing medical weight management programs in doctors' offices across the mid-Atlantic region of the east coast. After spending time in an ashram in Northern California, Jenn was introduced to Laughter Yoga. She was instantly drawn to it and became certified in 2012, as soon as she could find a course near her. Jenn is a certified laughter yoga teacher through Dr. Kataria's School of Laughter Yoga and has been leading classes ever since. She is also a certified reiki master among other energy healing modalities. Jenn is dedicated to continuing education and therefore offers clients a plethora of well rounded holistic approaches to achieving optimal health and happiness. In her free time, you'll mostly find Jenn hiking, painting, or dancing (and of course laughing!).
Laughter Yoga (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Sundays from 1:15-2:00pm. Laughter yoga involves yogic breathing and guided laughter exercises. Science shows that we need a minimum of 10-15 minutes of straight laughter to receive the abundance of health benefits laughter provides including strengthening of the immune system, release of endorphins which affects overall mood, relaxation of tense muscles, and so much more. This class provides a safe space to laugh out loud, express childlike playfulness and make new friends. We will begin class with yogic breathing, and a few simple asanas and then move into the laughter exercises for the bulk of the class. We will laugh for at least 20 minutes or more in each class. We will end class with a laughter meditation and an open share where participants are free to share their experience with the group. All levels are welcome.
Yoga was brought into my life during college. All I knew was my physical practice with no direction, just moving how I wanted to on my mat. I went to a few classes here and there, but I mainly had a strong home practice and was self-taught. With an open mind, heart, and a strong love for yoga, I realized I wanted to share and teach it, but first learn the foundations. During my 250hr teacher training with Asheville Community Yoga, a transformation happened, just like they said it would… I call it "becoming aware". Getting on our mat with others, moving, breathing, meditating together was just an awakening. It opened up my mind that yoga is not only on your mat, it's everyday life, and all that matters is that you simply show up for yourself! I love that every teacher has something different to offer, to share, and express how passionate they are about it. During teaching I want to be as authentic as possible, with an uplifting class showing my true inner light. I hope during my class we crack a few smiles, all while finding that inner calmness. Yoga brings me so much happiness, and I hope it does the same for you as we practice together. When I'm not going through the motion of standard poses, you'll usually find me upside-down. I have a strong love for inversions, arm balances, or any balance poses really… I'm an avid slackliner, newbie rock climber, trying to dabble in acro/aerial yoga and continue to push myself out of my comfort zone. Honestly, I'm your typical Ashevillian who just loves to be outside!
Warm Vinyasa Flow (Level 1&2)
Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm. Let's practice together in a mindful way. We'll move through a warm-up feeling stretched, and then incorporate dynamic poses with fluidity. We'll highlight with a peak pose, all while having a gentle reminder to remain present in your practice using breath and coming back to an intension. We'll end with a grounding and sweet savasana, leaving you feeling uplifted for your evening.
My journey into yoga started in my childhood when I learned the blissful feeling of coming fully into my body during my gymnastics and dance training which I began at the age of 6. I came to understand this feeling as a glimpse of 'moksha,' or liberation from the material world, and have always kept this knowledge with me as a special gift. As a child, my grandfather spoke often of his discoveries living as a Taoist while attending Black Mountain College. Through his stories of meditation and hearing about the clarity it brought, I began reading Eastern philosophy books at a very young age. Although my grandfather's kindness and wisdom helped show me 'The Way,' as the path is referred to in Taoism, it was my teacher training that allowed me to view the world from the yogic lens. Within my studies, I found a language and meaning to interpret the sensitivities I had always felt. I find yoga's universal truths as a complement to my Judaic roots and believe you may find similar benefits within your own culture and belief system. I was formally trained in 2008 at Namaste Yoga Sanctuary in Asheville, North Carolina. There I studied Classical Raja Hatha yoga and earned my 250 hour teacher training certificate. Throughout the 15 years I have been practicing, I have studied other yogic styles as well. These include Iyengar, Kundalini, Bhakti, Restorative Yin, Vinyassa, and Astanga. Every day that I am in a class I am learning new techniques and philosophies to weave into my teachings. I also enjoy learning belly dance. I can feel within each modality I study how all the layers complement one another to create a more clear and whole picture. I like to look for the common thread within everything to find the truth. I will always be truly a student at heart. I am deeply grateful to have an opportunity to share my enthusiasm with you. By blending both body movement and Eastern mystic teachings, I feel yoga has always been there for me, deepening as I focused my studies and practice. As a teacher, I feel passionate about sharing what I've learned with others. I am excited to help you develop a yoga practice in which to achieve balance in the body and mind, and cultivate inner peace.
Gentle Flow (Beginners Welcome)
Wednesdays from 5:15 to 6:15pm. My goal within the classes I offer is to help you by connecting through yoga, to your Highest Self and the Highest Self of those around you. This is a practice that aims to help you create inner-peace. We will always begin by connecting with our breath and centering in our bodies. Slow warm ups and fluid movements give way to a gentle, deeper practice. Shavasana will integrate it all, and allow you to feel lighter in your body and softer in your heart. All are graciously welcome to practice this ancient art of living and receive its many healing benefits- regardless of level of experience, religious background or beliefs.
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)
Thursdays 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. 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. 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.
My yoga journey began in 2010 as a result of two particular events in my life: (1) being inspired by a roommate who practiced yoga and had a lot of admirable qualities and (2) a search for an alternative measure to address an ongoing issue with wrist pain. Like many, my experience of yoga in the beginning was more focused on the physical exercise component (which to be clear is a component I still enjoy today), and I never considered yoga much more than an alternative medium to develop strength and flexibility. Practicing yoga on and off for years, it was not until I saw yoga as a means to supplement my meditation practice that yoga truly became a more ingrained part of my daily life. Through classes at ACY, and in particular their teacher training program, a new understanding of yoga slowly began to emerge in me. I came to see yoga as a multidimensional practice that was not limited to only developing the body, but also the mind and heart as well through mindfulness, self-compassion, selfless service, and community. It is this larger world of yoga that encapsulates body, mind, and heart that keeps bringing me back to my mat and this amazing community at ACY. I feel very humbled and grateful for the opportunity to teach at ACY and am looking forward to this opportunity!
Gentle Yoga (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Tuesdays from 8:00 to 9:00 pm. In this evening class, the main aim will be to settle the energies of both body and mind through a mindful gentle sequence. The class will include a brief warm-up body meditation, some gentle movements and flows, and wind down with more restorative type poses as we prepare both body and mind for deep rest in savasana. Check-in with yourself, let go of the day's burdens, and feel renewed with this gentle night-time practice.
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).
Katie first found yoga from a fitness perspective looking for physical healing from horseback riding accidents. Then, over time, yoga found her and brought her "home" on her mat through continued soul healing. She felt called to move her personal practice into an offering for others and completed her teacher training at Asheville Community Yoga while pregnant with her son. Her professional experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker allows her to offer trauma informed yoga with a mindful perspective focusing on creating energetic balance and finding mind, body, and spirit connection through physical asanas and attention to breath. She finds joy being a mom to her son, tending the earth in her garden, exploring the natural world, and spending time with friends and family. Her creative and artistic spirit provides hobbies she enjoys including pottery, photography, playing violin, sewing, and crafts and also brings laughter and fun to her world. She enjoys spending time in community and is honored to share space on yoga mats with you!
Mindful Flow (All Levels)
Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. A blend of flow and mindful meditation, this class encourages awareness of the experience of your mind, body, and soul by blending salutations, gentle vinyasas, seated and standing postures, and balance postures. Grounding exercises and intentional breathing are included to increase our awareness and are woven throughout the class creating an ebb and flow of warmth, movement, and rest. This class will offer an opportunity for beginners and advanced practitioners alike to further develop and deepen your practice while supporting their emotional and spiritual well being. Each class will end with savasana to allow the nervous system to settle and integrate all the goodness and energy created during the class. Think of this class as a compassionate flow that meets mantra and meditation to tend to the spirit and hearten the soul. Your physical body will thank you too!
Kelly Gilmore is a dedicated, seasoned, down-to-earth yoga teacher and body worker with a background in holistic, mindful living. Her classes are inspired from her various trainings through out the last 17 years of being on the amazing path of yoga and 27 years of adoring nature. She began teaching in 2001 after becoming certified in Flow Yoga with White Lotus Foundation and continued on their advanced teacher training the following year. Anusara attracted her shortly after and she completed a 300 hour teacher training which led to several hundred hours of therapeutics and an appreciation for alignment. With the fascination of the body and it's physiology, Kelly became a LMBT in 2006. In 2013, she completed a 500 hour training with Subtle Yoga and became a Yoga Therapist. In 2016, she received certification in Yin Yoga and Aromatherapy. Kelly's classes are skillfully taught, offering empowering alignment and dynamic sequencing to make for a fun, challenging class to create strength, balance, and harmony while encouraging students to play and honor their edges, breathe deeply, allow self inquiry and recognize the one breath that connects us all. She currently teaches weekly classes, workshops, and is a core teacher for the teacher trainings at Asheville Community Yoga. Private sessions are available for beginners looking to safely start yoga or for anyone who wishes to deepen their practice.
Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Tuesdays from 9:00 to 10:30 am & Saturdays from 10:15 to 11:30 am. Vinyasa literally means to synchronize breath and movement. Starting with pranayama and more simple asanas to warm up, and moving to salutations, standing poses, inversions to cultivate strength and balance and coming back to the floor for ending asanas. All levels are welcome as very precise instruction and demonstrations are offered to suit your level of practice.
Vinyasa Flow & Yin (L1&2)
Thursdays 6:00 to 7:30 pm. This class will blend yang and yin poses to help create a balance physically and emotionally. Moving dynamically (yang) for a short period of time to warm muscles and joints and spending more time holding yin poses to create elongation in the muscles and lubricate joints and fascia while stimulating the meridian and chakra systems to nourish the subtle body.
My yoga practice began in 2007, as a student at Appalachian State in Boone, NC. I was initially drawn in to class by how GOOD it felt in my body and later found that the mental and spiritual exploration encouraged in yoga were altering my perspective and, in short, making me a better person. After college, I spent a year in the Marshall Islands, where I had my mat, but no yoga studio. So, I discovered the creativity and growth that my personal practice sparked—and I knew that when I got back to the US, I would become certified to teach yoga. When I moved to Asheville, I got my 200 hr certification from Asheville Yoga Center, and received additional training from the former Go Yoga of Asheville's Renegade Hearts Baptiste Power Yoga training program. Hot Power Yoga has really resonated with me in the last few years, and has been the base of my practice and teaching style. Instructors who I met through my teacher training also shined light on the connection between yoga and physical therapy- and my interest in anatomy and wellness and the capability of our bodies to heal themselves through intentional movement led me to attend Physical Therapist Assistant school. As a teacher, my intention is to bring these benefits to students through vinyasa flow classes that provide a physical challenge, invite self-inquiry, and encourage constant growth.
Vinyasa Flow, L1&2
Tuesdays from 8:15 to 9:15 pm. My goal with this class is to offer you space to create the practice you need. There will be room for playfulness, focused intention, strengthening, and meditation while we explore moving flow, longer held postures, breath, and intention. I'll offer options so that you can listen to your body and choose to either power up the practice or treat yourself to a more gentle practice.
Warm Vinyasa Flow, L1&2
Saturdays from 12:00 to 1:15 pm. Similar to vinyasa flow, this class offers the opportunity for an increased challenge by focusing on building internal heat through a mix of fluid movement and longer held postures. We'll move and breathe through sun salutations and powerful standing postures, practice balance and strengthening, and devote the latter portion of the class to yin and relaxation.
I am a 500 hour yoga teacher in the Kripalu (Kri-PAH-loo) tradition. My personal yoga and meditation practices have inspired me to live in a way that is in better alignment with my values, to honor and to take care of myself and those around me, to become more authentic, and to support others in trying to do the same. Over my 15+ years of practicing yoga, it has become my belief, through personal experience, that an individual's healing ability is greatly enhanced by mind-body practices.I consider it a privilege to walk alongside my students on their personal journey of self-discovery through a compassionate approach to asana and meditation. I am grateful to be a forever-student and to have studied with many different teachers, but my personal practice and my students have been my greatest and most honored teachers. Some of my other trainings and areas of teaching experience have included: Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Yoga for Addiction and Recovery, Yoga for Seniors, Yoga for Veterans, basic Qi Gong, and Yoga Nidra (influenced by the iRest protocol and the teachings of Richard Miller and the Integrative Restoration Institute.) When I am not teaching yoga, I am making jewelry, enjoying walks with my blue heeler and watching Science Fiction television with my husband, Adam.
Gentle Flow (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:45 am. Appropriate for beginners and long-time practitioners alike, the pace of this class allows the space for cultivating awareness of the physical body, as well as the subtle (energetic) body. The gentle movements encourage improved balance, flexibility and strength while restorative postures and meditation support relaxation and release. Principles of safe body alignment are highlighted throughout the class; however, there is an emphasis on finding your best alignment in the postures using a self-inquiry approach. Students are encouraged to develop their inner "witness", which observes without judgment and guides the practice from within. This particular gentle flow class includes foundational Hatha Yoga postures and also commonly incorporates elements of Qi Gong.