March Service Project: Building Construction

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IMG_8476We have saved over $20,000 in labor thanks to YOU! Now, more than ever, we need your help as we begin painting and the finishing touches to make this expansion a reality. Please check in with us before and after classes to see what project is happening and how you can help. Together, we are creating a wider sense of community and unity. Thank you!

If you already signed up, we will be contacting you soon. If you haven’t already, please sign up at the front desk! You can also email Wendy at wendy@ashevillecommunityyoga.com.

Featured Artist: Nancy Allen

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Nancy LilyWe are excited to announce that with the coming of Spring we welcome Nancy Allen’s photography. Her beautiful depictions of flowers are perfect as we see the world bloom around us. She is donating 100% of the sales of her work to our landscaping projects which will begin in May. Thank you Nancy for sharing your gorgeous art with us.

Here’s a bit about Nancy…
My parents gave me a camera for my birthday when I was 14 or 15. I loved taking pictures and have had a camera ever since, documenting family, my 5 children, and vacations. Fast forward more years than I like to count. I met this neat man (yes, that’s Jack) who in addition to sharing with me an interest in duplicate bridge also had an interest in photography. We started going out together to shoot and soon joined a camera club. That led to going on trips with other photographers and going to workshops to learn more tricks and techniques. While I don’t have the technical knowledge of a professional photographer I am able to “see” pictures in front of me and can usually capture what I see. I love all aspects of it, getting outside, finding the shot, and coming home to ‘develop’ what I saw. After awhile I saw that more than anything else I really enjoyed photographing flowers, they spoke to me, and while I still photograph other subjects, flowers are my favorite subject.

After working for the IRS and traveling to work in Paris and Puerto Rico, I retired in 1999 and moved to Charleston, SC, where I met Jack. Our love for the mountains of North Carolina drew us to Asheville and we settled here, enjoying our photography, hiking, and, of course, attending classes and events at Asheville Community Yoga. I have never been in such a caring, loving group, you all have been so welcoming it has made our move even sweeter.

March Raffle Basket: Asheville Food & Fun

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March Raffle BasketThis month’s raffle basket is an exploration of the amazing fun and food that Asheville has to offer. Purchase tickets one for $5 or five for $20 at the front desk for the chance to win! This basket is valued at $355 and includes…

  • Zipline Tour for 2 to The Gorge Zipline
  • 2 tickets for an Asheville Walking Tour
  • $25 gift card to Mellow Mushroom
  • $25 gift card to Mela
  • $25 gift card to White Duck Taco
  • Meal for 2 to Mayfel’s or Lorettas
  • Slab of fudge and ice cream at Kilwins

A winner will be picked at the end of the month!

March Teacher of the Month: Kelly Sanderson

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Kelly PictureMarch will be the last month to check out Kelly’s Tuesday night Gentle Yoga class before she takes on her new full time position as mother – don’t miss it!   Kelly has a wonderful and thoughtful way of leading her class, with caring attention to detail to take care of all our mind, body and soul.  To hear more about Kelly read on!

I’m honored share my love of yoga with the community at Asheville Community Yoga – thank you for welcoming me as a teacher, a student, and a fellow yogi.  I first came to yoga living in Chicago about 8 years ago, where my practice became my morning routine.  Since then, I have gone through many “phases” of growth in my practice, most recently earning my certification at ACY and beginning my teaching journey.

This week, I am six months pregnant, and my practice has slowed down.  My current favorite poses are gentle cat/cow flows, malasana, and savasana on my side supported by an absurd amount of bolsters, blankets, and props.  I have fallen into a sweet rhythm of meditating in the mornings, as baby and I wake up, connect, and watch the sun come up.  I’m also enjoying attending a variety of pre-natal classes all over town, and learning how to move in my new body.

Some fun facts about me:

  • In 2012, my husband Brian and I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.  We quickly found out that hiking all day everyday is much more of a mental challenge than a physical one!  This is where I first discovered mantra, on accident – counting my steps and focusing on the experience of walking to still my mind during challenging climbs on the trail.
  • My funniest yoga moment comes courtesy of my husband!  Brian attends all of my Tuesday Gentle Yoga classes.  He recently got LASIK eye surgery, but prior to that was blind as a bat and would take his glasses off for class.  During one class, we were on our bellies doing poses like locust, cobra, and sphinx.  Somehow, Brian missed a cue and ended up on his back, not being able to see anyone else, but trying to follow my cues, which made no sense and resulted in some pretty amusing shapes happening in his corner of the room.
  • My spirit animal is definitely a bear!  Throughout all phases of my life, and all my various groups of friends and family, somehow I always end up being called cubbie, bearcub, sassybear, or some sort of bear name.  I’ve encountered lots of bear in my hiking days and my years in Asheville, and am honored to call them my spirit animal.
  • My favorite song to play in class (any my most requested!) is “The Voyager” by Jenny Lewis.  Get everyone flowing with their breath and crank it up!

Thank you for being of service Kelly!  We love and appreciate your presence in our community.  We send you mamabear strength for this new and exciting chapter in your life.

March Student of the Month: Sylvia Kark

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Sylvia K.Sylvia has been a regular at the Center for many moons, and every time she walks in the door it’s like a breath of fresh air. Her wonderful way of being, her smile, and her attentiveness, are only some of the reasons we love to have Sylvia as a member of our community. Read on to hear a little more about this fantastic woman…

Asheville Community Yoga has opened a door for me. My practice here touches on almost every aspect of my life. It is an amazing and subtle process.

I came to Asheville five years ago from Minneapolis where I were I had taught voice and piano. I came here loving the beauty of the area and the promise of great, year round hiking. Yoga has become the new, unexpected piece/peace in my life.
I am so grateful.
Well Sylvia we are so grateful for you and so honored to be a part of your yoga journey. If you see Sylvia around the studio feel free to introduce yourself.