Volunteer of the Month: Tara “Earth” Murphy

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FullSizeRender-5Earth has been a part of our community for many years now. She started out attending classes, then started to help out by being one of our weekly cleaning volunteers, and now she’s enrolled in one of our Yoga Teacher Trainings! Earth is a vivacious lass with a true joie de vivre and contagious smile. Read on to learn more…
What inspires you to continue yoga?

I enjoy yoga for its many therapeutic benefits! My practice has increased my flexibility, strengthened my muscles, aided with balance, encouraged meditative focus, reminded me to breathe fully, and gracefully shown me the beauty and divinity within each pose. This awareness has been translated in my everyday life, which has guided me to become a better being and a brighter Light.
What is your favorite pose?

My favorite asanas include any hip openers such as pigeon pose or square pose, as well as binding into twists. Hot yoga and Yin yoga are two of my favorite types of classes to attend.
What is your most challenging pose?

All Inversions and Balance poses!
How has yoga changed your life?

I feel more grounded than ever as I comfortably move into each day with a more meditative pace and with more attentive awareness. As I become more flexible and stronger in my body, I am experiencing Bliss in every moment of my life.
Do you have a favorite yoga book or video?

One of my favorite yoga teachers is Shiva Rea who brings creativity and flow into her practice. I am honored to be pictured in a yoga book that she is featured in a number of times (including the front cover): “The Nature of Yoga Meditation on Love, Beauty & Truth – Bill Tipper”

I also enjoy the books “The Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga Volume 1” by Ray Long, and of course “The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali”

 

What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself?

Intuitive, Determined, Giving (and Lovable!)
Is there a recurring theme that runs through your yoga practice?

My interest in becoming a teacher is to teach classes with the energetic themes, including the chakras.
What is your current or all-time favorite song or artist for a yoga playlist?

I Love Trip-hop and ambient music, especially Lemongrass, Bonobo, Amon Tobin, and Thievery Corporation. I enjoy streaming “Groove Salad” on SomaFM and enjoy all artists with NinjaTune records. Desert Dwellers, MC Yogi, and David & Steve Gordon also are great musicians for my yoga practice!
Do you have a passion other than yoga you’d like to share about?

Besides Yoga, my other passions include Massage, CranioSacral Therapy, and Energy-Work. My interests mainly are about facilitating healing for the body and understanding how it works. I spend much of my time growing my new business the “Appalachia Guild of Healing Arts.”
How did you find Asheville Community Yoga?

I felt it.
Do you have a spirit animal? If so, what is it?

Orange kitty cats.
Earth is building up her own community in Asheville as part of the Appalachian Guild of Healing Arts. Feel free to book a massage with her- you will not be disappointed! Earth, thank you for all that you do to make this world a better place to be! If you see Earth, or a few orange kitties, around the studio be sure to introduce yourself. Me-yow!

April Service Project: Building Our Community

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FullSizeRender-5 copyAs we continue to work on our new space, we are seeing more and more friendships developing along the way. It’s a great way to connect with other community members, teachers, and staff!
Sign up today to help with the expansion and feel a greater sense of connection as you literally put your imprint into the creation of something for all of us.Please sign up at the front desk next time you come in for class or, if you’ve already signed up and have specific days/times you are available, let us know that too, so we can get you on the schedule. Feel free to email Wendy if you have any questions. 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.

April Raffle Basket: Spring Adventure Package

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Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 10.40.48 AMThis month’s raffle basket offers you the opportunity to explore the beautiful mountains by bike and treat yourself to a yummy meal! All of the these items were donated by our amazing community. This basket is valued at $510 and includes:

  • Mountain bike tour for two from Pisgah Mountain Bike Adventures
  • Bike and helmet rentals from Mossy Mountain Bikeworks
  • $50 gift card to Farm Burger
  • Sample pack and two glasses from Noble Cider

Tickets can be purchased at the front desk one for $5 or five for $20. A winner will be picked at the end of the month. Good luck!

April Teacher of the Month: Beth Weegar

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IMG_0385-2April’s Teacher of the Month is Beth Weegar, who has been teaching the Friday morning Chair Yoga Class for some time now. Beth has been a wonderful part of our community for years. After she completed her Yoga Teacher Training with us she began to teach Chair Yoga, and Friday mornings have become just a little bit sweeter since this class started.  Beth will be moving on to some exciting full time work, and we are sad to see her go but happy for this wonderful opportunity for her.  We want to thank her so much for her service to the studio. If you see Beth around, please say hi and thank her!

Here is a little more about Beth…

I came to Yoga pretty late in life – in my forties. For quite some time it was a way for me to warm up and stay limber before or after other activities like playing tennis, dancing or hiking. I did not develop a regular practice of doing Yoga until I moved to Asheville in 2014 and began attending classes at ACY. It was my first experience of attending class at a studio. It was the first studio I went to and I felt an immediate home there. Then I took teacher training and was completely hooked to both Yoga and Asheville Community Yoga.

Yoga taught me to use my breath to connect to the present moment. Nothing has been more transformative in my life. I find that when I keep up with a regular practice, I am able to connect movement and breath and it helps me to be centered and present. It creates balance in my life. When I slack off and don’t practice for a few days, I notice a big difference in my attitude and am always pulled back to the practice.

My favorite pose would be child’s pose. I think because of my tendencies towards introversion it feels safe, secure and comforting to me. My most challenging pose might be a seated forward fold. I have tight hamstrings and I know it’s important not to round the back as I fold so I can’t go very far. It’s that feeling that I’m not doing it “right”. I avoid it and I know I should be embracing it.

I love to practice Yoga outside on my deck early on a summer morning. The experience of combining breath, gentle movement, the sweet sounds of birds singing, the soft breeze rustling the trees and flowing over my skin, is heaven.

I am so thankful to Asheville Community Yoga for the community of love that it fosters and for mentoring me as a teacher. The love and acceptance I have encountered here has been awesome!
Cheers to you, Beth! Thank you for your service in strengthening our community. We will be here with open arms should you ever be able to return to teach.

April Student of the Month: Cyndy Douglas

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unnamed-2Cyndy is a wonderfully personable lady who fills the lobby with warmth and love each time she walks in our doors to practice. Most recently she has been supporting us through our expansion project by bringing lunches for our volunteers. Yum! To learn more about Cyndy read on…

What was the experience with yoga that got you hooked?
I’ve got to say it was that “ahhhh, I’m so relaxed” feeling after my very first practice with Wendy.

What inspires you to continue yoga?
It is the centered serenity I feel each time. I swear I leave each practice an inch taller than when I went in.

What is your favorite pose?
My favorite is probably what some of us seniors call “pup tent.” That’s the one where you recline on your back, bend your knees, put your feet at the outside edges of the mat, then plop your knees together. Oh, feels so good for my hips!

What is your most challenging pose?
This is an easy one: Down Dog! Good for the backs of my legs, but far from relaxing!

What is your favorite time/place to practice?
I enjoy the morning best, and always at ACY. 😉 I’m just not motivated enough to practice on my own — not yet, anyway.

How has yoga changed your life?
Not only is my posture better, but I’m much stronger when I climb stairs and when I walk. I’m no longer afraid of stumbling and falling.

What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself?
Extrovert, positive, and former-Texan

Is there a recurring theme that runs through your yoga practice?
Serenity.

Do you have a passion other than yoga you’d like to share about?
Not sure I’d call them passions, but surely they count as interests —
Sudoku – great way to relax with my 2nd cup of coffee in the morning.
Crochet – I crochet prayer shawls with a group of ladies at Central UMC.
Wandering Wednesdays – in good weather, my husband and I try to explore this beautiful area, often on Wednesdays. (The tourists have gone home from the weekend before and they haven’t yet arrived for the next weekend.) We enjoy exploring many of the small communities here in Western NC as well as the Asheville art galleries, Biltmore Estate, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the area greenways and hiking trails. Our beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains! – We’ve lived here a little over a year and a half, and I don’t believe I will ever get tired of our gorgeous mountains. I’ve been known to break into song because they are so majestic.

How did you find Asheville Community Yoga?
It was what I call a “God Thang” — Last April I went on a women’s church retreat, one of our members on the trip led a practice for everyone each of the 2 mornings. I thought, “I can do this.” The next week I got a card in the mail from ACY for the 5 free practices. I was hooked after the first one with Wendy!

What’s your most embarrassing moment in a yoga class?
I must have missed the kindergarten class that taught the difference between your right and left. To this day I have trouble with that! When Wendy or Robert say “step right” I still occasionally step with my other right!

Don’t worry Cyndy, we all sometimes step with our other right foot. Thank you for sharing about yourself and thank you for being a part of our community. If you see Cyndy around the studio be sure to introduce yourself!