May Service Project – Garden Work Day Schedule


Come literally plant your imprint on this space! We are sowing seeds of friendship, community, and assorted flowers, herbs, and veggies. You can help us plant, or water, or lay mulch, or pick weeds. The possibilities are endless! Here is the Work Schedule for the coming week. Please email to sign up for a workday or to ask any questions. Thanks! Please dress for gardening, bring your own gloves and tools if you have them, and don’t forget your water bottle!


Saturday, May 27th – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Tuesday, May 30th & Thursday, June 1st – Walkway Project with Natural Scapes – 9:00 am to 12:30 pm


Featured Artist: Shelley Steffey


Welcome our newest Featured Artist, Shelley Steffey! Her beautiful work will be displayed in the Studio B lobby area and is available for purchase at the front desk. 30% of the proceeds of all sales will go toward our expansion. Be sure you make time to check out her gorgeous work!

“As a student of various types of yoga since the age of 14 (I am now 30), the energetic bodies have always found their way into my art as direct inspiration. Through light and color, my art represents the intrinsic patterns that breathe life into all harmonic beings. I designed these mandalas as tools for visual meditation, chakra alignment, and ignition to spark an energetic flame.” ~ Shelley


May Volunteer of the Month: Stacy Hines


StacyThe moment that Stacy walks in the door, all staff can expect a big bear hug and a big smile. Stacy has a way of uplifting everyone around her, making them laugh and enjoy the moment. She’s also thoughtful and helps out immensely around the studio. Whether it’s  setting up mats, fixing props or parking cars, Stacy is always doing more than is asked of her.

In addition to practicing and helping out, Stacy is part of our 250-hour Yoga Teacher Training and will be graduating this July. Congrats, Stacy! We are proud to honor her as our Volunteer of the Month this May.

What was the experience with yoga that got you hooked?

An elective class in college 10 years ago.

What inspires you to continue yoga?

The journey I’m on and the yogi’s that I’m surrounded by inspire me.

What is your favorite pose? 


What is your most challenging pose? 

Half moon.

What is your favorite time/place to practice? 

ACY!!! DUH! Morning time, but I rarely have the chance.

How has yoga changed your life? 

It’s helped me to regain control of my mind, emotions, and body. My impulse/self control is what I notice the most difference in.

Do you have a favorite yoga book or video? 

I had this VHS tape with Rodney Yee forever.. I think I just liked the calming way he said his name… haha Rodney Yee.

What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself? 

Outgoing, loyal, empathetic.

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

Sincerity with integrity. Its been my intention for the last few months.

If you could just share one practice that has helped you the most, what would it be? 

Breathing and finding stillness. As a child and adult with ADHD, sitting still was never something I was good at, but with practice its getting easier and easier.

What is your current or all-time favorite song or artist for a yoga playlist? 

Shaman’s Breath by Professor Trance… an album my Aunt gave me when i was 10.. I didn’t realize the gem I had till 10 years later. 😀

What is your mantra? 

OM Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu

Do you have a passion other than yoga you’d like to share about? 

Hard to choose, I am inspired by ACY. Volunteering makes me so happy which led me to beginning my YTT.

How did you find Asheville Community Yoga? 

A sign, when it was still in a garage/warehouse over where Harris Teeter is, though I didn’t become a really regular student until the last year.

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

Moth.. haha.. attracted to the light, driven by impulses, transformative.

What’s your most embarrassing moment in a yoga class?

Wouldn’t you like to know…. hahahaha

Stacy – You are a burst of positive energy every time you enter the studio. Thank you for always taking up any opportunity to help and adding so much to our community. We love you!  

May Raffle Basket

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  • Private canoe outing for 4-6 people along the French Broad River, 6-7 hour tour with lunch provided, donated by Blue Ridge Treks
  • Asheville Tourist Swag Bag: including 4 game day tickets, back pack, hat, tee shirt, collectables, and more

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!

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May Teacher of the Month: Mary Parham



From the very beginning when she reads announcements all the way to the end of class when she gently brings you out of savasana with the crystal bowl, Mary makes you feel welcome. She greets you with a big smile and shining eyes behind her big glasses.

Spending time in Mary’s classes is truly a treat. She leads you through a creative, well-rounded flow, shares thought-provoking ideas and readings, yet has this uncanny ability to keep the atmosphere soft, especially with her silly sense of humor. Mary is wise beyond her years, humble and light-hearted all at the same time.

Mary was an Asheville resident years ago but moved away for a while to run a farm in Virginia with her husband, Ted. A couple years ago Mary, Ted, their pups and their ferret made the journey back to Asheville and we’re so glad they did! In late summer of 2016, Mary joined the studio as both a staff member and teacher.

When Mary is not at the studio, you can most likely find her hiking with her dogs, cooking up something delicious in her kitchen or dancing in the rain.

We hope you treat yourself to a class with Mary! She teaches the following Vinyasa Flow classes:

  • Monday 12:00-1:00pm
  • Wednesdays 6:30-7:30pm
  • Thursdays 1:30-2:30pm
  • Sundays 11:15-12:30pm

Mary – you are an incredible addition to the studio, it has been made better by you being here. Thank you for your service to the center, for helping make yoga accessible to all and for sharing your special wisdom and light with students, other staff members and everyone you encounter! We love you!

May Student of the Month: UNCA Men’s Tennis Team

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Tennis TeamAlmost every Monday, Wednesday and Friday if you get up early enough to make it to the 8:00am vinyasa, you’ll most likely find the UNCA’s Men’s Tennis Team breathing and flowing next to you. The team has been coming to classes at the studio for a while now and we’re so glad they decided to make yoga part of their schedule!

In addition to practicing on the mat, the tennis team practices karma yoga off the mat and have been helping out regularly with our expansion.

Thank you for this honor! We love starting our mornings with y’all at ACY.

What inspired the team to start practicing yoga?
We began to realize how much it helps strength and flexibility and we really started to commit to it.

Does the team have a favorite pose?
Our favorite pose in yoga has got to be Pigeon pose.

Does the team have a most challenging pose?
We find Crow the hardest pose.

How has yoga changed the lives of the team members?
It has given us a way to stay calm in stressful situations. We are able to control our emotions better by the breathing exercises we have taken from yoga.

How has yoga changed their tennis game?
It has made us more mobile and flexible. There are significantly less injuries this year and I feel we are in better shape than we have ever been.

We usually come to yoga after a long workout in the morning and yoga makes us feel completely replenished for the day ahead. It is a great way to start off our day.

Thank you so much for everything you do at ACY we really appreciate it,

The Tennis team

To the Tennis team – Thank you so much for making yoga a part of your lives both on the mat and off the mat. We hope more sports teams follow your lead and make yoga part of their training and life practice!