Michael Greenfield, Executive Director

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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.

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Jodie Martin, Associate Director

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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!
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Amber Acheson, Teacher Training & Yoga Immersion Director and Development Assistant

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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!

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Wendy Mallett, Community Service Coordinator & Teacher Liaison

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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.

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Lauren Cox, Community Engagement & Retail Coordinator

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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. [Read more…]

Liz Craig, Strategic Partnerships Coordinator

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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. [Read more…]

Mary Parham, Programming Coordinator

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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. [Read more…]

Kim Tierney, Communications Assistant

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Kim is a graduate of the Asheville Community Yoga 250 hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher-training program and has been a student of the center since 2012.

She had her first taste of yoga when she attended a summer camp as a kid. She participated in a yoga class where they practiced simple movements, and the teacher showed the campers how to do a sun salutation. She remembers continuing to practice the sun salutation on the floor of her room after she returned home. She loved the way it relieved tightness in her body but had no idea all the benefits of this ancient practice she would later discover. [Read more…]

Allen Horowitz

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I’ve been teaching Yoga, Exercise, and QiGong 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. [Read more…]

Anastasia Bartlett

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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. [Read more…]

Ayana Shea

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Inspired by the wild-calling of the heart, I set out on my healing journey and was guided into learning how to hold space for others to do the same. By following the bliss of adventure and deep self study, I have traveled far and wide, allowing my eyes to be a witness of the beauty around and within us all. Rooted devotion in Ashtanga and Bhakti Yoga has helped me discover the inner landscape and I am grateful to be of service to others on their path. [Read more…]

Bridget Herring

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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. [Read more…]

Britt Patterson

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Britt Patterson, MA, RYT-200

Britt’s yoga teaching is grounded in studies of Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology, yoga instruction in India, and teacher training at Asheville Community Yoga. Her interests lie in human experience and the potential for growth, creativity, and change. [Read more…]

Cara McKinney

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Exposed to yoga first via late night fitness TV and a set of VHS tapes some 20 years ago, my life was set on an almost undetectable path. At 17, I’d never visited a “yoga studio”. After moving to Charleston for college, I discovered what it felt like to be in a class, instructed by live people. It was awesome and to this day amazes me!
After receiving an art and creative writing degree I took a couple years to let a personal practice marinate, I completed my 200 hr YTT at Holy Cow Yoga in Charleston. After which I moved to Asheville. [Read more…]

Dana Maria

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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. [Read more…]

Darleen Benson

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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. [Read more…]

Eduardo (Eddie) Drivon

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I was born in Caracas, Venezuela, to Colombian parents (from the city of Medellin).  Spanish was my first language.  I lived in a dozen or so countries before settling in the United States — one of those speaking the Queen’s English (which provides some perspective on the colonies).  Since then, I’ve enjoyed the good fortune of traveling to and residing in various European countries; and I recently returned to Latin America (and expect to live there with my wife Michèle for a part of each year).  As for yoga’s journey to find me, it is a curious path peppered with catastrophic failures, bad judgments, and a host of other mishaps that turned out to be my saving Grace. [Read more…]

Elena Mansour

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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. She is a 200-hour certified Kripalu yoga teacher, a 100-hour certified TIMBo (trauma informed mind body program) facilitator, and a 200-hour graduate of the Asheville Yoga Center’s teacher training program. She is also pursuing her certification as a life coach with the Coach Training Institute. [Read more…]

Gary Sager

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My Yoga practice began in 2003. I’m looking forward to sharing my journey with like minded and positive thinking seniors. [Read more…]

Hanna Zalesky

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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.  [Read more…]

Jam Friedrich

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A search for true authenticity is at the heart of Jam’s life-practice. Her teaching focuses on the exploration of immediate experience– beyond thoughts, concepts and beliefs.  Rooted in the Truth of simple, direct experience, she uses the practice of yoga to cut through fear and self-doubt so that one’s natural connectedness and empowerment can flow freely.

Jam teaches flow of all levels with a focus on breath, lively self-inquiry and what it means to be truly free.

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Jeri Senor

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Jeri Senor, E-RYT has been involved in some form of yoga for a long, long time. She has been gifted with wisdom morsels from many traditions and teachers, but her greatest teacher has been her own personal home practice.

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Jessica Leslie

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When Jessica first stepped on a yoga mat in 2006, her heart felt a spark of recognition. It was like coming home. In November 2015, she became a certified yoga teacher.

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Jessica Lakshmi

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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.

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Jessie Carlson

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Jessie has a deep love and respect for yoga.  She believes it works beyond mere movement and has the ability to bring us to a space where we can observe, accept, love, and nurture ourselves.  She has been a practitioner of yoga for over ten years and a teacher for more than five.  She received her 200-hour teacher certification from Shoshoni Ashram outside of Boulder, CO after completing a one month immersion course.   [Read more…]

Jill Phoenix

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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. [Read more…]

Joshua Canter

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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. [Read more…]

Katie Kertesz

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Katie began her yoga practice nearly a decade ago while living in the North End of Boston. Yoga served as a retreat from the busy city, and soon blossomed into a lifestyle as she experienced the transformative impact her practice offered.  While pursuing a degree as a clinical Social Worker, Katie complete a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher training in Southern Spain, and Yoga as Therapy teacher training at her home studio in Boston. [Read more…]

Kelly Gilmore

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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. [Read more…]

Leaflin Winecoff

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When a friend casually showed me my first yoga asanas in 1998, it sparked a deep remembering, and sudden illumination of a path before me. Yoga would be a guiding force of my life, and in order to fully receive this gift, I had to share it. [Read more…]

Lia CF

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Lia was first exposed to the practice of yoga with her mother when she was a child. Since that time she left the practice, but the practice did not leave her. In college Lia rediscovered the practice that had been rooted in her being early on. Lia fully surrendered to her practice when she lived on the Big Island of Hawai’i and had a chance to find the true depth of her spirituality. Lia lives and breathes the practices of yoga and meditation and makes time for her practice every single day. Lia is RYT-200 and is currently pursuing her 500HR certification. If you like Lia’s classes check out her website at: www.omstead.org

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Linda Go

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Linda Go is a musician/composer/vocalist/educator, founder of AshevilleSoundHealing.com, an online community directory for sound healing music, practitioners and events in WNC. She has published and produced 4 sound healing music cds including: Sounds of the Chakras, Chakra Songs and Sacred Songs of the Womb with The Fountain of Life organization. Linda’s clair-audient abilities and gift for vocalizing healing energy was recognized in 2000 by Huichol and Nahua shaman elders. [Read more…]

Liz Ridley

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Liz has been an exercise instructor for over 20 years. 15 years ago she discovered Tai Chi and 10 years ago she began teaching Tai Chi. She studies with Sifu Mark Small from the Mountain Dragon Martial Arts School here in Asheville. She has also studied with Master Wu, Wen-Ching from Way of the Dragon School in Rhode Island, Sifu Bob Feeser from Asheville and Sifu Caroline Demoise from Chapel Hill. [Read more…]

Mado Hesselink

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Growing up in the jungles of Hawaii, this bookworm never imagined that a physical discipline would have such a profound impact on her life. After discovering Martial Arts in college, Mado found her way to yoga in order to balance her body from the intensity of martial arts training. When pregnancy and motherhood required that she choose one or the other, yoga was the clear path. [Read more…]

Maegan Brown

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Maegan first encountered yoga during her junior year of high school.  Without previous encouragement or exposure, she felt an impulse (and intense curiosity) to find a nearby yoga studio.  She took one class and instantly fell in love.  The practice made her feel as if something inside of her had opened and she felt more creative, inspired, and loved. She experienced the magic that yoga offers through acceptance and surrender.  Maegan quickly cultivated a strong desire to share her love of the practice.  In 2007, she began a 200-hour Vinyasa yoga teacher training certified through Yoga Alliance in Philadelphia, PA and immediately started to teach as she entered college. [Read more…]

Marilyn Kenoyer

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Marilyn began her study of yoga and meditation over 35 years ago. She believes, ideally, yoga should be a life-long and ever-changing practice that keeps us healthy and balanced and that fosters conscious awareness of our spiritual growth and evolution. She is certified in both Interdisciplinary Yoga and Kripalu Yoga and is registered with the National Yoga Alliance. [Read more…]

Mary Jamieson

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Recently relocated to Asheville via Chicago, Mary started her yoga practice around age 50 and shortly thereafter became a sponge for all things and topics energy related; both physical and mental. A year later Spring Forest Qigong crossed her path and she took the first 3 courses under founder Master Chunyi Lin. Mary is passionate about study, discussion and experiencing energy in various forms and Qigong is an intriguing, healing way to do that. Mary will lead you though the exercises and share tidbits of related ideas with you along the way. [Read more…]

Melia Austin

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Melia begin 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. [Read more…]

Meredith Allen

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Meredith is a native of the Asheville area and has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. She has formal training though Asheville Community Yoga and is honored and excited to be teaching! Meredith strives to infuse gentleness and joy through her classes and is strong in the gift of serving others. Her desire is that many would be renewed through having a sacred space, set aside, for being present and turning inward. Along with her love of yoga she also enjoys beekeeping, herbalism, gardening, knitting, running, hiking, reading, cooking, eating, loving, singing, and spending time with her three beautiful boys!
 “A merry heart is good medicine” – an ancient proverb

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Mike Palermo

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I started practicing yoga almost 20 years ago. Several years back, I realized that yoga can help with personal growth and healing, beyond just the benefits of the physical practice. The physical practice helps keep me fit as I enter my middle years. But it’s the combination of physical and spiritual fitness that I want to share with others through my instruction. [Read more…]

Robert Willingham

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Robert has been teaching yoga for 14 years. One of his greatest joys is watching the effects this ancient practice has on those who partake. A Kripalu graduate, Robert has had the good fortune to study with Erich Schiffman, Sarah Powers, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee and numerous other wonderful teachers. In addition, Robert has a Business degree and a Master’s from Johns Hopkins University in Applied Behavioral Science. [Read more…]

Robin and Corey Costanzo

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Corey Costanzo offered the Didgeridoo Meditation at the Esalen Institute’s famed hot tubs, every Wednesday night from 2003-2008. The acoustics in the space, along with the sound of the waves crashing on the shore below, is an ideal environment for experiencing the profound vibrations of the didgeridoo. Ken Dychtwald, best-selling author of Bodymind writes, “Corey Costanzo’s Didgeridoo Meditation is a transportive experience that has left me feeling deeply connected to the mystery of life. One of the best experiences I’ve ever had at Esalen!” [Read more…]

Ruth Morrow

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For years Ruth struggled with feeling comfortable in her own body. After turning to yoga as a means to lose weight and tone, she discovered that far more was happening on her mat than physical exercise. For Ruth, yoga has been a journey toward healing, self-acceptance, surrender and empowerment. Now a teacher herself, Ruth’s mission is to help guide all her students toward finding purpose in their bodies and peace within their hearts [Read more…]

Sonya Costello

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Sonya first found yoga back in 2001.  Her journey began when a friend shared a yoga video with her thinking it would help her heal from a difficult breakup and a ‘lost’ feeling.  Little did she know…the seed had been planted for a lifetime of healing.

Sonya was not looking for yoga, but at transitional moments in her life, yoga continued to find her.  Gradually, her practice deepened and she was able to pull herself gracefully out of depression, manage chronic pain, calm her mind and then complete her 250hr teacher training program at Asheville Community Yoga in 2012. [Read more…]

Vinita Khatavkar

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I have been studying yoga since 1989 first as a student at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune, India then the wonderful journey led to a 3 year teacher training under the guidance of Guruji. I also spent a summer at  K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysuru, Karnataka studying Ashtanga yoga.

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Jeri Tatum

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I have been very fascinated by Chinese Medicine, and the Meridians, since the first time I experienced the way it worked, with my own body. Yin yoga is not only a meditation practice, but it is also a way to stimulate your meridians, in positive ways. I am very much into real nutrition, real whole food, and understanding how the human body works, especially after curing myself of Epilepsy.
Daoist yoga, or Yin, gives me the opportunity, in sitting quietly, within myself, and connecting with those deeper places, that lie within my body/mind/spirit, the deep connective tissues. [Read more…]