I have practiced Yoga for over 20 years, although mostly a home practice because I lived in a place that had no Yoga studios and little in the way of classes. On moving to Asheville in 2014, I was thrilled to discover Asheville Community Yoga, first as a student in classes 2 or 3 times per week and eventually in their 200-hour Teacher Training. I completed the training in August of 2015.
Yoga has been and continues to be a gift that I give myself every day. The physical asana practice has helped me cope with pain related to chronic Lyme Disease and has improved my strength, flexibility and alignment.
Yoga can be as simple as combining breath, movement and awareness. Looked at that way, it can be made accessible to anyone. I know from my own experience how valuable it is as a tool for maintaining both physical and mental/emotional well-being. As a teacher I want to pass on those gifts to as many as possible, especially those who think they can’t do Yoga.
Practiced mindfully, Yoga reconnects me to myself, reminds me to take care of myself, stay tuned in to breath and alignment and allows me to be more present to the joys and pleasures of the day.
Chair Yoga (Beginners Levels)
Fridays from 10:15 to 11:00 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!