Jam Friedrich


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.

Jam first started taking yoga for stress reduction while pursuing a graduate degree in education.  Yoga practice quickly became a gateway to an entirely new way of experiencing life.  From the physical practice of yoga, she found her way to sitting meditation and ultimately to a strong connection with Zen Buddhism.  In 2013, she left work as an elementary school teacher to dedicate her life to the spiritual path. Eventually, she relocated to the Asheville area to enter full time Zen training at Windhorse Zen Community in Alexander, where she currently works, practices and engages in regular retreat.

Email her at Jamie@ashevillecommunityyoga.com.

Jam’s classes

Gentle Yoga (All Levels, beginners welcome)

Wednesdays from 8:00 to 9:00 pm


Meditation (All Levels)

Sundays from 6:00 to 7:00 pm 

Meditation has the power to change our lives and, through us, transform our world. Through devoted and consistent practice, we become increasingly empowered to live in our natural state of wisdom and compassion, free from the limitations that painful habit patterns impose. Taking regular time to focus inward allows individuals and communities to heal deeply as they realize their essential wholeness.
Each hour-long meeting will include a short talk, basic meditation and posture instructions, and a period of sitting and walking meditation.  We’ll end with circle– an opportunity to share and process our experiences as a group.
This class is inclusive and appropriate for people of all faiths and spiritualties. It is suitable for brand new practitioners, as well as those with an established meditation practice in any tradition.