Jamie Knox began practicing yoga in 2004 because she worked at a yoga studio and might as well know what she was talking about. She resisted it for as long as she could, though, because she knew she’d have to face the fact that the life she was living was not authentic. Indeed yoga did open her up to this truth and she left Hollywood shortly after. Since then she’s been on and off the yogic path, sometimes with grace, sometimes not. One day, while living in Texas, she decided to just drive to a yoga studio and perhaps she’d get out of the car and return to her practice; she did not. Another day, however, she did. She became a certified 200 hr teacher in 2010, finished grad school, and taught college level theatre and yoga simultaneously. She and her husband moved here recently from Texas in an effort to live a less stressful life and now she’s grateful to serve at Asheville Community Yoga. She’s a student of Ayurveda, a student of yoga, and an actress. Her style is eclectic with roots in Anusara, Ashtanga and Kundalini yoga. Her classes focus on letting go, accepting oneself, and proper body alignment, and always include an opening and closing chant and a brief meditation. She also has a youtube channel where she breaks down yoga poses and you are welcome to inquire with her if you’d like more information.
Gentle Yoga (All levels, beginners welcome)
Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:45 am
Breaking down a pose to find more freedom, strength and comfort is the foundation of a strong yoga practice. We will approach the asana slowly, piece by piece and explore our breath in connection to our movement. The mark of an advanced yogi is not whether he or she can stand on their head and pretzel their legs, but whether they can be connected to their breath, regardless of difficulty, both on and off the mat. I encourage you to experience my class with a beginner’s mind. Be curious about a pose. How can you find more freedom? How can you feel more grounded and balanced? We will always start with connecting to the breath and creating a safe space for our practice and end with a long savasana and short meditation. Each class we will turn inward, focus on body alignment and work toward finding a little bit of grace.