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. I have completed the 250 hour Teacher Training at ACY and am thrilled to share my love and passion for this practice in this loving studio with this amazing community. I am lucky enough to say that the training and yoga has completely changed my life. For the first time in my life, I have found my calling and am so happy to be able to walk this path, not only here in Asheville, but in the studio.

I am a native of Omaha, and moved here in 2002, after a five year stint in Seattle. These mountains are the only place I can honestly call home, and feel so fortunate to be able to live here and establish my roots. I have been a hairstylist for 20 years and am fortunate enough to have a career where I can help people feel beautiful on the outside. Now, combining that with yoga and helping people feel beautiful on the inside as well, I don’t think I could be any luckier! I am most happy traveling the country and Canada in my 1973 Volkswagen Bus and seeing all of life’s magical beauty. You also can find me in the woods hiking, mountain biking, and camping at every opportunity.

I look forward to sharing my love and passion for yoga with you on the mat!

Jill’s class

Gentle Yoga (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)

Mondays from 8:00 to 9:00 pm 

We’ll start this evening practice with connecting to our breath and settling in with a brief meditation, to quiet the mind and body. We’ll move through some gentle asanas to help the body unwind and release tension. Ending with a sweet savasana to complete the practice and help ease the body and mind and send you into the night for sweet rest.

Gentle Flow (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)

Fridays from 12:15 to 1:15 pm

A nice way to start the weekend with this midday slow flow class, starting with connecting to our breath and really tuning into the body and it’s needs. In this practice we will move slowly and mindfully, giving time to listen to our bodies and focusing on moving through the poses with the breath. This class offers a nice combination of seated and standing poses, and is suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners looking for a slower and more relaxing flow. We will celebrate the gift of being able to sit still in meditation for a few minutes and of course, ending with a generous savasana to help guide you into the weekend.

Warm Vinyasa Flow (L1&2, No Beginners Please)

Wednesdays from 8:15 to 9:15 pm 

Starting with breath work, or Pranayama and meditation to bring the body and mind together and into the present moment. Moving into a balanced series of asanas linked with the breath, connecting the body and mind helping to release the day and it’s stresses. Sun salutations, vinyasas, and a series of standing balancing poses, are followed by a cool down period with seated poses and a nice savasana to end your practice and help to guide you into a beautiful night.