Mado Hesselink

mado hesselink

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.

Mado is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level and is a certified Yoga Tune Up® teacher. She incorporates more than a decade of experience of many styles of yoga (including vinyasa flow, anusara, Yoga Tune Up® and therapeutic yoga) and her love of human movement into her classes.

Yoga Tune Up® is preventative maintenance for your body. Using both traditional and unusual yoga poses, self massage, and breath work these classes help you to identify and target your “body blind spots”; areas of your body that are overused, underused, misused or abused. By intelligently addressing these problem areas, we heal damaged muscle, increase strength and establish healthy movement patterns. The result is less pain, improved posture and enhanced performance – a chance to live better in your body.

Mado is honored to be on the staff of the Asheville Community Yoga Teacher training, as well as other regional teacher training programs.  She is also the creator of, a yoga teacher knowledge base.

In addition to yoga, Mado currently stays active through hiking, dancing, aerial arts, and crossfit. Her most challenging and rewarding yoga practice so far is raising her spirited 10 year old daughter.

Mado’s class

Gentle Flow (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)

Sundays from 2:15 to 3:30 pm

A creative, biomechanically sound, breath centered celebration of embodiment. This class is designed to be a movement practice that will enhance other forms of yoga, other types of exercise, and every day movement. Appropriate for all levels of experience and fitness. Each student will be given tools to seek their own balance between effort and ease, so that they benefit from a personal practice within a guided group setting. Expect intelligent mobilization, mindful strengthening, and an expanded awareness of how your body works.