Our Student of the Month for August is Alex Biggs! Alex is super regular in his practice and can be found here several times a week. He always stays after class to help clean the floors. Alex is friendly and helpful to new-comers helping to show them the ropes. He also helps to serve up wellness to our community while working in the Karma Cafe. We are truly inspired by how in his practice he is. Thank you Alex for the many ways that you contribute to ACY!
- What was the experience with yoga that got you hooked?
I first tried yoga with a youtube series (that I’ve now forgotten)
in the hopes of improving my posture and upper back pain. It worked so well I’ve
- What inspires you to continue yoga?
It just feels good. That tapped out, loose, and focused feeling I
get at the end of a class is one of the few things that really allows me to
wholly relax and be in the moment for a few hours afterwards.
- What is your favorite pose?
Bow pose. I slouch a lot so it feels good really opening up my
- What is your most challenging pose?
Crow pose is usually impossible for me in classes. I get too
sweaty and slide all over the place
- What is your favorite time/place to practice?
I enjoy evening classes the most. Doing something balance oriented when day and
night are in equilibrium just seems right.
- How has yoga changed your life?
It has done a lot for my spine and sleep quality. And if you don’t
have a healthy spine and a good nights sleep everything else in your life kind
of sucks. Yoga is the lubricant that keeps all the other facets of my life
working together smoothly.
- Do you have a favorite yoga book or video?
Not really. I make use of videos sometimes but most of them are so
similar in content and music that they all sort of blur together.
- What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself?
Opinionated, quirky, and accepting. I know who I am, I like who I
am, and I want other people to be able to do the same.
- Is there a recurring theme that runs through your yoga practice?
Falling over when doing Warrior Three.
- If you could just share one practice that has helped you the most,
what would it be?
Taking a stretching break after a prolonged period of sitting at a
computer. Just a few poses and a five minute walk after an hour or two of
sitting does wonders for your overall sense of wellbeing.
11.What is your current or all-time favorite song or artist for a
There is a great collection of eastern electronic music called
Buddha Chillout Lounge that I downloaded ages ago. The tracks hit the right
balance of being energetic without being distracting and have the right vibe
- Do you have a passion other than yoga you’d like to share about?
My other main hobby is volunteering at animal shelters. It lets me
do some good while basically having a hundred different pets ranging from cows
to kittens. There is a really great place out in east Asheville called Animal
Haven that mostly takes in farm animals and helping out there is usually the highlight
of my week. The goats really appreciate hugs.
- How did you find Asheville Community Yoga?
Uh, it was the closest yoga studio on Google Maps when I first
moved to Asheville.
- Do you have a spirit animal? If so, what is it?
Always feel a kinship with donkeys and mules. As a byword for obstinacy
they’re a little difficult to deal with at first but I’ve never encountered
another animal that will go to greater lengths for people they’ve grown to
- What is a great class or workshop that you’ve been to recently?
Wendy’s 8pm class on Tuesdays has been a staple for me for months
now due to the intensity and optional animal noises.
- What’s your most embarrassing moment in a yoga class?
I sweat a lot in hot vinyasa classes so when we’re doing shavasana
its usually in a big wet puddle. Sometimes without thinking I’ll lurch upright
and the suction of my wet back against the mat makes a loud squelching, farting
noise that causes everyone in the studio to stare in horror and disgust. Turns
out there is a reason the instructors tell you to roll over instead of sitting
right up from that pose…