We are celebrating Jim Castle as our Teacher of the Month for December! Jim’s purpose in teaching yoga is to help make yoga available to all, and he does just that! His warmth and kindness radiate both on and off of the mat. He is generous with his time and steps in to sub whenever he is needed, in fact he stepped up to the plate for the past 3 months to sub a chair yoga class. He teaches with acceptance and without judgment. Jim’s mantra is that yoga is good for the body, fine for the mind, and great for the soul. Join his Yoga for Seniors class on Thursdays from 10:00am – 11:00am for a practice of movement and breath that respects the body and comforts the mind. We are truly grateful for Jim and all that he brings to our community.
What was the experience with yoga that got you hooked? The challenge.
What inspires you to continue yoga? The opportunity to share yoga with others.
What is your favorite pose? Bakasana.
What is your most challenging pose? The pose that I find most challenging changes day-to-day. In my yoga practice today, it was Savasana, which could be due to the coffee I drank before practice.
What is your favorite time/place to practice? Late afternoon where I can be or see outside to appreciate the beauty of nature.
How has yoga changed your life? I have become more aware.
Do you have a favorite yoga book or video? Yes. “The Heart of Yoga” by T.K.V. Desikachar.
Is there a recurring theme that runs through your yoga practice? Breath and awareness.
If you could just share one practice that has helped you the most, what would it be? Breathing practice.
What is your current or all-time favorite song or artist for a yoga playlist? There are many great songs and artists for a yoga playlist. My favorite artist for yoga is Snatam Kaur.
What is your mantra? Breathe love.
Do you have a passion other than yoga you’d like to share about? The Earth.
How did you find Asheville Community Yoga? Recommendation by a friend.
What is a great class or workshop that you’ve been to recently? A workshop on “Introduction to Trauma-Sensitive Yoga” taught by David Emerson and Jennifer Turner at the Kripalu Center.
What’s your most embarrassing moment in a yoga class? A single, most embarrassing moment doesn’t come to mind, but I’m sure students in my yoga classes could name numerous moments when I should have been embarrassed.
Thank you for being you Jim! We love you and are so grateful for you sharing the light of teaching with us all.