We are so lucky to have Anastasia as an instructor at Asheville Community Yoga. This month we’d like to shine a spotlight on this amazing woman and honor all she does for the studio.
Anastasia completed her teacher training here at the studio and since has offered more and more of her expertise to helping all students, especially mamas-to-be! As a mother of two, and surrogate mother 3 times, Anastasia brings so much experience and wisdom to the table when offering her prenatal class.
What inspires you to continue yoga?
The bliss I feel after every time I practice and the countless health benefits that I’ve personally experienced over the many years since I started practicing.
What is your favorite pose?
What is your most challenging pose?
What is your favorite time/place to practice?
It’s not necessarily my favorite way to practice, but I love going to studios and classes in the places I travel to so that I get to experience a totally fresh space and style.
What are 3 words you would use to describe yourself?
Compassionate, Curious, Strong
If you could just share one practice that has helped you the most, what would it be?
Breathe…just breathe. Working with my breath and learning to breathe in tough moments, as well as the good ones, has helped bring me better clarity and connection to the moment, making life so much more enjoyable and positive.
What is your current or all-time favorite song or artist for a yoga playlist?
Believe it or not, I love to practice while listening to the Beatles.
Do you have a passion other than yoga you’d like to share about?
I have a passion for helping guide people on their quest to become healthy and fit. I’m a Certified Personal Trainer and Health Coach and make my living working with people to find their own path to a healthier lifestyle that promotes total wellness. I also love the connections I make with my clients and the reward of watching them achieve success with their goals.
How did you find Asheville Community Yoga?
I loved going to yoga classes and learning more about it from amazing teachers but hadn’t been able to attend classes on a regular basis due to the cost of the typical class. I was searching for yoga classes/studios in the Asheville area to explore my options and heard about ACY from a friend. I loved the idea of a donation based studio, because this meant I could start taking classes regularly, not to mention the offerings of classes and teachers was so abundant that I could always find a class when I needed. Needless to say, I fell in love with the space, the teachers, and started going to classes 3 to 4 times a week! And then everyone lived happily ever after…
Do you have a spirit animal? If so, what is it?
Elephants. I have always felt a kindred connection to them.
You’ve got lots of chances to treat yourself to a class with Anastasia! For the prenatal classes, remember that partners are welcome to join!
Vinyasa Flow Mondays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Sundays from 12:45-2:00pm
Wednesdays from 12:15-1:15 pm
Thursdays from 5:30-6:30pm
Fridays from 11:00-12:00 pm
Anastasia – We are so happy you found Asheville Community Yoga as a student, as a teacher trainee and now offer your experiences and skills to the community. We are lucky to have you here! Thank you!