Marilyn Kenoyer has stepped down from teaching her Monday morning Gentle Yoga class, which she has taught for many years now. In addition to her volunteer work at Asheville Community Yoga Marilyn also volunteers her time at 10,000 Villages, a shop for Fair Trade handmade products sustainably made around the world. Marilyn has left a huge imprint here, and those who have had the good fortune to have learned from her will never forget the wonderful way she leads. We would like to honor Marilyn by naming her our Teacher of the Year! Marilyn: Thank you for your service and commitment to uplifting community. Namaste.
Read more from Marilyn and one of her students…
Yoga increases awareness of beginnings and endings. We observe the beginning of the inhalation, the end of the exhalation and new beginning. For several years the beginning of my work week as a counselor is noon on Mondays. My practice of care for self so I can care for others always begins on Monday mornings with Marilyn. The ritual often starts in the parking lot welcoming the regulars. We then tuck shoes in cubbies with the frequent comments: “I need this.’’ We enter our sacred space where our minister/teacher Marilyn is usually quiet on her mat getting centered and holding space.
Marilyn sets the tone for Sutra1.1 “Now begins the study of yoga.”
She begins with a brief Dharma talk which always seems right on target.
What follows has no excess words, just simples instructions of a well ordered sequence of asanas.
Marilyn’s playlist is predictable with soft music that allows us to go inward.
We become a group of breath and motion with little distraction.
She eases from gentle flow to build on more focus and strength in the standing postures.
Marilyn embodies the best of traditional yoga and a return to basics. However, she did tell us recently, with humor, about goat yoga she observed in Chicago. Animals seems to continue to show up in the natural practice of yoga.
Thank you Marilyn for years of faithful Karma Yoga. Well done! You will indeed be missed up front on Monday mornings. We know you love this community. We look forward to seeing you in classes and sharing your bright energy. May you feel beloved and cherished. We wish you happy beginnings.
–Ingrid Adelsbach, Just 1 of many regulars
And a few words from Marilyn herself: “ it has been my honor and my pleasure to share my love of yoga with so many ACY students and to support this model of making yoga accessible to all. ACY is a special place, a place of sanctuary, a place of growth, a place of love and support. I may be stepping back from teaching but will never stop being a student of theses rich practices and my students may see me on the mat beside them in classes from time to time.”
Thank you Marilyn for your years of service and commitment to uplifting community. We will miss you dearly.