Michael has been in the practicing school of yoga for more than 23 years. He began teaching yoga in 2003 and has been dedicated to serving others in the path of yoga and relationship work. Igniting passion and demonstrating love are Michael’s two favorite subjects. Michael is the co-founder and executive director of the center.
Jodie is a registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 500, YACEP), Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, mindfulness practitioner, space holder, and changemaker. She values yoga as a holistic healing arts practice, providing guidance to learn more about ourselves, each other, and how to live more peacefully in the world. Her heart-centered desire is to serve others by sharing the tools of yoga and Ayurveda to allow for a life with more joy, ease, and purpose.
Pronouns: she, her, hers
In 2007 I was given the opportunity to move to Asia to teach English as a second language. Without a doubt I knew I had to go. I knew there was a bigger purpose to this opportunity. I had been in search of something vital I felt was lacking from my life for a long time but I could never quite define what it was that was missing. Within just a short time of living overseas it seemed as though my search was finally over. I found yoga and through yoga I found what I had been unconsciously searching for my entire life – myself!
Using the power of the ancient wisdom of yoga to heal ourselves as a way to contribute to healing the world is at the core of all of Lauren’s teachings. She firmly believes that we can honor and care for our individual self and needs while still honoring and supporting the collective community that we create. She openly shares her love, compassion, playfulness, and joy through a holistic and balanced approach taught to her by her teacher, Himalayan Yoga Master Yogrishi Vishveketu who developed Akhanda Yoga. [Read more…]
Hi I’m Liz. I love singing, laughing, dancing, healthy food and clean water. I am grateful to be in beautiful Asheville and thrilled to be teaching at Asheville Community Yoga where I completed my first yoga teacher training, which changed my life. [Read more…]
Hi, my name is Dana and I love sharing my yoga practice with Asheville both on and off of the mat. When I found yoga, it’s healing powers transformed my entire life and I knew instantly that I wanted to teach everything that I was learning. I earned my RYT certification at the Lakshmi Rising School of Yoga and Wellness in Cabuya, Costa Rica. [Read more…]
I discovered yoga in the midst of a very turbulent and uncertain time in my life. I was given two choices, one was to continue down a path that was unhealthy and unsatisfying or try a totally new way of living. Fortunately, I chose the latter, which ultimately led me to Asheville where I discovered yoga and Asheville Community Yoga. [Read more…]
Emily’s pronouns are she/her/hers, and she is an Asheville native who first began a yoga practice through occasional classes at the local YMCA. Her appreciation for yoga deepened when she fell in love with Asheville Community Yoga and began practicing at the studio almost every day. This excitement about the physical practice of asana fell in tandem with an evolving interest in the histories and spiritualities of yogic philosophy. While completing Asheville Community Yoga’s 250 hr teacher training, Emily came to the conclusion that living within her truth involves offering service to others. [Read more…]
Julia has come to know yoga as a transformational healing practice and has felt its effects in mind, body and spirit. It helps her to live with an open heart, while strengthening her connection to inner peace and truth. [Read more…]
Melia began her practice of yoga in 2008, at home with a set of DVDs. After a few weeks she took the leap and found a local yoga studio. After her first in studio class she was changed. She felt a sense of coming home, and knew a yoga practice would always be part of her life from then on. After keeping a regular practice through all life’s changes she decided to become of teacher of what she loved so dearly, and began teaching in December of 2014. [Read more…]
I am grateful for the ancient practice of yoga for pulling me through a time of isolation and suffering. During my first class at Asheville Community Yoga, I experienced a taste of reconnection with my body and spirit, and I felt the warmth of genuine community. Shortly after my first visit, l shattered my dominant wrist in a car accident. I was devastated, and I turned to yoga as a tool to cope with the pain, vulnerability and anger around the trauma. As I returned to practice at the studio, I signed up to volunteer at the pre-loved clothing store, and shortly after felt a calling to take the 250-hour yoga teacher training. [Read more…]
Sarah is a native of Western North Carolina, but began her yoga practice 5 years ago in Boston, MA.A back injury, a stressful job and anxiety brought her to Pilates and yoga and it changed the trajectory of her life. Sarah received her Pilates Mat certification from Happy Body in Asheville, NC in 2015 and her 250 Hour Yoga Teacher certification from ACY in 2018. [Read more…]
My love of yoga began in 2004 when I took my first Ashtanga yoga class. For me it was challenging both physically and mentally in a way that I had not experienced before. After some time practicing, I began to notice a shift in my anxiety levels and an overall feeling of balance. I was hooked!In 2013, a friend suggested Asheville Community Yoga to me and I’ve been in love ever since. I signed up for the Yoga Immersion Program at ACY in the spring of 2016 and then received my 250-hour Yoga Teacher Certification with ACY in December of 2017.
I’ve been teaching QiGong, Yoga, and Exercise for over 30 years. It all started as a teenager when an enlightened chiropractor suggested that I study Yoga to relieve back pain caused by a birth defect.
After starting to learn from a book, I discovered that Swami Vishnudevananda had a retreat in the Bahamas, so I flew down and immersed myself in his teachings for several weeks. I was hooked. Next I found a chiropractor in New York City that taught Yoga based exercise, and after studying with him for a year, he asked me to teach. After three years of teaching, I opened The Body Shop in East Hampton, New York, a Yoga, T’ai Chi, Exercise and massage studio that is still running successfully. I also founded the Fitness Center of East Hampton and ran it for 13 years. [Read more…]
Amanda had a couple traumatic losses in 2009 and was looking for a healthy and natural way to bring peace and happiness into her life, and yoga was what she turned to. That was the pivotal moment that turned her life around. She fell in love with yoga and the spiritual journey it brought to her.
After finding peace, changing her body awareness, and opening her mind to a new way of life, she felt destined over the years to help others heal the way she had.
I began my yoga journey over 15 years ago when I bought a yoga dvd I could do in my home, but it wasn’t until years later when I found my yoga home at Asheville Community Yoga that I truly began discovering the power of yoga. I couldn’t get enough and started going to ACY classes regularly. This discovery came at a time when I was going through a lot of transition and self-exploration and a regular yoga practice encouraged and supported this process. [Read more…]
My life changed when I stepped into my first NIA class in 2009. Anxiety, depression and disconnection
decreased. Pleasure, energy, connection increased. I knew in that first class that I wanted to teach NIA,
to bring that delicious movement and music to others. I began sharing the joy of NIA in 2010 and have
had the honor and privilege to teach in fitness centers, mental health facilities, yoga and dance studios,
houses, hallways and backyards. [Read more…]
Anne is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan where she studied Kinesiology (the study of the human body and movement). Besides teaching yoga, Anne is an ACSM certified personal trainer and is currently working toward her 500 hour yoga credential at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Anne finds true joy in helping others feel good, whether that be through movement, one-on-one coaching, or educating students on self-care practices. [Read more…]
Ashley is a mother, wife, earth lover and yogini. She has a special place in her heart for teaching movement and self-expression. Her journey began with 10 years of instructing dance. After graduating college, she found this mind-body-soul connection went unfulfilled as she pursued other passions. This lead to a renewed search for passionate movement and eventually landed her in a yoga class in 2004 – a turning point in her life. She found her spark reignited. [Read more…]
Audrey began a regular yoga practice in 2007. Yoga has continually changed the course of and her outlook on life. Her practice has given her many gifts, including self-awareness, strength, relaxation, friends, community, confidence and purpose. Audrey has a diverse yoga background having practiced various forms of yoga, including vinyasa flow, Ashtanga, Iyengar, restorative, and therapy ball work. She completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training with YogaWorks in Los Angeles in 2010. Additionally, she completed a 200-hour yoga teacher immersion with senior teacher Eddie Modestini in 2017. This focused on supported alignment using props, including the chair and rope wall. [Read more…]
I fell in love with the practice of yoga during my first class in 1988. I am still in love with it though my practice and understanding of it has evolved and changed many times.
I finished my first teacher training in 2002 and have been teaching ever since. My early teaching years were informed by the Vinyasa styles that combine breath and movement. After a few years of teaching, I was pulled in the direction of alignment-based practices and discovered Anusara Yoga and subsequently completed another teacher training.
I have been lucky enough to train and study with many gifted yoga teachers and I am very grateful for the wealth of knowledge they shared with me.
My asana practice began in the summer of 2012 in the fast-paced New York City Yoga scene. I moved back to Florida to finish college with a mat, some yoga DVDs and my best attempts to cultivate the strength and awareness I had discovered in my body. My self-talk while practicing showed itself to me, allowing me to uncover the stories I had spent my whole life telling myself about who I was and where I was going. It was from there that the real practice began of shifting and unfolding the narrative to fit the magnificent, life and love-filled beings that I have come to know we all are. [Read more…]
Bridget Herring discovered yoga in 2002 and recently completed a 250 RYT hour teacher training through Asheville Community Yoga in 2014. She has studied a variety of yogic styles believing that they have each unfolded and served her in just the right moments and is currently heavily influenced by alignment based practices. Bridget believes that when we align our bodies and build a safe, strong and healthy container for them to exist in, that this is when we are truly able to open to grace and find freedom and expansion in both our physical bodies and in our souls. Yet, being a dancer at heart, Bridget weaves a subtle flow within this alignment based practice. [Read more…]
I have ten years of experience working with children in the US and internationally (Japan, Ireland, and Kenya) within formal and non-formal educational settings. Originally from South Carolina, I obtained a B.A. in Psychology and Neuroscience from USC with a focus on child development, social-emotional interventions, and special educational needs. I recently completed an MSc in the Psychology of Childhood Adversity at Queen’s University Belfast with a focus on trauma-informed education, refugee integration, and the promotion of empathy in educational settings. [Read more…]
Nacido en Argentina, lleno de sueños y energia, en el año 2000 decidi dejar todo atras, comenzar una nueva aventura y mudarme a los Estados Unidos. Afrontando los desafios que todo inmigrante enfrenta, trabaje duro para lograr establecerme y darle a mi familia un hogar en Asheville. Amante de la vida y la familia, las actividades al aire libre, los deportes, las aventuras y la adrenalina, los buenos amigos y el silencio de la soledad, el sonido del mar en la playa y el olor a “verde” de las montañas. [Read more…]
Corey Costanzo offered the Didgeridoo Meditation at the Esalen Institute’s famed hot tubs, every Wednesday night from 2003-2008. The acoustics in the space, along with the sound of the waves crashing on the shore below, is an ideal environment for experiencing the profound vibrations of the didgeridoo. Ken Dychtwald, best-selling author of Bodymind writes, “Corey Costanzo’s Didgeridoo Meditation is a transportive experience that has left me feeling deeply connected to the mystery of life. One of the best experiences I’ve ever had at Esalen!” Robin Fann-Costanzo began practicing yoga and massage at the Esalen Institute in 1994 and in 2003 created a weekly Restorative yoga class using the asanas, poetry, and sound vibration to invite students to go into a deep refuge of relaxation and self-awareness. She has studied with many teachers including Thomas Fortel, Shiva Rea, Erich Schiffmann, and Judith Lassiter, and blends her favorite aspects of them all into her teaching. Robin’s skills as a bodyworker have helped her to understand and support her yoga students in all stages of their lives. She has a deep love for yoga, and looks forward to sharing it with you.
Linda Go offers classes in Restorative Yoga with live sound healing music and Chi-Chair Yoga at studios and private facilities in Buncombe and Madison County, as well as Sound Healing Immersions and Sunday Kirtan with her music duo oSHen for UNCA’s Health and Wellness Dept. Her Sound Yoga playshops are unique offerings of Nada Yoga where she incorporates her lifelong vocal and music experience, shamanic sound healing and soul doula practice, with activating sanskrit chants. Linda has studied Tantric mantra chants and Sanskrit with Russill Paul, author of The Sound of Yoga and has completed Level 1 Sanskrit at American School of Sanskrit. She records and performs with dance-chant group, Bhakti<>Shakti and kirtan duo, oSHen. [Read more…]
Darleen began a yoga practice almost 40 years ago. During recent years, as she has experienced the inevitable changes of an aging body, she has relied increasingly upon yoga to maintain strength, flexibility, balance, mindfulness and joy.
When she began to fall in love with Asheville Community Yoga several years ago, she was inspired to complete their 250-Hour Teacher Training program and to pursue additional training in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors through the Yoga 4 Seniors Teacher Training offered through Duke University’s School of Integrative Medicine. [Read more…]
In 2002, I eagerly took a 3 credit Yoga class in community college. I deeply appreciated this class, as I was introduced to basic yoga poses and was educated on the history of Yoga. For a few years afterward, I became distracted by a series of events in my life which diverted me me from my practice. Yet in 2009, I began to come back to myself by cultivating my own private asana practice, which mostly included daily 20-60 minute practices with Shiva Rea DVDs! Although I had taken a few workshops with Shiva Rea when she was teaching in a town nearby, I hadn’t taken regular classes in studios until I moved to Asheville.
Ever since I took the 250 hour program at Asheville Community Yoga, Yoga has become an essential part of my life every Moment. I live in Bliss! [Read more…]
Eddie brings to the studio decades of meditation and yoga practice, as well as a deep passion for offering evidence-based, body-centered, mindfulness and self-compassion practices for addiction recovery, trauma relief, and self-care. He began his yoga practice in 1971 in a prison cell while serving time on a narcotics charge. Eddie started a regular meditation practice in 1982 and has been a practicing Buddhist since then, having studied and sat on three continents with dozens of eminent teachers, including H.H. the 14th Dali Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh, spending the equivalent of two years in retreat setting. [Read more…]
After teaching philosophy for 20 years at a small liberal arts college, I travelled to Asheville in an effort to heal. I didn’t expect to stay. Had it not been for yoga, I wouldn’t have. Yoga brought me relief, providing peace of mind and restoring some mobility as I attempted to recover my health. I had taught philosophy for 20 years at a small liberal arts college, and found in yoga more practical means of answering life’s profound questions. [Read more…]
Elena found yoga in 2001, when she was searching for a way to become healthier and more at peace, after the death of her mother. A life-long learner who dealt with anxiety and depression growing up, she is always continuing to expand her knowledge around self-care, healing and yoga. She has completed three, 200-hour yoga teacher certifications and obtained her 500-hour Advanced Yoga Studies Certification through Asheville Yoga Center in 2017. She is currently working on her 1,000-hour yoga teacher certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She is also a certified TIMBo (trauma-informed mind body program) facilitator and a certified Life Coach through the Coach Training Institute (www.coactive.com). [Read more…]
Izzy began practicing yoga after a prolonged foot injury forced her to take a break from her professional training as a Contemporary Ballet dancer. Using yoga as an education on emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness, she was able to recover from her injury and pursued her RYT certification. She now holds her 500hr RYT and has been teaching since the summer of 2016. Izzy’s passion is in health education of uterine bodied/femme identifying individuals and she is currently in school preparing for Nurse-Midwife programs. In addition to teaching yoga, Izzy is an active Birth and Postpartum Doula (CD(DONA)), as well as a certified Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor specializing in reproductive health. [Read more…]
I embody a yoga practice that is at the intersection of holistic wellness and social justice activism. My yoga practice, is diverse and ever-evolving. In the past five years, yoga played a significant role in my personal development and transformation. I am living proof that disciplined empathy for yourself, will change how you show up in the world.
As a native of Western North Carolina, I am passionate about supporting all communities, this includes those communities who often have limited access to personal care and holistic resources. It is my intention to build bridges, weaving among diverse groups, sprinkling yoga as I go. My intention is to empower people to cultivate a more holistic relationship to themselves and the Earth. Meditation and yoga are the practices I utilize to embody actions for radical personal and collective transformation.
As part of recovering from years of bookkeeping (and teaching yoga as a hobby) Jean Marie entered the world of mind-body medicine earning her RYT 500 as a Kripalu yoga teacher and is also a cardiac certified yoga teacher (Satchidananda Ashram). As her version of post graduate work, she received certification from The Academy for Guided Imagery and The Muscular Therapy Institute. In these extensive multi-year trainings she developed her passion for psychoneuroimmunology, neuroscience, anatomy and physiology. [Read more…]
Jessica grew up in a log cabin built by her father in the woods of rural Ohio. Her family grew most of their own food, and lived in harmony with the cycles of nature’s seasons. Jessica spent her childhood exploring the forests, streams and fields around the Lohrey homestead creating bonds with the natural world that would last a lifetime. Jessica, a Certified Aromatherapist, has been studying and using herbs, aromatherapy and other holistic healing modalities for more than 30 years.
Jessica began practicing yoga in the late 90’s as a way to stay in shape and reduce stress. After a life-changing motorcycle accident, her physical and spiritual healing led her deeper into the practice. Over the last 18 years Jessica has studied teachings from the Krishnamacharya, Sivananda, and Kripalu lineages of yoga. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is certified as an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance. [Read more…]
I was first introduced to yoga in 1998 with a dvd and a mat in my living room. Several years later, I stepped into my first class and my eyes were opened to a whole new world. Although my practice was sporadic for many years, yoga was always there in some way, either through mindful breathing or just simply doing a few asanas every day. Thanks to some major life shifts in recent years, not only did my practice transform to a daily one, but my whole life’s path shifted. The day I walked into the studio at Asheville Community Yoga, a spark in me quickly lit and that fire has been burning at full speed ever since. [Read more…]
Jim’s purpose in teaching yoga is to help make yoga available to all. He seeks to point the way through yoga to finding joy and peace both on and off the mat. Jim’s mantra is that yoga is good for the body, fine for the mind, and great for the soul. Prior to completing 250-hour Teacher Training at Asheville Community Yoga and becoming RYT-200 Certified by Yoga Alliance, Jim taught college-level geology and environmental courses for 22 years. [Read more…]
I discovered the bliss of a dedicated yoga practice in 2013, while the experiences of pregnancy and young motherhood made their demands on me. Growing, nurturing and protecting a child required my cup to be full, and yoga did that for me more than anything else. I attended a Saturday yoga class religiously and practiced along with some prenatal yoga DVDs but craved more. [Read more…]
Joshua Canter has been a Mindfulness practitioner and teacher the past 10 years. He has an MA in Contemplative Psychology with an Emphasis on Mindfulness. [Read more…]
Julia’s journey with meditation and yoga began as a young teenager, when she sought out alternative methods for coping with her anxiety and depression. Inspired by her experiences and the tools she acquired through these practices, Julia decided to complete her first teacher training in 2006, and has been sharing mindfulness and yoga ever since. In addition to holding weekly public classes in Asheville, Julia also teaches youth at risk, women incarcerated, and teens in recovery.
Yoga is a way of life. Yoga is life in connection. I teach yoga because I feel a mystical pull to contribute to the well being and healing of humanity, to be a conduit and vessel for the divine and to exemplify that the divine is within us all. I teach yoga to offer my gifts to the world, to be of service to others and to share love. I am an artist, yogini, healer, and human, excited to witness the process of healing and evolution in others and myself, contributing to the healing and uplifting of humanity, the earth, and the cosmos. [Read more…]
I hail from the shores of Lake Huron, in Michigan. I began to call the Blue Ridge Mountains home after several years of wandering and studying. My yoga practice followed me throughout my travels- I discovered asana in 2005, but didn’t fall in love with yoga until I began exploring the philosophy that truly is the practice. [Read more…]
Katie began her journey in the desert sands of New Mexico taking a yoga class to fill credit hours in the Spring of 2009 at the University of New Mexico. Becoming instantly hooked, she continued her practice checking out various studios around Albuquerque, primarily HOT Vinyasa Flow. Eventually heading to the Low Country in search of a studio to begin teacher training in October 2011, she found Savannah Yoga Center in the first week of moving to Savannah, GA. The studio became a staple to her daily routine and graduated from the 200 hour Summer Intensive YTT program in 2012. [Read more…]
“We are more powerful when we empower each other.”
Kelly’s yoga training began in Phoenix, Arizona and sparked a passion to continuously expand her education and share knowledge to help people find health and happiness. This love for humanity and the practice of yoga comes across in each of her classes. [Read more…]
Kelly Gilmore is a dedicated, seasoned, down-to-earth yoga teacher and body worker with a background in holistic, mindful living.
Her classes are inspired from her various trainings through out the last 17 years of being on the amazing path of yoga and 27 years of adoring nature. She began teaching in 2001 after becoming certified in Flow Yoga with White Lotus Foundation and continued on their advanced teacher training the following year. Anusara attracted her shortly after and she completed a 300 hour teacher training which led to several hundred hours of therapeutics and an appreciation for alignment. With the fascination of the body and it’s physiology, Kelly became a LMBT in 2006. In 2013, she completed a 500 hour training with Subtle Yoga and became a Yoga Therapist. In 2016, she received certification in Yin Yoga and Aromatherapy. [Read more…]
My yoga practice began in 2007, as a student at Appalachian State in Boone, NC. I was initially drawn in to class by how GOOD it felt in my body and later found that the mental and spiritual exploration encouraged in yoga were altering my perspective and, in short, making me a better person. After college, I spent a year in the Marshall Islands, where I had my mat, but no yoga studio. So, I discovered the creativity and growth that my personal practice sparked—and I knew that when I got back to the US, I would become certified to teach yoga. When I moved to Asheville, I got my 200 hr certification from Asheville Yoga Center, and received additional training from the former Go Yoga of Asheville’s Renegade Hearts Baptiste Power Yoga training program. Hot Power Yoga has really resonated with me in the last few years, and has been the base of my practice and teaching style.
Kim first encountered yoga at summer camp when she was little. She remembers practicing the simple sun salutation she learned over and over again on the floor of her room when she got home from camp but it wasn’t until college that she really dove into her yoga practice. At UNCA, she began attending the “Deep Stretch” class offered on campus, and in 2012 through a friend and a bit of chance she ended up in Michael’s Warm Vinyasa Flow at Asheville Community Yoga. At the end of class she had that “what the heck just happened?” feeling when you’re covered in sweat with endorphins pulsing through your body. She was so sore the next day, but she was hooked.
I am a 500 hour yoga teacher in the Kripalu (Kri-PAH-loo) tradition. My personal yoga and meditation practices have inspired me to live in a way that is in better alignment with my values, to honor and to take care of myself and those around me, to become more authentic, and to support others in trying to do the same. Over my 15+ years of practicing yoga, it has become my belief, through personal experience, that an individual’s healing ability is greatly enhanced by mind-body practices. [Read more…]
When a friend casually showed me my first yoga asanas in 1998, it sparked a deep remembering, and sudden illumination of a path before me. Yoga would be a guiding force of my life, and in order to fully receive this gift, I had to share it. [Read more…]
Yoga has been in my life for years, but when I moved to Asheville, it became a way of life. It started out as a supportive addition to my movement practice when I was dancing everyday as a teenager. I liked the structure and fluidity that I felt I could physically flow between while doing asana. When I moved to Asheville, I was hungry to find a way to move my body. Yoga seemed like a supportive and straightforward way to do that, so I took a class at Asheville Community Yoga, and I kept coming back. I was amazed to find so many different types of asana, and I soon discovered that yoga is much more than a physical practice. Each time I step onto my mat I learn more about myself and that is what compelled me to participate in the 250-hour teacher training at Asheville Community Yoga. I am excited to continue to grow, discover and play in such a supportive community.
My first Aha! yoga experience was during a Kundalini class I attended in 1993 while training for AIDS hospice program in Hartford, CT. Thus began my shamanic yogic path; As the breath work, mantras and asanas worked their magic, my connection with Self deepened as my body-mind-spirit began revealing their mysteries and merits. As a professional vocalist and recording artist, I value my voice, breath control and capacity so always appreciate practices for improving my musical performance. I had no idea in that first Kundalini class how Yoga would eventually guide and continue to awaken me to a Higher Purpose. [Read more…]
Linda is new to Asheville and thrilled to be here surrounded by natural beauty and a truly holistic community. She has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and teaching fitness, health longer than that. Her classes are a meditation in motion: a vinyasa flow connecting strength, balance, and focus utilizing the breath, alignment, and joy. Not only is she a physical therapist, but has worked through several injuries giving her a unique perspective on safety, modification, and acceptance. [Read more…]
Liz has been an exercise instructor for over 20 years. 15 years ago she discovered Tai Chi and 10 years ago she began teaching Tai Chi. She studies with Sifu Mark Small from the Mountain Dragon Martial Arts School here in Asheville. She has also studied with Master Wu, Wen-Ching from Way of the Dragon School in Rhode Island, Sifu Bob Feeser from Asheville and Sifu Caroline Demoise from Chapel Hill. [Read more…]
Luna Ray is a teacher of yoga, a workshop and retreat leader, kirtan musician and recording artist, and an activist for conscious and empowered community collaboration. As an advocate for wellness and spiritual growth, Luna works with the deep intention of inspiring and encouraging humans to cultivate an awareness of their inherent wisdom. Luna believes that by coming together, and using the tools of yoga, including mantra and meditation, we are led to our hearts deepest desires, and we build the strength to act upon them.
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. [Read more…]
Marilyn began her study of yoga and meditation over 35 years ago. She believes, ideally, yoga should be a life-long and ever-changing practice that keeps us healthy and balanced and that fosters conscious awareness of our spiritual growth and evolution. She is certified in both Interdisciplinary Yoga and Kripalu Yoga and is registered with the National Yoga Alliance. [Read more…]
Martha finds both joy and peacefulness in her yoga practice, and she attempts to share these through her teaching style. Her classes harness the power of movement, breath, mantra, and meditation, gently sprinkled with laughter and good humor, to help facilitate a state of relaxation and harmony. [Read more…]
Recently relocated to Asheville via Chicago, Mary started her yoga practice around age 50 and shortly thereafter became a sponge for all things and topics energy related; both physical and mental. A year later Spring Forest Qigong crossed her path and she took the first 3 courses under founder Master Chunyi Lin. Mary is passionate about study, discussion and experiencing energy in various forms and Qigong is an intriguing, healing way to do that. Mary will lead you though the exercises and share tidbits of related ideas with you along the way. [Read more…]
A Latin-American, from Panama, Michele transplanted to Asheville in September 2013 from New York City. Although her love of yoga began nearly 10 years ago at her local Bikram studio in Manhattan, her passion and deeper clarity of purpose didn’t ignite until she enrolled in YTT at Asheville Community Yoga in July 2017.
Her love of the healing arts, allows her to show up on and off the mat with compassion, empathy and a passion to serve others. She strongly believes Yoga can be the bridge to connect others to a deeper awareness of self and the world from a place of love. When she is not on her mat or in meditation, she provides consulting services for businesses and life guidance for individuals through her company Coeur Conscious Coaching.
Chronic back pain and the desire to feel truly at home in my own skin led me to take lessons and train to be a teacher of the Alexander Technique. This simple and proven education in the “how” of coordinating body-mind goes beyond improvements in “posture.” While students typically report that they sit, stand and move with more grace (and therefore less to zero pain), Alexander Technique is not about how to do things “right.” It actually asks you to examine your habitual thoughts and tension patterns, and make conscious choices to be kind to yourself. Once you realize that it’s possible to be friends with gravity, that your body is perfectly designed to experience pleasure in the simplest of daily activities, that you no longer have to fight yourself to “get things done,” it becomes intolerable to surrender to pressures that make you deflate, crumple, brace, or squeeze your body. Then moving through space becomes a joy, an opportunity to explore balance and strength, and concerns about “posture” are irrelevant. [Read more…]
My name is Michelle Alvarez and I am originally from Puerto Rico. I am a recent transplant to Asheville, via New York City. As the bumper sticker says, “I wasn’t born in Asheville, but I got here as soon as I could.” Since then, I’ve fully embraced its “Namaste, y’all” culture. I have always been attracted to yoga, but I didn’t initially realize what an important part of my life yoga would become. Yoga has allowed me to reconnect with my true self, my purpose and my values. As I became aware of its impact on my spiritual, mental, and physical health, this realization planted the seed for my eventual calling to teach yoga. I completed my yoga teacher training at Asheville Community Yoga, and I’m thrilled to now be teaching here. Through Asheville Community Yoga, I hope to reach the members of the Spanish-speaking community who may be searching for a space to come practice yoga together, and to reap the same benefits from it that I have received in my practice.
Mi nombre es Michelle Álvarez y soy de Puerto Rico. Me trasladé a Asheville hace poco, después de vivir muchos años en Nueva York. Como dicen por ahí, “No nací en Asheville, pero vine lo antes que pude.” Desde que llegué he disfrutado mucho de la cultura de “Namaste, y’all” que hay en esta ciudad. Siempre me ha interesado el yoga, pero cuando comencé a practicarlo no sabía lo importante que sería el yoga en mi vida. [Read more…]
I started practicing yoga almost 20 years ago. Several years back, I realized that yoga can help with personal growth and healing, beyond just the benefits of the physical practice. The physical practice helps keep me fit as I enter my middle years. But it’s the combination of physical and spiritual fitness that I want to share with others through my instruction. [Read more…]
I am an Eagle Scout, Wrestler, Air Force Academy Graduate, 5 year Air Force Veteran, 5 year Physical Therapist, Husband, and Father. I began practicing yoga to improve my flexibility. I became excited about yoga as a means to improve my strength. I became intrigued by yoga as a means to improve myself. I am excited to share yoga with Veterans and anyone who cares to join my class. [Read more…]
Ramesh Bjonnes has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 40 years. He is the co-founder and Director of the Prama Wellness Center, a retreat center specializing in yoga detox by incorporating juice fasting, Ayurveda, and yoga in the spirit that a balanced lifestyle is our best medicine. Ramesh is also a writer, yogi and workshop leader. He lived in India and Nepal for several years in the 1980s learning directly from the traditional teachers of yoga. [Read more…]
Corey Costanzo offered the Didgeridoo Meditation at the Esalen Institute’s famed hot tubs, every Wednesday night from 2003-2008. The acoustics in the space, along with the sound of the waves crashing on the shore below, is an ideal environment for experiencing the profound vibrations of the didgeridoo. Ken Dychtwald, best-selling author of Bodymind writes, “Corey Costanzo’s Didgeridoo Meditation is a transportive experience that has left me feeling deeply connected to the mystery of life. One of the best experiences I’ve ever had at Esalen!”
Robin Fann-Costanzo began practicing yoga and massage at the Esalen Institute in 1994 and in 2003 created a weekly Restorative yoga class using the asanas, poetry, and sound vibration to invite students to go into a deep refuge of relaxation and self-awareness. She has studied with many teachers including Thomas Fortel, Shiva Rea, Erich Schiffmann, and Judith Lassiter, and blends her favorite aspects of them all into her teaching. Robin’s skills as a bodyworker have helped her to understand and support her yoga students in all stages of their lives. She has a deep love for yoga, and looks forward to sharing it with you.
Sonya first found yoga back in 2001. Her journey began when a friend shared a yoga video with her thinking it would help her heal from a difficult breakup and a ‘lost’ feeling. Little did she know…the seed had been planted for a lifetime of healing.
Sonya was not looking for yoga, but at transitional moments in her life, yoga continued to find her. Gradually, her practice deepened and she was able to pull herself gracefully out of depression, manage chronic pain, calm her mind and then complete her 250hr teacher training program at Asheville Community Yoga in 2012. [Read more…]
Yoga has been a part of my life for the last ten years, and it’s only been in the last two that it has become a consistent and integral practice. Through yoga I have found health, peace and focus. Listening to my heart and soul, I enrolled and completed the 250 hour teacher training at Asheville Community Yoga and haven’t looked back. [Read more…]
“Yoga found me.”
Sylvia took the 250 hour yoga teacher training at Asheville Community Yoga after practicing yoga for four years. The motive was to learn more and understand more about yoga. [Read more…]
Whisper works in the conservation field. When she is not saving and conserving nature she is helping to align chakras. Whisper first fell in love with yoga in college. After her first class she was hooked and has been practicing yoga for the past 15 years. Whisper does not separate the human consciousness from the physical world and feels they are both intricately connected.
Chronic back pain and the desire to feel truly at home in my own skin led me to take lessons and train to be a teacher of the Alexander Technique. This simple and proven education in the “how” of coordinating body-mind increases ease of movement by redirecting excessive tension into useful energy. A common result is relief from pain and distress caused by everyday habits, accompanied by a simultaneous increase in awareness/sensitivity while reducing reactivity. I completed the 3-year, 1600-hour training at The Alexander Educational Center in Berkeley, CA and have been teaching individuals and groups since 2009. [Read more…]