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 strives to offer compassionate yoga classes, blending joyful sequencing and lighthearted instruction. She appreciates yoga as a holistic healing arts practice, providing guidance to learn more about ourselves, each other, and to live more peacefully in the world. Jodie hopes that students arrive to class open to their infinite possibilities!
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!
I first found yoga nearly 10 years ago but it took almost 5 years for it to really grip my heart and soul. My first experiences were in my living room with a DVD, no mat, no consistency to my practice. I then discovered an online yoga community where I took classes from many different instructors, and a variety of yogic pathways, and it was during a month long series on sun salutations that I began to peel away the layers of the self and open my heart and mind to the endless path of yoga. I started weaving in classes at Asheville Community Yoga with my home practice and it was at this incredible studio that I began to realize the true healing power of 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…]
Mary’s 200hr Karuna [Compassion] Yoga Teacher Training was provided by 4025 Yoga & Wellness in 2014 and was based out of Richmond, VA. It was a small group of 5 women who spent one weekend a month together for nine months. During this time, she also completed an apprenticeship with her mentor at Blue Padma Yoga in Scottsville, VA. [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…]
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…]
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…]
Adeline Cleveland began practicing yoga in an Environmental Studies & Dance class called “Body and Earth” at Middlebury College. Her love for movement and interest in anatomy led her to take a semester away from school and dive more deeply into Yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation in the Berkshires.
Adeline received her teaching certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2011, and she has been teaching ever since. Since receiving her 200-hour certification, she has returned to Kripalu numerous times to assist yoga teacher training programs and to continue her own education, studying pranayama, meditation, asana, and the mysteries in between! [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
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 and her LMBT (Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist). 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…]
It is with great joy and a warm heart that Brian offers Radiant Heart Qigong as a meditative practice at Asheville Community Yoga. He was trained in this practice by Zen Roshi, Teja Bell in in Marin, CA. His intention in this work is to assist you in becoming more fully present in your body and in the moment. In addition to this work, he also supports clients as a Spiritual Counselor and Intuitive Reader. Over the years, he has found qigong to be an amazing tool for cultivating intuition and creativity. Brian welcomes you to join him in this energy art! [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…]
Britt Patterson, MA, RYT-200
Britt’s yoga teaching is grounded in studies of Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology, yoga instruction in India, and teacher training at Asheville Community Yoga. Her interests lie in human experience and the potential for growth, creativity, and change. [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…]
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…]
Warm Vinyasa Flow (L1 & 2)
Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:15 pm
This warm class is dedicated to centering the body in alignment with the Earth, holding poses to develop strength, and flowing in the practice with the breath.
Eva Vega is a Yoga Instructor (300RYT), Health Coach, and Fitness Instructor. She has been teaching Yoga since 2005 and was trained in and is certified in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as created by Larry Schultz. She has continued her education and is certified in Progressive Ashtanga Yoga, Budokon Yoga, PiYo, Booty Barre and the Will Power Method. [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 first came to 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 has also dealt with anxiety and depression, she is always continuing to expand her knowledge, consciousness, and self-acceptance. She has completed has completed three, 200-hour yoga teacher certifications programs and recently obtained her 500 hour Advanced Yoga Studies Certification through Asheville Yoga Center. She is also a 100-hour certified TIMBo (trauma informed mind body program) facilitator and is pursuing her certification as a life coach through the Coach Training Institute. [Read more…]
Elka has been practicing yoga since the late 90’s and began formal study in 2005. She’s gone on to study with internationally recognized teachers, including Doug Keller and Robin Rothenberg. Exploring everything from somatic movement to yin, from working in the Iyengar tradition (RYT 500 ), to exploring functional movement and the therapeutic benefits of Viniyoga, Elka became an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist in 2017. While her focus has turned towards therapeutic applications of yoga, what has stayed the same is her fascination with the possibilities of yoga to change, to remake and to heal. [Read more…]
As I am constantly learning and digesting all that is Yoga, I find the holistic benefits to be both on a personal and universal level. I first discovered Yoga at a young age, but it wasn’t until my 250 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Asheville Community Yoga that I found the truly transformational effects it can have on the mind, body and spirit. [Read more…]
Isabel came to yoga looking for rehabilitation and healing after a lifetime of training professionally in contemporary ballet. Using yoga as an education on emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness, she was able to recover from her injuries and later pursued her RYT certification. [Read more…]
Jamie Knox began practicing yoga in 2004 because she worked at a yoga studio and might as well know what she was talking about. She resisted it for as long as she could, though, because she knew she’d have to face the fact that the life she was living was not authentic. Indeed yoga did open her up to this truth and she left Hollywood shortly after. Since then she’s been on and off the yogic path, sometimes with grace, sometimes not. One day, while living in Texas, she decided to just drive to a yoga studio and perhaps she’d get out of the car and return to her practice; she did not. Another day, however, she did. She became a certified 200 hr teacher in 2010, finished grad school, and taught college level theatre and yoga simultaneously. [Read more…]
Jerome is an ordained Pandit in the Himalayan Tradition. He received his yoga teaching certification through the Himalayan Institute and is a registered teacher through Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level (and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider – YACEP). His studies include a 2 1/2 years of intensive training in India. As a teacher of the Himalayan Tradition, Jerome teaches, guides, and initiates students on behalf of the lineage in various subjects such as Raja Yoga, Meditation, Tantra, and Vedanta.
My journey into yoga started in my childhood when I learned the blissful feeling of coming fully into my body during my gymnastics and dance training which I began at the age of 6. I came to understand this feeling as a glimpse of ‘moksha,’ or liberation from the material world, and have always kept this knowledge with me as a special gift.
Yoga was brought into my life during college. All I knew was my physical practice with no direction, just moving how I wanted to on my mat. I went to a few classes here and there, but I mainly had a strong home practice and was self-taught. With an open mind, heart, and a strong love for yoga, I realized I wanted to share and teach it, but first learn the foundations. During my 250hr teacher training with Asheville Community Yoga, a transformation happened, just like they said it would… I call it “becoming aware”. Getting on our mat with others, moving, breathing, meditating together was just an awakening. It opened up my mind that yoga is not only on your mat, it’s everyday life, and all that matters is that you simply show up for yourself!
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…]
My yoga journey began in 2010 as a result of two particular events in my life: (1) being inspired by a roommate who practiced yoga and had a lot of admirable qualities and (2) a search for an alternative measure to address an ongoing issue with wrist pain. Like many, my experience of yoga in the beginning was more focused on the physical exercise component (which to be clear is a component I still enjoy today), and I never considered yoga much more than an alternative medium to develop strength and flexibility. Practicing yoga on and off for years, it was not until I saw yoga as a means to supplement my meditation practice that yoga truly became a more ingrained part of my daily life. [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…]
Katie first found yoga from a fitness perspective looking for physical healing from horseback riding accidents. Then, over time, yoga found her and brought her “home” on her mat through continued soul healing. She felt called to move her personal practice into an offering for others and completed her teacher training at Asheville Community Yoga while pregnant with her son. Her professional experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker allows her to offer trauma informed yoga with a mindful perspective focusing on creating energetic balance and finding mind, body, and spirit connection through physical asanas and attention to breath.
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.
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…]
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. [Read more…]
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…]
“Someone who does not run toward the allure of love walks a road where nothing lives.” -Rumi
Martie Schoener, MA, RYT-200, has been sharing and teaching Yoga for over 10 years, and recently moved to Asheville from Columbus, OH. Martie 1st unwrapped the gift of Yoga in 2001. She fell in love! Immediately, Yoga became the grounding element of her life, during a most demanding and stressful time. The practice of Yoga and meditation restored her vitality, bringing a profound sense of balance and peace back to her life. [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…]
My work helping people release stress and trauma through body-centered therapy and a passion for inner growth, inspired me to explore yoga more deeply and to become a yoga teacher. Through yoga, I feel connected with my most authentic self and to the inner resources needed to thrive. It’s my joy to share a heart-felt practice with others.
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 fell in love with yoga in 2011 and completed the very next 200 hour teacher training my home studio, Yoga Etc. in St. Petersburg, FL, offered in 2012. I’ve had the pleasure of studying and teaching in St. Pete, FL and Austin, TX and here in Asheville. I’ve also taken additional teacher trainings on chair yoga and restorative yoga. I want to help make yoga accessible for every BODY. [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…]
Robert has been teaching yoga for 14 years. One of his greatest joys is watching the effects this ancient practice has on those who partake. A Kripalu graduate, Robert has had the good fortune to study with Erich Schiffman, Sarah Powers, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee and numerous other wonderful teachers. In addition, Robert has a Business degree and a Master’s from Johns Hopkins University in Applied Behavioral Science. [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!” [Read more…]
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…]