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 founder and executive director of the center.
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…]
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 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.
I have done yoga off and on for 20 years. But in 2016, while in the midst of caring for my mom, I found Asheville Community Yoga and truly connected with yoga and realized the depth of what yoga can bring to your life – that yoga is so much more than poses on a mat. It has been life changing ever since. I have been a caregiver most of my life. Professionally, as a registered nurse for the past 34 years. And personally, through caring for several family members during their journey through the last phase of their lives. As a caregiver, finding ways to care for myself and remain resilient is so important but can also be very challenging to maintain.
Jim is certified as an RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance, having completed 250-hour Teacher Training at Asheville Community Yoga and 300 training hours in Advanced Yoga Studies at Asheville Yoga Center. Additional yoga training Jim has completed includes study of Experiential Anatomy with Judith Lasater and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga with David Emerson, both at Kripalu.
Jim’s purpose in teaching yoga is to help make yoga available and enjoyable for all. Honoring the uniqueness of each person, Jim invites his students to explore each pose to notice sensations in their bodies and discover the form that is most useful. He encourages students to use Asana with ease in order to move toward the space in which gratitude, compassion, joy, and freedom arise.
Lauren (Jot Anant) has been a spiritual seeker for as long as she can recall. From a very young age she was deeply drawn in and connected to the suffering within the world, continually seeking ways in which she could understand and attempt to feel the challenges faced by others as well as support them during their times of need. It wasn’t until she was more than 10 years into her yoga journey that she began to understand that this was her dharma, and saw clearly the path that she had been intuitively walking all along.
Hi, my name is Dana and I love sharing my yoga practice with Asheville both on and off of the mat. I earned my RYT certification at the Lakshmi Rising School of Yoga and Wellness in Cabuya, Costa Rica. My training was infused with vinyasa, dance, mantra, meditation, Ayurveda and ritual. Since completing my training, I have continued to be a student of yoga and life studying and teaching many types of yoga. [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…]
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 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…]
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…]
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 to those recovering from substance misuse and eating disorders, individuals experiencing spiritual emergency and/or wanting to integrate entheogenic experiences, and anyone dealing with the effects of trauma.
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 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…]
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…]
Laura is an educator at a non-profit organization that provides services for those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. Her work includes trauma-informed, social-emotional education for youth and speaking about LGBTQ+ issues in rural communities. She started practicing yoga on and off in 2010 and made the decision to become a yoga teacher after realizing that a body-based practice was missing from her work. Her own experience has taught her that yoga allows people to tune into their own unique experiences while finding a strong mind/body balance. She completed her 250 hr Teacher Training at Asheville Community Yoga and Trauma-Informed Yoga for Youth training with Yoga Ed. She’s excited to be a part of a community that honors yoga for ALL! Laura lives with her wife, Eryn, and crew of rescue animals. She identifies as lesbian and her pronouns are she/her/hers
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…]
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.
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…]
Robyn is a physician, certified yoga therapist, researcher and founder of Yoga Heals 4 Life, a private yoga therapy practice, integrating western and eastern philosophies for complete physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Her stress management and self-care programming serves those touched by cancer, anxiety, and stress related disorders including PTSD.
She holds several specialty certifications including those through Integrative Yoga Therapy, Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy, y4c Yoga for Cancer, Exclusive Yoga for Breast Cancer, Novato Institute for Somatic Research, Integrative Restoration Institute, and Warriors at Ease serving military veteran communities.
“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…]