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.
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, 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…]
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…]
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…]
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 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…]
Adam first started to practice yoga and qigong (mindful movement, sometimes referred to as “Chinese Yoga”) in 2008. He wanted to become more flexible. He was surprised to discover that these practices held healing benefits that went far beyond the physical. Meditation also became a central focus on his journey of self-discovery and service.
After serving 4 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Adam went on to college to become a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). He is currently a licensed Physical Therapist (PT) in the state of North Carolina.
While still in PT school in 2012, Adam immersed himself in the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu Center in Massachusetts (where he met his sweetheart Laura). This was a life changing experience for him. It opened him up to so much more of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of life. He learned how to tap in to a whole new level of wisdom and compassion.
After experiencing a couple of traumatic losses in 2009, Amanda searched for a healthy and natural way to bring peace and happiness into her life and yoga was what she turned to. This was the pivotal moment that turned her life around.She fell in love with yoga and the spiritual journey it brought to her.
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…]
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…]
My yoga journey began as a senior in high school as a way to better my athletic performance as a basketball player. At the time, I never knew how much yoga would change my life. Through yoga I learned that my body was capable of many things–it’s a very powerful machine. I learned that despite the preconceived notion that most have, there is more to yoga than flexibility. To me, yoga is about mental, physical and emotional balance, which inevitably leads to self-improvement across all areas of your life. [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.
Beth graduated from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2011 with a Certification in Holistic Wellness Coaching, and continues her studies with Functional Nutrition Alliance. In addition, she is a graduate from the University of Rhode Island, she is a certified Conscious Aging facilitator through IONS, a facilitator for an Asheville chapter of Dining For Women organization and a volunteer companion for Care Partners, Hospice.
Her journey of healthy living began over 14 years ago, after her daughter was born with an array of life threatening food allergies. During the first few years of her daughter’s life, it became clear that she needed to empower herself to understand underlying causes of what was going on for her daughter’s internal micro-biome. The conventional medicine, at that time, was unable to offer her the answers she needed to keep her daughter healthy and vital. She did not want to put a band-aid on the situation, and instead devoted herself with passion to uncovering the key to her daughter’s health issues.
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…]
Namaste, I’m Cassidy! I’m a 200 hour RYT certified by Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Facility nestled in the Himalayan mountains along the sacred ganges in Rishikesh, India. I’ve been practicing and studying yoga on and off for about 10 years; but fully dedicated myself to the authentic practice 2 and a half years ago through a college course during my final semester of studying mental health. After diving deeply into my practice for a year, I was divinely guided to take my studies to the roots of the traditional practice in the yoga capital of the world. [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…]
I am originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, but have happily called the mountains of Asheville home for the past three years. I came to Asheville seeking a new way of existing, and desperately needing a life change. When I found my yoga practice, it was as if a light went off within me and I felt the wheels of life changing. I knew I’d never be the same person again. My practice led me from depression and anxiety, to managing, and soon thriving. After completing my yoga teacher training, it is now my hope that I can perhaps help others find their way to freedom of mind and spirit by helping them connect to their own yoga practice.
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!” 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…]
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…]
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.
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 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.
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…]
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…]
Kelly took her first yoga class many years ago, but didn’t get “hooked” until the summer of 2018. Once she discovered how much yoga helped her physical, emotional, and mental states, she knew she wanted to share that feeling with everyone! Kelly completed her 250 hour teacher training at Asheville Community Yoga in June, and is happy to now have the opportunity to share her love of yoga with others. Outside of the yoga world, Kelly is also a certified teacher, currently at Oakley Elementary. [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.
Movement practices have always been a passion and a pathway to spirt for me. I grew up cultivating both a love of dance and walking in the woods; this was my way of finding inner peace and connecting to the great mystery. When I was introduced to yoga and meditation, I found a wonderful synthesis of mindful movement and a deep stillness that cultivated both a a sense of awareness and belonging. I am grateful to draw on my experience practicing yoga with Sofia Diaz in Boulder, studying Gabrielle Roth’s 5Rhythms, Qoya dance, and completing the 250-hour Teacher Training at ACY.
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…]
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. I took a class at Asheville Community Yoga, and I kept being drawn back to try the same and different classes. I soon discovered that yoga is much more than a
physical practice. Going to the same class each week I would have an entirely different experience. Each time I step onto my mat I have the opportunity to 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…]
Luke Shaver is an ATI certified Alexander Technique Teacher. He finished his training in 2018 with Corinne Cassini, a three year, 1600 hour program. Luke also holds a BA in piano performance from Appalachian State University. He has worked with musicians, teachers, yogis, carpenters, chefs, and even “normal” people teaching them the ease and usefulness of the Alexander principles. In his personal life, the AT work has enabled him not just to cope with but to actually alleviate repetitive stress injuries, neck pain, undue stress, and outstanding pains from severe injuries and broken bones. His work within AT focuses on functional anatomy, freedom of choice, perspective awareness, and poise in performance. Luke desires to share the ease inherent in getting out of our own way and learning to enjoy how we do what we do.
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…]
Maegan has been teaching and practicing yoga for over ten years. She is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) at Lutea Acupuncture within Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville in the River Arts District. Maegan is passionate about utilizing yoga asana, breath, and intention mixed with light-hearted fun to create an enjoyable and meditative healing experience for her students.
In her classes, Maegan encourages students to hold space for themselves and to allow their practice to be a creative manifestation of who they are and how they feel in the moment, whether they arrive feeling balanced and strong, shaky, or full of emotion. Through her playful and intelligent sequencing and fusion of ancient yogic and Chinese medicine knowledge, she hopes her students can find ways to use what they resonate with while finding their own way on the mat that truly serves 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…]
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.
My name is Michelle Álvarez and I am originally from Puerto Rico. I am a somewhat 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.” And immediately I set about embracing this beautiful “Namaste, y’all” culture. I have always been attracted to yoga, but I had no idea what an important part of my life yoga would become. My yoga practice has allowed me to realign, when I had drifted off-center, with my intentions, my values, my true self and –dramatic as it sounds– my life’s purpose. I’ve been a psychologist for more than 15 years, but yoga helped me truly understand holistic wellbeing, as if being able to see through new eyes –or my third eye! My growing awareness of yoga’s impact on my spiritual, mental, and physical health was what planted the seed for my eventual calling to teach yoga, and shortly after, to incorporate it into my psychology practice. So here in Asheville is where I gave birth to my baby: TALKyoga©, a unique integration of psychotherapy with yoga and mindfulness practices. It’s a combination that is even more powerful than the sum of its parts. And it brings me so much joy every day to have created it, and to be able to share it with others. (If you’re interested, you can read more about my story and about TALKyoga at drmichellealvarez.com.)
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…]
Rachel fell in love with the practice of yoga in early 2013 as a “last resort” strategy to manage her mental health and an unsustainable way of living. After her first class, yoga felt like a breakthrough and a sanctuary, allowing her to connect the mind and heart.
She began to develop a deeper connection to herself and a greater awareness of her thought patterns, words, and actions. This practice became more than physical as it was a journey of the soul, where she tapped into her intuition and potential. Through yoga, she discovered the beautiful wisdom ingrained in the body and the power of movement.
Radhika Banu Bjonnes (500-RYT) is an experienced and dedicated yoga and meditation teacher, aroma-therapist, laughter yogini and a practitioner of various creative movement arts. She has been practicing yoga and meditation daily since 2001. In addition, Radhika holds a 60 hour certification and a 400 hour Diploma in Rajadhiraja Yoga from AMYA, a state certified yoga academy in Singapore, a 100 hour certification in Yin Yoga and a 100 hour certification in yoga for pregnancy, birth and baby. She has also completed modules in pre- and post-natal yoga and yoga for active birth.
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.
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.
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…]
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 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…]