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. In the interest of assisting others to benefit from yoga, I volunteered my teaching at the local jail, to the unhoused and women in recovery, and shortly thereafter discovered Asheville Community Yoga. My sense has always been that ACY is not simply a yoga studio; It is an innovative model of something much broader in scope, one that creates and promotes community, enjoyment, and healing. Over the next decade I believe ACY will distinguish itself from all other yoga studios by offering an array of services that will transform the lives of a diverse population in and around Asheville.
Gentle Yoga (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Thursdays from 8:00 to 9:00 pm
If you’re not in the mood for lunges and downward dogs, let me suggest gentle yoga. The pace is steady and friendly to the breath. About half of the poses are done on our backs and the other half prone. The most frequent pose is Savasana (corpse pose) in between every other pose, giving time for integration and assimilation. We also reserve ten minutes at the end of class for a restorative Savasana. I usually teach through the wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.