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. My practice has continued to grow and evolve just as I have on and off the mat. For me, yoga is a part of every moment of life, each breath, each conversation, every interaction, they are all opportunities to spread light and love and to continue to explore and discover our truest selves. I completed the 250hr Yoga Teacher Training at ACY and I can honestly say that it changed the trajectory of my life. I am excited and humbled to have the opportunity to share my love of yoga and my practice with this beautiful community.
Email her at Lauren@ashevillecommunityyoga.com
Gentle Flow (ALL levels, beginners welcome)
Mondays from 5:15 to 6:15 pm
Suitable for both beginners and longtime practitioners, together we will start by connecting to the breath, connecting to the body, feeling into the present moment. Balancing both effort and ease, we will mindfully move through a series of postures connected by a deep, soothing yogic breath and designed to gently open the body, open the heart, and open the mind, freeing you to relax, release and let go. We will finish our hour together with a blissful savasana to gently carry you into a restful evening.
Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Sundays from 9:45 to 10:45 am, Wednesdays 12:00 to 1:00 pm
A balanced moving meditation that incorporates breathwork with energizing and creative flows. We will start by connecting to our breath, tapping into the inner landscape, and from there we will compassionately flow through a series of fun and playful asanas; moving and grooving our way through sun salutations and standing balancing series designed to help you feel both challenged and empowered. Often infused with mantras, mudras, and pranayama to help us connect physical practice with spiritual experience. We will finish the practice by coming back to the ground for a cooling series of twists, stretches, and inversions followed by a relaxing savasana.
Sunrise Flow (All Levels)
Wednesdays from 7:15 to 8:15 am
Wake up your body, mind, and spirit and greet this beautiful new day with intention! As the sun begins to rise we will start by connecting to the breath, grounding into our bodies, beginning with some slow movement and stretches to awaken. We will then build a little heat as we move through a fun and playful flow designed to challenge and inspire you. After our flow we will begin to cool down, finding our way towards a blissful svasana, enabling you to release the mind in order to free your heart. A lovely, rejuvenating, mid-week practice!
Warm Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:45 pm
Join me Thursday evenings for dynamic, free flowing, creative, heart felt, and thought provoking time on the mat. We will begin our hour and fifteen minutes together by taking some time to allow the day to settle, the mind to calm, and the breath to become the priority. We will flow compassionately through a series of asanas designed to help you connect to your body and feel challenged, empowered, and open to greet whatever may lie before you. We will work with the heat to break through any barriers in the body, freeing the heart and the breath, allowing them to shine brightly. This class will be sprinkled with moments of strength as well as moments of complete surrender. Coming together on our mats, to practice in community, what better way is there to recognize, honor, and cultivate that special spark that lies within each of us?