As part of the early family of Asheville Community Yoga, Wendy is grateful to have returned to this ever-expanding space of love and devotion. It has been a beautiful journey of studying with many teachers including Erich Schiffmann, Seane Corn, Doug Keller, Cora Wen, Rodney Yee, and Paul Grilley, but her greatest teachers have been her children and her students who have enlightened her life in the most remarkable way. Always grateful for the opportunity to share yoga, Wendy has over 3,800 hours of teaching experience. Certified in many different disciplines and styles of yoga, her classes vary from Gentle Flow, Yoga for Seniors to HOT Flow, as well as a fun Blacklight Yoga class which incorporates yoga and dance.
Wendy serves as the Community Outreach & Fundraising Director, facilitating our annual Holiday Art Market, coordinating fundraising events, and acting as an ambassador for the mission of Asheville Community Yoga. At the very heart of Wendy’s passion is finding ways to bring more inclusive, dynamic, and accessible wellness practices to our community. This requires a dedication of time and funding. Being a part of a 501c3 nonprofit, donation-based yoga studio, Wendy is always looking for resources and community members with valuable experience and wisdom to share, so reach out!
Wendy provides support and guidance to the instructors who serve Asheville Community Yoga by organizing monthly teacher workshops. Wendy offers a Foundations of Yoga series for students wishing to dive deeper into incorporating Yoga into their daily lives and is a part of our Teacher Training and Immersion programs. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT and YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) She is a member of IAYT, International Association of Yoga Therapists.
“Asheville Community Yoga is intrinsically woven into my heart space. It is an honor and a privilege to serve here.”
Gentle Morning Flow (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Sundays from 9:30 to 10:45 am
The peaceful pace of a Sunday morning offers an opportunity to soften into a more mindful, gentle practice. A beautiful way to ease into the day with a Gentle Morning Flow practice, mindful breathing, and deeply relaxing Savasana. Options are given to make this class accessible to all levels. Beginners welcome.
Yoga for Seniors (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Mondays from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm
Mindful movement and breathing are the focus of this class, specially designed for students who are 50 and up. Each practice will include ways in which you can incorporate yoga into your daily routine to reap the greatest long-term benefits. Props and individualized instruction help make this class suitable for all levels. With a touch of humor sprinkled in, you will find yourself smiling and energized, ready to embrace the day!
HOT Flow (ABSOLUTELY NO BEGINNERS PLEASE*)
Tuesdays from 8:00 to 9:15 pm
Combining Vinyasa, Freedom Style, mindful breathing and playful enthusiasm, this class creates an opportunity to explore your practice in a whole new way. As the temperature of the room and body heat up, it allows for a deeper release and letting go. This class is challenging and not suitable for beginners. We will explore more advanced poses and sequences and encourage exploring your pose within the pose, making each practice uniquely your own. Bring a towel and be ready to sweat! Set to a great playlist of music, the time will fly by quickly, ending with the blissful relaxation of a much deserved savasana.
*Why, “no beginners”? Unlike a traditional Vinyasa Flow class, the heated room and vigorous practice warms the body. This creates perspiration of course, which can make for a slippery experience! Finding stability and balance to support bone and muscle structure is key to a safe practice. In addition, the warmth creates more flexibility in the muscles, so you will find it easier to stretch. Without previous yoga experience, one might have less ability to notice when to back away in a pose to prevent over-stretching or straining. Please take one of our many Vinyasa Flow classes, work up to Warm Vinyasa, then come into this experience with a safe intention and mindset. Thanks!
Warm Vinyasa Flow (L1&2)
Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Building heat in our bodies through Pranayama (breath practice), we will move through specific sequences to bring balance between effort and ease. Every pose is an offering, an opportunity to explore where your body and breath meet to serve your intention. A great way to release tension from the day as you move into your evening. Prepare to perspire, to open, to giggle a bit, and to find a deeper sense of peace.
Gentle Flow (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Fridays from 9:30 to 10:45 am
Moving mindfully with our breath, Gentle Flow Yoga will allow your body to release tension and create space for healing. Focusing on safely transitioning from one pose to the next which allows for a steady flow of prana through the body and organs, we will go through a series of seated, standing, and reclining postures. Suitable for Beginners, as well as Advanced students who are looking for a gentle, mindful practice.