Hi there! My name is Zakiyyah Stewart. I am a animal lover, a nurse, and yogi. I found working in a hospital setting to be more toxic than inspiring, more political than of service, more cutthroat than loving. I knew something had to change when I started having panic attacks at work. In May 2018, I left my nursing position in search of a healthier and more purposeful way of living. I surrendered to the limited identity I created as a nurse and granted myself permission to find the thing that would ignite my soul. A dear colleague invited me to Asheville Community Yoga (ACY) and I fell deeply in love with yoga and the welcoming communal space after just one class.
I later learned of the Unity scholarship and of its purpose to make yoga inclusive for all folks. I applied and I am fortunate to be a recipient of a full scholarship and graduate of the summer/fall 2018 teacher training program. Attending the teacher training has truly changed my life for the better. I have a new respect for myself and the impact I am making in the world.
I love Asheville Community Yoga so much that I accepted a full-time position starting as front desk assistant. I can wholeheartedly say that I love my job. My coworkers are more like family and I am empowered to be more myself at work. I am inspired to create true change each day at work. The greatest lessons I have learned thus far is to keep surrendering and trusting. If you want to live in your truth, say “YES!” to the things that excite you and sprint towards things that scare you.
I have three wonderful dogs (Chickie, Lucy, and Precious) and a sassy cat (Dotty).
In my free time, I love to listen to podcasts, study unconscious reprograming, and take pictures. My mornings include snuggles with my cat, a meditative practice, and tea sipping ritual. My friends describe me as positive, compassionate, humorous, and wise. The intent of my classes is to connect students with the power within and to encourage personal introspection and re-discovery with Divine.
Gentle Flow (All Levels, Beginners Welcome)
Tuesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 am
Emphasis placed on core strength, flexibility and balance, as well as concentration and breath control. All are welcome.
Meditation for Healing (Beginners Welcome)
Saturdays from 12:00 to 12:30 pm
This is a guided meditation class which offers a safe and sacred space for students to connect with the divine within. In class will we bring awareness to the true Self and we will explore ways in which we can tap into our inner wisdom. We will use mindfulness and other awareness and relaxation techniques to guide us to the present moment. In time, students find themselves in deep stillness and peace as the mind is guided to lower brain frequencies. Join us in this communal space as we explore our body-mind connection.