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New for Fall!

Posted by on October 11, 2014 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

New for Fall!

New classes for Fall
Fall is here, and it’s a great time to reconnect with your yoga practice. Our schedule evolves each month and we have some great new classes that you might not have checked out yet. The stars below mark the recent changes:

Mondays

2:00 – 3:15 pm - Inversions Playshop Level 2&3, with Ashley - *New class, teacher and time

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Inversions Playshop is a full-blown celebration of flying, transitioning, and moving upside-down through vinyasa, with grace, focus, and zeal. This class is the perfect supplement for the intermediate or advanced practitioner with a strong and forward moving daily practice. Also for the one eager to invest more time demystifying, exploring, and strengthening their experience of the inverted and flying magical corners of asana. Let’s play! There is no box! (There are, however, more than enough bolsters to cushion any potential face plants and all certain laughs!)

Ashley Sronce is a dead serious comedian, writer and storyteller. With a strong background in gymnastics, Ashley has been a lively practitioner of asana for about fifteen years and a very humbled practitioner of the other seven limbs of yoga for…roughly three! She spent the last decade in NYC studying predominantly with Dharma Yoga Center, Jivamukti, and Shri Yoga.

Tuesdays

5:45 – 7:00 pm - Kick Your Asana, Level 1&2, with Alex M - *New class, and time

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Kick Your Asana invites you to kick your vinyasa practice up a notch, in a fun and challenging class! Each week, the class leads up to a ‘challenge’ pose and, even though this class will kick your asana, it is open to all levels. Get ready for a sweaty class where you will learn more about the poses while listening to rock ‘n’ roll playlists. Really, this class could be called ‘Rock your Asana’!

Alex Moody has been teaching yoga for over six years and is happy to call Asheville her home. She first discovered yoga in her living room in high school when her cousin Ralph, a cooler and older professional violist, showed her eagle pose. A self-proclaimed yoga mutt (and exercise mutt – she loves Pilates and CrossFit) Alex loves to learn about yoga from all different styles. She always relates to instructors who talk about their practice off of the mat and has studied with many instructors in Asheville as well as Michael Stone, Amy Weintraub, Steve Ross, Kathryn Budig, Heather Tiddens, and Bryan Kest.

7:15 - 8:30 pm - BodyMindSoul Flow, All Levels, with Kourosh - *New class, teacher and time

AYDS_teachers_Kourosh3-300x224BodyMindSoul Flow incorporates all the limbs of Yoga – yama (moral disciplinary practices), niyama (moral observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing practice), pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), dharana (concentration practices), and dhyana (meditation) – as the basis for attainment of the 8th limb – samadhi, or union with God. The class balances silence with sound, stillness with movement, and rest with effort, for a unique experience. The ancient, sacred texts of India describe the human being as an “atman” or soul whose reality is deeper than the physical body it animates. While this class provides an opportunity to develop flexibility, strength, endurance, ease, and concentration, its objectives are loftier. The physical practice of asana is only one aspect of a holistic strategy conceived by the ancients to support union with the Divine as the ultimate goal of Yoga.

Kourosh Kashani holds that a daily practice is essential in cultivating serenity, skillfully negotiating life’s challenges, and making a contribution to the greater good. He teaches meditation, yoga, and qigong as foundational tools in a daily practice, supporting the integration of the inner and outer dimensions of one’s life. He has studied Kriya yoga, Taoist yoga, and Tibetan Lama yoga, and has more recently begun an intensive study of Hatha yoga by completing Asheville Yoga Center’s 200-hr Teacher Training program in February 2014.

Wednesdays

3:30 – 5:00 pm Bhakti Vinyasa, Level 1&2 with Corey - *New class name

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Bhakti Vinyasa & Meditation is a creative and energetic class that combines movement with breath and expression, while weaving in evidence based philosophy of holistic wellness and stress reduction. Bhakti Vinyasa is a dynamic, soulful, devotional and rejuvenating physical yoga practice fusing the principles of hatha vinyasa yoga (the union of body, breath, and movement) and the qualities of bhakti yoga (gratitude, open-heartedness, humility, compassion, and devotion). Each class includes a 15 minute seated meditation practice.

Corey Brown open-heartedly affirms the dignity and worth of all people and provides students with a safe space for self-exploration and growth through yoga practice. She graduated from the 230-hour Yoga Teacher Training through Asheville Yoga Center (AYC) and is a licensed Psychotherapist and Expressive Arts Therapist specializing in wellness and stress management.

5:15 – 6:30 pm Flow, Align & Unwind, Level 1&2 with Anna - *New class, and time
AYDS_Anna_Levesque_Anna_Yoga_031Flow, Align & Unwind invites you to join a mindful, slow flow that gets your energy and your muscles moving while also cultivating alignment that will help your body stay balanced, healthy and strong. Once students have energized their bodies and steadied their minds, they move into rejuvenating poses that help them to further integrate and unwind from the stress and pressure of daily life. Flowing mindfully and then unwinding provides the space for our bodies to better digest and process nutrients and for our minds to better digest and process mental/emotional challenges in our lives. It’s a great practice for bringing awareness to how your body, mind and spirit work together for your best overall health and life. Anna brings to class influences from her studies in alignment and flow based yoga, Ayurveda, and healing circles based in Native American spirituality.

Yoga has enhanced Anna Levesque‘s life and career as a professional whitewater kayaker and stand up paddle boarder for over 18 years.  Whether she’s teaching yoga as part of her whitewater kayaking and yoga trips in Costa Rica and Nepal, on her paddle board teaching SUP yoga classes or in the studio, Anna creates a calm space for her students to nurture awareness of their bodies and minds for alignment, health and healing.

Thursdays

6:30-8:00 pm Intuitive Experiential Yoga, All Levels, with Brian - *New class & time

AYDS_Brian_Winslett_Sims_AYC-9141Intuitive Experiential Yoga is a blending of complimentary elements from multiple yoga and other traditions that work with interpersonal growth and transformation. This experiential approach is both soft and nurturing, as well as fiery and ecstatic, often working at the somatic root level to move energy below the patterns of conditioned mind beliefs. Carefully blended music evokes the group container through a journey of postures layered with deep, and often personally unique, intuitive somatic expressions. The class journeys through cathartic movement of blissful joy, shadow and grief, powerful pranic expressions, and sweet nurturing feminine earth energy. The yoga sequences layer and weave in practices such as improv chant, chi gong, ecstatic dance, shamanism, indigenous teachings, pattern theory, mythology, vocal prana release, songs, etc. Numerous yoga traditions influence the practice as students let go of attempting to do yoga and invite the yoga to do them.

Brian Winslett has been practicing Yoga since 2001 and earned his 230 hour teacher training certification at the Asheville Yoga Center in 2008. He is now working on his RYT500 hour certification. His first and most influential teacher was in the Kripalu tradition but he has specifically made Yoga is own path and continues to study with a wide variety of teachers from differing traditions. He follows the path of integration of diverse styles of yoga and believes in personal innovation, as that was the path of the great Yogis of the past century.

Sundays

4:15 - 5:15 pm Dharma Yoga, Level 1&2 with Jessica- *New class, teacher and time

AYDS_teachers_DoddJessicaDharma Yoga is an energizing and grounding vinyasa class. Students practice sun salutations to warm up the body, bring flexibility to all muscles and joints and wake up the nervous system. A gentle, yet powerful series of balancing, stretching, back bending, twisting and inverted postures follow. This practice ends with deep relaxation, pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation to remove impurities and bring a sense of well-being to the body and radiant peace to the mind.

Jessica Dodd practices Ashtanga and Dharma Yoga. She has trained with Sri Dharma Mittra and continues to study under influential teachers from both styles. Her classes are authentic to the lineage of Sri Dharma Mittra with classical teaching of hatha vinyasa, pranayama, meditation and yogic philosophy. For Jessica, yoga is the practice of a lifetime with several limbs to study beyond asana. As a teacher, Jessica aims to offer students a balance of flexibility and strength in all classes.

5:30 – 6.45 pm Bhakti Flow + Live Music, All Levels, with Luna Ray - *New class, teacher and time

AYDS_teachers_Luna-web-sized-222-250x250Bhakti Flow + Live Music is a slow flow class which integrates asana, sound, breath, and relaxation to guide students’ awareness inward, prepare and ground them for the week ahead. The majority of the class is infused with a wise weaving of energizing poses and breath, which supports a specific and devotional theme. The final part of the class is restorative and restful, and accompanied by heart-felt live music.

Kristin ‘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.

7:00 – 8:15 pm Slow Flow & Meditation All Levels, with Nicole - *New class and time

AYDS_Nicole_Killeen_Sims_AYC-7589Nicole Killeen has taken over the Sunday evening wind-down slot, with her new Slow Flow & Meditation class. This class works on shaping and harnessing vital energy through movement and breath. You will warm up from the inside out, to create a brighter, more balanced practice. Each class will end with a mediation practice. Slow Flow is practiced at a slower pace than regular vinyasa flow style classes. This slower pace, combined with with longer-held poses, allows students to focus on exploring healthy alignment, while allowing them to breathe deeply and increase flexibility, strength, and stamina. Nicole’s classes weave breath and movement, to balance and harness energy in such a way that the practice becomes powerful without any wasted effort.

New for August!

Posted by on August 5, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

New for August!

New schedule for August

Summer is more fun when you’re practicing yoga. Here’s what’s new at the studio this August. The stars below mark the changes:

 
Tuesdays

4:30 – 5:30 pm - Mindful Flow & Yin All Levels, with Courtney – *New class, teacher and time

Mindful Flow & Yin is a slow-paced class, designed to help bring awareness to the mind-body connection through breath and stillness. A slow flow combined with longer yin holds, allows for deep focus on correct alignment and encourages the body’s connective tissues to relax, remold and detoxify.

AYDS_teachers_CourtneyReynoldsCourtney Reynolds is a Certified Yoga Instructor as well as a Registered Nurse. She is passionate about assisting students in finding an optimum level of physical and mental health, both on and off the mat. After struggling with anxiety and depression for years, Courtney found respite in the mindfulness practices of teacher Thich Nhat Hahn, which secondarily led her to yoga. As a marathon runner and a nurse with a background in orthopedic trauma and sports medicine, Courtney hopes to provide and safe and knowledgeable environment for students to learn more about their bodies as they link movement with breath on the mat.

Wednesdays

6:45-8:00 pm Restorative & Yin + Live Music All Levels with Becca O – *New time

Becca is back from her travels and her popular ‘Restorative & Yin + Live Music’ class returns to a new later time slot on Wednesday evenings (first class on August 13th). In this class, Becca guides students through gentle and renewing restorative yoga postures to nourish the body, while Lia Hillie plays the harmonium and sings live. Restorative yoga is appropriate for all experience levels, all ages, & all body types. Poses are mostly done slowly and on the floor, and are not demanding on the body. This class is therapeutic and relaxing, and is great for those who are feeling stressed out or injured.

Thursdays

9:00-10:00 am Vinyasa Flow & Pranayama All Levels with Tanya – *New class & time

Tanya’s new ‘Vinyasa Flow and Pranayama’ class is designed to awaken the spine and brighten the mind with breath-focused asana followed by a seated pranayama practice. This vital combination increases energy, purifies the nervous system, and eliminates toxins from the body and blood. Each class offers students a foundational sequence focused on two or three breathing techniques. Advanced options are offered for seasoned practitioners. Techniques covered include dirga swasam, kapalabhati, nadi suddhi, ujjayi, bhastrika, and brahmari pranayama. 

Fridays

1:30 – 3:00 pm - Deep peace Flow All Levels, with Rebecca W – *New class, teacher and time

‘Deep Peace Flow’ is designed to offer depth, introspection and stress relief to students of all levels, this class allows practitioners an opportunity to explore their own flexibility, strength and calmness in a safe and supported way. With intention and attention to our physical, intellectual and spiritual selves, this well-rounded practice will include breath-work and a meditative asana practice. The class incorporates seated, standing, deep, gentle and restorative postures to provoke quietness, reflection and physical rejuvenation. Leave with an acknowledgment of and connection to your own stability, groundedness and infinite reserve of inner peace and freedom.

Rebecca Willman found her way to Asheville after gallivanting up and down the east coast for many moons. Having practiced yoga for fifteen years, Rebecca completed her teacher training program in Tampa, FL in 2006. She has studied yoga under various teachers in the US, Canada and India, and teaches with an open heart, intuitively tailoring classes and workshops for individual and/or group needs. Whether leading Restorative, Vinyasa or Gentle, Rebecca’s classes are for everybody, including beginners, special needs populations, advanced practitioners, and anyone open to spiritual, mental and physical healing. Rebecca specializes in practices that foster self-awareness, self-acceptance and empowerment.

Sundays

7:15 – 8:30 pm Slow Flow & Meditation All Levels with Nicole – *New class & time

Nicole takes over the Sunday evening wind-down slot, with her new Slow Flow & Meditation class. This class works on shaping and harnessing vital energy through movement and breath. You will warm up from the inside out, to create a brighter, more balanced practice. Each class will end with a mediation practice. Slow Flow is practiced at a slower pace than regular vinyasa flow style classes. This slower pace, combined with with longer-held poses, allows students to focus on exploring healthy alignment, while allowing them to breathe deeply and increase flexibility, strength, and stamina. Nicole’s classes weave breath and movement, to balance and harness energy in such a way that the practice becomes powerful without any wasted effort.

New for June!

Posted by on June 3, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

New for June!

New schedule for June

Our yoga schedule just keeps getting better and better! Here’s what’s new and different this June. The stars below mark the changes:

 

Wednesdays

9:00 – 10:15 am - Gentle Flow All Levels, with Vanessa – *New class and teacher

A challenging yoga class is good, but sometimes your body needs to go GENTLE! Moving with deep awareness and mindfulness, students are eased into a variety of postures, linking these postures with the breath to help build a foundation that opens the body and mind for a well-rounded practice. This class is perfect for students who appreciate longer holds in individual postures and prefer a slower and more meditative approach to practice while still reaping the benefits of a physical practice.

 

Vanessa Santucci is first-generation Venezuelan with Italian parents, who grew up in Caracas. Her grandmother, who lived nearby and practiced yoga regularly, mostly for healing and meditation. Although Vanessa didn’t start yoga herself until much later, early memories of her nonna’s calm and peaceful ways provide her with a mental model and goal.

After attending college in the United States, Vanessa decided to settle in Orlando, where she worked in banking for many years. But when she wasn’t at work, she was studying hatha yoga with Marilyn Glasser – becoming more and more absorbed in the practice with every year. After practicing yoga for over eight years, she decided to make a major commitment to her practice, researched the training possibilities and moved to Asheville to enroll in an intensive, nine-month certification program with the Asheville Yoga Center, during which time she practiced many different styles of yoga and immersed herself in yoga literature and theory. In 2011 she completed the 240 RYT and has been a part of the great community of teachers at Brevard Yoga ever since, until her recent move back to Asheville. She currently has over one thousand hours of combined group and private teaching, with experience in Gentle, Basic and Energetic Yoga.

Vanessa’s warm and supportive nature reflects her yoga style, creating a safe environment for her students to explore and grow in their practice. For Vanessa yoga is ultimately an outlook and approach to living that extends into all areas of life, compelling one to live in a moral and ethical way, in a manner that is consistent with natural laws and in harmony with the world around us.

 

Thursdays

4:00 – 5:00 pm - HOT Flow 1&2, with KB - *New class and teacher

KB Suarez, a self proclaimed ‘Yoga Evangelist’, teaches with the same passion that all his gracious teachers have honored. Before becoming a teacher, yoga created a shift in his life, empowering his breath, strengthening his body, and stretching his mind. Since receiving his teacher training at Sonic Yoga NYC, he has furthered his studies through advanced trainings with James Fox (Prison Yoga), Mark Lilly (Street Yoga), David Williams (Life as a Yogi), Manju Jois (Ashtanga) and Power Yoga Teacher Training with Bryan Kest.
His classes are embodied with a fun, creative vinyasa flow, a spirited message, smart alignment, breathwork and meditation. Humbled and honored to be apart of this sacred practice, he is happy to share with his students what he has learned during his amazing yoga journey. In practicing yoga he found his passion, but in teaching yoga he found his purpose. He aims to inspire others as he has been inspired, and continue to live the yogic path.

 

Fridays

8:00 – 8:45 am - Pranayama All Levels, with Andrea - *New class

Through pranayama and sustained inwardly focused asanas, this 45 minute class will profoundly and quietly anchor intentions. This ancient medicine guides us effortlessly to our natural state of meditation. With this class you can start your day by planting and nurturing the seeds you want to grow.

 
 
 
 

Sundays

5.30 – 7:00 pm - HOT Flow Level 1&2, with Julia (covering for Liz this month) - *New time and teacher

Julia Albertson is covering this dynamic and uplifting class for the month of June. Julia’s yoga classes combine her background in Ashtanga Yoga and dance to create a playful and strong Vinyasa class. You will sweat, breathe deep, and laugh your way through creative sequencing. She hopes to hold the space for deep personal connection, using humor and awareness to facilitate a fun and meaningful asana experience.

 

7:15 – 8.45 pm -Align & Flow All Levels, with Adam T - *New time

Adam Taylor’s class expands to a full hour-and-a-half this month. ‘Align and Restore’ is a twofold class. The first part borrows the philosophy and biomechanics cues from alignment based yoga, and combines it with vinyasa flow, pranayama, and qigong in order to engage the heart, mind, and body in ways which cultivate openness, peace, and vigor. The second part uses the approach of restorative yoga – where relaxation and long, gentle poses are used to reset and regenerate the whole self. Pranayama and deep syncronous breathing are used throughout the entire practice.

New for May!

Posted by on April 29, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

New for May!

New schedule for May

Let your practice blossom this May! We have added some great new classes, and made a few changes to our existing lineup. The stars below mark the changes:

Mondays

10:00 – 11:15 am Restore & Renew, with Lindsay - *New class, teacher and time

Lindsay Munro began practicing yoga in college in 2002, but her deep love for yoga developed when she was living in Ireland. Against the backdrop of the gorgeous Irish landscape and the soul of this amazing country, Lindsay began each morning on her yoga mat and found that time to be very transformative for her life. As a result of this deepening, she pursued her 200 hour certification to teach, but moved back to the US before completing the program. Upon returning to Asheville, Lindsay had a strong desire to complete her training and to share her love of yoga with others. She graduated from the 230-hour Yoga Teacher Training through Asheville Yoga Center (AYC) and is currently pursuing her 300 hour training, also through AYC.

Lindsay believes that we, in this culture, are over-worked, over-stressed, over-anxious, and constantly pushing ourselves. Her Restorative Yoga classes focus on allowing the space to renew and restore the body, mind and spirit through relaxation and gentle postures. Restorative yoga is appropriate for all experience levels, all ages, and all body types. Poses are done slowly and mostly on the floor. Restorative yoga is not demanding on the body. It is a relaxing style of practice that leaves you feeling open and refreshed. Come spend some time nurturing yourself in a compassionate and gentle environment.

5:45 – 6:45 pm Bliss Body Flow, with Adam S - *New class and time

‘Bliss Body Flow’ combines Adam’s trainings in Jivamukti, ashtanga and vinyasa yoga into a vigorous asana class, aimed at helping students increase their quality of life.

 

 

 

 

Tuesdays

2:00 – 3:00 pm Therapeutic Yoga For Injuries with Joe - *New class, teacher and time

Joe Taft believes in the power of yoga to help achieve the goals of mindful living and moving with awareness. Joe (E-RYT500) is a former Certified Anusara® Yoga instructor who has dedicated himself to the practice of yoga since 1997, and to teaching since 2002. His teaching style is approachable, lighthearted, uplifting and transformational, and he infuses his classes with deep, life-affirming Tantric philosophy, through myths, story-telling, and the wisdom gathered through his own life’s journey. Joe values humor in all aspects of teaching and life which makes his classes a fun experience for everyone. Anusara Yoga’s principles of alignment and therapeutic components match Joe’s keen awareness of body biomechanics and his long history as a devoted athlete. After years of avid whitewater kayaking, Joe’s quest to relieve his chronic back pain led him to his life’s passion, the study and teaching of yoga. To read more, visit joetaftyoga.com.

Whether you have an injury or merely wish to understand therapeutic alignment principles, then Joe’s ‘Therapeutic Yoga for Injuries’ is for you! This class is a fun exploration of the divine order of the human body.  The class starts with a 15 minute warm-up, then explores a particular injury or area of the body.  Techniques, including self-massage, yoga postures, or breathing practices, are taught to realign any imbalances which are the root cause of pain or discomfort. This class is for all levels, and questions and open discussions are always welcome. The class is recommended for yoga teachers who wish to deepen their therapeutic knowledge and experience.

Thursdays

6:30 – 8:00 pm Yin Flow & Yoga Nidra with Alex A - *New class and time

Alex’s ‘Yin Flow & Yoga Nidra’ class invites students to experience the subtle side of yoga with 90 minutes of integrative therapy. In this class, the body’s full range of motion is accessed through the unraveling of the deep layers of patterned resistance held in the connective tissues. A sequence of classical yin and restorative poses prepares the body for deep rest and integration. Movement modalities such as tai chi and qigong, are included to increase the mind-body connection. Spending at least 45 minutes in savasana with guided meditation, directs conscious awareness to speed up physical and emotional healing, while setting intentions and creating positive affirmations.To enhance your journey, energetic assists (always optional) using essential oils and therapeutic stones are offered throughout the practice.

Fridays

9:00-10:00 am Gentle Flow Level 1 with Paige - *New class

Paige’s class is perfect for those who are just starting out, and also great for anyone interested in reviewing the basics or wanting to practice at a slower and gentler pace. You’ll explore standard poses, along with breathwork and mindfulness techniques, then weave what you learn into gentle sun salutations and other simple flowing sequences.

 

 

 

12:00-1:00 pm HOT Deep Core Flow Level 1&2 with Janelle - *New class

Janelle views her ‘HOT Deep Core Flow’ class as something that can benefit any level or style of practitioner. Her classes give attention to the depths of physicality and personality while challenging each practitioner to become a keen investigator of his/her specific, felt experience.

 

 

 

Sundays

4.15-5:15 pm Slow Flow Level 1&2 with Izzy - *New class and time

Izzy’s classes include exploration of yogic philosophy, guided meditation to quiet the mind, pranayama and asana to balance the nervous system, mantra and music to open the heart and the freedom to discover your own flow. Expect to work hard in Izzy’s class with fun, inspiring music, multiple ways to press against your edges, ample humor and thought provoking ideas to help you live your yoga on and off the mat.

 

 

 

7.45-8.45 pm Align & Restore All Levels with Adam T - *New class

Adam’s ‘Align & Restore’ is a twofold class; engaging the heart, mind, and body in ways which support health and vigor, and then holding long, soft, restorative poses to reset and regenerate the whole self.

 

 

 

 

Tell us what your favorite classes and teachers are, and let us know what you would like to see on our timetable in future…

How we begin

Posted by on March 27, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

How we begin

GPS and Google Map users know that ‘Current Location’ is important.   Without moment-by-moment updates to the moving blue dot, the important left hand turn could be miles behind you.  Even without technology we know this to be true – imagine trying to drive to New York City without knowing if you are in Ohio or Nebraska? Or trying to get home after being dropped in the middle of an unfamiliar wilderness?

It’s pretty clear, knowing where you are is the first step in getting to where you want to go.  The same is true with a yoga practice.  To reach the final destination, we need to know the place from which we start.

If only there was an App for that!

Fear not!  Ayurveda and Yoga are the ancient downloads that give us the tools for our modern lives. Not only will they help us understand our unique starting point, but they will let us know if we habitually veer to the right because of that hitch in our hip (the one that could take us miles off course.)

When looking at our yoga practice and how it is serving our path, we want to first take the pulse of the moment.  What is the state of our:

~ Current imbalance (Dosha)  – and how far down the road are we,
~ Quality of mind (Guna) — is it fast and furious or cloudy and confused;
~ Energy (Prana) – what are the levels, movement and quality;
~ Inner fire – is it strong or weak and how much debris needs to be burned?
If we jump into a practice without considering these elements, then we may simply end up wandering around in the woods for days or years.  If we are lucky, we may find our way home, but it will most likely either be a happy accident or the result of grace.

Instead, we could learn the skills needed to navigate mountainous territory.  We can learn and develop the tools that place us squarely on the landscape.  “Let’s see, it’s well past noon, and the sun was on my left on the drive up just an hour ago, and it is still on my left.  If I want to return to where I started, I should probably turn around.” Or “I’m feeling really overwhelmed today, and I really want to thrive, so maybe I can do a practice that strengthens my inner fire.”

Developing such skills, we can make wise choices about how to find our way home.  I will understand if the hot, flow-y yoga class will serve me better than the sweet, gentle one.  While intuition always plays a crucial role, wisdom can takes us even further  – just like those who spend a lot of time befriending the woods have more skillful tools to help them get home.  We too, by developing an understanding of yoga and Ayurveda diagnostic tools, will be better able to get back to road that leads us to our final destination.

 

- By Jackie Dobrinska

 

Jackie Dobrinska

Join Jackie every Friday afternoon for a Sun, Moon, Fire Flow. Her tantra vinyasa class is a journey, from vigorous asana to get the kinks out, into steadying Moon practices to calm the mind, ending with bit of Fire to remind us who we really are.

A long-time student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker and Pundit Rajmani Tigunait, Jackie has mentored with some of the world’s pre-eminent teachers, scholars and visionaries in mind-body health. Today, she weaves together elements from Classical Yoga, Sri-Vidya Tantra, Ayurveda, the Wise Woman Tradition and the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition.

To learn more about Jackie, visit her website asimplevibrantlife.com.

Fridays
1:30-3:00 pm, Tantra Vinyasa, Level 1&2 with Jackie

New for March!

Posted by on March 2, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

New for March!

Spring into action, with our new March donation studio schedule!

We have some amazing new teachers and classes, plus some time and class title changes. The stars below mark the changes:

Mondays

10:00 – 11:30 am HOT Bhakti Alignment, Level 1&2, with Izzy - *New class name

Izzy Shurte explains why she has changed her class title: “I began gravitating to an alignment based practice, seeking out teachers who understood the body. With a change in perspective, I also began to see my injuries as teachers. Each injury led me to study and engage directly with the anamaya kosha, or physical body. I came to understand that I needed more specific blueprints for how to build an asana, or shape. I must go back and begin again with greater focus and attention to detail.

But this is only half of the story. I am also a Bhakti Yogini. The first time I heard one of my teachers sing mantra in a yoga class something moved in my heart in a way that I had never before experienced. I’ve found singing mantra to be a direct line to my pranamaya kosha, or energy and emotional body. Throughout my struggle with injury I’ve found myself chanting and singing more. While chanting, the perfectionist faculty in my mind can be still and I am free to feel and sing and be. While in song, there is nothing that needs fixing.

This is my practice and this is what I have to share as a fellow student of yoga. I have decided to change the name of one of my classes to Bhakti Alignment. In this class, I hope to guide students to align from the outside in with physical alignment cues and from the inside out with the spirit of Sweet Bhakti.”

Read more at mysadhana-izzyshurte.blogspot.com/2014/03/bhakti-alignment.html

Mondays

7:00 – 8:15 pm Vinyasa Flow, All Levels, with Julia - *New class and new teacher

Julia Albertson Julia Brenn Albertson has been teaching yoga in various styles for eight years. After being raised by yogi parents, Julia completed her first teacher training at the age of fourteen at the Miami Yoga Shala where she was deemed the youngest yoga instructor in the state of Florida. She continued to teach daily yoga classes based in the Power Yoga method for one year all over the Miami Beach area. It was when she met Kino MacGregor that her journey with Ashtanga began. Julia was one of the members on the opening teaching staff of MacGregor’s studio, Miami Life Center where she taught the Teens Yoga program. Years later she came to manage the studio and continued to teach weekly classes. She has taken class with the late guru of Ashtanga yoga Sri K. Pattabhi Jois as well as his grandson, R. Sharath Jois. Julia firmly believes in the power of yoga and service as a means of healing and recovery for all. In 2013 Julia completed the Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery) certification program with its founder, Nikki Myers. She knows firsthand how yoga, in conjunction with other modalities, can inspire and secure a healthful and happy life. She hopes to carry this message with her wherever she goes.

Julia’s yoga classes combine her background in Ashtanga Yoga and dance to create a playful and strong Vinyasa class. You will sweat, breathe deep, and laugh your way through creative sequencing. She hopes to hold the space for deep personal connection, using humor and awareness to facilitate a fun and meaningful asana experience. To read more, visit facebook.com/JujuYogaLife.

Tuesdays

2:00 – 3.15 pm HOT Align & Flow, with Adam T - *New class and new time

Wednesdays

3:30 – 5:00 pm Vinyasa Flow, All Levels, with Corey  – *New class and new teacher

Corey BrownCorey Brown. With an open heart and open mind, Corey affirms the dignity and worth of all people and provides students with a safe space for self-exploration and growth through yoga practice. She graduated from the 230-hour Yoga Teacher Training through Asheville Yoga Center (AYC) and is a licensed Psychotherapist and Expressive Arts Therapist specializing in wellness and stress management. In the spring of 2014, Corey will continue her professional development by starting the 300-hr Classics of Yoga Teacher Training also through Asheville Yoga Center.

Corey teaches a creative and energetic vinyasa flow class that combines movement with breath and expression while weaving in evidence based philosophy of holistic wellness and stress reduction.

She is also a photographer. Amazed by people and their life stories, Corey enjoys capturing images in a way that highlight ones unique personality. She loves to hike and play outdoors as well as travel as much as she possibly can.

Thursdays

12:00 – 1:15 pm Warm Jivamukti, Level 1&2, with Kumiko - *New time

1:45 – 3:00 pm Therapeutic Flow, All Levels, with Evan - *New class and new teacher

Evan Marsh Evan Hart Marsh began his practice in 2004 studying various styles including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Ishta, Yin, Therapeutics, Vinyasa, and Restorative. His approach to teaching yoga is greatly influenced by different forms of movement therapy including Gyrotonic®, Pilates, and Physical Therapy. He holds a B.A in Dance with an emphasis in Physical Therapy from Loyola Marymount University. In 2008 he began teaching in Berkeley, CA at Berkeley Yoga Center and in 2010 moved to New York City to complete his 200hr certification. Evan continues to participate in additional teacher trainings and workshops that focus more on spinal care, disc herniations, scoliosis, injury prevention and recovery. He recently moved to Asheville in 2014 and is currently enrolled in AYC’s 300hr Therapeutic Yoga Program.

Therapeutic Flow invites you to connect your breath with mindful movement therapy. Whether you are new to yoga, recovering from an injury, or interested in preventative care, classes are designed to fit the needs of the individual. We will explore a holistic approach for a sustainable practice using movement as a form of healing. Instruction is hands on to ensure safety and to guide students towards proper alignment and positive growth. The focus of class is for students to align, strengthen, and thrive on and off the mat. To read more, visit evanhartmarsh.com.

5:15 – 6:15 pm Slow Flow & Yin, Level 1, with Tanya - *New class name

6:30 – 8:00 pm Warm Kripalu Flow, Level 1&2, with Alex - *New class name

Tell us what your favorite classes and teachers are, and let us know what you would like to see on our timetable in future…

New for February!

Posted by on February 2, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

New for February!

Our new February donation studio schedule is now up and running.

We have some new teachers and classes…the stars below mark the changes:

Tuesdays

8:30-9.45 am Deep Core Align & Flow, Level 1&2 with Gayle - *New class and new teacher

Gayle Jann believes strongly in yoga’s ability to heal and promote optimal health. She has a keen interest in the therapeutic aspect of yoga and has studied Anusara, Iyengar, Ashtanga, flow, and hatha yoga. Gayle blends what she has learned from all these styles with her own intuition into her practice and teaching.

Gayle’s classes use a spiritual theme to inspire the shape and feeling of the poses and the flow between poses. Attention to building a strong core and alignment cues are woven into a creative sequence that is designed to help you understand your own body and respect its talents and limitations. Classes are challenging, yet accessible, and guide you to work the deep core lines of the body and move gracefully from the inside out. Read more at www.YogaAtYourPlace.net

Wednesdays

9:00-10:00 am Restorative & Yin, plus Live Music, All Levels, with Becca *New for February – Now with live music

12:15-1:15 pm Innercise Yoga Flow, Level 1&2 with Kelsey *New for February – New class and new teacher, new time

Kelsey Armbruster has been an active yoga practitioner since 2009 and received her RYT-250 hour training from Asheville Community Yoga Center in 2012. For Kelsey, yoga is her compass home; it has taught her to be aware of her breath in any situation.

Innercise Yoga is designed to balance the body, clear the mind, and activate awareness. Based on the fundamentals of Hatha yoga, this therapeutic flow class provides a series of balanced asanas to enhance and expand not only your strength, but your center. In this expansion, the unconscious becomes conscious. Along with breath and movement, this integration of body center and source, ignites divine knowledge. The intention of this practice is to embody and cultivate this bliss in your daily journey.

Tell us what your favorite classes and teachers are, and let us know what you would like to see on our timetable in future…

Holy-days, Horses and Agni

Posted by on January 30, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Holy-days, Horses and Agni

This weekend is the convergence of several holy-days. Candlemas, Imbolc, Groundhog Day, a New Moon and the Chinese New Year.

Imbolc is often associated with the coming back of life. After a long, hard, dark and cold winter, February is when the ewes start lambing. An awful time for anything to give birth – with little food or warmth to carry them through – they miraculously create new life anyway, not only feeding the young with their luscious milk but also sharing it with humans and giving them life as well.

To the Celtic people, this emerging sign of life was their beloved Bridgit, the triple goddess, bringing fire back from the underworld so that we might live again. Fire, after all, being the thing that sustains and grows all life.

This, my friends, is the essence of Imbolc. We have been in the dark, facing the void and unknown, digging into ourselves at the deepest of levels. Our souls called us here, so that we may know ourselves, but now, we are not sure how much longer we can hold on. If it goes on like this forever, we may loose our grasp. Later, the Christians celebrated this time of year – known as Candlemas, 40 days after the birth of Christ – by lighting candles and bringing the first snowdrop flowers into the house.

Yet, even with these signs of new life and the hope of light return, for those of us who live in the North, we know that early February still promises many more cold and dark days ahead. We even ask a groundhog – “How much longer will we have to wait until we’ll be warm again?”

But just when we think we can’t take another step, or make the next push, or face the same excruciating inner or outer challenge, something happens. Grace floats down, magically, out of nowhere. She picks us up and says, “Hold on my dear child. You do not have to do this alone. I am here and I promise, very soon you will be playing in the green fields under the strong sun, alive and on purpose.” She gives us hope.

Yet, she often only comes when we are on the brink of exhaustion and hopelessness. We feel that we are at our wits end, and the larder is bare. Then she comes. She ALWAYS comes, but on her own timeframe. It is the cycle of the year, and it is more than just our faith that makes it so.

This year, within this faithful yearly cycle, is another cycle. That of the zodiac. This year Imbolc/Candlemas/Groundhog day/etc falls not only on a New Super Moon in Aquarius, but also on the Chinese New Year.

2014 is the Year of the Horse. The last two years have been water years and before that, metal years. Like that dark place right before Imbolc, these years decended us into the space of the void. We dissolved. Everything felt chaotic, and our internal world held sway over every attempt at external control. It was a time of deep soul searching – sometimes the result of destabilizing situations. Yet, these years were a gift. It was here that we found important parts of ourselves and a relationship to something bigger (call it whatever you will).

But NOW, in the year of the Wood Horse, we are about to gallop into the energetic place of purposeful action. Light, hope and clarity emerge in this cycle of regeneration. We feel our buds bursting open, passions flaring forth, and feel ready to harvest our abundant fruits.
With wood and horse coming together, this is the year to follow our intuition. To follow our inner voice like never before. It is time to let ourselves be guided by the wisdom of our abundant, overflowing hearts. As there will be tremendous force to help bring whatever we desire into fruition. The paths we trod into the unknown future will be paved with trust, pleasure and vibrancy.Wood is growth, and the Horse is Fire. The wood brings energy and the horse spirit. The horse has an indomitable desire to be free in every aspect of life. Even in it’s service, it comes by its own terms (perhaps a bit like grace).

As the horses come charging in, we may want be prepared to meet it. Take time to build your Agni, or inner fire. Agni, also known as the god of fire, lives within us and when burning brightly takes away the doubts and fears of the past.

Ignite the inner flame, so that when that wood horse gallops your way, you can grab hold of the trusted steed, swing onto its back, let out a loud whoop of delight, and gallop into the direction of your dreams. But hang on tight, for you are about to embark on a wild ride…!

(Pssst. Friday’s practice will be all about tools and techniques to build Agni, our own inner fire!)

- By Jackie Dobrinska

 

Jackie Dobrinska

Join Jackie every Friday afternoon for a Sun, Moon, Fire Flow. Her tantra vinyasa class is a journey, from vigorous asana to get the kinks out, into steadying Moon practices to calm the mind, ending with bit of Fire to remind us who we really are.

A long-time student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker and Pundit Rajmani Tigunait, Jackie has mentored with some of the world’s pre-eminent teachers, scholars and visionaries in mind-body health. Today, she weaves together elements from Classical Yoga, Sri-Vidya Tantra, Ayurveda, the Wise Woman Tradition and the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition.

To learn more about Jackie, visit her website asimplevibrantlife.com.

Fridays
1:30-3:00 pm, Tantra Vinyasa, Level 1&2 with Jackie

Prenatal Yoga

Posted by on January 21, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal yoga offers a way to celebrate the sacred cycle of creation while developing a community of women who are on the same journey at the same time. A prenatal yoga practice adapts to the woman’s changing body to assist with common discomforts such as swelling of the extremities, nausea, back pain, sciatica, heartburn, hormonal balances and general tiredness. The physical practice of yoga will tone the body, increasing flexibility and endurance to aid in labor and recovery, while meditation and relaxation will prepare you for the stages of labor, and the journey of motherhood.

Preparing for motherhood is the hardest and most important job on the planet, for you are imprinting a child’s consciousness. The meditations we practice in class will assist you in balancing the shadow side of being a mother, allowing space for deep spiritual growth. We all contain the creator and destroyer energy and we as mothers must learn how to work with both energies. We must learn to harness the destroyer energy and use it for productive and loving means.


You are beautiful.
You are manifesting the Divine Creative Power of the Adi Shakti.
Honor yourself: care for yourself.
You are the Divine Mother in your most beautiful creativity.
Honor yourself: laugh and rejoice!
You have surrendered your body to give life to your child.
Honor yourself: be grateful.
There is no greater sacrifice and no greater honor.
You turn your own blood into milk to nourish your child.
Honor yourself: care for yourself, body mind and spirit.

“Self-containment is the art of prosperity. It is the highest spiritual strength. There is nothing to match it.”
- Yogi Bhajan

- By Danielle Marie Goldstein
Join Danielle every Wednesday morning from 10:30 am-12:00 pm for a prenatal class grounded in the technology of Kundalini yoga. The class offers expecting mothers a safe and sacred space to prepare for labor, a conscious birth, and motherhood through yoga and meditation. This class welcomes women at all stages of their pregnancy, including women who wish to conceive.

Danielle is a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor and a Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga Instructor. Danielle has been a birth advocate since 2008 serving women and their families as a birth and postpartum doula, prenatal and family yoga instructor, and mentoring BIRTHING FROM WITHIN® childbirth classes. Read more at theconsciouscanopy.net.

Wednesdays
10.30-12 pm, Prenatal Yoga & Meditation with Danielle

Don’t Fear the Dark

Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Don’t Fear the Dark

We love ourselves at our brightest – the place where we feel the most on fire. In class after class, indeed in my own practice and teaching, I often find myself encouraging both myself and students to pay attention to the light – after all energy follows thought. Yet, one of my dearest mentors, Swami Rama, used to say, “You will go further in your Yoga by exploring your dark than you ever will by simply hanging out in the light.”

Hard to believe, but after years of practice, I have found these words to ring true. Many of us glimpse our darkness and run from it – often hiding it from ourselves and others. If we were to allow ourselves to go there, we would have to face our grief and despair, anger and betrayal, and meanness and pettiness. We are afraid that by going there, we will fall apart, and lose everything dear to us. Yet, for those who are brave enough, they find that in the falling, we are caught. In the darkness, we find the authentic sparks of our own being and truth. Here, we discover our Yoga.

As we face the challenges of our darkness, it is vital to be armed with the tools that keep us from drowning. Just like the rest of our yoga, we must be skillful in our approach. I found that while I explored the dark, I needed to thread – or suture – to the light. The tools that connected me to the light, came from Samyoga.

Even with hundreds of styles of yoga in the world, according to the ancient texts, all yoga falls into one of two categories: yoga that strengthens the connection to who we truly are, and yoga that removes the things that get in the way of connecting to who we truly are – Samyoga and Viyoga respectively. Both are needed, and I found Samyoga to be vital for the journey into these deeper, hidden aspects of myself.

If you are dedicated to self-understanding and want to find the heart of Yoga, come to our Friday Tantra Yinyasa class to discover some of the tools of Samyoga. We will weave together postures, breathing, intention, attention, sound, mindfulness and meditation to enter into our own state of Yoga, and discover the jewels of our own Self.

- By Jackie Dobrinska

Jackie Dobrinska

Join Jackie every Friday afternoon for a Sun, Moon, Fire Flow. Her tantra vinyasa class is a journey, from vigorous asana to get the kinks out, into steadying Moon practices to calm the mind, ending with bit of Fire to remind us who we really are.

A long-time student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker and Pundit Rajmani Tigunait, Jackie has mentored with some of the world’s pre-eminent teachers, scholars and visionaries in mind-body health. Today, she weaves together elements from Classical Yoga, Sri-Vidya Tantra, Ayurveda, the Wise Woman Tradition and the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition.

Fridays
1:30-3:00 pm, Tantra Vinyasa, Level 1&2 with Jackie


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