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:
2:00 – 3:15 pm – Inversions Playshop Level 2&3, with Ashley – *New class, teacher and time
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.
5:45 – 7:00 pm – Kick Your Asana, Level 1&2, with Alex M – *New class, and time
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
BodyMindSoul 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.
3:30 – 5:00 pm Bhakti Vinyasa, Level 1&2 with Corey – *New class name
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.
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.
6:30-8:00 pm Intuitive Experiential Yoga, All Levels, with Brian – *New class & time
Intuitive 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.
4:15 – 5:15 pm Dharma Yoga, Level 1&2 with Jessica- *New class, teacher and time
Dharma 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
Bhakti 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
Nicole 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.