8:30 – 9:45 am Skillful Flow, Level 1&2, with Meghan
10:00 – 11:30 HOT Bhakti Vinyasa, Level 1&2, with Izzy
12:00 – 1:00 HOT Flow, Level 1&2, with Lisa
1:30 – 3:00 Slow Flow & Yin, Level 1&2, with Anna
4:00 – 4:45 Family Yoga, All Levels, with Jane Anne
5:30 – 6:45 Slow Flow, Level 1&2 with Tim
7:00 – 8:00 pm Gentle Yoga for Healing, All Levels, FREE to Veterans & their families, with Ashley
8:30 – 9:45 am Restorative and Flow, Level 1&2, with Denise
10:00 – 11:30 HOT Flow, Level 1&2, Cat
12:00 – 1:00 Yoga for Women, Level 1&2, with Saraswati
1:30 – 3:00 HOT Dynamic Flow, Level 1&2, with Adam
4:15 – 5:30 Flow Yoga, Level 1&2, with Nicole
5:45 – 7:15 Slow Flow, Level 1&2, with Hilary
7:30 – 8:30 pm Beginner Yoga, with Brian
9:00 – 10:00 am Restorative & Yin, All Levels, with Rebecca (Becca) - *New for December – New time
10:30 – 12:00 Prenatal Yoga & Meditation, with Danielle
12:30 – 1:30 Slow Flow, Level 1&2, with Izzy
2:00 – 3:15 HOT Flow, Level 1&2, with Lisa
3:30-5:00 Anusara, Level 1&2, with Michael - *New for December - New class and new teacher
5:15 – 6:30 HOT Flow, Level 1&2, with Izzy - *New for December – New time
6:45 – 8:15 pm Yoga & Body Rolling, All Levels, with Ann-Lee - *New for December - New class and new teacher
8:30 – 9:45 am HOT Dynamic Flow, Level 1&2, with Tanya
10:30 – 11:45 Gentle & Restorative, with Paige
12:00 – 1:15 Slow Power Flow, Level 1&2, with Sara
1:30-3:00 Jivamukti, Level 1&2, with Kumiko - *New for December - New class and new teacher
3:30 – 4:45 Vibrant Breath Yoga, All Levels, with Natalie
5:15 – 6:15 Slow Flow, Level 1, with Tanya
6:30 – 8:00 pm HOT Flow, Level 1&2, with Liz
9:00 – 10:00 am Beginners’ Yoga, Level 1, with Paige
10:15 – 11:45 Kundalini Yoga, All Levels, with Krystal
12:00 – 1:00 HOT Flow, Level 1 & 2, with Janelle
1:30 – 3:00 pm Tantra Vinyasa, Level 1&2, with Jackie
4:15 – 5:45 pm Mindful Alignment, Level 1&2, with Kimberly
6:00 – 7:30 HOT Flow, Level 1&2, with Liz
7:45 – 8:45 pm Yoga Nidra, All Levels, with Alex
Meet Our Teachers
Adam Taylor has been studying yoga for eight years and teaching for three. Following a history of enthusiasm for various sports and martial arts, he discovered yoga practice as a means to heal the body, calm the mind, and enliven the spirit.
You can expect his to be a vigorous hot class featuring conscious flowing to build heat, and moving into stillness to strengthen, open, and align the body. Balancing and inverting are also regular aspects as are explorations of pranayama, chanting and meditation for centering, cleansing, and cultivating a sense of well being and connection.
Alex Ali: With a background in martial arts, classical ballet and modern dance, Alex has been a lifelong student and teacher of the body. Classes infuse a broad range of movement vocabulary to foster kinesthetic awareness and authentic expression within each student. By incorporating the physical, ethical and spiritual components of yoga, Alex offers transformation both on & off the mat.
Alex believes that the human body is a self-sustaining miracle, wired with its own language of experience and ability. Alex emphasizes the importance of self-acceptance and the cultivation of an authentic desire to simply experience the body; without ego, judgment or expectation. Through proper alignment, dynamic movement and mindfulness mediation, he invites you to surrender your body to a physical practice, and open your heart to a metaphysical experience.
Experience Yoga Nidra in Alex’s 60 minute Sunday evening class devoted to total relaxation. Soften, Release, Nurture, Restore. Low lighting and ambient music create a healing atmosphere where you’re invited to relieve stress and renew energy. Sequences of mostly supine postures are held from 3-5 minutes with props such as blankets, blocks & bolsters optimizing support and targeting areas of chronic tension. To enhance your journey, guided meditation, chakra attunement and energetic assists (always optional) are offered throughout the practice. Read more at alexaliyoga.com.
Anna Levesque: Yoga has enhanced Anna’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. She graduated from AYC’s 230 hour TT in 2010 and is working toward her 500 hour certification. In 2011 she produced the DVD, Yoga for Kayaking, in collaboration with Joe Taft that has sold over 1500 copies. Anna maintains a strong daily home practice that includes asana, pranayama and meditation, and is deeply connected to nature through kayaking, paddle boarding and her path on the Red Road. For more information you can visit her websites: mindbodypaddle.com and watergirlsatplay.com
In her Slow Flow & Yin class, you will flow mindfully with alignment to strengthen, open and balance your body, before moving into quiet Yin poses that assist releasing and going within. Anna combines her journey on the Yogic path with her journey on the Red Road. She calls in themes from nature and animal medicine, such as ‘soaring and seeing the big picture, like eagle’, ‘knowing that you have everything that you need for your highest and best, like turtle’ and ‘remembering to not take yourself too seriously’ like coyote’. You’ll come away feeling relaxed, energized and connected.
Ann-Lee Waite: Yoga, meditation and spirituality came into Ann-Lee’s life in 1989 while she was living in Munich. It took many, many years for her to develop a regular practice, but that feeling of connection with her highest state kept calling her back. In 2002, while living on the island of St. Kitts, she had a life-defining crisis and discovered that, in all times of crisis, seeds of greatness wait to find fertile ground. So she stopped and waited for further instructions.
In 2003 she went to Santa Barbara and got her yoga instructor certification at the White Lotus Foundation, also studying Thai massage with Saul David Raye. She the studied with Yamuna Zake at home in the Cayman Islands and got her body rolling certification. Over the years, teaching in Panama and Italy, her teaching focus was on vinyasa yoga, while body rolling was a personal practice. Then old injuries motivated her to work more with body rolling and she discovered how well the balls and footwork not only complimented her yoga practice, but also helped sustain her body’s wellbeing. Her personal practice and exercise priorities changed to focusing more on body sustainability.
Ann-Lee’s classes begin with a mix of Yamuna® Body Rolling, where the person’s weight creates traction, movement and release on the balls, and Yamuna® Foot Fitness. Yamuna® Foot Fitness addresses the most stressed and challenged part of our bodies to increase flexibility, movement and separation of the foot bones, improving muscle tone and increasing circulation in the feet. Then students will then take their bodies through a yoga sequence to experience the difference in sensation and movement once impact and restriction has been taken out of the muscles, tendons and joints.
Ashley Pool: ”Sometimes we must be broken, so that we can be rebuilt into who we are supposed to be”
Ashley came to yoga after being diagnosed with a rare nerve disorder and being told she would never walk again. She was lucky enough to have wonderful healers around her who taught me the value of diet, movement, and self-care when healing the body. That was seven years ago and now she practices yoga most days of the week, especially when she is experiencing pain. Ashley believes healing is always possible, but that instead of trying to get back to the person we used to be, we should focus on moving forward to become the best versions of ourselves in this moment.
Contrary to what most of us believe, movement does not have to be painful. It can actually help to reduce not only the physical pain, but the mental/emotional suffering that goes along with it. When movement and focused breath are combined the healing potential is increased exponentially. Ashley feel has completed the 230 hr Yoga certification through Asheville Yoga Center and studied with the best teachers Asheville has to offer. She wants to share the healing magic of yoga with her community.
Her classes are a gentle-but-strengthening flow, and focus on ujjayi breath is central.
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.
As an activist, entrepreneur, community organizer, and teacher of permaculture and sustainability issues, Brian learned first hand how life passions, stress, caffeine induced adrenal fatigue, family duties, modern life, and one’s own shadow self can leave us depleted and virtually crippled in various ways as we age if we do not show up to a practice of union with self. He has experimented intuitively and successfully with methods of self administered myofascial and muscular massage, as well as being a life long enthusiasts of nutrition, especially foods and herbal medicines from local and wild harvested sources. His Yoga philosophy is blended with spirituality of this gritty earth gift.
Cat Prior is a yogini, bodyworker, and nature lover. A life long seeker and student, she has explored many forms of movement, embodiment practices, and earth wisdom paradigms. She believes that the practice of yoga invokes wisdom from the very roots of our being and allows us to activate, transform and integrate our bodies, minds and hearts. Cat is a Yoga Alliance experienced registered teacher, a licensed massage therapist, and holds a master’s degree in ecology. She received her initial training at Peachtree Yoga Center, studied and worked at the Esalen Institute, attended the Pacific Center for Awareness and Bodywork on Kauai, and is currently enrolled in Asheville Yoga Center’s 500 hour training. She has marinated in Prana Flow with Shiva Rea, immersed in Jivamukti with Sharon Gannon and David Life, and enjoyed the offerings of numerous other teachers. Cat has been joyfully evolving this work for fifteen years.
Each of her classes intend to carry you into a transcendental journey through deepening your felt sense of the body.
Danielle Marie Goldstein is a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor and a Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga Instructor. She was first introduced to Kundalini Yoga in 1996. During her college years she developed a strong Kripalu based yoga practice and was inspired to to become a certified instructor in 2006. In 2008 she took the Khalsa Way prenatal yoga teacher training with Gurmukh and an Anusara based pregnancy course with Jessica Jennings.
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. She offers distinct services including: prenatal & postnatal health consultations, birth art sessions, mother blessing rituals and placenta encapsulation for hormonal balance. Danielle is also a community herbalist with a passion for plant medicine. She feels blessed to have learned from so many fabulous mentors, her daughter being the brightest and most inspiring of all!
Danielle’s prenatal classes are grounded in the technology of Kundalini yoga with a strong focus on alignment. They offer 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. We will weave a community of heart centered connection and support. Read more at theconsciouscanopy.net.
Denise Daneck’s interest in Yoga evolved while attending Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL where she was exploring environmental and religious studies. It was through a book on the connections between Hinduism and ecology that a passion was sparked for discovering the Goddess and honoring Nature through inner transformation and sacred reciprocity. This craving for inner freedom and Union with the Divine is what fuels her developing practice and inspires her to share with others in the flow. As a graduate of Asheville Yoga Center’s 230 hour teacher training, Denise is excited to take her studies deeper and experience the transformative power of Yoga with the community.
Hilary Drake believes that rue health represents a graceful choreography between the physical, emotional, and spiritual body. Yoga teaches that we can maximize our chances for health and healing when we consciously align these essential elements. Over the years, movement and the practice of yoga have guided Hilary through many of life’s challenges – rehabilitation from sports injuries, as well as recovery from disillusionment, loss, and grief – and back toward a feeling of wholeness. A practitioner for over 20 years & graduate of the Black Mountain Yoga Yoga Therapy and Teacher Training, Hilary owns and operates Thrive Yoga Therapy and Instruction, a private practice based out of Asheville offering one-on-yoga therapeutics, instruction, and small group classes.
Her classes are a playful, light-hearted hybrid of Vinyasa Flow and Restorative, with a focus on intention, anatomy & alignment, self-inquiry, and internal listening.
Izzy Shurte fell in love with yoga while in college, however it was the catalyst of losing her father suddenly at twenty-nine years old that prompted her to seek solace in committed daily asana practice. Izzy is a graduate of Asheville Yoga Center’s 200 HR Teacher Training program along with AYC’s Classics of Yoga 500 HR program. Currently Izzy is completing a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. Izzy is grateful to have studied with Stephanie Keach, Andrea Dyer, Michael Johnson & Stephanie Johnson, David Williams and Kristin Luna Ray.
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.
Jackie Dobrinska is a yoga therapist, holistic health educator, minister and author. She recognizes that finding fulfillment and beauty is an inside job – the result of an inner radiance that comes from connecting to the core of who we truly 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 - teaching at universities, hospitals, teacher trainings, studios, national conferences and festivals, and also privately.
Jackie is the Founding Director of Greater Asheville Yoga Association and Director of Tula Health, and she has been featured in both Yoga Journal and Yoga International Press. When not writing, teaching or sharing practices that support inner growth, you can find her digging in her medicinal herb garden at a local non-profit whose mission is “to feed all types of hunger”.
Tantra means ‘to weave’. Vinyasa means ‘wise progression’. Jackie’s Tantra Vinyasa class weaves ancient wisdoms of tantra – asana, pranayama, intention, attention, sound kriya, meditation, and mantra – in wise progress, to ignite radiance from within. The class is a journey, with vigorous asana to get the kinks out, into steadying Moon practices to calm the mind, and ending with bit of Fire to remind us of who we really are.
JaneAnne Tager aka Pretzel Kids Mama has been practicing yoga for a decade and a half and has benefited from its positive physical and mental changes. She began to explore kids yoga when her daughter developed asthma and has now been teaching kids yoga in yoga centers, schools, and dance studios for over ten years. JaneAnne’s educational background includes degrees in child psychology, speech pathology, and a master degree in training and facilitation. She received both her 200 and 500 hr yoga certification through the Asheville Yoga Center and has trained with Marsha Wenig, featured in Time Magazine and Yoga Journal and Sonia Sumar, who specialises in using yoga as physical (and emotional) therapy for special needs children. She also teaches pre-natal and gentle yoga.
JaneAnne loves teaching kids yoga and her classes are not only playful, but also improve strength, balance, flexibility and offer a heightened awareness to their young minds and bodies. She notes that kids can make significant progress in a short period of time, and seem to be very proud of what their bodies can do. Every class is different, as is each student.
Janelle Railey: From the time she was a young child Janelle has explored the meaning of life through embodied imagination. She began her formal yogic journey in 1995 when she traveled to India to receive teachings from H.H. Dalai Lama on the graduated path to enlightenment. It was there, as well, that she initially immersed herself in yoga, meditation and other contemplative practices. Her training includes certification in the Kripalu tradition as well as in-depth study with Richard Freeman in the Ashtanga tradition. Janelle has studied with many master teachers from several lineages over the years and finds that her role as a student continually informs her teaching, bringing her back to the beginner’s mind. She is committed to her own daily practice as her own teachers have assured her that the best teacher is the commitment to practicing.
Kimberly Drye began her yoga studies in Asheville in 2001. She considers herself lucky to have stumbled upon the rich source of the talented teachers in the Asheville yogic community. A graduate of Stephanie Keach’s 230 hour teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center in 2008, she is currently continuing her 500 hour certification training with Lillah Schwartz of Lighten Up Yoga where she is pursuing deeper knowledge of yogic alignment principles. Kimberly is energetic, personable, and enthusiastic to share all the benefits yoga has to offer. She believes that yoga can help every individual lead a fuller and more satisfying life. To learn more about Kim, visit her website herenowyoga.com.
Her classes are focused on alignment, awareness, and the preservation of each moment. Breath control, relaxation techniques, and meditation are coupled with focused asana to bring students into a state of mindfulness in their practices that hopefully spills out into their everyday lives. Students of all abilities are welcome.
Krystal Kinnunen is in her fourth year of Chinese Medicine School at Daoist Traditions and is treating patients currently in the College clinic while raising a loving daughter. About 18 years ago, Krystal discovered yoga by attending weekly vegetarian potlucks that included yoga and meditation. This started her on the path of self-healing and exploration. Krystal healed many family ancestral wounds through breath, yoga and meditation. She received her calling loud and clear that her destiny was to teach Kundalini yoga, which was ironic since it happened while she was at a Vinyasa teacher training with Shiva Rea! Shortly thereafter through a series of synchronistic events, a friend took her to Golden Bridge Yoga in Los Angeles where she met Tej Kaur Khalsa, her soon to be mentor and teacher. Immediately Krystal signed up for teacher training and studied with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, Tej Kaur Khalsa, and many other wonderful teachers. During her training she received her spiritual name, Siri Gobind Kaur, which means one who serves, helps and sustains all of mankind. Krystal loves Kundalini and all forms of yoga and understands yoga has the power to heal and transform a person from the inside out.
Her classes feature traditional Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Kundalini yoga’s aim is to encourage students to elevate to their highest potential and connect with their true identity.
Kumiko Yamada aka Kumari is originally from Tokyo, Japan and brings a wonderful understanding of the world to her classes. She has been teaching yoga in New York and internationally for over a decade. She is trained in both vinyasa and Jivamukti styles and has a BSc in psychology from Boston University.
Kumiko is an advanced certified Jivamukti teacher and was the Director of Continuing Education at Jivamukti before moving to Asheville in 2013. Jivamukti, which means living liberated, is a yoga method created by Sharon Gannon and David Life that guides body and soul to spiritual freedom, physical strength, peace of mind, better health, and self-realization – the ultimate goal of any practice. Designed to inspire and motivate you to live fully, it will strengthen your practice and challenge your soul through powerful breathwork, asana and meditation.
Kumiko’s classes offer dynamic movement, incorporating sun salutations, creative asana sequencing, and mindful attention to alignment that works with individual bodies.
Lisa Sherman: A yoga practitioner since 2000, Lisa’s practice is rooted in the dynamic vinyasa flow styles of Ashtanga and Jivamukti. Coming from a background in Chinese medicine, she seeks to balance these yang styles with the softer, yin forms of qigong and sitting meditation. Lisa gained her Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification through the Blooming Lotus Yoga School, a well-rounded teacher training program, influenced by many great yoga traditions including hatha, vinyasa and yin.
As a long-time student of Eastern wisdom traditions, Lisa believes that yoga is a way to cultivate body, mind and spirit to enable the practitioner to be of better service to all beings. Having had first-hand experience of the transformative power of yoga, she is passionate about communicating these insights so that others can enjoy their benefits. As a yoga teacher she provides a firm foundation for students by clearly explaining the mechanics of asana, pranayama and meditation. She aspires to provide a supportive relationship that encourages students’ growth and inspires them with a passion for transformation.
Lisa’s classes build strength, stamina and flexibility, using playful, energetic vinyasa sequences. Her instructions emphasize present moment awareness through alignment of the body and attention to the breath. Classes start low and slow, build up to creative standing flows and balances, and then move down to the floor, to finish with some yin poses and a well-deserved relaxation.
Liz Harrison’s first experience with yoga was a Level 2 Iyengar class at a studio in Northern California in 2000. Immediately humbled by the practice, she was hooked! Nine years later Liz made a New Year’s resolution to get on her yoga mat every single day with the hopes of building a strong home practice. Later that year, she completed her 230-hour teacher training and has since deepened her studies with many great teachers including Cora Wen, Kate Greer, and Stephanie Keach. And, indeed, almost 4 years later, Liz still makes it to the mat on most days.
Her teaching style is deeply introspective and seeks to wed mindfulness practices, dis-identification, breathwork, and the sweet flow of vinyasa yoga. Her hearts desire is to create space for her students to dive inside on the mat so they are able to discover more love, more peace, and more compassion off the mat.
Meghan Ganser has been studying and practicing yoga asana since 2001. She holds a black belt in aikido, loves to dance, has great respect for the power of the human system to heal. She chose to study yoga deeply after back and shoulder injuries invited her to pay closer attention to the relationship of her parts. She is currently completing her 500 RYT training with Lillah Shwartz, and has trained with many other masterful teachers. She sees yoga as a path to self-inquiry; she encourages her students to find their own relationship with the world and themselves; she enjoys the contemplation of biomechanics, whole systems thinking, and the philosophical teachings of world religions.
Meghan’s classes are centered around understanding alignment principles, sweat, and sweet relaxation.
Michael Ward: Certified to teach Anusara Yoga®, yet community driven enough to embrace all yoga styles, Michael is dedicated to helping students embrace their limitations as opportunities to transform and grow: to see themselves as complete. He graduated from UNCG in 1999 and then from GTCC’s professional massage therapy program in 2003. Michael found yoga at the Triad Yoga Institute in Greensboro in 2002. His initial journey was heavily influenced by the Iyengar method and remains; however, he also studied Ashtanga Vinyasa with Nancy Thornton. In 2003, while continuing his studies with Terry Brown at TYI, Michael met his primary influences, Marc St. Pierre and eventually Paul Sobin, both certified Anusara Yoga instructors, and of course founder, John Friend.
Once he discovered the transformative vision of Anusara, which sees creation as an expansion of supreme consciousness, he found comfort and peace knowing we are intrinsically good as we are a manifestation of that expansion. Through this awakening, he started seeing beauty in everything and everyone: Unity through Diversity. To him, yoga is a practice of living well in all aspects of life; the “work-out” is an ancillary benefit for physical health. He offers himself into service to share this revelation with whomever wants to receive it.
On a more personal note, Michael is a first year medical student at the Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts pursing a Masters in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, interested in showing dogs, playing classical music (saxophone), gourmet cooking, traveling, entertaining and has a deep appreciation for the arts in general. He enjoys growing his own food, boating, swimming, reading, hiking and is a huge Star Trek fan! To learn more about Michael, visit his website yogawithmichael.com.
Natalie Epstein discovered yoga during her freshman year of college while on the varsity soccer team. Shortly thereafter, it became her salvation, enabling her to stay injury and stress free both on and off the field. Since then, she has been an avid practitioner of yoga, going on to study with Stephanie Keach, Ana Forrest, and Angela Farmer. Natalie’s approach to teaching incorporates strength, flexibility, alignment principles, pranayama, mantra & fun! Her goal as a teacher is to help students become more adept at understanding the framework of their own body and minds. By developing greater awareness through a physical practice, she encourages her students to take the beneficial tools they learn on the mat, off of it and into their daily lives. She strives to make every student that walks in to her class leave feeling nourished and balanced.
Vibrant Breath Yoga is a more dynamic and free form expression of exploring the body through yoga asana. Rather than contracting the muscles and holding poses in a very static way, we are working to soften the muscles to enable the energy to flow more easily, as well as to lubricate the joints. We accomplish this by incorporating movement into static poses. The idea is to make a moving meditation out of exploring our own unique inner landscapes, and for the journey to be fun!
Nicole Killeen has been a student of yoga since 2006. She discovered a love for yoga while living in Boone, NC and going to graduate school at Appalachian State University. She graduated from Neighborhood Yoga’s 200 hour teacher training program in 2008 and is currently enrolled in a 500 hour training with Kelly Golden of ViraBhava Yoga.
Nicole’s class weaves breath and movement to balance and harness energy in such a way that your practice becomes powerful without any wasted effort.
Paige Gilchrist Paige’s warm and welcoming style will invite you to stretch, strengthen, balance, move energy, release stress and tension, and cultivate peace and joy you can take with you back into the world. Paige has been practicing yoga and Zen meditation for more than 15 years, and completed her 230-hour teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center. She is Yoga Alliance certified, and is currently pursuing advanced training through AYC’s 500-hour Therapeutic Yoga certification program.
Rebecca (Becca) Odom: As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate and Certified Yoga Teacher, Rebecca combines clinical therapeutic methods with mindful yoga techniques to create a space for deep emotional, physical and spiritual healing for her students. Rebecca has been practicing yoga for over 8 years now and it has been remarkable for her to witness her process of growth and self-exploration through this practice. After exploring a wide range of classes in various styles of yoga, Rebecca has settled into a sweet love for yin and restorative yoga. As a practitioner, Rebecca maintains awareness of the stages of human development and its relationship to the development of our own chakra system to provide a more individualized approach when teaching yoga to her students. It is her goal as a teacher to empower others to heal themselves because she truly believe that we each hold the key to our own happiness and she feels it is an honor to offer tools to unlock and release whatever is not serving us in the present moment.
Rebecca is the founder of Soulful Spirit Yoga which offers Yoga Centered Psychotherapy and Equine Yoga sessions. Rebecca teaches a breath centered practice using mindful techniques because she believes that our breath is the one thing we have with us at all times no matter where we are-from the moment we come into this world until the moment we take our last breath-it is our constant companion. She believes that by enhancing our relationship with this part of ourselves will help increase our own self-awareness and ability to become more aware of our emotional, physical and mental response to experiences. This practice helps us develop the skills to become the true witness to our mental and emotional processes that occur all the time, so that we can make a more conscious choice about the way we truly want to live.
Sara Levine came to the mat by accident, but once she found it, she never left. She began teaching yoga in 2008 after completing two 200-hour Teacher Trainings in San Francisco. Her inspiration to teach came in the realization that moving on the mat was for her an expression of dance, a place where she felt free, strong, balanced and graceful. To this day, seeing others have this realization is what brings her the greatest joy. Sara also trained in pre & post-natal yoga with Jane Austin and credits her teachers Lauren Slater, Elise Lorimer, Seane Corn, and Janet Stone for her practice.
Sara’s classes combine a love of Restorative Yoga, deep, alignment focused Vinyasa, and therapeutic movement. She has found that a practice rooted in alignment, but sparked by passion always proves the most fruitful. In her classes, expect to play with unique poses and sequences. Come to her class to release congestion in the joints, to breath more deeply, to become playful again and to sweat yourself clean. Life is not perfect, and enlightenment is not knocking on our front door, but through yoga we can perhaps find a little bit of what we’ve lost and begin to find peace. Read more at saralevineyoga.com.
Dr. Robin Saraswati Markus is a holistic Chinese medicine gynecologist whose yoga practice began in 1998 in Southern California studying primarily within the Ashtanga yoga system with Tim Miller. She fell in love with yoga at first sun salutation when the poses started speaking to her through the energetic language of acupuncture. She completed her first teacher training with him in 2003, and soon after began integrating yoga with Chinese medicine in her medical practice.
She has been spreading her love of Yoga for women ever since. Following the path of her main teachers, Ram Dass and Krishna Das, along with annual pilgrimage to India gives spiritual root to Saraswati’s life and teaching style. Saraswati teaches from the heart, her classes invite the participant to use the body as a vehicle to go beyond the body. Students will experience both yin and yang elements, dynamic posture sequences with times for still presence– just like life. Believing the most potent healing power actually lies within the human being, classes focus on the neurohormonal centers of the chakra system, pelvic floor awareness, and pelvic blood flow- so vital to restoring function and balance. The yoga poses and breath-work act like a mini acupuncture treatment by activating energetic points and meridian lines. The introspective practice of yoga leads one to become deeply relaxed, to sink more deeply into themselves and adopt a natural flow and an openness to life, then one’s body shifts into its innate healing. Read more at nourishinglife.com.
She is the founder of the Nourishing Life Center for Integrative Medicine for Women, which weaves together Traditional Chinese medicine, Western medicine and Yoga into one healing cord. Her medical practice is in Asheville, she consults with patients over Skype and offers her teachings of Chinese medicine and yoga for women in weekly classes at Asheville Yoga Center’s Donation studio, through articles, DVDs and workshops in the US and Abroad.
Tanya Neplioueva RYT-200, Tanya is passionate about sharing yoga as a deeply expansive and therapeutic way of life. Her vibrant classes offer an eclectic blend of her background in Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Anusara, Yin Yoga, and bodywork, allowing each student a tailored practice with extensive hands-on assists. Her teaching style seamlessly weaves pranayama, meditation, and intention practices with asana for a refreshingly dynamic and integrative experience. Tanya is a graduate of Asheville Yoga Center’s 230-hour Teacher Training, Samadhi Shala’s 200-hour Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher Training, and of the 675-hour program at the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga.
Timothy Burgin’s greatest love is sharing the teachings and practices of yoga with others. Trained and certified in the Kripalu and Prankriya