300 Hour Staff

Meet our Therapeutically Oriented Instructors

Asheville Yoga Center employs some of the best Yoga Alliance certified instructors and certified health care professionals in the nation. With their guidance, you will deepen your knowledge of yoga as you explore therapeutically oriented yoga traditions, modalities, and yoga practices.

Deirdre Smith-Gilmer

Deirdre Smith-Gilmer

Deirdre began practicing yoga in 1994 in NYC. From that moment began her 20 year love affair with the practices and teachings of yoga. Her passion is to create a sense of belonging in her classes by coupling her serious dedication with a light-hearted approach. In this way, you will find her classes are alive with questions, philosophy, and humor based on connecting real life situations to the physical practice.

Deirdre’s background as a professional modern dancer encourages her creative spirit to choreograph every “class as an intimate concoction of equal parts inquiry of the heart, humility of the mind, and precision in expression of the body” (student Kris H). She is constantly approaching yoga from different angles yet maintains a steady commitment to alignment, as well as, physical & emotional safety.


Her gratitude, love, and adoration for her family, community and teachers is unbounded. Her strongest experiences and trainings have been in the Krisnamacharya Lineage through Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, Vini Yoga (Desikachar in Madras, India) and Anusara (formerly Certified). Deirdre is E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance Certified.

Class Schedule for Deirdre

Monday October 2312:15 - 1:45 pmAlign & Flow