Bringing Yoga and Meditation into Prisons

As yoga teachers, we serve our community by offering yoga as a technique to cope with the challenges and stresses of life. Some teachers choose to extend this service outside of the traditional classroom, bringing yoga to underserved populations and to those who wouldn’t normally be capable of visiting a yoga studio.

Several teachers at Asheville Yoga Center volunteer time at local prisons and detention centers, and we couldn’t be more proud of them! Here is an article from Mountain Xpress with more ...

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Featured Instructor: Alex Moody

 

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Why do you teach Yoga?

I love being a resource for people to pause and tune in.  As an instructor I get the opportunity to be a reminder for people.  Our practice is simply maintenance so that the peace, stillness and awareness we want to cultivate becomes more readily available to us.  I love being a part of that for people.

What is your teaching history?

I have been ...

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Featured Instructor: Amy Sims

Why do you teach Yoga?

Yoga saved my life. I came to the practice at an extremely tumultuous time and it taught me to be a healthier, happier and more balanced being. Going into my 200 hour training, I had no intention of teaching. However, the practice transformed me in so many ways, I developed a strong desire to share it with others. Teaching gives me an ...

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Featured Instructor: Kate Lundquist

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Why do you teach yoga?

I grew up as a dancer and competitive athlete, so yoga became a liberation from the pressures of those worlds while I was in high school. I teach yoga to help others find that same release and relief, while at the same time meditating on the intricate postures of yoga. I believe people can achieve what they might not have ...

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Is Yoga Enough?

By Stephanie Keach | February 24, 2016 | Asheville Yoga Center

Hatha Yoga does an amazing job at strengthening, stretching and detoxifying the body, while helping to replenish and rejuvenate all the internal glands and organs. Yet for some, it may not be enough for full wellbeing.

Yoga has a sister, her name is Ayurveda (both born in India).  If Yoga’s original purpose was to get your body prepared for spiritual practice, ...

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Featured Instructor: Deirdre Smith-Gilmer

 Why do you teach yoga?

Because it makes me a better human being in general and because I want everyone to benefit from what yoga has to offer. If someone wants yoga to be a part of their path then I’ll tell them everything I know!

What is your teaching history?

I began practicing and teaching yoga in NYC. I taught for New ...

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Featured Instructor: Rebecca Willman

Why do you teach yoga?
Part of my work in this life, I think, is to hold space and walk with others through transformation—to empower others to empower themselves. Yoga asks us to assume and accept the entirety of our human experience, which can be really challenging and life altering—transformational work is not easy. I teach to provide space for people to do what they need to do, and hope to open up avenues for compassion and acceptance to bloom ...

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Featured Instructor: Heidi Vaught

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Why do you teach yoga?

So many reasons…Mainly because I believe in it.  I have found that yoga helps me be a better person in ways that I didn’t even know I could improve.  How could I not feel obliged to share something like that? And it’s a lot of fun.

What is your teaching history?

I did my teacher training and taught for two years in Louisville, KY. There I ...

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Featured Instructor: Maeve

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The gift of yoga presented itself to me ten years ago after a nearly fatal car accident left me with a fractured C2 vertebrae and a load of fearful anxiety. Still, I was very thankful to be alive and was blessed with the wise advice from a friend to attend my first Hatha Yoga class. During that hour ...

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Power Flow Vs Slow Flow

One of the most beautiful aspects of yoga, is that it invites practitioners from all backgrounds, ability levels, and personal goals to share in the benefits of yoga and hopefully even transform the world towards peace and goodwill. The most popular style of yoga at the Asheville Yoga Center is Flow Yoga, (traditionally also called Vinyasa).  And the two most popular sub-sets are known as SlowFlow and Power Flow.   As with many aspects of yoga, there are deeper benefits and ...

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