The Asheville Yoga Center Blog

Asheville, NC: Yoga City, U.S.A.

Why did Yoga Journal list Asheville, North Carolina as the number one spot on their list of Towns with Top-Notch Yoga? In addition to boasting a thriving yoga scene, Asheville is home to a vibrant natural health community nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, making it a top destination for those seeking yoga teacher training certification. What makes Asheville the perfect place to obtain your yoga teacher training ...

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Featured Instructor: Tanya Neplioueva


Why do you teach yoga?

To offer an ever-changing perspective of what is possible in our human experience. Yoga allows us the gift of a deeper understanding of ourselves and it is incredible to be able to share that with my students.

What is your teaching history?

I began teaching in Durham in 2011, just one week (!) after finishing my 230-hour training at AYC and I never looked back. Since then, I have completed ...

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12 Days of Holiday Cheer by Stephanie Keach

Stephanie Keach
1. Inhale, breathe in Peace.
2. Exhale, smile at Peace.
3. Let Love in.
4. Let Love out.
5. Sign up for yoga classes and workshops to help you stay centered this season.
6. Get a massage/Take a bath/Have a nap.
7. Donate some of your abundance (stuff to thrift stores/money to charities/time to shelters).
8. Meet someone new at yoga: say, “hello,” smile, and watch the magic!
9. Try ...

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Gratitude Part Two by Stephanie Keach

Stephanie KeachSo much of who we are is conditioning; we are endlessly influenced by our media, our family, our culture. The pressures of conformity and consumerism during this time of year are immense and unavoidable (in the U.S.A.). It’s also the darkest part of the year, so stress is creeping in; it’s also the end of the year, so stress is creeping in; it’s often very cold, and that combined with extra ...

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Featured Instructor: Lewis Rothlein

Lewis Rothlein

Why do you teach yoga?
In the beginning, some 20 years ago, it was because it gave me so many gifts and I wanted others to experience the same. Now, it’s for the same reason!

What is your teaching history?  
I have studied many styles of yoga, but I have only taught Ashtanga; it is in that style that I found my passion. At first I rented spaces to teach in, next ...

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“Gratitude” by Stephanie Keach

stephanieheadshot_1024We are entering a time when Gratitude is pulling at our awareness. We have a huge national holiday named after it, but in the busyness of the season, we forget. We forget to stop and remember how blessed we all are. In different and abundant ways, we are all so privileged – it is really amazing. (I say this, because if you are reading this right now, you are looking at a ...

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Interview with Catherine McMahon

Catherine McMahon graduated from Asheville Yoga Center’s 230 hour 9-Weekend Yoga Teacher Training in May 2013. In our exclusive interview, Catherine explains the serendipitous moment that led to her choosing Asheville Yoga Center’s training, how the program changed her life, and why she’s so glad it did. She is currently pursuing her 300 hour certification through AYCs Your Yoga Advanced Studies Teacher Training Learn more about Catherine’s ongoing yoga journey on her facebook page:

Why did you ...

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Featured Instructor: Adam Shirley

Adam Shirley

Why do you teach yoga?

I believe in change. The practice of yoga facilitates change for the better in most people and through the practice of yoga, I was able to change old patterns and replace them with new, more appropriate patterns. Yoga is a powerful form of self observation and understanding of your true nature, through consistent practice one is able to become more than the sum of ones parts. Also agoraphobia ...

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Featured Instructor: Anna Levesque

Why do you teach yoga?

Yoga has been a powerful healer in my life. Teaching yoga is a way to share that healing with others and teaching helps me to integrate the teachings and the practice more deeply into my own life.
What is your teaching history?
I’ve been teaching on my kayaking programs/retreats around the world for over 10 years. I’ve produced several whitewater kayaking instructional DVDs that include yoga ...

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Rise and Become a Yoga Instructor

Just as meditation provides a “cosmic cushion” to help you navigate mental, emotional and spiritual upheaval, yoga instructor certification can provide a cushion of competence that you — in your life and and your business — can rely on. The skills and strengths you learn from a yoga instructor certification program can help you overcome whatever lessons life has in store for you. Like a good friend, your yoga teacher training will see you through any challenge.

One door often ...

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