The Asheville Yoga Center Blog

Striving to be our Best

Asheville Yoga Center has been sharing yoga love from the heart of Asheville for the past 18 years. Not just from our downtown location in the center of our beloved city, but also from our central values, which happen to be Asheville’s too. We do it because it’s who we are, and it’s what we want to do.

When we say we do things from the heart, we mean it. We donated 21% of our profits to local philanthropic causes last ...

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Yogi Tips for Spring Cleansing

Spring is the ideal season for cleansing. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, spring is related to the wood element, which tends the liver and gall bladder. These organs focus on the cleansing process: secretion and detoxification. As things get moving in nature, our bodies need to get moving too in order to avoid winter stagnation that manifests in digestive disrupts, respiratory congestion or headaches. Supporting detoxification, drainage and circulation with food choices and movement can help kick off our spring cleanse.

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Yogic Chakra Guide

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Yoga and the Pelvis: Beyond Mula Bandha

Let’s just admit it: on a cultural level, we are wildly dysfunctional about all things pelvis. We have near-epidemic urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, fertility and birthing challenges, progressively lower sperm counts, and a variety of pelvic pain syndromes. And we have yet to overcome our cultural judgment and outright hatred fueled by sexuality. In Yoga Land, these are all pelvic issues, from the structural to spiritual.yoga pose - female in sport clothes performing exerciseContinue Reading ?

Featured Instructor: Janelle Railey

Janelle RaileyWhy do you teach yoga?

I view teaching as a means of joining people in the process of experimenting with freedom, potential and limitations. I am consistently amazed by how people seem to find something new that they can rely on in the midst of difficulty. Yoga is hard work and I deeply appreciate how engaging in this practice creates a forum where we can together keep saying yes to something that does ...

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Yoga Stories: Rosie’s Story

“I am old- I turn 55 in April. I started practicing Yoga when I was 14. The nuns asked my parents to have me see a doctor about putting me on meds for my hyperactivity. I was in a very small private Catholic school in Coconut Grove, Florida. The doc and my parents were against medication so the school brought in a Yoga teacher- Eve Diskin, then the President of the American Society of Yoga. I spent my afternoons teaching ...

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Hot Yoga 101

 Some Like it Hot, Some Not.

Hot yoga classes are one of the most popular styles of yoga in the U.S. today. Without debate, those that like hot yoga, really like hot yoga. Hot yoga isn’t everyone’s favorite, however. Whether it’s your thing or not, studies are showing while there are some amazing benefits to perspiring in your poses, it is important to understand how heat affects the body while exercising.

How hot is Hot?

The temperature of a hot yoga class isn’t ...

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Featured Instructor: Julia Albertson

Julia AlbertsonWhy do you teach yoga?

I teach yoga simply because I believe in it. I’ve said it many times before but yoga saved my life. Whether you are a recovering addict, someone who struggles with anxiety or depression, or just a normal Joe Shmoe, I know that yoga can improve your life for the better. If I know something as amazing as that to be true, why wouldn’t I make my life about ...

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Winter Wellness with Ayurveda

yoga and ayurvedaYoga and Ayurveda are considered to be sister sciences. These ancient traditions developed over a period of thousands of years and provide models for self-care and optimal well being. Ayurveda uses three “doshas”—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha— to explain an individual’s unique constitutional makeup. Each is aligned with certain elements and a time of year.

Vata is associated with winter, air, and space.  The abundance of Vata during the winter season can ...

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Featured Instructor: Joe Taft

Joe TaftWhy do you teach yoga? Yoga is my passion and sharing one’s passion is a gift of a life time.

What is your teaching history? I have been teaching since 2001 and teaching full time since 2008.

What is your favorite pose at the moment? Hanumanasana

What’s your sign? (astrological) Pisces

What is your most challenging pose? Any standing balance

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