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5 Yoga Poses Away from a Better Night’s Sleep

Whether you suffer from insomnia, or you just want to relax for a few minutes before sleep, bedtime yoga can help you have a more restful night’s sleep. Taking just a few minutes in bed before you fall asleep to do these simple yoga poses may help you fall asleep faster, sleep deeper, and stay asleep longer.

As you climb into bed for the night, take just a few minutes before you do these simple poses, to bring your focus to ...

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The Different Types of Yoga Teacher Certification

Yoga is taking over the country, creating a demand for certified yoga instructors. Why is it important to be certified? Only through yoga teacher certification can yoga students be assured that the classes they take are led by trained and experienced teachers. Certification is the great equalizer, like a massage therapy license.

Yoga instructors with proper credentials have the skills to teach the practice safely to students regardless of their level or preferred style of yoga. Yoga instructors who have ...

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Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training

“Every yoga instructor needs this course. It is by far the most in-depth training the Asheville Yoga Center offers. These 11 juicy weekends provide all of the information–including the detailed  anatomy and physiology–you need to know to work one-on-one with any yoga student that comes through your door.” 
~ Stephanie Keach, Founder of the Asheville Yoga Center and original creator of the Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training.

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Teach Yoga While Attending College

Yoga is a path to find your true self and to honor that journey in your life. As you know, yoga teacher trainings can help you strengthen and deepen your yoga practice, delve into your bliss and discover your true nature. Perhaps your daily practice and yoga teacher trainings have guided you to return to a more conventional educational journey.

Teaching yoga while you attend college can serve you well in many different ways. It can help you reduce ...

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5 Tips to Prepare for the Training of Your Life

Once you’ve developed a strong desire to move from the role of student to become the teacher, you may wonder: How do you become a yoga instructor with the tools you have now? You may feel that you are ready, but there are several steps to take before you immerse yourself in the process.

You’ll be competing with a slew of potential teachers as the yoga movement continues to grow, so step back a moment and follow these five tips ...

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On Becoming a Yoga Teacher in Demand

While yoga continues to grow in popularity across the country, the number of certified yoga teachers also grows. But you are not too late to jump on the bandwagon, as the 20-plus million Americans practicing yoga will attest. There is always room for someone who is in the process of becoming a yoga teacher in demand.

Being a successful yoga instructor means you are fostering respect, enthusiasm, and loyalty. If you’re in demand, students are waiting to get into your ...

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8 Ways to a Peaceful Class

When you first asked how do you become a yoga instructor, you probably weren’t thinking of becoming a peacemaker, negotiator or disciplinarian. The focus of your answer to How do you become a yoga instructor was more likely on the poses, the marketing and the yoga philosophies that drew you to the teaching path. Fear not, you will learn asanas and philosophies, along with deep breathing and quiet meditation techniques.

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10 Tips for Leading a Yoga Class

Yoga teachers training can take you only so far. You still have to actually lead a yoga class by yourself. If you’ve trained at Asheville Yoga Center, you’ve had some experience that gave you the foundation for success. But yoga, like life, requires continual learning and a curious approach. Incorporate new ideas, such as the 10 tips below, continue with your formal training and learn through trial and error, and you’ll discover the techniques to lead a yoga class successfully.

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Featured Instructor: Corey Brown


With an open heart and open mind, Corey affirms the dignity and worth of all people and provides students with a safe space for self-exploration and growth through yoga practice. She graduated from the 230-hour Yoga Teacher Training through Asheville Yoga Center (AYC) and is a licensed Psychotherapist and Expressive Arts Therapist specializing in wellness and stress management.

Corey teaches a creative and energetic vinyasa flow class that combines movement with breath and expression ...

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What Yoga Teacher Certification Means

Do you really need yoga teacher certification to teach a yoga class? Why does that “RYT” suffix matter? Hasn’t it been said that anyone can teach yoga? Why go through the bother of graduating from a costly and time-consuming certified yoga teacher training program? Can’t you just learn the poses well enough to teach them?
These are all good questions, but before we delve into the answers, let’s examine the different yoga certifications to understand what they mean.

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