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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 actually ...

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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 sharing ...

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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 lead ...

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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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How long have you been practicing yoga? sense ...

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We are Expanding: Thanks to You

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We offer deep gratitude to everyone that showed up in January. We so appreciate everyone that bought a yearly yoga pass, the teacher training special or membership special. That extra bump of revenue has made it possible for us to begin renovation on the new teacher training facility. Details below. Completion date is around October of this year.

For 18 years, Asheville Yoga Center has been a place of healing, community, and love. As ...

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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 ...

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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 an ...

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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 a ...

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