Mike's passion and motivation for practice, be it yoga or meditation, is to provide a safe and playful environment to embrace the present moment. His classes integrate mindful movements and pranayama in hopes that, with openness and curiosity, we will find quiet stillness and our own intuitive teacher.
Mike discovered Yoga in 2008, and participated in his first teacher training in 2012, but it wasn’t until he landed at Asheville Yoga Center that he discovered the whole wide world of Yoga and found his true passion to teach. He received his 200-hour certification from Asheville Yoga Center, has trained in the Power Vinyasa methodology, and is also currently working towards his 500 Hour Certification with AYC.
He credits his teacher, Kimberley Puryear, with reigniting his study of the teachings of Thich Nhat Hahn, as well as instilling the value of maintaining a regular meditation practice. Coming from a background in coaching youth athletics, he is also certified to teach Mindfulness to Youth, and has taught yoga for the past two years with a youth camp in Asheville.
*Recommended for Beginners
Gentle indicates the class is not vigorous, but slow and soothing, perfect for those wanting a more relaxed and softer practice. Also excellent for beginners, the elderly, and pregnant women.
Power indicates a vigorous practice that will challenge and energize you with its focus on building strength and concentration as you flow through powerful, flowing sequences. This type of class is meant to challenge you and your existing practice, make you sweat, have some fun, and try and inversion (or three!). Not recommended for beginners who do not have a basic knowledge of yoga postures.
Warm classes allow the body’s tissues to soften more deeply, as the room is kept between 80-89 degrees.
Hot classes involve a dynamic and challenging practice in a room heated to 90 degrees or above. You will sweat, so please bring your own mat, water bottle, and towel. First time students are discouraged from attending HOT classes, as they tend to be fast-paced, and are meant for those already familiar with basic postures.