Meet our yoga instructors

At Asheville Yoga Center our greatest asset is our people. Our teachers are among Asheville’s brightest and we are lucky enough to have some of the most accomplished yoga teachers in the southeast in residence at our studio. Many of our teachers have trained in the Vinyasa style under Stephanie Keach, while others have pursued training in various modalities ranging from ranging from alignment-based systems to Kundalini. No matter the lineage, AYC teachers are committed to providing a compassionate and informed space where students can find their own balance of effort and ease in the practice.

Hilary Drake

Hilary Drake

Hilary Drake’s classes open a space in which to explore sensations, thoughts, intentions, questions, and awareness itself toward the manifestation of true peace in this life. A 15-year practitioner, Yoga and Mindfulness are her top-pick tools for maintaining physical, mental & emotional balance in the dance of navigating life’s complexities. A graduate of Black Mountain Yoga’s Therapy & Teacher Training program and the Asheville Yoga Center’s Advanced Therapeutics Teacher Training, she owns and operates Thrive Yoga Therapy and Instruction, which provides a collaborative, practical, nurturing context in which to explore obstacles and illuminate each person’s potential for wellness. From her home studio, she offers one-on-one yoga therapeutics, couples yoga, and small group classes. She also serves as a Yoga Therapist at Asheville Family Fitness – Physical Therapy & Spine Center.

Hilary’s style is warm and light-hearted with a focus on the breath and conscious intention. She emphasizes modification for the individual, safe alignment, self-inquiry, and internal listening so that each every student is empowered to practice a yoga that serves their body and mind moment to moment. She loves being a part of the AYC family. For more about Hilary, visit

Class Schedule for Hilary

Monday March 19 8:15 - 9:30 am*Gentle Align & Flow $10