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 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.

Mike Closson

Mike Closson

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.

Class Schedule for Mike

Thursday April 26 7:15 - 8:30 pm*Yin