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.
When a friend casually showed Leaflin her first yoga asanas in 1998, it sparked a deep remembering, and sudden illumination of a path before her. Yoga would be a guiding force of her life, and in order to fully receive this gift, she had to share it. By 2000 she had completed her first teacher training with the inimitable Diane Wilson of Portland, OR. She has since completed a variety of trainings including 200 hr certification at Atmananda Yoga in NYC, beginning and advanced Thai Yoga Massage training at Lotus Palm School in Montreal, and 230 hr Embodiyoga training with Lisa Clark. The other great and lasting love of Leaflin's life is painting. If she is not at the yoga studio, she is probably at her painting studio in the River Arts District.
Leaflin's classes are rich and flowing, incorporating elements of kundalini yoga, qi gong, and dance, and set to inspiring soundtracks. They are an exploration of the mysteries of inner space, with emphasis on pranayama, alignment through subtle anatomy, elemental inspiration, and the moving poetry of the body. She strives to consistently recognize the teacher presenting itself in every moment through all of life's phenomena.