Asheville Yoga Center is one of the most popular yoga schools in the Southeast. Our foundational programs are designed to enhance your personal knowledge, deepen your practice and provide you with the confidence and skills necessary to safely experience or teach yoga.

We offer three types of event:

  • Yoga workshops (non-certification events) 
  • 200 Hour RYT  training courses
  • 300 Hour certified training courses (Advanced Study and Therapeutically-Oriented)

Yoga for Paddlers Fundraiser

Yoga for Paddlers Fundraiser
Anna Levesque
Asheville Yoga Center
$40.00 (Yoga for Paddlers Fundraiser 3/2018)

March 18, 2018


All Levels Welcome

$40 Suggested Donation

With the recent passing of world-class kayaker, Maria Noakes, our Yoga for Paddlers workshop lead by Anna Levesque will be a fundraiser with proceeds being donated to the Live Like Maria Memorial Fund. Donations into the fund will be directed into causes that were close to Maria’s heart, including paddling instruction and outdoor experiences for youth, river conservation and access, and empowering women in outdoor adventure pursuits.

Yoga for Paddlers is a workshop that focuses on alignment and poses that target the muscles used (and underused) in paddling a kayak, stand up paddleboard and/or canoe.

How it works:

The muscles of the chest, shoulders and hips tend to be chronically contracted from paddling, while the muscles of the upper back, shoulders and glutes tend to be chronically weak from lack of activation while paddling. This combination can lead to misalignment in the body which can lead to low back pain, and increased risk of injury in the shoulders, hips and back. Anna leads you through poses and alignments that help to bring your body back toward balance.


Enhanced paddling performance
Reduced risk of injury to shoulders and back
Reduced pain and discomfort commonly associated with paddling
Poses that you can take home and incorporate into your fitness routine

TIP: Cyclists will also benefit from this series as the body positioning for the back and shoulders is very similar!

About Anna: Anna Levesque, author of Yoga for Paddling, is a former pro whitewater kayaker, current Instructor Trainer for stand up paddleboarding and whitewater kayaking, and founder of Girls at Play and She’s a certified 500-hour yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and a certified Ayurveda Wellness Counselor with NAMA. In 2017 Anna was voted Most Inspirational Outdoors Person in the Blue Ridge by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.

200 Hour (200 RYT)
Yoga Teacher Training

Become a Yoga Teacher — Our 200 Hour program is lead by an expert faculty who inspire future yoga instructors and those simply looking to deepen their practice. Gain skills, knowledge and experience to be great yoga teacher.


300 Hour (500 RYT)
Advanced Teacher Training

Begin Anytime – 11 Required Modules (mostly weekends). Our most popular and flexible program: you have several years to pick and choose your courses to most enhance your own teaching style.


Therapeutically Oriented 
Teacher Training

10+ Weekends over 9 months – This course is geared mostly towards working one-on-one in private yoga sessions that contain strong therapeutic elements, with each weekend building upon the next.

300 Hour Advanced Studies Teacher Training Modules