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)

Banyan Gallagher

Banyan Gallagher

Banyan dreams of living in a world where people laugh more. A facilitator of equal parts sincerity and silliness, Banyan creates a safe environment where all forms of experience, from vulnerability to dynamism, are safe to be fully felt. His teaching style is free from dogma, and full of opportunity for self-discovery. He intends to open every door, without ever telling a student which door to go through. Banyan dances daringly along the edges of many yoga traditions and lineages, inviting students to question every rule and experience the depth of the teachings for themselves.

As a past semi-pro athlete, Banyan’s fascination with all things movement-related led him to in-depth studies of martial arts, firedance, circus clowning, ballet, motorcycle racing, human dissection, philosophy, mystical poetry, (but wait, there’s more!) and finally meditation: the ultimate movement of stillness.

Banyan synthesizes these diverse interests into a lesson for all of us — that happiness and awakening are ours for the taking. He offers a balance of playfulness and tradition, innovative modern practice and ancient knowledge. As his student, you may find yourself realizing that everything is possible with consistency, dedication and focus, and that everything is worthwhile when it is punctuated with laughter.

A certified E-RYT 500, Banyan spreads his love of life throughout the world in three to five Yoga Alliance-certified trainings a year at the 200 and 300 hour level, as well as assorted trainings and workshops.

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