Your Yoga Blog

Stay up-to-date on the latest from Asheville Yoga Center with our blog! Meet our teachers and hear them share more about their lives and yoga practice. Read tips on how to integrate yoga more deeply into your life off the mat. Learn more about inspirational teacher training programs, and discover new ways to deepen your practice!

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Teacher Feature: Michael Johnson

My initial experience with Yoga was a class with Jonny Kest back in 1999 in Royal Oak, MI. It was a Vipassanā meditation combined with what is now called Yin Yoga. We held each posture for about 3-5 minutes while focusing on the breath until we chose to rest. It helped me focus my attention and develop impulse control in a way that inspired me immensely. I went on to sit three 10-day Vipassanā retreats, traveled to India and completed many Yoga teacher trainings to teach it full time for the last 20 years. 

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Teacher Feature: Michael Johnson

My initial experience with Yoga was a class with Jonny Kest back in 1999 in Royal Oak, MI. It was a Vipassanā meditation combined with what is now called Yin Yoga. We held each posture for about 3-5 minutes while focusing on the breath until we chose to rest. It helped me focus my attention and develop impulse control in a way that inspired me immensely. I went on to sit three 10-day Vipassanā retreats, traveled to India and completed many Yoga teacher trainings to teach it full time for the last 20 years. 

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A Letter from Sunny & Steph: AYC Transition Update!

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December Blog: Giving Back Through Yoga

Giving Back with Yoga  By Rosie Mulford “Giving” is a funny thing.  It is like an endless well that just keeps on flowing and filling no matter how much it is used.  The word “purna” in Sanskrit means full. But more than full.  My teacher describes “purna” as holding a

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Benefits of Bringing a Friend to Yoga Class

One of the first yoga classes I ever attended was because a friend convinced me to go with her to help me deal with stress after a difficult day.  How many of us have tagged along with a friend to a yoga class and walked away grateful for the experience?

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Welcome New Instructor: Grace Keller

What is your favorite part about teaching yoga? My power class is a fun mix between Masculine and feminine energy. A celebration of the self through strong movement, community  and fun music. We will do some flows to build heat and strength by activating  the core with powerful poses, twists,

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Angela Gorman Shares Her 200RYT Program Experience

  By Angela Gorman “I had been wanting to get my 200 hour certification for a while but was very skeptical of doing it virtually. I was blown away by how well the instructors at AYC adapted the teacher training to the virtual world. They did a great job of

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Meditation with Paige

[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” av_uid=’av-kiqnisof’ custom_class=” admin_preview_bg=”] Mindful Meditation Led by Paige Gilchrist [/av_textblock] [av_video src=’https://vimeo.com/527509345′ mobile_image=’https://youryoga.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IMG_4158-2-rotated.jpeg’ attachment=’10701′ attachment_size=’full’ format=’16-9′ width=’16’ height=’9′ conditional_play=” av_uid=’av-kiqn26dr’ custom_class=”] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” av_uid=’av-kiqnh6e5′ custom_class=” admin_preview_bg=”] Gift yourself 10-minutes, a moment to clear your head, check in with

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“Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.”

– Mary Oliver

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