We are so excited to partner with Lake Junaluska to offer THREE yoga retreats this year!

Whether you are looking for a little adventure or are looking to indulge in some self-care with a friend or loved one- we’ve got something for you! These retreats include lodging, meals, yoga classes and feature daily workshops that focus on self-care & self-love, among other things!


Lake J’s peaceful lakeside village’s stunning lake and mountain views, comfortable accommodations, and convenient amenities provide a soothing backdrop as you treat yourself to learning about the perfect prescription of movement & medicine.

Book 60 days in advance to enjoy an early bird rate of $775 per person ($395 without lodging or meals)! Click here for details, schedule + booking.





Women’s Health & Wellness Yoga Retreat

Women’s Health & Wellness Yoga Retreat

May 23-26, 2021

We’re so excited to be able to offer all you mother’s and caretakers out there this Mother’s Day treat!

As women, we tend to nurture and support everyone around us and sometimes we forget to fill our own cup!

Come celebrate a special female bond in your life and take part in enriching workshops + classes to nurture your mind, body + spirit!

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Out-of-the-Box Adventure Yoga Retreat

Out-of-the-Box Adventure Yoga Retreat

July 18-21, 2021

Are you ready to drop kick yourself and your ride or die adventure partner out of feeling stuck or in a rut?

This retreat will offer a true unique yoga adventure experience designed to open your heart and mind to new possibilities and new experiences so you can start to shake off the old stale worries and fears holding you back!

Workshops + Classes for this retreat will have you adventuring to Waterrock Knob and Gaia Arise Farm, and also have you exploring pool yoga, Thai massage and partner yoga!

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Aging Gracefully Yoga Retreat

Aging Gracefully Yoga Retreat

September 19-22, 2021

Do you worry about maintaining your mobility as you get older, or being unable to participate in activities that require stamina and strength?

This retreat will help you gain insight into the aging process and show you how you can work now to maintain the agility necesssary for your highest quality of life!

Workshops and yoga classes will address common age related issues such as osteoporosis, problems with balance and coordination, nutrition and much more!

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On-Demand Wellness Programs

We’re excited to share our virtual program platform via Teachable with you, where you can access our programs when the time is right for YOU! Our courses are thoughtful collaborations created with our students in mind. We hope you find the perfect program to support you on your journey to a balanced mind, body + spirit!

Stay tuned as we add more of our 2020 programs + brand new content!

Members Video Library

If you’re a monthly unlimited member, keep an eye out for a separate email with a password to unlock unlimited content: classes, mini samples, meditations and more…

We’re also offering a Video Library Membership for $45 or $180 for six months, click here to purchase. 

Free Video Library

We’ve added a free videos page to the website: click here to check it out!

 Nahma’StayReal Podcast

Check out Jay’s new podcast, Nahma’StayReal: Yoga On + Off the Mat! Follow along on Facebook or Instagram and we’ll be sharing them in our newsletter  (click here to sign up if you don’t already receive it).

Click here to listen to the latest episode where Sara and Jay discuss the importance of a yogic approach to food prep, nutrition and how we consume our food. Don’t miss this yummy discussion on mindful eating and intentional gratitude for each bite and every meal!

Have Something to Share?

We’d love to hear how your yoga & mindfulness practice is serving you during this intense and scary time. Send us your videos, shout outs, funny memes, or feedback: hello@waynesvilleyogacenter.com 

Thank you again for your support! We hope to help you get through this crisis – and see you after it is over. Hang in there, one breath at a time.

Team WYC

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Waynesville Yoga Center now offers both 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher training programs! We’re thrilled – and honored – to provide educational options for a wide spectrum of yoga students, including those pursuing advanced studies. Click here for details.

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Gift Certificates

Gift Certificates

Makes a great gift, for the holiday season and beyond! Fufill your gift list – or wish list – at Waynesville Yoga: class packages, massage + bodywork, WYC merch, our apothecary goodies, or a gift certificate for your loved one to spend as they choose. Click here for prices and details.

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Flow + Ground

Flow + Ground

Waynesville Yoga Center is thrilled and honored to present our own unique, branded form of Yoga: Flow + Ground! Developed by lead instructor Jay MacDonald, in coordination with our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, this signature style incorporates the best of both stability and fluidity. Click here for details.

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  • I signed up for YTT thinking I had time to myself to focus on me, but the world has other plans. It’s still the best decision I’ve made, and I am so grateful that what I have learned has come to me at a time that I can apply it to so much real world trauma. This YTT has been a saving grace!

    – Kim T.

  • “Jay is an always-patient, highly skilled teacher who makes everyone feel welcome and able to participate. Her class is always a joy and rewarding.”

    – Barbara S.

  • “Since I started taking classes at Waynesville Yoga Center, I can now go down the stairs ‘normally’, instead of one foot at a time. I’m really pleased with how these classes are helping me.”

    – Carol L.

  • “Thank you all so much for offering this. It has truly been a gift in my life and I am very grateful to be part of this class!”

    – Kristen, B

  • “I woke up one morning and realized I was 60 years old, that I could live well into my 80s and that I had to do something to improve my strength and stamina if I wanted a good quality of life. I was caring for small grandchildren periodically, and it exhausted me.

    As soon as I saw Waynesville Yoga Center was opening, I came. I am so thankful to Jay for a place where I feel safe, not self-conscious, and where I can attend classes that benefit me without feeling in competition with anyone else. Restorative and Yin have improved my flexibility and meditation skills; Beginner Flow, Flow Level 1 and Gentle Chair Yoga have increased my strength and balance and also challenged me, as has Barre and Balance!

    I feel better than I ever have – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I have met so many new friends. All of the instructors I have had are wonderful and willing to share of themselves. Thank you, Jay, your endeavor is making a tremendous difference in so many lives!”

    – Terri M.

  • “Amber is an incredibly gifted instructor, particularly when it comes to yoga. She is calming, thorough, and provides that extra-added touch of essential oils, gentle adjustments, and themed practices. I love that Amber’s yoga classes are dynamic and she’s taught moves in her classes that I’ve never done in 15 years of practicing yoga. She’s a breath of fresh air in the yoga scene. I highly recommend her!”

    – Christine G.

  • “WYC YTT has given me such tremendous depth in my practice of yoga on and off the mat. I’ve loved seeing my evolution this year as I learned all the ways I can add yoga to my home and work life. I started just expecting to build a stronger personal practice, but now I am so excited to see where this will all take me in the years to come.”

    – 2019 YTT Student

  • “Jay is a wonderful yoga instructor; has great variety in classes; is always dependable (there and on time); is kind and understanding; and always available to answer questions and give additional instruction if necessary. She is calm and classes are enjoyable no matter the challenge.”

    – Myndie S.

  • “My experience during my YTT at WYC has not only increased my confidence on the mat but has opened up endless possibilities and opportunities for a courageous, confident, and grateful life off the mat. “

    – Teresa F.

  • “That special moment when your body, mind and spirit blend into a yummy synchronized yogic OHMMMMMMM……..yeah, YTT has given me like a hundred of those so far! You guys are awesome!”

    – 2019 YTT Student

  • “I haven’t felt this good since I got my puppy, ten years ago!…”

    – Steve S.

  • “What has set the program apart for me, as well, is the approach to teaching that encourages us not to focus on a “perfect” pose, but rather perfecting a pose within our bodies and the bodies of our students. This means everyone’s expression of a pose will be slightly different, and there is such beauty in that. It runs counter to so much that we are taught elsewhere in life.”

    – Kristen, B

  • “Jay takes time to answer questions, to give help when needed in performing movements and is a gentle, calm person which helps my yoga experience.”

    – Anita S.

  • “With all of my health issues, I never would have believed I could ever learn to teach yoga. WYC’s Real Yoga for Real Bodies built my confidence as a leader, reminding me that my journey is my strength, and I will actually be a better teacher because of the challenges I’ve experienced. Thank you so much for creating a program that encouraged us to bring the beauty and the beast through this incredible transformation.”

    – CJH

  • “One of the things I have loved about the program is that we are not just learning how to teach certain poses; I have been learning things I didn’t even know I could learn about yoga in general, including about the subtle energies, how they tie to both anatomy and the philosophy of yoga.”

    – 2019 YTT Student

  • “YTT provided me with the tools and knowledge to deepen my own yoga practice and help others with theirs. This program challenged me in unforeseen ways and I am so thankful to have experienced this journey with such incredible teachers and fellow students. It was truly a life-changing experience.”

    – Hayley P.

  • “When I first began practicing yoga, it seemed like the more I learned, the more I wanted to know. I bought a few books but still didn’t feel like a real student of the practice of yoga. When the 200 hour YTT was offered, I saw it as the perfect chance to really expand my knowledge. I have come to realize that with this deep dive into the practice of yoga, I have a strong knowledge bank that will allow me to continue to expand my knowledge of yoga for years to come.”

    – Jann F.

  • “Jay met me prior to class to help me polish my yoga teaching skills. I really appreciate her willingness to meet and teach me to make me a better instructor.”

    – Brooke H.

  • “Amber, you’re an incredible teacher! You are a natural at creating flows that challenge and inspire your students.”

    – Michelle G.C.

  • “After my first private session with Amber my body felt so good! Because of her guidance and personal assisting I highly recommend working with her.”

    – Barbara B.

  • “I waited years looking for the right yoga teacher training program and WYC was definitely the reason why. I’m absolutely convinced I could not have found a program that was more creative, inclusive, or supportive. I would definitely attribute that to the meticulous design of the curriculum and incredibly talented teachers you brought in to lead so many cool facets of the course. You drew in some of the most amazing students with all this awesomeness and I’ve been so thrilled to learn alongside them this year so thank you, thank you, thank you for every last delicious bit of it.”

    – CJH

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