Author: Jerica

this is how we heal the world

What a terrifying moment, when we realize that no matter how hard we try, wish, or work, we can do almost nothing to change another person. We can’t orchestrate – or even see ahead of time – the events that will shape our lives. We have almost zero power to pull the levers of control.

And yet… as soon as we are able to accept this truth, it can also be – ironically – very empowering. When we understand that we’re not in control, it actually blesses us with true influence in the small sphere where we do get to call the shots: ourselves.

The past two years have allowed all of us this opportunity to recognize not only the limits of our own influence – but also how much beauty there is in seeing what change we can affect within the small circle of our own lives. This is how we heal the world: we get clear within ourselves and claim the agency we have in our own lives.

 

 

Once we accept the limitations of our power, we find that there’s an enormous amount of healing we can do within the space of our own body, brain, and being. By deep diving in ourselves, we discover worlds of possibility. Affecting true change within is the only hope we have of impacting our relationships with others – and influencing the world.

We heal the world by seeking & cultivating healing within.

 

One powerful tool to clear the decks of our relationships with ourselves & others is through the chakras. They can be seen as woo woo energy centers within the body; but they’re simply access points to learn more about the amazing bodies & brains we’ve been gifted as vehicles in life.

Studying the chakras gives us a language and methodology to explore fundamental aspects of being human:

// how do we deal with the limitations of time, space, energy, and matter?
// what wisdom is available to us in our anger, sadness, and frustration?
// how do we navigate conflict with others?
// in what ways do we embrace the gifts & blessings of community and connection?
// where does our responsibility end and the other person’s begin?
// how do we reconcile the opposing forces of the seen & unseen worlds?

We’ll explore all of this – and more – in the 2022 Chakra Deep Dive. This course is only open for registration once a year; don’t miss your opportunity to cultivate awareness and seek deeper healing through the chakras. Click here for details…

this COVID craziness

Can y’all believe we are almost 2 years into this mess!? As much as we would all like to find our new normal, the unrest stirred up by the pandemic is clearly not going anywhere any time soon…

Since we have zero control over the outcome – or progression – of this collective intensity, what can we do?

One method to honor the unsteadiness of the current time is to go for the things that pull on our heart strings. What makes you feel alive? What goals have you been quietly tending but never actually planting? What do you want to grow in 2022 – and beyond? Try to get clear about who & what do and don’t truly matter. And as you refine that list, identify concrete ways to commit to what makes the cut.

If you’ve toyed with getting your 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certificate, don’t wait. We have no idea what the world will look like a few months from now – much less in a year! 🙂 Take the plunge and honor your deepest desires, whether that’s YTT, learning to speak another language, changing jobs so you can spend more time with your family… whatever the past 2 years have taught you, honor it.

Remember that yoga & meditation are 2 of the most powerful tools you have to support physical & emotional wellbeing. We’re here to support your yoga & wellness practices, and hope what we offer at WYC helps you handle the ongoing craziness.

May 2022 be better than 2021! Above all, may we learn, grow, and be kind to ourselves & one another as we journey together…

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There’s only 2 weeks left to register for YTT – after that, you’ll have to wait another year! Don’t miss your chance… get all the details here.

Email us any time at hello@waynesvilleyogacenter.com

300 Hour Module // Modern Yoga Inclusion: Race, Gender, Size + Ability in the #MeToo Era

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)300 Hour Module: Modern Yoga Inclusion: Race, Gender, Size, + Ability in the #MeToo era

Despite the historic gender equality of Tantra, traditional yoga has been largely based upon – and steeped in –the cultural framework of its birthtime and place. This history brought a legacy of inequity and power imbalance in the realms of gender, caste, and genetics (including race and dis/ability) as Yoga was brought to the US.
This module explores this history of Yoga; how the #MeToo and other modern movements have impacted the US Yoga scene; and how Yoga is evolving from this foundation. Students will be offered both the historical information and context, as well as practical tools to be a part of Yoga’s growth in inclusivity & equity.

Trainees will learn:
// why and how to promote inclusivity in the yoga classroom

// the concept of allyship and how this is demonstrated in the role of the yoga teacher – specifically covered will be the topics of what it means to be an ally and different types of allies, and in particular, how that relates to teaching yoga

// how to teach Yoga in a way that honors inclusivity and diversity and honor diversity in race and backgrounds of students

// what tools can be used to create an inclusive classroom though personal teaching methodology: creating community, how to embody resilience and wellbeing, how to incorporate Dharma talks, class theming, appropriate language, and techniques that enable instructors to teach to all bodies

// how to teach to different sizes, ability levels, etc. as it relates to inclusivity and diversity in the yoga classroom, and how use of props, modifications, and variations that support an asana practice that is inclusive to all varying anatomical structures

This module will be taught by Renee Alpert and Leigh-Ann Renz. Learn more about Renee here and Leigh-Ann here.

SCHEDULE

Fridays 6 – 9 PM Saturdays 9 AM – 6 PM (with a one hour lunch break) Sundays: 9 AM – 1 PM

THIS MODULE HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED. ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CALENDAR, IT WILL BE MOVED TO THIS PAGE… if you’d like to be added to an email list and receive an alert once it’s been scheduled, please email that request to ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


Anyone is welcome to take modules a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this module below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this module to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

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300 Hour Module // Sutras

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)300 Hour Module: Yoga Sutras

The Yoga Sutras are one of the fundamental schools of philosophy that influence the Yoga tradition and practice. This module will review the Yoga Sutras, or threads, that guide yogic practice and teaching. 

Students will learn how to apply this ancient school of thought to modern yoga practices and classes and how to incorporate the philosophy of Yoga into the classes they teach.

This module will be taught by Candra Smith. Learn more about her here.

Trainees will learn:

// Ashtanga and the 8 limbs of yoga, including each of the limbs’ various techniques

//techniques and practices associated with kriya yoga

// the methods of how to teach Ashtanga and Kriya Yoga (asana, pranayama, and concentration practices) to students

// how to incorporate the themes of the yamas and niyamas into class

// how to provide cues that facilitate sensory withdrawal, concentration, meditation, and – ultimately – unity/oneness

// the historical and/or traditional yogic philosophy and texts as it relates to the Yoga Sutras

// the origin and the definition of the sutras and yoga

READING

  • Yoga Sutras – Swami Satchidananda (required)
  • How Yoga Works – recommended

SCHEDULE

  • Fridays 6 – 9 PM Saturdays 9 AM – 6 PM (with a one hour lunch break) Sundays: 9 AM – 1 PM

THIS MODULE HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED. ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CALENDAR, IT WILL BE MOVED TO THIS PAGE… if you’d like to be added to an email list and receive an alert once it’s been scheduled, please email that request to ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


Anyone is welcome to take modules a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this module below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this module to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

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300 Hour Module // Restorative

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)

300 Hour Module: Restorative Yoga

In this module, students will learn the techniques to leading Restorative Yoga asana classes as well as how to incorporate hot stones during class.

This will include information on the benefits of Restorative Yoga classes and the use of hot stones as well as best practices to facilitate the calming of the nervous system and the restoration of yoga practices.

Trainees will learn:
// the fundamental elements of a restorative yoga class, including the use of props, creation of a relaxing atmosphere, and the techniques used to offer comfort to students during class

// specific asanas that are traditionally used in a restorative yoga class, common counter poses, and the tools to use when theming a class

// breathwork and mindfulness practices that encourage relaxation – including Nadi Shodana, progressive relaxation, and more

// proper ways to offer adjustments and assists, how to manage timing during the class, and the use of music
// in-depth instruction on how to utilize hot stones during a restorative yoga class to promote rest

// the anatomy of stress and how stress can manifest physically in the body through changes to anatomical and physiological functioning

// how restorative yoga can facilitate the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system to promote relaxation and release of stress from the body

// guidance on code of conduct for asking about injuries as well as their scope of practice as it relates to interacting with students, providing insights into how students may feel during the yoga class, and offerings on what to do if students feel discomfort

This module will be taught by Amber Kleid. Learn more about her here.

READING

  • Required: Relax and Renew by Judith Lasater
  • Suggested: Restorative Yoga by Caren Bainski

SCHEDULE

Fridays 6 – 9 PM Saturdays 9 AM – 6 PM (with a one hour lunch break) Sundays: 9 AM – 1 PM

THIS MODULE HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED. ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CALENDAR, IT WILL BE MOVED TO THIS PAGE… if you’d like to be added to an email list and receive an alert once it’s been scheduled, please email that request to ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


Anyone is welcome to take modules a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this module below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this module to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

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What is Ashtanga Yoga and Why Would Anyone Do It Ever?

by Natalie Lembeck

My first experience with Ashtanga Yoga was in 2018 during my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program. I had a regular flow vinyasa practice but had never taken a strictly Ashtanga class. I figured it would be similar enough to other styles of yoga that I had practiced and that I would have an easy time with it, more or less. Well, let me tell you: I was wrong. Once we got to the seated postures, all I could think about was how many vinyasas are in this sequence?? and who would ever do this?? Of course, we all had the option to skip vinyasas and watch, but my stubborn ego was in the way and I kept trying and exhausting myself. I was so frustrated by the practice that I refused to attend another. It would have been another year and a half before I tried Ashtanga Yoga again.

Late in 2019, I was ready to become a yoga instructor myself. The manager of the studio I practiced at in Washington, DC interviewed me and invited me to take 2 weeks of yoga classes for free, encouraging me to try the Mysore room, as that was where many of the other instructors and owner practiced and taught. Even though it was out of my comfort zone, I thought it would be the best opportunity to get to know the owner and other instructors. The first time I poked my head into the Mysore room, I was astounded. It was nothing like any led yoga class I had ever experienced. Everyone was doing their own practice, the room was hot, and the only sound you could hear was the ujjayi-like breath of 20+ yogis. It was magical. So, I tried Ashtanga Yoga again — this time expecting to practice for 2 weeks, get the offer to become an instructor, and return to my regular scheduled programming of led vinyasa classes. Oh, how wrong I was…again.

I fell in love with Ashtanga. The tradition, the philosophy, the way it presents you with the exact lesson you need to learn. The way you continually meet your ego and learn how to soften. The way it opens the body and reveals your wounds buried in your tissues — sometimes gently, sometimes not. But always, always with the support of the practice to guide you deeper into your healing. And, while the physical practice can be impressive, it is never about the acrobatics. It is the process that brings you deeper into the real practice of Yoga. It is the tools of Ashtanga (eight limbs):Yamas (ethical restraints), Niyamas (duties or observances), Asana (posture) Pranayama (breath), Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), and Dharana (concentration) that guide you to the one-pointed focus of the mind, Dhyana (mediation) and eventually to Ultimate Bliss, Samadhi, and Oneness with all that is, Yoga. It is truly accessible and available to anyone, if you allow it to be. The practice meets you where you are. And as the saying goes, “Practice, and all is coming.”

Head to our class calendar or event page to see when you can catch an Ashtanga class with Natalie!

Rock Your Resolution Classes

Hop into one of our challenging or yummy weekend classes and celebrate the start 2022 with asanas!

Saturday Jan 1 // 12:00 – 1:00pm

> Flow, Sweat, Connect + Center with Candra Smith

Sunday Jan 9 // 6:30 – 7:30pm

> Power Core with Danielle Vaeth

Saturday Jan 15 // 12:00 – 1:00pm

> Warm Vinyasa Flow with Sara Lewis

Sunday Jan 23 // 6:30 – 7:30m

> Flow + Ground with Danielle Vaeth

Saturday Jan 29 // 12:00 – 1:00pm

> Flow + Tone with Lisa Manning

Saturday Feb 5 // 12:00 – 1:00pm

> Power Core with Danielle Vaeth

Sunday Feb 13 // 6:30 – 7:30pm

> Flow in Love with Yourself with Karen McGovern

Sunday Feb 20 // 6:30 – 7:30pm

> Flow + Ground with Danielle Vaeth

Saturday Feb 26 // 12:00 – 1:00pm

> Ashtanga with Natalie Lembeck

 

Not already a member? What a better time to take advantage of our into offer of 1 month unlimited for $89! Click here to learn more!

Register for classes via our class calendar.

2022 YTT Has Only 5 Spots Left

2022 YTT: Going, Going, Gone!

Heads up, y’all: we only have 5 spots left in our 2022 YTT program! That’s our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training curriculum, a 10 month program starting in January. Yes, it’s a big commitment of time, money, and energy. Yes, it’s challenging, both physically and mentally & emotionally.

Any YTT worth its salt (and really, anything in life worth doing) will push you to grow past your current limitations and help you discover powerful new parts of yourself.

Simply put, you can’t teach yoga effectively or safely without facing yourself. You can’t ask your students to show up, vulnerably & authentically on their mats, without being able and willing to swath that path for them first.

It’s a big, darn deal. And it’s totally worth it! As the 2021 class shared during their recent graduation ceremony: “Best f*cking decision! So glad I made it.”

We’re glad they think so, and absolutely love watching our YTT students bloom into a stronger, more clear version of themselves. It’s beautiful to witness them transforming over the course of the program from nervous & apprehensive to empowered and confident.

We Got You

Despite the inevitable challenges of the program, we provide so much support for your success (more than many other programs): study guides, one-on-one check-ins, the lead trainers available to answer questions any time, a small class size for better learning, and more. In fact, our program boasts a graduation rate of 91%!

If you’ve been considering taking the plunge, don’t wait! If the past 2 years has taught us anything, it’s that life is short & uncertain, and time waits for no one. One of the blessings of the pandemic is helping all of us to recognize what (and who) do or don’t matter – and to courageously claim what we truly want from our lives.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact us for details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com.
We’d love to explore if it’s the right fit for you.

 

 

300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Updates

You Spoke, We Listened

We are making a few updates to the 300-hour YTT program. We heard some good feedback about the program and have made some revisions, mainly in regards to price and timeline! We’re hoping to make this program more accessible and more accountable in nature. Please see below and let me know if you have any questions!

PRICE CHANGE

We have updated the price to $250 per module.
>> this is a $45 discount for every weekend!
>> if you pay as you go, this is ultimately an $810 price cut for the program!

We are offering an additional discount if you pay upfront.
>> $4050 for the program upfront .
>> this is an additional $450 discount!

TIMEFRAME CHANGE

We are changing to a 2-year program.* Every module will be offered once every two years. We will take missed modules on a case-by-case basis.

WHY ARE WE MAKING THESE CHANGES?

  1. The shorter time frame encourages accountability and commitment to the program! Doing some research on other programs, we found that a 1 to 2 year timeframe is pretty standard in the industry.
  2. The significant reduction in price makes this program a great value!
  3. The structure is closer to a 200 RYT program which makes more sense in terms of content retention and absorption.
  4. Our teacher-to-student ratio allows for more interaction and communication between both!

* if you’ve already taken a module, it will still count for the program, we will just be updating the requirements and re-launching the program early next year. If you’ve already paid for modules and want to change to paying all upfront, just email us and we will work it out together!

OTHER INFORMATION 

YA standards require a significant amount of supervision and contact from lead teachers so there is consistency in terms of content and lecture. We are remaining compliant with the standards and guidelines as they change over time.

We are planning to re-launch this program again in early 2022 with the announcement of the module dates for the year!

You don’t have to enroll in the program in order to take advantage of these modules and price changes!

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Yoga for Joint Health – 300 Hour YTT Module

Yoga for Joint Health: 3 Perspectives

1. As a dedicated yogi for the past 30 years or more, I have suffered my share of joint pain and stiffness over the years like many of us. But it wasn’t until I had tendonitis in my wrists, and later a frozen shoulder, that I really understood how Yoga for joint health can empower my overall well-being and everyday comfort.

The tendonitis in my wrist came from too much computer use and not using the proper mechanics when I was on my computer regarding my mouse, hand and shoulder. This kept getting worse over time and caused pain and discomfort during simple everyday tasks and eventually even when I was not using that wrist at all.

yoga for joint health 300 hour yoga teacher training module - wrists

So, of course, this affected my yoga practice significantly in any pose where I had to put weight on my hands and wrists. It took several years of trial and error to learn what helped my wrists and what did not… now I practice pain-free and I am able to do pretty much anything, as long as I follow certain protocols which I will be sharing with you in our upcoming 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) module Yoga for Joint Health!

My frozen shoulder problem took about the same amount of time to heal and get better and the hardest part for me was finding the right balance in my yoga practice that helped keep my mobility but did not aggravate or exacerbate my symptoms of pain and limited range of motion in my shoulder.

The trick was not to give up my yoga practice entirely, but to adapt and change my practice in a way that served me better while I was healing and figuring out what helped and what hurt. My ego was probably my biggest enemy during this time; once I got that part under control, everything else fell into place over time. 

My biggest takeaway from the different challenges I’ve had over the last 30 years is that I do not have to stop practicing yoga – or any type of movement – as long as I am willing to acknowledge the injury and adapt my practice accordingly. There are simple and supportive ways to avoid causing more pain and discomfort, especially in a joint that is already under stress or injured.

It’s imperative that I adjust my activities in a way that causes no harm, and in fact helps to heal whatever may be inflamed or causing me pain or discomfort. How we practice is as important if not more important than what we practice! 

Join me, Leigh-Ann, and Rebecca as we dissect how Yoga impacts the joints, and offer some simple yet effective tools & techniques to support happier and healthier joints, both on and off the mat. 

Jay MacDonald

How we practice is as important if not more important than what we practice! 

 

2. Keep your wrists healthy during yoga asana through warm-up, correct alignment, strengthening, adaptations, and therapeutic exercises. Learn a more in-depth approach to teaching yoga while offering these techniques to your students who have complaints of wrist pain or discomfort.

I’m a yoga teacher, occupational therapist, and certified hand therapist who has been helping people overcome wrist problems for over 22 years. This module will help anyone better understand wrist anatomy, wrist mechanics, and how to improve your yoga practice or classes as it all relates to the wrist.

– Rebecca Mashburn

Learn a more in-depth approach to teaching yoga while offering these techniques to your students who have complaints of wrist pain or discomfort.

 

yoga for joint health 300 hour yoga teacher training module - knees3. The earliest form of Yoga – thousands of years ago – was joint rolling: moving the major joints of the body through their range of motion in order to stay healthy & agile. Yoga was initially intended to prepare for seated contemplation & meditation, and it’s hard to sit for extended periods of time when your body is stiff, tight, or weak!

What I love in particular about the joints is how fundamental they are to every single action we take in our lives – and how good it feels to move them! When we work with the joints, we access all of the natural elements. The solidity of our bones reflects the element of earth: solidity, form, structure – the building blocks upon which everything else is built (or grown).

The synovial fluid in the joints – and the connective tissue they are comprised of – reflect water: fluidity, movement, change. It’s this movement of fluid through connective tissue and the flow of synovial fluid that keeps our joints supple and allows our body to heal from injury.

Our muscles & the chemical processes of our bodies produce heat, and this heat literally melts open restrictions in our connective tissue & joints! Without this heat, our joints couldn’t function; and we wouldn’t be able to release toxins and metabolic waste. This heat represents fire, and literally runs our bodies.

When you crack your knuckles – or hear other joints crack – this is actually nitrogen bubbles in your joints being pushed out by movement. This reflects the element of air, which helps keep our joints healthy: spaciousness, movement, and flexibility.

Join me, Jay, and Rebecca to learn more about these fascinating and vital parts of our bodies – and how Yoga can keep them healthy & mobile for your lifetime!

Leigh-Ann Renz

When we work with the joints, we access all of the natural elements: earth, water, fire, and air.

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    – Michelle G.C.

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • 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.

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

    – Steve S.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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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