Author: Jerica

5 Tips to Stay Diligent with Your Yoga Practice

Finding it hard to get to the studio on the reg? Or sticking to your home practice while juggling work, family, fun or travel? It happens! Sometimes life has us looking in another direction and – before you know it – you haven’t touched your mat in weeks.

I’ve gone through phases of squeezing in a practice twice a day to maybe once every few weeks; but without fail, every time I return to my mat and start feeling the physical and mental benefits, I’m in disbelief that I’d abandoned something that makes me feel so good (and so balanced).

I often come across articles on how to stay diligent with your practice: Have good habits! Wake up early! Stay consistent! Make it a priority! Uh yeah, I’m going to need something a little more concrete than that.

I figured out that the key to staying diligent with MY yoga practice, especially while traveling and constantly changing scenery, is to find ways to stay excited about it. So here are my tips to keep your EXCITEMENT to practice alive:

Make an adventure out of it

I throw my mat in my car and drive somewhere I’ve never been: a grassy park, a beautiful garden, the bank of a canyon or usually near a body of water, as I find it invites a
sense of calm. By making a mission of my practice, it becomes a fun reward for setting off and discovering something new. Settling onto my mat in these places also feels like a way of honoring and embracing little slices of the world that we sometimes walk right past: a grassy spot behind a barn, near some cool formation of rocks or under a tree that’s older that most people you know. Maybe bring a journal and see what comes through in your post-practice clarity.

If you’re looking for a quick jump-off in the Waynesville area, check out the cemetery, one of the nooks in Vance Park, something along Pigeon River or head up to the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Get a playlist together

Am I craving a pump-me-up power flow? Or do I want something to quiet my mind while I melt into restorative poses?

Putting together a playlist before I start helps me set the vibe for what my mind and body needs that day and is also a good way to time my practice. Hop on YouTube or Spotify and chose a pre-made playlist, or use the opportunity to discover new music, artists or genres.

I bounce among desert / psychedelic rock; Afrobeat; Indian drumming and sitar; or Indonesian gamelan. Sometimes you end up creating the ultimate zen zone and are ready for a nap; other times, you end up in a one-woman dance party, ready to slay the day.

A playlist is just one piece of ambiance you can prep for yourself. Light some candles or incense, dim the lights, pump up the volume – all these help set the mood around you and enhance your sense of place and presence.

Feel good in the clothes you’re practicing in

Have you ever bought a pair of yoga pants that make you feel all sucked in and supported? Or a top that adds a little pop of color to your look? Little things like this get me excited to hit my mat. It’s not about looking sexy per se – but it’s about feeling good in your own skin. Read our blog on What to Wear to Yoga if you’re looking for some tips!

As a sun worshipper, I prefer a hot day in a bathing suit top + some linen pants, flippin’ my dog as a tanning tactic more than a yoga pose (who said you can’t multi-task during yoga!).

Find a buddy and make plans for after yoga

Whether it’s meeting at a studio or coming together for an informal practice, I find that making plans for AFTER yoga makes sure I actually make it to my mat. Having a yoga buddy can keep you accountable if you’re looking for consistency in your practice and can also invite some fun! (Don’t have a buddy? Go to a class, smile, introduce yourself to people, be kind and maybe someone will want to be your friend.)

Maybe you want to sit on the front porch at Waynesville Yoga and have a chat over tea; head over to Mad Anthony’s for a cold brew or snack; have a picnic; get a couples’ massage; or better yet- maybe you and your friend decide to go on a yoga retreat together and make a fun trip out of it!

Find YOUR mat + keep it in eyesight

I’ll practice in the sand, on the grass or a rug if I have to, but I’m a BIG fan of the feeling and smell of my mat (yeah, whatever, I like the smell of rubber and hope it never goes away).

For awhile I was using this old, worn down mat that hadn’t withstood the test of extended backpacking trips: tossed in dirty bus storage and ripped up by cute dogs all eager to say what up. It had no grip or support – and was really only great because it folded up so small.

Then I made the switch to a Jade lightweight mat, which were the first green and non-toxic yoga mats on the market. No longer was I slipping around when I went on my hot yoga kick or feeling my bones touch the floor below my mat during savasana.

When picking a mat, consider what you need. Do you travel and want something lightweight? Do you want something thicker to support you? Do your hands and feet tend to get really sweaty during your practice? Are you tall and need a longer mat?

Figure out what type of mat will best fit your practice lifestyle, then head to a store like REI where you can actually touch the options. You might come across great deals online – but I wouldn’t purchase a mat unless I’ve put my hands on it and feel confident that it’s a good fit. Then, keep that puppy in sight! I know if it’s in my line of vision i’m more likely to roll er’ out and maybe just stretch a bit.

Follow these tips, pick a mantra that speaks to you, and you’re sure to keep not just the magic of your yoga practice alive- but the magic of life and presence.

 

Jerica remotely handles marketing + management for Waynesville Yoga Center. When not working, she can be found embracing whatever place she’s found herself in, embarking on an adventure, or contemplating life while perched in tree pose. Taking classes at WYC has helped her develop a stronger dedication to her yoga practice and has led to an obsession with heart openers. 

 

take it off the mat!

While yoga is magical and amazing, on many levels, I’m way more blown away by its applications in my life off the mat. I appreciate what it does for me physical, mentally and emotionally – of course – but I’m amazed when I’m able to take my practice into the world around me.

In the summer of 2001, I was in Brooklyn for my cousin’s wedding. I had only been practicing for a few years and was somewhat obsessed with Cyndi Lee’s (now closed) Om Yoga studio.

I was in my early 20s, and it was an exciting adventure to take the subway to Manhattan, find the location (in the days before smart phones) and climb the narrow staircase to the studio.

As I made my way into the lobby, I heard this piercing noise: one of the building’s fire alarms was ringing in full blare. I thought to myself “Oh man, there’s no way they can have classes with that all that noise. Damn! I’m gonna miss my chance to practice at Om Yoga” – but there was someone smiling calmly at me from behind the front desk, as if nothing was out of the ordinary.

When I asked if the class was still happening, she confirmed that it was, took my payment and got me pointed in the right direction, never once addressing the still-clanging alarm. I honestly was so stunned by her utter lack of response to the noise that I just followed her lead and got settled on my mat.

The instructor had the same attitude and demeanor: he acknowledged the noise and apologized for it, but never once indicated that we wouldn’t have the class as planned. We did the entire hour-and-a-half practice with that fire alarm ringing the whole time. The teacher raised his voice to be heard, and none of the other students seemed put off by the experience in the least.

I must have tuned it out, because I distinctly remember “waking up” after savasana and thinking “Oh wow, that alarm’s still ringing. Huh….” And that was it… I had a great class at my dream studio and walked back down those steep stairs into the hustle and bustle of the city.

When I was initially learning yoga, my very first teacher used to hold informal classes in her home – or sometimes, at her family’s store in Ybor City, a party neighborhood in Tampa. I literally learned yoga over the sounds of cars honking, music blaring, bass buzzing, people laughing and screaming. My teacher used to tell us that it was a perfect environment to practice in, because it would help us tune more deeply into our bodies, into ourselves.

I never learned to expect quiet from my yoga practice, and I’ve found that this expectation has served me well off my mat. Life isn’t quiet. Our minds aren’t quiet. Even in the most beautiful, epic scene in nature (which of course abound in our WNC community), our monkey minds are chitter-chattering away: ruminating about the past, dreaming and planning for the future, processing and solving problems we’re experiencing.

The whole point of yoga is to help us find the quiet within – no matter what’s happening. We might be calm and at peace; we tune into the beauty of that gift. We might be disrupted, upset, scared, angry, riding the waves of our emotions; we draw on our practice to tune into the quiet and the answers within. We might be practicing yoga in a serene space, and we enjoy that quiet. Or we’re in the middle of our practice and we hear the sirens of an ambulance – a barking dog – people chatting in the lobby – or construction noise.

Yoga helps me accept what is, without knowing what’s coming next. Sometimes it’s gentle and pleasant; sometimes it’s intense and loud. By learning how to stay present with my body and my breath on my mat, I’m more equipped to handle the unpleasant, unknown or intense experiences that life hands me. Yoga helps me enjoy the calm and quiet – and save that nourishment up for the disruption, which is always inevitable in this impermanent, ever-changing human experience.

 

Leigh-Ann Renz offers yoga + massage at Waynesville Yoga Center

 

Leigh-Ann Renz is a massage therapist, yoga instructor and part of the management team at Waynesville Yoga Center.

THANK YOU!!

THANK YOU for adding infrared sauna to the list of reasons I absolutely love Wavnesville Yoga Center! Knowing that I no longer have to travel all the way to Asheville for this healing modality is so encouraging!

Initially, I didn’t understand how different infrared was from the saunas I’d used before at the gym or the spa. I rarely lasted more than a few minutes in those, always finding it hard to breathe and feeling completely exhausted afterwards. So years later, when I was struggling with severe chronic fatigue and arthritic pain everyday, it surprised me when my doctor actually recommended I try infrared sauna therapy.

I realize that not every doctor endorses – or even knows about infrared sauna. If someone carries any specific diagnosis or uses medical devices, then they should get cleared by their own doctor; I’m just grateful that my doctor knew it was safe for me – and that they recommended this deeply healing modality.

From my first session, I remember being impressed by how gentle and uniform the heat from the infrared light was all over my body. My sessions were always private, and I was grateful I didn’t have to “keep up the stones” like in a steam sauna.

Frequently, in too much pain to exercise, the fact my body could get such a great sweat just sitting still was an integral part of my healing at that time. Still, I’d say the key motivation for me to keep using infrared sauna for years came from the extended benefits that would carry me for several days following a session.

The increased circulation from such a great sweat significantly brought down my inflammation and pain levels. I would also see improvements in my skin, gut motility and insomnia for a few days as well, which I attribute to the boost in detoxification that infrared light influences.

I could go on, but I really just want to say again how much I appreciate WYC making this amazing investment so that I can get back to having infrared sauna be a special ongoing part of my health regimen.

-Chris H., Sylva, NC

// Ready to try it for yourself!? Click here to snag your infrared sauna spot!

What is Shiatsu?

Zen Shiatsu (“shee-ott-soo”) is soothing, yet effective, bodywork that treats not only muscles, joints, and nerves – but also bio-electricity energy within the body (known as qi, or chi = “chee”). A shiatsu session includes gentle rotation of limbs, stretching of muscles, and stimulating points along the Chinese medicine meridians of the body, from the head + face down to the toes and fingers.

Shiatsu can be especially effective for managing chronic pain, insomnia, stress, depression, anxiety, headaches, past injuries, and many sub-clinical symptoms that may disrupt daily life (e.g. digestive issues, seasonal allergies, sleep disturbances, minor aches and weaknesses).

Shiatsu complements medical treatments for more serious diseases, including managing the symptoms and side effects of many medications.

Shiatsu can be experienced both on a massage table – or a padded mat on the floor. Many people like that you do not disrobe for a shiatsu session: it is experienced clothed, without oil. Many people who find traditional massage too vigorous or invasive experience shiatsu as a calming, welcome alternative. It brings the body into a relaxed state to encourage self-healing.

Waynesville Yoga Center is excited and grateful to welcome Raymond Johnson of Mountain Zen Shiatsu! He’ll be offering Shiatsu sessions at WYC on Tuesdays, 12 – 8 PM and Sundays, 10 AM – 4 PM. To experience Raymond’s calm, healing presence – and to see how amazing shiatsu can make you feel, book a session with him now: 828.246.6570.

feelin’ funky? fight it!!

One of the best ways to enhance your immunity is elderberry syrup – and our very own Tara Scarborough crafts her own blend – now available in the WYC apothecary!

Taking elderberry syrup can support your immune system anytime you’re in need of a boost: it has been shown to reduce the length and severity of colds and flu.

“Researchers also have found that people who have taken elderberries have higher levels of antibodies against the influenza virus, showing that not only may the berry be able to treat flu symptoms, it may also be able to prevent influenza infection.” (Pharmacy Times > Elderberry Research)

We’re selling Tara’s homemade elderberry syrup for $15 for an 8 ounce jar, which is less expensive than Amazon or local stores – and hers isn’t bitter like some other brands. In fact, Tara’s blend tastes delicious: your kiddos may just start asking for it when they’re feeling funky! 🙂

FAQ

Dosage >
Adults: 1/2 – 1 tsp daily
Children: 5 – 15 mL
May increase to a max of 6 daily doses upon first signs of illness

How long will it last? >
This is a homemade product, without preservatives; bottled and cooled when fresh. It will last 2 – 3 months if kept in the fridge.

Contraindications >
// At this time, not enough is known about the safety of using elderberry during pregnancy and breast-feeding. If you’re pregnant and/or nursing, stay on the safe side and avoid use.

// Elderberry might cause the immune system to become more active, and this could increase the symptoms of autoimmune diseases. If you have an autoimmune condition (such as MS, lupus, rhematoid arthritis, Hashimotos, etc; it’s best to avoid using elderberry.

How do you get your hands on ours? >
Stop by the Waynesville Yoga boutique / apothecary prior to scheduled classes > see regular class calendar. If you don’t currently take classes or would like to arrange another time to stop by, contact us: 828.246.6570 // hello@waynesvilleyogacenter.com

Real Yoga for Real Bodies

Have you ever felt like you have to be skinny to practice yoga? Or that you have to be wearing $100 leggings or carrying an expensive yoga mat to come into class?

Maybe you feel like you have to practice at home first in order to be “good enough” to come into a yoga studio?

We’ve heard all of these sentiments from students since we opened over a year ago, and the sad part is: a lot of people feel this way!

Unfortunately, yoga in the US has often times been mis-represented. What we see in the media associated with yoga is most often thin, white, rich women (and sometimes men) contorted into impossible, painful-looking poses.

Too often, real bodies, real people, people of color, gender diversity and a variety of yoga skill levels have been underrepresented. And the reality is: a lot of people who could really use yoga and benefit from it may not have had access to it, for a variety of reasons. Thankfully, this is beginning to change – and we want to help lead that change!

In an effort to help our community (and the broader world) understand that yoga is for everybody (and every. body.), we’re launching Real Yoga for Real Bodies (RYRB) in 2019! You’ll see videos, images, events and more from us, confirming that yoga is for you, and anyone else who wants to practice.

We hope you’ll join us in claiming your right to Yoga, starting with our Instagram challenge, January 7 –  January 13:

1. follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/waynesvilleyogacenter/
2. starting Monday, January 7th, watch for our RYRB posts
3. Jan 7 – 13, create a post of your own, including the question we post, and your answer
4. include the following hashtags: #wycrocks #realyogaforbodies #waynesvilleyogacenter #RYRB #keepinitreal
5. if you participate for all 7 days, you’ll automatically be entered to win 1 free month of unlimited yoga!

Keep an eye out for other RYRB events – and our new RYRB t-shirts, perfect for getting active and practicing yoga in the new year!

Team Member of the Month: Michael Edwards

Please join us in celebrating our Team Member of the Month: Michael Edwards! Most of you have taken one of Michael’s powerful yoga classes – or perhaps practiced with him. We are grateful to have Michael’s strong, supportive and friendly presence in the studio – and honored to have him on our team.

To get to know him a little better, we asked Michael to share a bit about himself and his yoga journey…

1. Tell me about your experience with yoga: how it began, where it has taken you, and how yoga has impacted your life.

I was first exposed to yoga at six years of age. I was at the YMCA [in Asheville] and in the sauna was a guy sitting in lotus pose doing something weird with his stomach. He was pulling in the sides and just leaving a ridge of muscle down the center. I knew he was doing yoga and I was fascinated. I was determined that I was going to be able to do that one day (still a work in progress…).

For many years, I read books and tried to practice on my own, but it wasn’t until a friend opened the Effective Living Center in Waynesville in 1995 that I was able to receive formal instruction. My first teacher was Kripalu-trained and emphasized alignment and very long holds. I immediately fell in love with the practice and with the physical and mental changes it initiated in me.

For the first 12-14 years of my practice, I focused on getting stronger and more flexible (and maybe a little more peaceful), but then Candra Smith changed all of that when she showed me that yoga is a way to live life. I now do yoga in an attempt to remind myself that every moment is a precious resource and that my responsibility is to honor each one in a sincere attempt to make the world better in the only way I can: By changing my heart to align with the loving intentions expressed in the Yamas and by living as if my own happiness and well-being depended directly on the happiness and well-being of everyone else.

Yoga is a huge part of my life and a big portion of what makes me uniquely me.  I am incredibly grateful to all of my teachers and fellow practitioners for their help on this journey.

2. What are your favorite styles / classes?

I love hot/warm flow classes with an element of challenge to them. I always try to maintain a slow steady breath throughout my class, but I’m a little disappointed if I don’t lose it at least once! 🙂

3. What’s your favorite pose and why?

I love inversions of all types – especially handstand. I love the challenge; I love the rush of fresh blood to my head and I love looking at the world from a totally different point of view.

4. What do you do when you’re not practicing yoga?

As my vocation I work as a purchasing analyst for a medical kit packer; I’ve been doing that for about 24 years. It’s nothing I ever thought I would do as a career, but it’s complex enough to be challenging. I love to read, cook, listen to music and play role-playing games (my current addiction is Dungeons and Dragons Online).

However, my most important responsibility and the source of my greatest joy is to be the very best husband I can to my sweet and lovely wife Kimberley and to be the cool grandpa to Piper and Heidi.

5. Tell me something funny or unexpected about you.

The first time I saw female fireflies I thought they were fairies. The male fireflies are the ones we are all familiar with. They’re greenish yellow, bright and they blink on and off as they make their wandering way from the ground to a high point on a branch etc. Their pattern of blinking identifies them to the females of the same species.

Females however, are a very faint blue. You can only see them if it’s very dark; even the smallest bit of light renders them invisible. The first time I saw them was at Coleman’s Boundary on a moonless night under a thick canopy of trees.

They don’t blink and they fly directly from the ground to their chosen male. When I saw this I had a moment where I believed they really could be fairies, but soon figured out what they were. I still believe there something magical about them though…

If you haven’t yet taken a class from Michael, click here to find his current schedule…

Flow and Ground Yoga

We’re very excited to announce our own branded style: Flow + Ground Yoga! Developed by Jay MacDonald in coordination with our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, this signature blend is an integration of movement and stability.

In this yoga practice, the emphasis is on finding balance and presence in every single aspect of our movement, breath and surrender which is unique to each individual. This journey of self discovery should be made with a sense of wonder and joy free from criticism or judgement.

Our belief is that each individual’s mind, body and spirit should be respected and handled with the utmost care and compassion in every yoga class. Our job as instructors is not to impose our own will or ideals of what a yoga pose should look like but rather to encourage and guide students safely and carefully on their journey to discover what each pose should feel like in their own physical, mental and spiritual expression of each pose.

As instructors, we owe it to our students to observe and listen to any concerns or fears with the understanding that only they truly know what a pose feels like in their own body. We also owe our students the right to decide and set their own boundaries regarding hands on adjustments vs. verbal adjustments without implied judgment or criticism.

This practice moves with breath, gravity and surrender through each pose. It’s designed to gradually build toward higher energy flow sequence that pushes out what is stuck and stagnant then slowing gradually back down to a grounding calming static practice that centers and renews, then finishes with a brief meditation, bringing in a fresh and clearer perspective.

Each class will include several twisting sequences to wring out stagnant energy / blood / lymph / metabolic waste, followed by heart chakra and throat chakra openers to open up to the fresh and new. This is followed with at least three sets of sun salutations. The sun salutes are followed by a low grounding slow flow sequence including Yin, gentle or restorative poses (such as hip openers). Class is finished with a brief meditation or guided imagery sequence before savasana.

Stillness + Motion

Flow = to issue or move in a stream; circulate; rise; abound; to hang loose and billowing; to derive from a source; to deform under stress without cracking or rupturing.

“Water will flow from areas with high energy to those with low energy.”

“I want to be like water, I want to slip through fingers and hold up a ship.” {Michelle Williams}

“Water doesn’t resist, water flows.
When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress.
Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you.
But water always goes where it wants to go and nothing in the end can’t stand against it Water is patient Dripping water wears away a stone Remember that my child Remember that you are half water…” {Margaret Atwood}

“A Woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.” {Maya Angelou}

“Water is fluid, soft and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.”  {Lao Tzu}

***Water is of major importance to all living things; in some organisms, up to 90% of their body weight comes from water. Up to 60% of the human adult body is water. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water.Jul 23, 2018

Ground = the solid surface of the Earth; an area of knowledge or a subject of discussion or thought; factors forming a basis for action or the justification for a belief.

“Feeling rooted in the earth is soothing to the body, and it is our connection to the earth that gives us our most basic sense of belonging, home, resilience, and safety.” {Jessica Moore}

“Any spiritual practice that draws our energy and attention ‘up’ – without equally focusing downward – is inherently ungrounding and will make us out of balance.” {Jessica Moore}

“Asanas don’t exist. What I mean is that there is no such thing as an asana. What exists is a person, who has a body that gets put in a shape and then you say, ‘Oh, that’s that asana.’… You can’t take the downward dog out of your body and look at it as if it’s an entity devoid of context.”

Asanas don’t have alignment, people have alignment. Everyone’s body is a little bit different; everyone’s body is unique and what works for one person will create harm for somebody else. Engaging someone in an inquiry to discover their own uniqueness is one of the great benefits of an asana practice.” {Leslie Kaminoff}

“What I’ve learned over the years… is that it’s far more powerful to engage a student in an inquiry than to simply give them an answer.”

It’s taken a while to be comfortable with just sitting inside a question, and letting students sit inside a space of questioning and exploration… but what I found is that the answers people come up with in that situation are much more powerful; because it’s their answer, not anyone else’s.” {Leslie Kaminoff}

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s a small or a large group because the intent is for each person in the group to connect with what’s going on for them, not to just follow the leader or do what the teacher is doing.” {Leslie Kaminoff}

“The ultimate context of yoga is the person that is doing it. So to me the purpose of yoga is to bring that individual to more of a state of balance and whatever that means for that person. What’s balance for me can be very different than what’s balance for you. Understanding our own individual nature to me is what yoga is.” {Leslie Kaminoff}

“You could be doing something on a yoga mat that looks like yoga practice but you could be not paying attention to your breath, your mind can be wandering, you could be doing a hundred other things in your own head, while your body is going through the postures. I don’t think that’s yoga. By definition, if the mind and body are being brought together through the breath then I think its yoga, and its spiritual. It’s all the same definition.” {Leslie Kaminoff}

Holiday Craft Fair

Hope you can make it for the 2nd Annual WYC Holiday Craft Fair! Join us on Saturday, December 15th, from 1 – 4 PM to support local artisans while fulfilling your shopping list with items that are not only gorgeous – but also unique + sustainable.

We will have healthy, delicious snacks made by Simply Sara Wellness – not to mention a (spiked!) hot chocolate bar > all FREE + open to the public!

Get your holiday shop on:

// Handmade Jewelry

by Megan Escalante >> Donna Koger >> Susan Peterson

The East Western first started while Megan Escalante was constantly daydreaming of earring inspiration. This was back in 2011 and is still growing strong. Inspired. Renewed. Recycled Retro.

Donna Koger + Susan Peterson are local designers and friends who love to inspire each other while they collaborate on jewelry, fan pulls and other gorgeous, handmade crafts.

 

// Cheeky Ornaments + Vintage Xmas Decor

by Amber Kleid + Kleidoscope Yoga

In addition to being a yoga instructor at WYC, Amber is also a radio host, dancer, artist, and crafter! This year, she’ll be offering coasters, greeting cards, really cool book marks, candles and hopefully a few other goodies. She’s going to try her hand at custom gratitude journals (fingers crossed!). 🙂

 

// Seasonal Indoor / Outdoor Crafts

by Melissa Helmer

Melissa’s wares are a mother/daughter/family craft labor of love. Her Dad is a Vietnam Vet and disabled makes all of their creations from pallet wood. They repurpose most of our items in hopes that someone will love them as much as they do:

 

// DoTerra Essential Oils + Diffusers

by Kalyn Matthews

Kalyn will be bringing custom essential oil blends, traditional diffusers, essential oil bottle holders and nandmade diffuser bracelets made by Haitians for a company that prevents orphans and trafficking through job creation.

 

// Custom-Made Italian Leather Handbags

by FeelHandMade

FeelHandMade is a woman-owned company based in Asheville. In addition to creating the gorgeous wooden necklaces you can find at our front desk (use them as personal diffusers, with the addition of essential oils!), owner Erin Kaleel also makes eco-luxe handbags from buttery Italian leather.

Snag one of her gorgeous totes at the Craft Fair – or custom-order your one-of-a-kind creation:

// LuLaRoe Yoga + Athleisure Wear

Myrsia Parrish, Mom + Local LuLaRoe Retailer

LuLaRoe is a modest clothing line that makes all body types feel beautiful! We offer sizes xxs-xxxl we have some mens’ items, as well as childrens’ sizes, up to tween. Myrsia is offering a Going Out of Business Sale you don’t want to miss…

 

// Handcrafted Wood Work

by Ben Grant

Ben’s work is an exploration of form and is composed of gentle curves, textures, and flowing lines. Patterns he sees in the world are translated into carved details. Some techniques he uses include multi-axis woodturning, as well as woodcarving with various hand tools and grinders. He is always exploring new techniques to use and hopes that, with each fresh design, he can continue to create pieces that are enjoyed by those who share an appreciation for the craft.

 

// WYC Apothecary + Gift Baskets

by Waynesville Yoga Center

 

// Fiber Crafts

by Fiddlehead Farms

In addition to offering delicious fresh veggies at the Haywood County Farmers Market, Stacey + John Michael of Fiddlehead Farm spend their winters creating fiber crafts from their spinners flock of sheep, llama, and alpacas. Check out their gorgeous selection of roving, yarn, dryer balls, hats, earwarmers, baby bonnets and booties, fingerless mitts, and more:

 

// Mala Beads

by GuRu Malas

Ru’s love for creating hand knotted mala beads started as Christmas gifts for family members back in 2013: she found that hand knotting each bead very meditative and continued exploring the process. As a little girl, she would sit and hand knot Catholic rosary necklaces with her grandmother; that’s probably where the seed was planted to be a maker of prayer beads. GuRu Malas was created out of a passion for mala making and wanting to share their beauty with the world.

 

// Soaps, Salves + Medicinal Oils

by Seth’s Medicines

Seth hand crafts soaps, salves, medicinal oils and extracts of reishi mushroom. Everything is organic and made from unrefined oils; he supports sustainable practices and uses zero plastic.

Even if you just want to come by and check out the space, please join us. Kindly RSVP so we can make sure to have enough gnoshes: hello@waynesvilleyogacenter.com – 828.246.6570

  • “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 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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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.

  • 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.

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

    – Michelle G.C.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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

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