What is a Medicine vs. Dessert Philosophy and How Does it Apply to Yoga?

What is a Medicine vs. Dessert Philosophy and How Does it Apply to Yoga?

Medicine: On the face of it, medicine can literally leave a bad taste in our mouths even when we know we need to take it. But medicine also saves lives and enhances every day living for many despite the belief that living a medicine free life is the ultimate goal. Living our best lives should be our ultimate goal and if medicine helps us do that then why not embrace it even if it does not taste so awesome?

This philosophy applies to yoga when we avoid certain poses, class styles, and teachers because they make us uncomfortable or we avoid what is difficult / challenges us and our egos. In fact, usually what we tend to steer away from is what we need the most because it is hard for us. 

Too much of anything is not a good thing so being aware of patterns of self abuse and self punishment is important when it comes to the right dosage of medicine in our yoga (constantly forcing our bodies into overworking and not balancing this with self care and recovery days is not healthy and unsustainable in the long run).

 If one side of unhealthy balance is constantly pushing too hard then the other side of this coin is always taking the easiest and most familiar approach to our yoga practice. We tend to be attracted to what we are good at and what makes us feel successful in most areas of our lives as our egos can demand and direct this.

 

Dessert: At a glance, this seems like an obvious choice over medicine because who doesn’t want dessert over medicine? Think of your favorite sweet treat and how you feel after savoring that first bite of yummy goodness! Even desserts can get a bad rap as it seems sugar is the new evil ingredient we must avoid at all costs, which only makes it that much more attractive and addictive. Moderation, as in most things, is the key here- dessert is not bad. We should take the time to savor the taste and flavor of each bite with intention and purpose so we are not stuffing our faces and eating our feelings.

This applies to our yoga practice when we binge to excess only on the classes that give us that sugar high and rush of endorphins. We crave the classes that taste yummy and make us feel secure in our talents and gifts while avoiding the classes that make us feel awkward, insecure and irritable. This is our nature dictated by the ego and the fluctuations of our monkey minds.

Finding Balance: Awareness of this push and pull in our minds and bodies is a huge part of bringing balance and clarity to our yoga practice. This philosophy can be applied to every pose, every class and everyday life choices. One is not better that the other so the approach should be that moderation and intention are the antidote to excess and injury! The real question is: What does my body truly need today? What does my spirit truly need today? What does my mind truly need today?

COVID-safe Yoga Teacher Training

Thank goodness Jay followed her gut: she knew that we needed our outdoor Yoga deck and made it happen when Waynesville Yoga Center first opened. Not only has it been a wonderful space for yoga classes, series, and workshops when the weather is nice… it also provides the perfect space for COVID-safe Yoga Teacher Training.

Everyone wears masks until they’re on their mats – which are spaced six feet apart. In those rare instances that the weather is inclement, we move inside with the fans going, doors open, and masks on. Mats are still six feet apart, and daily extensive cleaning protocols are followed. For those students who are in a high-risk situation – or simply feel uncomfortable joining in person – we offer our 200 hour YTT program virtually.

By implementing these options and safety measures, Waynesville Yoga Center provides COVID-safe Yoga Teacher Training for all.

Small Group Format

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Taking a 200 hour YTT program in a large group is difficult in-person and can feel impossible virtually. Attempting experiential learning on a topic like yoga via a video chat platform is incredibly difficult, especially when there are thirty to sixty people in the class! We learned early on that a max of twelve students per training program provides a supportive, nurturing environment.

With social distancing guidelines due to COVID, we can only have six folks in our main studio at a time; so for our 2021 program, we’re offering six in-person spots and six virtual spots.

You still get the connection and sweetness of a smaller group, while also having the freedom to choose the format that feels best to you in these uncertain & intense times. And as always, our tiered pricing structure means that the sooner you commit, the less you pay! Click here for details…

Got Zoom Fatigue!?

If you want Yoga Teacher Training via Zoom, that’s fine with us! We understand that every person has a different level of concern regarding coronavirus, and want to respect each of our students’ comfort level. Or maybe you’re joining us from across the country – or overseas!? Six of our twelve total spots are reserved for virtual students.

But our YTT is only virtual if you want it! The other six spots are reserved for in-person learning; and based on how many people we see with Zoom fatigue, they are going fast. If you’re over Zoom and sick of learning & living virtually, snag the final in-person spots in our 2021 program here.

Take the Plunge

Whether you feel comfortable joining us in person, or would rather be a part of our small, supportive group virtually, we’re proud to offer COVID-safe Yoga Teacher Training. Join us in January 2021 for a dynamic, comprehensive, and fun experience! For questions or more information, click here – or email: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com

What Can YTT Do For You!?

what can ytt do for you?I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen pick up our flyer for YTT (Yoga Teacher Training), and put it right back down, saying “Oh no, I don’t want to teach”. You can see the mental block flit through their brain of “Teaching yoga!? Heck naw!!”

Unfortunately, there’s a huge misconception that teaching is the only function of a YTT program. It may seem counterintuitive, but preparing you to teach yoga is actually a positive side benefit of YTT!

YTT is a deep dive into the self. Coming face-to-face with who you really are, after the external constructs have been stripped away. It’s an opportunity to discover your strengths, confront your weaknesses, and ultimately secure a more clear understanding of who you are and where you want to go next.

It’s so funny to watch students get into the training and have that “aha” moment of “oh, I get it: teaching yoga is just a tiny part of this journey!” We actually laugh about it in class as they reach that point of understanding in the training course.

Don’t get me wrong: if you are 110% focused on teaching yoga, YTT will absolutely empower you with the knowledge & skills to do exactly that, successfully. But, if you’re open to more, Yoga Teacher Training offers a richness of experience and solid tools to be a better human.

What Can YTT Do For You!?

// Navigate the Intensity of 2020 – and Beyond

Current times are calling us to discard what no longer serves us, especially from the past, and be very intentional about what we want to bring into our future. Life always asks us to engage in this process; but 2020 has brought it into the forefront for many. It’s joyful, liberating work – but it can also be scary & intense. YTT can assist you in this process of sloughing away what has outlived its usefulness – and empower the next stage of growth for a richer, more expansive future.

While Yoga itself cultivates these invaluable tools, YTT takes it to the next level, sealing into your nervous system and body tissues this ability to find your center, no matter what is happening around you. While always of incredible value, this skill set is immensely beneficial in dealing with the uncertainty and intensity of our new COVID-19 world.

// Build Flexibility & Adaptability

Most people associate Yoga with physical flexibility, but don’t realize how much this informs the non-physical as well. Yoga Teacher Training can help you become more flexible mentally, emotionally, and socially, learning how to have greater compassion & understanding with others. In the divisiveness of the current age, honing our ability to stay within ourselves – while also having increased capacity for healthy communication with others – is invaluable.

YTT can give you practical tools to deal with uncertainty and intensity. One of the whole points of yoga is taking it off the mat: we learn how to face the fear of not knowing what’s coming next. We practice staying calm, steady, and balanced when things are intense and hot. We get comfortable with our discomfort, as we embrace what our bodies bring to the surface. We learn how to embrace what is, versus what we want, and to create the best possible outcome from that acceptance.

// Step Into Your Dharma

Your Dharma is your highest calling, your most important reason for being here. While not every person graduates Yoga Teacher Training with crystal clear knowledge about where to go next, many students gain a huge amount of guidance on where their life is headed. Because YTT supports you in facing your ego, managing your weaknesses, and honing your strengths, it can absolutely help provide direction for your whole life.

You may realize that you actually do, in fact, want to teach yoga – but maybe in a non-traditional setting. Maybe you feel drawn to work a specific population, such as kids or elders. Maybe you start the program with the intention to teach but change your mind during the course, incorporating the knowledge in an entirely different direction. That’s the beauty of YTT: if you’re willing to get a little more authentic with yourself, both on & off your mat, it can change your whole life…

See What YTT Can Do For You

Click here for more details about the program. For specific questions, email ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com. To take the plunge and commit, secure your spot.

 

Leigh-Ann Renz

Leigh-Ann Renz

Leigh-Ann has been practicing yoga since 1997 and teaching it since 2005. She is attracted to fluid vinyasa styles, including moon salutations, and loves to geek out about yoga “off the mat” – such as how the philosophies behind the physical postures can enrich our journey, both for ourselves and for others. A writer, dancer, massage therapist, creative marketing nerd, and proud Mom, she can be found travelling, enjoying the seasons, or soaking up the natural world when not working.

Indoor Protocols

With cool weather coming our way, and classes moving indoors, it’s important that you review the following before attending class…
1. Teachers and students will be required to wear a mask for the duration of their time indoors, including during the class. NO MASK, NO CLASS.  

*Face shields, neck gaiters and buffs on their own are not sufficient, however you may use one of these items in addition to your mask for additional protection if you choose.*

2. All staff and students must adhere to the 6 feet apart rule at all times for everyone’s safety and comfort.

3. Allow more time for arrival and departure for our classes due to new protocols.

4.  Doors on the side will remain open to allow more air circulation, and the front doors will be propped open to allow hands-free entry.

5. One – way traffic: We have implemented a one-way traffic pattern; everyone will enter through the front porch, and exit down the back ramp.

6.. We have measured out 6 feet between the edge of one mat to another mat. Students will place their mat within the marked parameters. DO NOT MOVE THE MAT OUTSIDE THESE MARKERS. 

7. The fans will need to stay off until further notice to discourage air movement.

8. Mat spaces are numbered 1 – 6 in order of location and ease of access. Students will need to fill in the spaces in order to reduce crossing each others’ paths. Students must enter the studio or prop room the doors that are closest to their mat space.

9. There are 4 mat spaces in the main studio, and 2 in the prop room. If there are 4 or fewer students present for class, the teacher will take the normal position on the stage. If there are 5 or 6 students, the teacher will teach in the doorway between the studio and the prop room so that everyone can see them.

10. Bathroom visits are highly discouraged. However if someone needs to use the bathroom, all contacted surfaces will be wiped down between use for each person. Those who are practicing in the prop room will use the large bathroom attached to that room. Those who are practicing in the main studio will use the small bathroom in the hallway.

11. The water cooler is also off limits until further notice. Water bottles are permitted in class but cannot be filled from our water station.

As for props…

Props will be offered on a limited basis. Students and teachers are encouraged to bring their own props from home. 

If WYC’s props are used, leave all props in the allotted mat space after the class is over. An employee will collect them after the room is vacated.

  • Eye bags will not be used.
  • Bolsters will have a removable cover. Place them gently in the hamper after class to avoid dispelling airborne particles.
  • Any other hard surfaced prop: must be wiped down between each use

Yoga Teacher Training in the time of COVID

yoga teacher training in the time of covidIf you’ve considered taking a Yoga Teacher Training course, take another look at WYC’s 200 hour program. We’re one of the few studios who can offer outdoor instruction, thanks to our gorgeous covered front porch and outdoor yoga deck – both of which overlook the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Our studio is located in the quiet, peaceful, and serene town of Waynesville, the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains, and attending YTT is the perfect retreat from the crazy, hectic intensity of 2020.

We limit our trainings to a small group, so you get the community connection and small group support that just can’t be fostered on a video chat. For those who are concerned about COVID, every session is recorded – and/or you can join the small, supportive group remotely.

YTT is about so much more than teaching yoga or even deepening your practice! It’s about showing up for – and committing to – yourself. It’s about being your own health advocate and learning more about your body to live a long, disease & pain-free life. And it’s about gaining tools & bandwidth that can also be used off the mat.

Don’t wait! The sooner you commit, the lower overall price you’ll pay. Click here to secure your spot today.

 

“My Yoga Teacher Training from Waynesville Yoga Center is helping me handle this COVID craziness. I am so grateful.” {Tess F., 2019 YTT graduate}

Tools for a New World

There’s no denying that 2020 has been a hot, transformative period – and the future shows no sign of letting up on the intensity! Thankfully, Yoga practices help us stay grounded, curious, calm, peaceful, and even hopeful in times of suffering. It can help us sit in the difficult stuff – and give us tools to navigate an uncertain future.

One of these tools is the science of the chakras: centers of electricity in the body that correspond to organs, endocrine glands, and nerve plexuses. They teach us more about ourselves and the world around us, including how to better be in relation to others. For example, if you struggle with speaking up and advocating for yourself, you most likely have deficiency in the throat chakra, solar plexus chakra, or both.

There are breathing practices, yoga postures, meditation protocols, journal exercises, and many more applications you can implement to healing a chakra deficiency or excess. Just learning more about the chakra system and fostering better balance among these various circuit centers of electricity can cultivate more balance, wholeness, and happiness. And who couldn’t use more of that right now!?

Intro to Chakras

If you’ve never explored the chakras before, join us for a 4 week introductory series:
October 4th – 11th – 18th – and 25th
Sundays, 8:30 – 10 AM > $75 for the full series

Chakra Deep Dive

If you’ve already taken our introductory series and/or have studied the chakras previously, join our next chakra deep dive.

Typically, the chakra system is taught from the bottom up: we establish the first (root) chakra and move up the chain to the seventh (crown) chakra. While that’s a perfectly wonderful way to explore this powerful science, I find more resonance in moving from the top down. The issues covered by the lower three chakras are so immense that most of us have more ease and space in the upper chakras.

I’ve not seen this in any other chakra literature, but in our deep dive series, we start with the chakras that we’re most comfortable, building energy and confidence… so that – by the time we reach them – we’re more clear & better prepared to face the complex issues housed in the lower chakras.

Join us for this powerful, year-long journey of self discovery and knowledge:
// January 31: chakra 7 (crown / surrender, connection to the unseen worlds)
// March 21: chakra 6 (brow / thought, sight, second sight)
// May 2: chakra 5 (throat / self-expression & communication)
// June 20: chakra 4 (heart / community & harmonious connection to others)
// Aug 1: chakra 3 (gut / willpower, energy, self-esteem, boundaries)
// Sept 19: chakra 2 (sacrum / creativity, emotions, sexuality, change, partnership with another)
// Oct 31st: chakra 1 (root / stability, survival, job, money, the body, the planet, ancestors)

Sundays, 8:30 – 10 AM > $20 drop-in or $128 for the full series

Questions?

If you’d more information, email leighann AT waynesvilleyogacenter.com – I’m happy to answer any questions you might have, and look forward to journeying with those who are ready.

Leigh-Ann Renz

Leigh-Ann Renz

Leigh-Ann has been practicing yoga since 1997 and teaching it since 2005. She is attracted to fluid vinyasa styles, including moon salutations, and loves to geek out about yoga “off the mat” – such as how the philosophies behind the physical postures can enrich our journey, both for ourselves and for others. A writer, dancer, massage therapist, creative marketing nerd, and proud Mom, she can be found travelling, enjoying the seasons, or soaking up the natural world when not working.

SIMPLY SARA WELLNESS // Holistic Health Coaching Discover What Food Can Do For You!

Are you confused about food, nutrition and wellness? How much exercise is necessary? What is the deal with gluten free? How much sugar is too much? What about eggs and cholesterol? What’s up with butter–now it’s ok? And is organic better? 

There’s a lot of confusing information about food and nutrition and it takes time and knowledge to sort through. That’s where I come in to work with you as your personal holistic health coach.

What Is Holistic Health Coaching?

Holistic health coaching is the opportunity for you to meet one-on-one with me, a certified, trained health coach, to receive support for changing old behaviors into new, sustainable behaviors that will transform your life.   

How Does It Work?

Every person’s situation is different. I do not advocate special diets or promote any products. What I do promote is eating whole, non-processed foods and finding lifestyle changes that will work for you. 

I will want to know what you have been eating and how it’s been working for you. Or not working! I’ll ask about your career, your life ambitions, your family and even your pets.  Yes, holistic health coaching is much bigger than just food. You can share your biggest fears, what you perceive as your main obstacles and what you’ve always dreamed of doing. We will set some goals together. And after each session you will have a little homework–to keep you honest and committed!   

What Can I Expect?

  • Two one-hour health coaching sessions per month 
  • Individualized steps to reach your health goals and recommendations 
  • Supportive educational handouts, articles and recipes
  • E-mail coaching between sessions
  • Wellness and recipe book recommendations, cooking tips and food samples

Testimonial 

“I am more aware of what I’m eating and now I take time to really enjoy meals. I cut down on sugar and artificial sweeteners, which has eliminated my sweet cravings and helped with that afternoon crash. I’ve lost weight, but more importantly, I just feel better!”  Kim B

 

Sara A Lewis, MA 

Certified Holistic Health Coach

Yoga Instructor, ERYT-200
828-550-1640 saralewis27@gmail.com

 

How to Access Our Recorded and Livestream Classes

1. Make sure you are logged into your account. If you’re not sure whether or not you’re logged in, follow the steps on this page.

2. Go to the class calendar and register for any classes you want to take: click sign up & pay >> this will use your credits on file**. (If it’s a free class, you’ll see sign up vs. sign up & pay). >>Here is a video tutorial<<

 

LIVESTREAM CLASSES

 BEFORE CLASS STARTS: Make sure you have created an account on ZOOM or downloaded the App on your phone. It is free to use! When it’s class time, enter the stream by clicking view broadcast.

 

NON-LIVESTREAM / REMOTE CLASSES

After registering (step 2 above), you’ll see view broadcast. Click on view broadcast any time that day to access the class. If you have any issues accessing the classes, pls email jerica@waynesvilleyogacenter.com, and we’ll get you taken care of! 🙂

 

NEED CLASSES / CREDITS?

If you don’t have any credits on file (ie, need to purchase classes), here are your current options:

:: continue to use your regular unlimited membership
:: sign up for a $45 unlimited membership >> click here to purchase

>> both membership options include unlimited classes, full access to our video library, and other goodies… <<

:: if you have a class pass (ie, 5 pack, 10 pack, etc), you can:
1. Drop in to any class for $8 >> click here to purchase

2. Use a credit to take a class at half-off (ie, what used to count as 1 class will now count for 2 classes) >> no action needed

3. Leave your pass, as it never expires, and purchase the $45 unlimited membership >> click here to purchase

New Safety Protocols

***MUST READ BEFORE ATTENDING CLASS***

To keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible, please read our new safety protocols below: 

// STAY HOME If you exhibit flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties or a rise in temperature, please stay home! Keep our community safe.

// Please allow more time for arrival and departure for our classes due to new protocols 

// All staff and students must follow the 6 feet apart rule at all times for everyone’s safety and comfort.

// Students and Staff will be required to wear a mask everywhere but on their mat. Once they get settled to their mat space, they can take off the mask during class. Once class is over, they’ll need to wear it as they leave. Sorry, but NO MASK, NO CLASS.

// You must bring your own mat. If necessary, you can buy one from the limited supply we have left for sale, while supplies last. As a last resort, you are welcome to stay and practice without a mat.

// Students are REQUIRED to sign up for class via Tula prior to arriving at the studio. All Payments are to be processed online through Tula prior to arriving. This is to protect the students as well as the staff when processing check in. No “walk ins” will be permitted, however you are welcome to pre-register and pay for the class upon arrival.

// We have measured out 6 feet between the edge of one mat to another mat. Place your mat within the marked parameters. DO NOT MOVE THE MAT OUTSIDE THESE MARKERS.

// If you like to use props, please bring your own. We will not be offering any props for outdoor classes.

// We will not be offering mat wipes. You can either bring your own or plan to clean it at home.

// One – way traffic: We have implemented a one-way traffic pattern to get to the back patio. Everyone will enter through the front porch, and exit down the back ramp. Don’t worry, we will have signs to direct you. 

// Bathroom visits are highly discouraged. If absolutely necessary, only one person is allowed to go into the building at a time and contacted surfaces must be wiped down between use for each person.

// The water cooler is also off limits until further notice. Water bottles are permitted in class but cannot be filled from our water station.

// If you like the thicker mats, let us know and we will send you information for where to purchase them, or you can purchase one of our pre-loved mats for sale.

// Teachers will not be offering hand-ons assists.

// We are installing new bigger sails to cover the majority of the patio space, but feel free to slather on the sunscreen and/or bug spray!

//New Liability Waiver: All students must sign the New Liability Waiver policy. We will provide paper copies at check in.

Whew!  We know it’s alot to remember, and want to make sure we can all continue a much-needed yoga practice safely and comfortably.

As always, we will do our part to make sure we are maintaining a safe environment and will continue to provide fresh online content for those that aren’t comfortable with coming to the studio yet.

Students of the Month: May 2020

We are excited to announce Mary F. as our Student of the Month and want to recognize her for her dedication to her practice and what she brings to our WYC community! We are so glad to have you and to have helped you along your journey with yoga <3

To help you all get to know her better, she answered some questions for us…..

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

My older sister, Nancy, was the start of it all. She kept telling me “yin” would be great for my back. And then I kept driving by WYC, so I just turned in one day. So in June of 2018 I started my yoga journey. I started with beginner yoga with Sara and I knew immediately that this was for me. In the beginning, it was all about the poses for me. After my sister passed in September of that year  I realized it was more than the poses. It was during a hot stone class (in the little room), during Savasana, that I truly felt her presence. I physically felt a pressure across my right palm.

Yoga has taken me on a journey of discovering myself and allowing myself to be more open. My husband and good friends have noticed I’m more relaxed and walking taller. Along this journey I discovered some toxic elements in my life and knew I had to let go–I was able to and it’s made a difference. This journey has taught me to be more open and allow the energy to come in and to flow through me. And, it has connected me to fellow yogis.

      2. What are your favorite styles / classes?

Just about everytime I leave a class I want to say that’s my favorite!! I do prefer restorative/yin classes because that’s what my body likes. But, I step out of my comfort zone and do slow flow and I love that, too.

      3. What’s your favorite pose and why?

Alright, if I have to be honest, I have come to like pigeon!! Yes, I said “pigeon”. After all the moaning and groaning, I’m finally able to do it and my body has told me it needs it.

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

Sometimes I’m just a “slug” and enjoy doing nothing. I also procrastinate a lot, but eventually get around to tackling things. I enjoy taking rides with my husband, enjoying time and wine with friends and spending time with my cat, Mr. Mouth.

      5. Tell me something funny or unexpected about you.

I’m a retired Air Force officer; was a middle school substitute teacher for 13 years; and, I was the treasurer of a 300 person Gold Wing motorcycle club.

 

  • “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 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.

  • “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

  • 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.

  • “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

  • “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 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.

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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 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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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

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