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}

WYC 200 Hour Teacher Training!!

For Reals!?

Yes! It’s true: Waynesville Yoga Center is offering a 200 hour yoga teacher training program, starting in early 2019. We’re thrilled – and honored – to provide a program for those who want to deepen their yoga practice, whether to teach others, or simply understand yoga better.

Many people take yoga teacher training not because they want to teach, but to deepen their own yoga practice. YTT, as it’s commonly called, offers a in-depth training into anatomy + physiology, Yoga philosophy & lifestyle, Ayurveda, kinesiology, and of course: many different flavors of yoga!

Why Pick WYC?

Why take our YTT? You can expect some differences from our program:

  1. Local > that’s the best part, right!? Stay close to home, avoid traffic, and get your 200 hr TT certification!
  2. More Affordable > our program is more affordable than any other we’ve found in the Southeast.
  3. Real Yoga for Real People > yoga in America has turned into an empire, one that many people think is unattainable: uber-thin white women contorted into poses that many people can’t even consider, much less execute. At WYC, we offer real yoga for real people: making yoga accessible for you.

    Our YTT mission is: “to provide the tools, skills and knowledge to safely practice (and perhaps teach) whatever style of yoga that most resonates with you, your body – and maybe your students.”

    It’s not about forcing your body to look a certain way in a particular pose; it’s about learning how to express the poses in your body, safely + comfortably. It’s about how it feels and how it can benefit health and wellness for your whole being: physically, mentally and emotionally.

    If you’ve felt uncomfortable or intimidated by yoga; if you think you’re not “good enough” to come to a studio, try one of our classes and see how accessible yoga can be! If you’ve wanted to try a yoga teacher training program but felt like you weren’t up to the challenge, know that our course is accessible and realistic, for all ages, body types and levels of experience.

  4. No Dogma > although Yoga originated in India thousands of years ago and is typically attached to Hinduism, Yoga isn’t a religion – and we don’t make it one! While Yoga acknowledges the unseen presence of spirit or soul – and seeks to reconnect body and soul – we don’t adhere to any particular dogma.

    “My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” {Dalai Lama}

    Some YTT programs incorporate religious dogma into the program and teach it, along with the course material. While of course we respect everyone’s spiritual path and honor the lineage of yoga knowledge + philosophy, we don’t endorse or teach any dogma.

    It’s why you won’t find any deities at WYC: we respect your spiritual integrity and want yoga to be a tool + resource on your life path, however you connect with Spirit. The WYC TT will provide you with information and training to access your yoga.


The program will meet one weekend a month for 10 months:
MAR: 8th – 10th
APRIL: 12th – 14th
MAY: 10th –  12th
JUNE: 7th – 9th
JULY: 12th – 14th
AUG: 16th – 18th
SEPT: 13th – 15th
OCT: 11th – 13th
NOV: 8th – 10th
DEC: 6th – 8th

Friday evening + all day Saturday + all day Sunday

The schedule for the weekend will be as follows:
Fridays, 6 – 9 PM
6 – 7: centering practice > slow flow
7 – 8: integrative lecture w/ break @ 8 (can eat during the lecture)
8 – 9: study hall: questions, mentoring, evaluate each other teaching

Saturdays, 9 AM – 6:30 PM
9 – 9:45 // 9:45 – 10:30: partner practice + adjustments
10:45 – 11:45: integrative anatomy + physiology
11:45 – 1: putting the anatomy into practice
1 – 2: lunch / break
2 – 3: lecture: Ayurveda / nutrition / yoga philosophy / lifestyle
3 – 4:30: Yoga Basics > break
4:45 – 6:30 hour practice > followed by Yoga Nidra or meditation, etc

Sundays, 9 AM – 6 PM
9 – 10: flow practice
10:15 – 11:45 teaching methodology
11:45 – 1: lunch / break
1 – 2: lecture: Ayurveda / nutrition / yoga philosophy / lifestyle
2 – 3: teaching methodology
3 – 4: student-led practice + evaluated by group
4:15-5:15: integrative anatomy + physiology
5:15 – 6: putting the anatomy into practice


You can get a good idea of what to expect from the syllabus from the detailed schedule above; the program will provide a solid foundational exploration of:
// Anatomy + Physiology, especially as it relates to Yoga
// Basics of yoga poses: breakdown + alignment
// Yoga Philosophy, including Ayurveda + Tantra
// Yimas / Niyamas / Ethics
// Chakras
// Yoga for Trauma, such as for veterans, recovering from injuries, healing from childbirth, etc.
// Yoga Sutras
// and the following Yoga styles**: Buti Yoga >> Yin >> Vinyasa Flow >> Restorative + Hot Stone Restorative >> Kundalini >> Bowstring >> Yoga Nidra >> Myofascial Release >> Gentle + Chair Yoga >> and more!

Reading List

Required Reading:

  1. Manual of Structural Kinesiology (19th edition) by R.T. Floyd
  2. The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The philosophy and practice of Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark
  3. Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques by Mark Stephens
  4. The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi
  5. The muscle book by Paul Blakely
  6. Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists
  7. Yoga for Pain Relief (Simple practices to Calm Your Mind & Heal Your Chronic Pain) by Kelly McGonigal
  8. Insight Yoga: An innovative synthesis of traditional yoga, meditation and Eastern approaches to healing and well-being by Sarah Powers
  9. Yoga Nidra: by Swami Satyananda Saraswati
  10. Your Body, Your Yoga by Bernie Clark
  11. Spinning Inward: Using guided imagery with children (or adults) for learning, creativity & relaxation by Maureen Murdock
  12. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain Mind and Body in the healing of trauma by Bessel van der Kolk

Recommended Reading:

  1. Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar
  2. The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness by Erich Schiffman
  3. Back Care Basics by Mary Pullig Schatz
  4. Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh

Small Class Size

We are only accepting 12 students into the program, so contact us to reserve your spot!


If you pay the full amount up front, at least 30 days before the start of the program = $2,000
If you pay the full amount within 30 days of the start of the program = $2,250
If you pay after the start of the program = $2,500
If you want to pay the balance in stages, no worries, but the full amount must be paid by the 5th session
$500 non-refundable deposit that goes toward tuition must be paid by the first day!

**Flow + Ground

Students in our 200 Hour YTT will receive a depth of understanding in our signature, branded style: Flow + Ground Yoga. Developed by lead trainer Jay MacDonald, Flow + Ground integrates the best of both stability and fluidity. Learning a foundation in this style offers the YTT student a solid base from which to explore, unfold and grow their yoga from a place of deep wisdom.

More Information

For more details – and/or to reserve your spot in our upcoming YTT, contact us: hello@waynesvilleyogacenter.com – 828.246.6570



Photo by Yayan Sopian on Unsplash

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

Adjusting to the Seasons

by Jerica Rossi

Adjustments. How many times has a teacher come around, lightly pulled back on your hips while you’re in downward dog, or pressed into your back during a forward fold – and you just didn’t feel like fully committing to the stretch? And how many times did you breathe into it and experience a glorious release?

Sometimes it’s an obstacle to get over ourselves, physically and mentally – to surrender to the flow. Perhaps we aren’t ready for change, or don’t feel like we have the energy to show up for ourselves, or just feel like staying in our safe space without pushing to see if perhaps that space could be made a little larger.

Prior to moving to New Mexico to revisit my passion for sustainable building and to help build an off-the-grid cob house, my yoga practice was a source of meditation – a way to find and nurture an unwavering sense of self.

These days I get lost in that zen for hours while putting my hands in the earth, embracing the grand landscape and beating sun, and my practice has become one of physical necessity. Whether its mixing together piles of clay, sand and straw on tarps with my feet, or pushing the semi-hardened balls of the cob mix onto each layer of the house, I seem to have discovered muscles in my arms and legs that I never knew existed.

With dew still on my camper windows, I warm up with the rising sun amongst the mountains that set Georgia O’Keefe on a painting rampage. While sitting in pigeon pose, I can’t help but be entranced by the quivering stillness of the mornings – without even a rustle from the sagebrush. They say the valley used to be a meeting place for peace talks, where Native peoples came from all over to trade and give birth. Now the land is littered with the bones of animals who come here to pass on.

As I fill my lungs with cold air and muse on my night’s dreams, flowing through sun salutations, the smell of damp earth unlocks a bank of autumn memories: living cozy in a cabin in the Adirondacks with a lover; road-tripping through the Yukon and British Colombia via a Craigslist rideshare from Alaska; driving down US-1 in California with a stranger I met in line at the car rental place; and gearing up to move to Northern Thailand where I was initially introduced to earthen building and began my first six-month journey through Asia.

Fall kicks our sensory wisdom into motion, with the smell of wet leaves and the feeling of crisp air inviting reflection and helping us catalog lessons we’ve learned – exploring if we’ve actually made any progress toward becoming the person we want to be or if we’ve accomplished what we’ve set out to achieve.

With the sun setting earlier and without everything in bloom, we can sometimes start to feel stagnant and lacking energy, but it’s the perfect time to let that which doesn’t serve you go, welcome new routines and muse on new goals.

At the beginning of the summer I gave up on my chaturanga. I didn’t care to work on my upper body strength and would just make sure not to knock my face on the way down. But as summer progressed into fall, I started to see that strength appear in my body, with each cob brick I molded and heaved. Now when I get to my mat, I have an unwavering balance and am smiling through my chaturanga like a boss.

So what am I letting go of? I let go of my apathy. Somewhere along the way I confused apathy for contentment, and it never occurred to me that, although calm and accepting of things that are out of my control, I was neglecting that which I DO have control over. In reality, this apathy was killing any chance I had of establishing a mind-body-spirit balance and obtaining the ultimate bliss that comes along with it.

Luckily, just one taste of that bliss ushers in a clarity that makes it easy to identify what isn’t working so you can chuck it out the car window and reverse over it.

And the new vision I set out for the season ahead? To be flexible with intention. I want to go further into my back-bends, lengthen my hamstrings and recalculate (and respect) my boundaries, both on and off the mat.

So here’s to letting that which doesn’t serve you go, to planting seeds in the midnight garden and trusting that the lessons you’ve logged from autumns passed have prepared you to make each harvest better than the last.


Jerica handles marketing + management for Waynesville Yoga Center. When not working, she can be found behind a camera lens, embarking on an adventure or contemplating life while perched in tree pose. 

Fall Workshops + Events

As we begin the journey into winter, join us for workshops + events to support wellness for your body and clarity for your mind:

> Pop-Up: Your Personal Practice w/ Jillian

Personal Practice is an expression of your body, sometimes with an instructor – or other students – sharing the space for inspiration, alignment and community. We practice together, independently.

If this intrigues you, join Jillian Pagan in the WYC Boutique / Library for this intimate circle!

Weds, Dec 12th, 9 – 10 AM // $14 drop-in / or 1 class credit // click here to register


> Holiday Craft Fair!

Want to get your holiday shop on while supporting local artisans + vendors? Fulfill your gift list with items that are not only beautiful – but also meaningful, unique and sustainable. Join us on December 15th for our holiday craft fair: delicious food from Simply Sara Wellness + a (spiked!) hot chocolate bar + gorgeous gift options:

// Handmade Jewelry
// Cheeky Ornaments + Vintage Xmas Décor
// Seasonal Indoor / Outdoor Crafts
// DoTerra Essential Oils + Diffusers
// Custom-Made Italian Leather Handbags
// LuLaRoe Yoga + Athleisure Wear
// Handcrafted Wood Work
// WYC Apothecary + Gift Baskets

Or maybe you haven’t been by yet and just want to check out our space? Hope you can make it!

FREE + Open To the Public // To make sure we have enough food + drink, please RSVP: 828.246.6570 > hello@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


> Pop-Up: Partner Yoga w/ Tara

Feeling the tension of the holiday season? Join us for some fun with a friend! Partner Yoga is not only light-hearted and lots of fun, it can actually help you go deeper into yoga poses to release some of that seasonal stress + tension.

Take an hour for yourself: your body will thank you! 🙂 You can sign up with a buddy – or come solo and we’ll pair you up with someone.

Sun, Dec 16th, 5:30 – 6:30 PM // $14 drop-in / or 1 class credit // click here to register



> Buti + Bubbles: Time to Sparkle and Shine! w/ Kayla

Join Kayla for this Sparkle and Shine Edition of Buti + Bubbles!

Come dressed in sparkly clothes + accessories for this pre-Xmas Buti Yoga class – and sweat out the stress of the season! Have fun with your yoga, with your body, with your community!

Fri, Dec 21st, 6:30 – 7:30 PM // $14 drop-in / or 1 class credit // click here to register


> Vibrations for the New Year: Crystal + Tibetan Bowl Meditation w/ Riitta

Let’s ring in 2019 with a clean slate. Setting intentions and creating clarity for the heart’s desire! Breathe in fresh energy and bring your mind, body and soul into harmony.

This is a time to let go of what doesn’t serve and bring in the NEW with the heavenly vibrations of the Crystal and Tibetan Bowls. Let Riitta guide you into a blissful realm where happiness, meaning and truth integrate.

Sun, Jan 6th, 5:30 – 6:30 PM // $20 pre-register / or $25 at the door // click here to register


> Meditation Series for the New Year w/ Candra

Winter is the perfect time for inner contemplation and stillness. Join Candra to explore the many benefits of a regular meditation practice.

Learn basic techniques to quiet the fluctuations of the brain. When the mind is still, we can experience enhanced immunity, greater discernment and greater levels of inner peace and equanimity. All yoga postures lead to this one: asana – a comfortable seated position.

Mondays, January 7th – 28th, 7:15 – 7:50 PM // $15 drop-in / or $45 for the full series // click here to register



What is it that scares YOU about yoga? We all have our pose – or yoga style – that scares us; or maybe it’s just coming into an “actual studio” that intimidates you?! We’ve heard that from lots of folks in our community: “I’m not good enough to come to a real studio. I’m scared I’ll be the newbie in class.”

Whatever it is that scares you about yoga, why not come give it a shot? 1) We all have things that intimidate us about yoga, no matter how long we’ve been practicing. Jay doesn’t like Warrior I; I’m intimidated by arm balances.

2) You really don’t need to worry about what other people in class are thinking, because I can almost guarantee you that they’re too busy processing their own fears or goals to worry about what you look like.

3) The main point of yoga is not to look like a particular picture > rather, it’s to cultivate the tools that our practice offers us, such as: learning to stay calm and breathe deeply in the midst of intensity // to accept our bodies – and our reality – more fully + with more clarity // and to face our fears with courage.

So what are you waiting for? At Waynesville Yoga Center, the first class is free for locals. If you’ve never given yoga a shot, come try a class on us and see just how amazing it can make you feel.

If you already practice, tell us what your yoga fear is: we want to know! hello@waynesvilleyogacenter.com >> Instagram >> Facebook >> Pinterest >> Twitter


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.

Heading Back to Florida?

Many of our students + community are seasonal residents, who live in Florida for part of the year. If you’re headed back to Florida and have a monthly unlimited class package, here’s the deal:

// If you’ve had an active monthly unlimited class pass for at least 6 months, we’ll put it on hold and restart it at the same price when you return to NC.

// If you haven’t had it for at least 6 months, talk to us: depending on your situation, we may be able to grant the extension.

// If you don’t restart the class pass within a year, the hold is released and you’ll have to restart at the current price of that date.

We hope this eases the transition of our seasonal peeps and makes it simpler (and more affordable!) for you to enjoy your yoga all year round!

Welcome Katie!

Katie Tartick (NC LMBT #10705) has been a licensed massage and bodywork therapist for eight years and continues to expand and grow in her profession.

She has much training in multiple modalities of massage, including Swedish, therapeutic, deep tissue, reflexology, lymphatic, sports massage as well as the use of hot stones to work tension out of the muscles and ease away aches and pains.

Katie uses her knowledge of the body to create an experience that is fitting and unique to each person she works with in order to promote health and well-being in both body and mind.

Her goal is to make sure every guest leaves feeling that their needs were addressed; whether that is general relaxation or a more specific issue that needs attention, Katie will work to provide a massage that is catered to you specifically!

To book a massage with Katie, call 828.246.6570.

What to Wear to Yoga?!

by Jerica Rossi

We often get calls or questions from first timers who have no idea what to wear to class. While waking up early and dragging yourself out of bed in time for yoga is a battle of its own, knowing what to wear is another. Luckily, we’ve got some tips to help you pick clothes that will make you feel comfortable in class- and hopefully cut down on the time it takes to get ready.

These are some of the personal guidelines I follow:

A shirt that won’t creep up on me while I’m in downward dog.
Not only can it obstruct my vision, but a baggy shirt can often ride up and reveal my mid-drift to those around me. While i’m practicing, the last thing I want to be doing is fidgeting so I usually try to wear a tight tank top that stays in place while I move around. Feel that’s too revealing for you? Wear a tight tank UNDER your t-shirt! Or wear a sports bra and don’t wear a shirt at all- your call! As long as you feel comfortable in your practice, and aren’t too revealing/impeding on the experience of others in the room- do you.

Quality pants are key.
When I try on yoga pants, the first thing I do is put my hand inside and hold it up to the light at the store. Can I see my hand? Because if I can, you’ll certainly be able to see my undies while I’m stretching about. As far as fabric quality goes, find something that doesn’t lose it’s stretch or elasticity. While name brands like Lululemon or Fabletics surely deliver, if you know what to look for, you can usually score a sweet find at TJ MAXX or Marshalls. Personally, I’m a fan of the pants with a higher waistband, giving me a little extra lower back support and keeping me covered up.

If you don’t like leggings, or feel they can be a little to tight or revealing, go with a loose fitting linen or sweatpants. If I go with one of these options, I just make sure that going into warrior pose doesn’t require me to fidget with the pant around my knee. Too hot for yoga pants and want to wear shorts? Go with something that won’t bunch up or that you won’t have to pull down every few minutes.

Find the right bra.
With lots of stretching and movement, I’d avoid anything with a wire in it and go with a sports bra that offers extra coverage, or a bralet to keep everything in place. And make sure the fabric breathes- otherwise you might be in for a chafe of a time.

Bring layers (depending on the class and season).
If I’m hopping into the Hot Stone Restorative or know I’ll be holding longer poses in Yin, I usually bring along a zip-up to keep warm. If I start to build heat, I simply shed some layers, and then put them back on before savasana to avoid chills.

Care for your athletic wear!
Sweaty yoga clothes can easily get that funky musty smell if not dried completely, even if they get put in the washer fairly soon after class. Make sure to let your clothes dry completely, even before washing, to keep them feeling new.

Leave the shoes at the door.
While yoga is traditionally done barefoot, if slipping around on your mat leaves you feeling weird- grab some of the Barre socks we have in our boutique to help you with traction! Remember, though: Yoga is about finding comfort in the uncomfortable. So, perhaps, give the ole barefoot method a try!

Interested in more tips? Check out these resources…

What Not to Wear to Yoga Class, Because Wardrobe Malfunctions Are Never Fun

The 7 Rules: What to Wear For Yoga

What to Wear to Your First Yoga Class


Jerica handles marketing + management for Waynesville Yoga Center. When not working, she can be found behind a camera lens, embarking an adventure or contemplating life while perched in tree pose. Taking classes at WYC has helped her  face – and conquer – her own yoga fears.


Self Care Tip: Share the Mic!

(this post is part 2 to Self Care Tip: More Than Just a Brain)…

Don’t let your brain be a tyrant! Yes, value your thoughts and your mind – but experiment with valuing the other parts of yourself as well, letting them take turns and share your attention. One fun way to practice this is to give equal focus to various parts of yourself and increase your ego’s tolerance to not dominating the scene all the time!

Start by setting a timer and taking 2 minutes to notice everything happening in your body. Don’t get carried away by the stories that your mind will naturally want to take you away on; just notice any areas of pain or tension. Notice any and all sensations or lack of sensation. Feel your clothes; notice the temperature of the air around you.

Now take 2 minutes to tune into your feelings. Again, just catalog: I feel bitter because my wife fussed at me this morning; I feel worried about my Mom being sick; I feel grateful for this gorgeous weather… and so on. Just notice your emotions and give them the mic for 2 minutes.

Next, try handing the mic to the inner witness. This is the silent part of you that’s just there, watching, listening, experiencing. It’s not your body; your feelings; or your mind – it’s the part of you that’s wide awake, even when you’re sleeping. The part of you that’s simply here, taking it all in. See if you can tune into that witness.

Finally, let your mind take back over: give your brain 2 minutes for all the thoughts: plans for the future; learning from the past; anything and everything it wants to run through. You’ll probably find that it’s a bit quieter than normal, maybe unsure of what to do when it’s not constantly running the show.

However, your brain deserves respect and appreciation too, so take a moment to enjoy the practice of thinking and delighting in all of the amazing things your mind can do!

By training yourself to work with your brain instead of against it – but also not letting it dominate all the time, you can experience greater focus, clarity, efficiency and happiness! And that’s some fabulous self-care! 🙂


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.

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  • “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.

  • “I highly recommend Leigh-Ann as your massage lady. She is wonderful and keeps me feeling good. I am 86 so you are never to old for one. I get them weekly. Give her a try. You will like it.”

    – Yvonne M.

  • “Leigh-Ann’s fingers magically find the spots that are ‘ailing’ you! She intuitively knows where you are having pain and how to relieve it. I leave each and every time rejuvenated and refreshed. There are not enough words to express how much I appreciate her therapeutic touch!”

    – Ginny E.

  • “Leigh -Ann has worked on me for the past five years. She skillfully eased the aches and pains out of my body and left me feeling relaxed. Her intuition guided her to where I needed the most attention, which always surprised me because I hadn’t realized I was hurting there.”

    – Lydia Mason

  • “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.

  • “Getting a massage from Leigh-Ann has been an important part of my life for the past several years. Her professionalism and many accomplished skill techniques combined with her intuitive understanding of my needs on any given day have made her an invaluable part of my health care. I would highly recommend her to anyone, from a first timer to an ‘experienced’ user.”

    – Gail M.

  • “Leigh-Ann is my favorite massage therapist. She uses techniques that produce terrific results for me. I so look forward to my monthly massages!”

    – Ginger H.

  • “Leigh-Ann is awesome. She used a variety of techniques with me and they all helped. She also provided more information to help me with my issues. She is warm, compassionate and friendly.”

    – Susan S.

  • “After my massage with Leigh-Ann yesterday, I could sleep without pain meds for the first time in years! I finally have hope that I might not need surgery!”

    – Barbara M.

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

    – Michelle G.C.

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

    – Brooke H.

  • “Amber 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.

  • “Leigh Ann gives the best massages I have ever had! She mixes it up so no two massages are exactly alike and I like that. And on top of that she is a warm caring person and I consider her to be a dear friend.”

    – Jeanne B.

  • “It is the most relaxing therapeutic treatment that works for me with my arthritis condition and I have a session with Leigh Ann every month.”

    – Bob T.

  • “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.

  • “Leigh-Ann is highly trained in many massage techniques and will work with you to assess your needs and desired outcome. She encourages your feedback to make sure that your treatment goals are being met.”

    – Helen 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.

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