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.

Meet Melissa

Please join us in welcoming our newest instructor, Melissa Rodriguez! Melissa went through her Yoga Teacher Training at MBody Yoga in Jacksonville, FL, in the style of Baptist Heated Power Yoga in 2012.

She has been practicing yoga for 10 years. She loves teaching Power and Flow Yoga, and prefers to incorporate meditation, breathwork and self massage into her classes.

Melissa is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist with a B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of North Florida.

She also teaches a variety of classes at the YMCA’s in Asheville, including TRX Suspension Training,  Athletic Conditioning, Indoor Cycling and Kids Skills and Drills classes.

Melissa was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2013 and has been on a deep journey learning the importance of sometimes being gentle, accepting the moment and self as is, and listening to what the body needs.

New to Waynesville, she spends much of her time exploring the outdoor beauty of this area with her 3 year old son, Gus.

Come try Melissa’s Slow Flow class on Sundays, 4 – 5 PM, and leave feeling peaceful and reconnected in your spirit, mind and body

Ask An Instructor!

Want to ask your yoga teacher something but feel like there’s not enough time after class? Or maybe you’ve considered doing private yoga but aren’t sure…

Try “Ask An Instructor”: your free opportunity to meet with a certified yoga teacher for 15 minutes.

You can get guidance about your most challenging pose – or maybe get tips on how to nail your yoga goals; you might want their feedback about mediation or other wellness practices. It’s your time to get a little one-on-one…

Thursday, October 4th, 5:30 – 6:30 PM: Amber Kleid
Saturday, October 7th, 11 AM – 12 NOON: Kayla Vreeland 

Spaces are limited + going fast! To snag yours, register on our class calendar.

Team Member of the Month – September 2018

Please join us in celebrating our Team Member of the Month: Patricia Robbins! Many of you have seen Pat in the studio, as she attends an variety of classes and workshops here at Waynesville Yoga Center. We are grateful to have her calm, joyful presence in the studio – and honored to support her wellness goals.

To get to know Patricia a little better, we asked her to share a bit about herself and her journey with yoga…

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

I began a home practice of yoga in my early twenties. I’ve been a lifelong runner and I loved the physical aspects of yoga then; stretching and muscle strengthening. Over the last twenty years (I’m 62 yrs. old now), I began to explore the spiritual teachings of the yogic traditions; taking classes at yoga centers, attending yoga retreats, and beginning a meditation practice.

I moved to Waynesville four years ago when I retired from a deeply rewarding career as a teacher, then an elementary Principal in New York State. Over these last few years here, I continued my yoga practice; sometimes taking workshops and classes in the Asheville yoga community and at the Waynesville Recreation Center. When I learned of the opening of the Waynesville Yoga Center (just 1.3 miles from my home), I was thrilled!

I joined the Waynesville Yoga Center (WYC) with an unlimited classes/monthly membership and take as many classes as I can weekly! Since joining, I have lost 23 pounds! Some of it is from changing my diet and being more active in general, but some of it is definitely from the classes I take every week at WYC.

The variety of classes and the expertise of each one of the instructors has given me the opportunity to deepen my yoga practice, and improve my overall health! Practicing yoga at WYC has supported my personal goal of living mindfully and strengthening union of my body and mind! I am ever grateful that the WYC community is here!

  1. What are your favorite styles / classes?

I have to say that I have no particular favorite classes. Every class that I’ve taken, from Restorative/Yin to Mixed Level Flow yoga, is taught with such expertise and beauty of intention! I select classes based on what I’m feeling I need in my practice that day and having so many class options in the weekly schedule, that easy to do! I also love taking the energizing Buti Yoga and the muscle stretching/strengthening Barre classes!

  1. What’s your favorite pose and why?

It’s hard to pick a favorite pose; again I appreciate each pose and flow for what it has to teach me! I have to say that in the course of a Flow class, I do love, and feel empowered by practicing Breath of Fire in Goddess Pose!

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

When I’m not practicing yoga, I’m enjoying retirement in these beautiful Smoky Mountains! I love to run, hike, walk my dog, read and spend time with my amazing twenty-six year old daughter, Roxy. 💕

  1. Tell me something funny or unexpected about you.

This is a tough question! Being one of the oldest in a family of seven children and in adulthood having a wonderful career in teaching and school administration, I’ve always held a “role” of responsibility. Being in my cognitive mind to consider best courses of action in decision-making was my strength. Although I loved every minute of my position in educational leadership, I’m trying now to live with a lighter heart, appreciating and grateful for living in each moment!

Next time you see Pat, give her a fist bump for a being a total bad-ass! 🙂 We are grateful to have her in our yoga community – and to feature her as the September Team Member of the Month!

Introducing: CBD Massage!

Wait, are you talking about marijuana!? NO! 🙂

There are many species of cannabis, and one them – cannabidiol (CBD) – is really hot right now. Some people are wary of CBD because they confuse it with THC, the compound in cannabis that gets people “high”. However, these compounds are very different: while THC produces altered states of mind, CBD does not. It’s not psychoactive and has significant medical uses, such as treating:

  • Muscle Pain
  • Muscle Soreness
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Joint Pain
  • Nerve Pain
  • Inflammation

“CBD stands out because it is both nonintoxicating and displays a broad range of medicinal applications, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-anxiety, and analgesic (pain relief) properties,” said Dr. Blake Pearson, founder of Greenly Medical Consulting and practicing medical doctor in Ontario, Canada, specializing in cannabinoid medicine.

People with arthritis, broken bones, sports injuries, overworked muscles from working out, neurological disorders, and those who want to relax or relieve anxiety can benefit from CBD oil treatments. According to Dr. Pearson, there’s also a growing body of evidence supporting claims that CBD has been shown to improve symptoms related to “inflammation, including inflammatory bowel disease (for example Crohn’s and colitis), rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and sports and occupational injuries causing chronic pain, like tendinitis,” mood disorders, and more. He’s observed patients in his clinic find great relief from their pain after starting cannabinoid therapy.

CBD in Massage + Spa Treatments

Because of its many benefits, CBD has been taking the healthcare and beauty industries by storm in recent years. In fact, CBD is being used in spa treatments throughout the country — and for good reason. The incorporation of CBD into spa treatments has been shown to minimize inflammation, ease pain, and relieve stress, tension and anxiety.The use of CBD oil in massage can be “great for musculoskeletal and joint pain relief,” says Dr. Mark Rosenbloom, MD, MBA.
He usually recommends CBD for localized pain and has seen very positive results from it. Dr. Rosenbloom has also seen a decrease in nausea, inflammation, and oxidative stress in patients when using CBD.

CBD Massage @ WYC

Inspired by spas across the county, we’ve just started offering CBD oil massage at Waynesville Yoga Center. We mix the highest quality CBD tincture from Barlean’s into our custom massage oil, which includes avocado + jojoba oils. Our oil blend is nourishing for your tissues, and the addition of CBD makes it even more therapeutic and anti-inflammatory!

Want to see how this compound can help you? Come give it a try! We only charge $10 extra for the CBD oil and are happy to see how it might benefit you. For more details about our massage and bodywork – and/or to schedule an appointment – click here.

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

Self Care Tip: More Than Just a Brain

For most of us, our minds run the show: we operate from our brains down, in a continual state of either ruminating about the past or planning for the future. It’s how our brains are literally wired: to scan for threats and find the “problems” in order to protect ourselves.

However, what this means is that we have a scientifically proven “negativity bias”: it takes several positive experiences to make the same impression on our nervous system as negative experiences. The data makes sense > for our ancestors, it was far better to see a tiger in the grass that wasn’t there than to not see one that is there.

The first mistake can be made endlessly; the second mistake can only be made once! 🙂 That predilection for scanning for danger and searching for what’s wrong vs. what’s right has been passed down to us, creating a survival framework that makes it very hard for us to be happy.

Additionally, our culture supports this brain tyranny, with old aphorisms such as “mind over matter” and the belief that our bodies are weak, helpless blobs while our brains are infallible leaders, not to be questioned.

Innate Intelligence

Thankfully, modern science is proving this arrogant stance wrong, demonstrating that what we think of as “brain tissue” can be found in our gut and other parts of our bodies.

Recent research shows that not only are our bodies innately intelligent, the dance of mind-body-emotions-consciousness is so interconnected that the various pieces often can’t be isolated.

What does all of this have to do with self-care? I’d like to offer a protocol to learn how to work with the brain’s negativity bias.

Neuroplasticity Protocol

There is so much amazing research about the subject of neuroplasticity, I’ll keep it brief and leave the juicy details to the experts! One great book to get you started is “Hardwiring Happiness” by Dr. Rick Hanson.

One simple self-care practice you can use to remap the brain’s circuitry towards contentment is to try the following with difficult thoughts or feelings:

1. accept > instead of pushing uncomfortable brain buzz away, lean toward it: sit with the thoughts and feelings that are making you squirm. See if you can increase your tolerance for sitting in your own discomfort.

The greater your bandwidth becomes to handle that intensity, the more you’ll be able to think in the midst of it: taking responsibility for your part in a conflict while leaving others free to do the same… acting instead of reacting… etc…

2. is there a message? > often, the things in our minds that we want to push away because they make us feel yucky serve an important purpose. Take a moment to inquire if it’s a messenger and how it might actually serve you.

3. find a happy thought > if you’ve created adequate space for the first two steps but the negative brain buzz doesn’t dissipate or unravel as the message reveals itself, it might just be your mind’s negativity bias trying to dominate the show! You’ve already leaned into it with respect; now try leaning away from it by introducing a thought that makes you happy.

It could be anything; but as long as it lights you up from the inside, it counts! Let that thought turn you on, surf that joyful energy for as long as you can – and when the wave of the spark crests, find another happy thought to surf, and so on…

4. find something else to focus on > sometimes, our ego is so insistent on finding fault and scanning for trouble, that we simply can’t make the good thoughts stick! Or we run through our gamut of inspiring ideas and are still feeling funky. As a final solution to “sticky brain”, try focusing on something other than your thoughts and feelings.

It could be the hard plastic of the steering wheel in your hands – the pressure of your foot on the gas pedal – the sensation of the clothes on your body – the sound of crickets coming in through the windows – the smell of the coffee in your mug next to you… try finding something interesting enough in your experience to take you out of the dominance of the thoughts and feelings.

By training yourself to work with your brain instead of against it, 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.

Thank You

Thank you for not only making our first birthday celebration a success – but also for being our yoga community. We  wouldn’t be here without you, and as we celebrate our first year, we want to recognize each and every one of you.

This past Tuesday, our one year anniversary, we held raffles after each class and gave away some pretty sweet gift baskets to the winners! We also had snacks and champagne available all day and offered half off WYC merchandise.

For those of you who made it in, nice celebrating with you! For those who didn’t, come by and see us soon. We don’t have champagne every day, but would love to connect, especially if you’ve not been able to make WYC a habit yet. 🙂

We look forward to celebrating many more years (if not decades!) with you. Thanks for all you are, for all you do, and for supporting us.

Team WYC


(goodies courtesy of Kaninis)

  • “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.

  • “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.

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

    – Ginger H.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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 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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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

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