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.

 

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Waynesville Yoga Center

Waynesville Yoga Center is proud to offer 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training programs in the gorgeous Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina! Get your certification right here in the Southeast – with all the quality of a “big city” training.

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 an in-depth training in Anatomy + Physiology, Yoga philosophy & lifestyle, Ayurveda, kinesiology, Nutrition, Yoga for Trauma, Yoga for Chronic Pain, and of course: many different flavors of yoga!

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

  1. Calm Setting > Avoid the traffic and intensity of the city, and get your 200 hour certification at our gorgeous studio in the calm, grounding mountains of western North Carolina.
  2. 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.

  5. Practice + Experience Actually Teaching Yoga > We’ve gotten feedback that some other YTT programs didn’t offer enough actual practice in teaching yoga: students learned + experienced a lot, but they graduated from those programs not feeling that they were prepared to actually teach. Our graduates appreciate getting lots of practice leading a class, both in and outside of the program, giving them the confidence to start teaching upon graduation.

We offer a 10 month program, with summers off, meaning that you have plenty of time to absorb the information and keep up with daily life!

With a max of 12 participants accepted (six in-person and six virtual), you can count on a supportive, intimate group – which makes you a better teacher, and makes it easier to learn.

A smaller group also fosters Zoom / remote learning if needed for the COVID-19 pandemic. A video chat class of 30 people is not really doable, whereas a class of 12 participants is contained enough to work, if needed in this new coronavirus reality.

 

Fridays, 6 – 9 PM
6 – 7: varied practice
7 – 9: student-led teaching

Saturdays, 9 AM – 5 / 7 PM*
9 – 10:15: practice, principles, techniques
10:15 – 11:30: integrative anatomy & physiology 
11:30 – 12:30: putting the anatomy & physiology into practice
:: lunch break ::
1:30 – 2:30: video learning
2:30 – 5: yoga basics
(*5 – 7: student-led teaching, depending on total # of students) 

Sundays, 9 AM – 5 / 7 PM*
9 – 11: student-led teaching
11 – 11:45: varied practice
:: lunch break ::
1 – 3: yoga philosophy, lifestyle, education
3 – 5: teaching methodology & closing circle for the weekend
(*5 – 7: student-led teaching, depending on total # of students) 

(bathroom breaks and snacks during lecture can be taken at any time, as needed)

2021 Calendar

Weekend 1: Jan 22 – 24
Weekend 2: Feb 19 – 21
Weekend 3:  March 19 – 21
Weekend 4: April 16 – 18
Weekend 5: May 14 – 16
Weekend 6: June 11 – 13
Weekend 7: August 27 – 29
Weekend 8: Sept 10 – 12
Weekend 9: Oct 15 – 17
Weekend 10: Nov 12 – 14
(Makeup Weekend & Graduation: Nov 19 – 21)

You can get a good idea of what to expect from the syllabus in 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 + Sutras
// Yamas / Niyamas / Ethics
// Chakras
// Yoga for Trauma, such as for veterans, recovering from injuries, healing from childbirth, etc.
// and the following Yoga styles**: Flow + Ground >> Buti Yoga >> Yin >> Vinyasa Flow >> Hot Stone Restorative >> Yoga Nidra >> Myofascial Release >> Gentle + Chair Yoga >> and more!

The lead trainers are Jay MacDonald & Leigh-Ann Renz. We’re also excited to welcome our fabulous guest instructors:
Sara Lewis > Nutrition // Yin Yoga
Candra Smith > Ayurveda
Amber Kleid > Hot Stone Restorative
Anna Ferguson Robas > Yoga for Trauma
Alex Moody > Yoga for Chronic Pain
and more…

**Flow + Ground

Students in our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training 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.

Required Reading > (the books are listed in the order that we recommend you read them in):

  1. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain Mind and Body in the healing of trauma by Bessel van der Kolk (by w/e 1)
    -> NOTE: this is great as an audio book, which might help you save time!
  2. Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques by Mark Stephens (by w/e 1)
  3. Awakening the Spine by Vanda Scaravelli (by w/e 2)
  4. Yoga Anatomy, 2nd Edition, by Leslie Kaminoff (by w/e 3)
  5. The muscle book by Paul Blakely (by w/e 3)
  6. The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga: The philosophy and practice of Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark (by w/e 4)
  7. Yoga for Pain Relief (Simple practices to Calm Your Mind & Heal Your Chronic Pain) by Kelly McGonigal (by w/e 5)
  8. Your Body, Your Yoga by Bernie Clark (by w/e 5)
  9. The Breathing Book by Donna Farhi (by w/e 6)
  10. Insight Yoga: An innovative synthesis of traditional yoga, meditation and Eastern approaches by Sarah Powers (by w/e 7)
  11. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan (by w/e 7)
  12. Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists (by w/e 8)
  13. Yoga Nidra: by Swami Satyananda Saraswati (by w/e 9)
  14. Spinning Inward: Using guided imagery for learning, creativity & relaxation by Maureen Murdock (by w/e 9)

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

To support your completion of this extensive reading list, we open the studio an hour early on Fridays to create space for a reading group. We highly recommend you connect with your fellow students and help each other stay on track.

Book Purchasing Options

We know these books are expensive! Our book list is actually comparable (or less) than other YTT programs; because of the wealth of quality information, it’s part of any YTT course to pay $300 – $500 for the books. The content will serve you well for decades to come as a yoga instructor. Knowledge = power!

Please know that you’re not required to purchase them new! In fact, we have a book share program through Wall St Books in Waynesville: check with them for used versions. You can also buddy up with another person in the program and share the books; let us know if you’d like the email list for other students so you can coordinate a book share.

The only thing that’s not gonna work is an electronic version, as it’s kinda hard to look at amazing anatomy pictures while you’re driving! 😊

// 1st 4 people to sign up pay $2,250
// 2nd 4 people to sign up pay $2,500
// final 4 people to sign up pay $2,750

A $500 non-refundable deposit will hold your place in the price tier. Half of the total is due by the start of the program; any remaining balance must be paid by the 4th weekend.

Click here to reserve your spot – and your place in the price tier. 

“The concept the universe has your back comes to mind when I think of my YTT journey this year. I embarked on this journey as a reset for myself at a time of personal transition. I had recently left a business that I had helped to create and both of my children were flying the nest with the eldest one moving to Colorado. Never did I imagine that 2020 would be the year that the entire planet paused for a reset. 

Each YTT weekend has been like a flower of self awareness opening up as the themes have built on themselves fluidly. The magic in these weekends was already evident prior to the pandemic as the group quickly bonded with the guidance of both Leigh Ann and Jay through their nurturing and humor. However, the magic has continued to unfold as each time that we have come together either online or later in person during the pandemic it has felt like the reset we were getting not only spoke to us on an individual level but also on the broader outward level. 

With so much anxiety and chaos happening in the world , to come together and learn how to pause, reset, and nurture both body, mind, and spirit while also learning how to share it with others is truly a gift. The concept of self love is where all love resides has never been more true for me until now,  I have had more patience and less anxiety through my yoga practice on and off the mat as I have had many opportunities to use it. It has helped me to stay calm, breathe and stay grounded for myself, my family, and my friends.  I am forever grateful to Jay for the nudge and myself for the effort.”

{Kim T. WYC YTT 2020}

For more details – and/or to reserve your spot in our next 200 hour YTT, contact us: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com – 828.246.6570

(For details about our 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training program, contact us – or click here…)

Students of the Month: February 2020’s Dynamic Duos

This month we are proud to feature TWO sets of dynamic duos that we love seeing around the studio: Husband and wife, Tiffany + Justin, and mother and daughter, Gwen + Cassie. You know what they say- those who yoga together, well they generally just get along better 😉

We’re grateful to have these folks as part of our WYC community and honored to have helped them start or continue on their yoga journeys. To help you get to know them  a little better, we asked them to share a little bit about themselves and how yoga has become a part of their lives.

Tiffany + Justin

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

T: I began an “at home” yoga practice in 2009 and attended my first yoga class while living in Greensboro, NC a few years later. As my involvement in the flow arts deepened, it became clear that a strong yoga practice could broaden my hoop dance abilities.

In 2014, I became more serious about regular practice and not only did my hoop skills improve but I noticed significant improvements in my ability to control emotion and thought, I began to experience better rest and more peace.

Since the majority of my yoga practice has been in solitude, I‘m grateful the Waynesville Yoga Center has provided me the opportunity to connect with such a vibrant, creative and loving yoga community! Finally, on New Years Day 2020, after 10 years of subtle encouragement for my husband to give yoga a try, we attended our first yoga class together. 

J:  I started practicing yoga about 5 months ago. Right away I noticed a desire to be better in all areas of my life.  I quickly realized, ’there’s something to this’  and ’m currently in the best shape I’ve been in a long time and am seeing constant progression. And that goes for my mind, body and soul.

     2. What are your favorite styles / classes?

T: First off, I have to say, I’ve not been to a yoga class I didn’t like, especially at WYC. I’ve tried them all and each have significant benefits. However, my most favorite are Buti, DEEP and Flow + Sweat.

J:  Warm Slow Flow/Power Core Yoga.

     3. What’s your favorite pose and why?

T: Balasana or Child’s Pose and Malasana or Yoga Squat are my favorites because I feel so well grounded to and supported by the earth while in these poses. 

J: Savasana… it’s the most challenging.

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

T: Currently, I’m blessed to be a stay at home mom of two amazing children, Layla Rose, 5 yr. and Stephen, 19 mo. I adore family time, though especially love attending concerts with my brilliant, passionate husband! I also enjoy performing, teaching flute lessons and teaching hoop fitness classes. 

J: I’m filled with joy being a happy husband and proud father, as well as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments, where I absolutely love helping my clients with their short and long term financial goals. 

     5. Tell me something funny or unexpected about you

T: I was a level 8 gymnast as a child, have a Masters Degree in Flute Performance and Pedagogy and I love to sing and dance!  

J: I was in a touring band for 4 years playing keyboards in 200 shows around the country every year.  My current band Sanctum Sully was mentioned in Rolling Stone Magazine in 2018, and I recently released an album on vinyl LP for the first time.  Music is a huge part of my life.  


Cassie + Gwen

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

G: I think it is a very fun experience. I was a gymnast at a center in Asheville and the teaching plateaued so I began to regress and was still wanted to maintain my flexibility and increase my skills, so when my mom approached me with yoga I was very excited to give it a try to see if I liked it. Since I joined WYC I have achieved more flexibility, have lots of fun and it makes me happy.

C: My journey with yoga began October 2019 with Waynesville Yoga Center. As a mother I was searching for something for an activity to do with my daughter Gwen that we could enjoy together being active while getting to have fun and spend time together so after several weeks of trying to figure out something a child an adult could learn together Yoga was what kept coming to mind so I approached Gwen with this idea and she was more then excited to give it a try. So I did my research online and Waynesville Yoga was the winner and after joining I could not believe it had been here in town for these last several years and all we were missing out on. It has had a positive impact on my life it has helped reduce anxiety, promote good sleep, strengthen muscles I forgot I had, increasing my flexibility among many other benefits.

2. What are your favorite styles / classes?

G: My favorite classes are definitely Buti and Fascial release.

C: My favorite style class is BUTI! I have known about Yoga for years and had started practicing some over the last eight years at home but I had never heard of this style until I attended Kayla’s class.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and continue to I like traditional yoga is incorporated with cardio burning dancing/workout AND the music your burning calories while having fun- which is hard to find. The Hot Stone Restorative is another favorite of mine.

3. What’s your favorite pose and why?

G: I like the Tree pose because it challenges my balance.

C: My favorite pose is the child’s pose I find it the most comfortable and relaxing and beneficial at stretching back muscles.

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

G: I love having play dates/sleepovers, I like playing with my little cousin, Star. I love traveling especially Tennessee and Lake Chatuge and definitely the beach. I love to swim so much!😁😁

C: While not at yoga, I enjoy shopping locally on main street and trying out different foods on the menus at our local restaurants around town. I spend summers at Lake Chatuge at a little lake cabin we have there and enjoy going to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and staying at cabins there and relaxing in the hot tub.

5. Tell me something funny or unexpected about you.

G: I use to think I would never like Volley ball🏐. Then I went to Volley ball camp and absolutely loved it then I joined my school team ( GO HCA 🐾) and it was amazing.😃😃👍👍

C: I am a career student and am currently working on my third college degree. My first was in Massage Therapy.  I used to practice massage here at both local gyms as well as the Balsam Spa at the Waynesville Inn, then I went back for an Associate Applied Science in Medical Assisting and worked as a CMA (AAMA) and the Balsam Center on the Adult Recovery Unit where I would lead a yoga session for those who wanted to attend and most found it therapeutic in their recovery. Now I am currently finishing my nursing degree and will be an RN May 2020.

Tick Tock!

It’s hard to believe, but there’s only 2 weeks left until our next 200 hour Yoga Deep Dive begins! If you’ve been considering joining the program, now’s the time to act.

You probably already know that the sooner you commit and pay the deposit, the lower your price. Additionally, there’s some reading you’ll want to have completed by the first weekend.

This powerful exploration of Yoga isn’t just about the practice, history, or philosophy of Yoga. It’s ultimately a commitment to yourself and the inner journey of your soul.

If you have considered teaching yoga… if you’re looking for direction & focus in your life at this time… if you practice yoga and want to solidify your knowledge… if you want to learn more about your body and health… if you want to gain empowerment and take responsibility for your wellness… join us.

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” {Lao Tzu}

The first step is the hardest: taking the plunge and committing to the journey. Next class starts Friday, February 7th: click here for details // ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

 

  • “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.

  • “Jay takes time to answer questions, to give help when needed in performing movements and is a gentle, calm person which helps my yoga experience.”

    – Anita S.

  • “I waited years looking for the right yoga teacher training program and WYC was definitely the reason why. I’m absolutely convinced I could not have found a program that was more creative, inclusive, or supportive. I would definitely attribute that to the meticulous design of the curriculum and incredibly talented teachers you brought in to lead so many cool facets of the course. You drew in some of the most amazing students with all this awesomeness and I’ve been so thrilled to learn alongside them this year so thank you, thank you, thank you for every last delicious bit of it.”

    – CJH

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

    – Steve S.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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.

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

    – Michelle G.C.

  • “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

  • “After my first private session with Amber my body felt so good! Because of her guidance and personal assisting I highly recommend working with her.”

    – Barbara B.

  • “I woke up one morning and realized I was 60 years old, that I could live well into my 80s and that I had to do something to improve my strength and stamina if I wanted a good quality of life. I was caring for small grandchildren periodically, and it exhausted me.

    As soon as I saw Waynesville Yoga Center was opening, I came. I am so thankful to Jay for a place where I feel safe, not self-conscious, and where I can attend classes that benefit me without feeling in competition with anyone else. Restorative and Yin have improved my flexibility and meditation skills; Beginner Flow, Flow Level 1 and Gentle Chair Yoga have increased my strength and balance and also challenged me, as has Barre and Balance!

    I feel better than I ever have – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I have met so many new friends. All of the instructors I have had are wonderful and willing to share of themselves. Thank you, Jay, your endeavor is making a tremendous difference in so many lives!”

    – Terri M.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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

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