Real Yoga for Real Bodies

The old philosophies of Yoga were that you use your body to get into a pose. That you aren’t a real yoga student or can’t be a legit yoga teacher if you can’t do a headstand or an arm balance or a full lotus. Sadly, some schools – and some teachers – still operate from this outdated “mind over matter” perspective.

Thankfully, times are changing; and these outdated dualistic philosophies are evolving into a framework that’s more grounded, balanced, and healthy. We’re proud & honored to be on this cutting edge of yoga’s evolution, understanding that Yoga is for everyone, regardless of age, weight, gender, experience, or level of flexibility!

We know in our bones that yoga is truly for everyone and every body. Our studio motto is “Real Yoga for Real Bodies”; and this informs every decision we make at Waynesville Yoga, including our teacher training. Jay & I love watching people who felt intimidated to try yoga blossom in their practice. We also love seeing people, who never believed they could they teach, find their stride as yoga instructors.

We’re so grateful that yoga itself is healing from its own wounds and imbalances. As it does, more & more of us are coming to understand that the purpose of the poses are to get into our bodies, not the other way around!

If you’ve wanted to explore a 200 hour program, whether to teach or simply dive more deeply into Yoga, but have felt intimidated, check us out. Our program is unique: small class size; lots of one-on-one attention; small, supportive group of peers; relaxing setting… click here for details. When you’re ready to commit to being a part of yoga’s evolution, we’re here.

See how Ann & Tess experienced Real Yoga for Real Bodies in their Yoga Teacher Training (YTT):

Time – Money – Nerves

We’ve heard from a lot of folks in the past few months who want to commit to our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) program, but have specific concerns. As we hear from more people about what matters to them, a few themes emerge as obstacles.

Obstacles to Yoga Teacher Training

Time

Yes, it’s a big commitment! But isn’t anything else in life that really matters!? Especially a journey of self-discovery and exploration that will offers tools + resources for the rest of your life? We understand everyone is crazy busy these days (we are too!).

But we’ve also experienced first-hand how much this training can transform people and change lives – no exaggeration!

Many students have to miss one weekend; that’s just the nature of the beast in our busy modern lives. That’s why we offer the makeup weekend at the end of the program, which can also be used to review the material in preparation to graduate.

If you want to take this journey now but already have commitments for one of the scheduled weekends, don’t let that stop you!

To help support students, we open the studio up early on Fridays, to provide space for a reading & study group. Your fellow students can be an invaluable source of motivation; please feel free to connect weekly to help stay on track – or maybe enlist a buddy who’s not in the program to provide accountability for the material.

However you motivate yourself, trust us: you are worth the investment of time & energy! 😉

Money

We get it: it’s all about the Benjamins. That’s true for all of us. However, don’t forget that the sooner you commit to our program, the less you pay! If you’ve been sitting on the fence, you could literally be costing yourself. Click here for pricing details – and see how to get a lower rate.

Keep in mind that our program is more affordable than any other we’ve seen in the Southeast – and that our reading list is less than other schools too. Additionally, we’ve partnered with Wall Street Books to create a book buy back program to help you save money.

Nerves

One of the most beautiful things that yoga offers each of us is the opportunity to face our fears and challenge our egos. “Am I strong enough? Am I smart enough? But I have that shoulder injury… I’ve only been practicing for a few years. What if they find out who I really am?”

You are strong enough. You are smart enough. Your Yoga is ready to receive your injuries, your past traumas, and all of the parts of yourself that you don’t like or are afraid to show the world. Your Yoga can support healing for every aspect of your life and every level of your being.

Our program doesn’t promise to fix your old injuries, or heal your deepest wounds. But it does provide the framework for you to heal and take care of yourself. It will give you the tools to prevent injury going forward – and address injuries when they can’t be avoided. It will offer you the chance to realize that you’re more than enough and perfect exactly the way you are.

Ready?

The next program starts on February 7th – we’re ready if you are!? Click here to get started; or contact us if you need more information. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

 

 

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.

Wait, Yoga Can Help Me Lose Weight?!

“I thought it was just a bunch of easy stretches and rolling around on floor…?”

Most of us know that practicing Yoga can be a great way to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and feel more calm and focused. But did you know that Yoga can also help you lose weight?!

Granted, it depends on which type of Yoga: a gentle class focused on stretching will clearly burn less Calories than a more vigorous style. But all types of Yoga can benefit those looking to lose weight, and one study even showed that easy peasy Restorative Yoga is effective in helping overweight women to lose weight, including abdominal fat!

How Can Yoga Help You Meet Your New Years Resolutions?

// Yoga helps you be more present in your body, and therefore better connected to your natural cues of hunger and fullness. Its calming effects on the nervous system make you less likely to binge or stress eat; and its detoxification effect on the kidneys, liver, and thyroid mean that you’re more likely to reach for unprocessed foods when you do eat.

// Yoga balances the endocrine system, which includes the adrenal glands and all hormones. This both decreases the overall amount of belly fat and increases feelings of wellbeing. “One study found that a consistent yoga practice improved depression and led to a significant increase in serotonin levels and a decrease in the levels of monoamine oxidase (an enzyme that breaks down neurotransmitters) and cortisol.”

// Yoga helps you sleep better, which offers a ton of benefits for both mind and body. Disrupted sleep has been linked to weight gain, mood swings, overeating, emotional eating, and decreased immunity, while quality sleep has been proven to support weight loss.

Yoga can do all that!? Yes, and much more…

//  Yoga prevents cartilage and joint breakdown. It has been proven to increase bone density and improves balance. All of these help you engage in exercise more safely to maintain a long term healthy weight.

Yoga drains the lymphatic system and boots immunity; increases blood flow; lowers blood sugar; prevents IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and other digestive complaints; reduces pain; supports substance use recovery; keeps allergies and viruses at bay; builds self-esteem & confidence; and supports healthy fascia / connective tissue!

// Yoga increase muscles tone, meaning that you will burn more Calories in general; additionally, stretching your muscles can increase the effectiveness of any exercise regimen. The Journal of Applied Physiology found intense stretching can increase muslce mass by 318% in 28 days.

Rock Your Resolutions in 2020

Planning to shed some weight for this new year / new decade? Take advantage of our 28 Days for $28 plan to jumpstart your 2020 goals. Whether you join us for our “Rock Your Resolution” classes** that will get your heart pumping and work up a sweat – or simply utilize our relaxing, stretch-focused classes to support your overall fitness routine, Yoga has been proven to support better physical & mental wellbeing, including weight loss.

“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.” {Pat R.}

 

**Rock Your Resolutions Series are challenging classes designed to give you a killer workout. Come prepared to sweat! See our class calendar for details**

 

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.

Yoga Teaching Training: “That’s a Lot of Money to Deepen My Practice!

Yes, it is… but Yoga Teacher Training is about so much more than just deepening your yoga practice! Yoga Teacher Training will help you learn about your body in a way that will serve you for the rest of your life, helping you avoid injury. It will empower you to recover from injury when it can’t be avoided. You’ll learn how to move + live with less pain, which benefits not only you, but also your children, parents, friends & family.

It’s about recovering from trauma, both mental + physical. It’s about developing better body awareness and taking responsibility for your own health. It’s about aging better, more gracefully and with less discomfort. On top of all of this, it’s a journey of self-discovery and growth you’ll never forget!

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” {Mahatma Gandhi}

What’s the best way to change the world in 2020? Change yourself with Yoga Teacher Training! Release what no longer serves you; tap into what it is for your highest good; and transform yourself from the inside out. This deep inner healing will ripple out into your family, your community, and the world. This will help foster not only health + happiness for your own life, but for all beings.

Want More Information?

Saying yes to this journey is the first – and most important – step. We’re here to facilitate your transformation when you’re ready: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570 // click here for program details.

If you’re contemplating getting your certification, check out this article from Body Positive Yoga: Q&A: SHOULD I GET MY 200-HOUR YOGA TEACHER CERTIFICATION?

Or if you want to get a better feel for our program and want to hear hear about it from someone who’s already completed it, contact us and we will put you in touch with one of our recent graduates!

 

Yoga Teacher Training at Waynesville Yoga Center

200 Hour YTT in the Heart of the Smoky Mountains!

Would you love to get your 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) certification in the Smoky Mountains!? YTT programs are incredibly popular nationwide, and many folks come to the Asheville area for this training. While we love “Ashe-Vegas” and the many amazing yoga schools there, many of us prefer a quieter, calmer, and 200 hour YTT in the heart of the Smoky Mountainsmore intimate setting.

Let’s be honest: why deal with the traffic, tight parking, and general intensity of the city, when you can get a rock solid 200 hour YTT certification in the calm, relaxing heart of the Smoky Mountains?

Only 30 minutes west of Asheville, Waynesville is relaxing, accessible, and has hardly any traffic. We have a sweet little downtown, with a very walkable Main Street, and tons of affordable lodging within minutes of Waynesville Yoga Center. Lake Junaluska – perfect for both contemplation and exercise – is just 10 minutes away and adds to the richness of the area.

Our YTT program is limited to 12 participants (six in-person and six virtual while COVID restrictions are in place), meaning that you get the intimacy and support of a smaller group, while still experiencing top-notch instruction from a variety of Yoga Alliance certified teachers.

Relax on our gorgeous front porch – or snuggle up in front of the fireplace in our cozy library. Drink in the beauty and stillness of the majestic Blue Ridge mountains, and walk downtown for a bite to eat in between training sessions.

Whether you live in the area or are traveling a distance, use these weekends as a mini-retreat for mind, body, and soul. Learning in this environment will not only help you take the information in better – it will also be deeply nourishing for your psyche too!

There’s enough stress in our daily lives – why make your 200 hour journey more intense than it needs to be!? If you’ve been considering a 200 hour YTT program in the city, consider ours at Waynesville Yoga Center in the heart of the Smoky Mountains: click here for details…

get your YTT certification in the heart of the Smoky Mountains

Congratulations to Our 200 Hour Teacher Training (YTT) Program Graduates!

As our first class of Teacher Training (YTT) draws to a close, I understand why CJ uses the word “delicious” to describe the program.

The students have all worked so hard, Congratulations to Our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program Graduates!both in a practical manner, diving deeply into Yoga lineage; learning the logistical aspects of teaching; and doing the difficult work of getting clear about the direction of their lives!

Now, they get to enjoy the satisfying, nourishing fruit of their of all their hard work. They’re prepared and confident to teach, in whatever location & style that most resonates with them. Many of them will go on to claim their 200-RYT through Yoga Alliance.

They’re stronger and more balanced, both physically & emotionally. They’ve deepened their practice and have a sense of where that will take them next. They’ve cultivated a different perspective about their life’s trajectory overall, gaining insight and wisdom about the journey.

Jay and I are so proud of each and every single one of them. We can’t wait to see how their Teacher Training (YTT) experience continues to enrich and support their goals going forward, both personally & professionally. And we’re honored to have been on this journey with them.

The next program starts in January. Click here for full details – or here to see why you should pick our program over other options.

 

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.

Why Choose Waynesville Yoga’s 200 Hour YTT?

200 Hour YTTWhy should you pick our 200 Hour YTT (Yoga Teacher Training) program?

:: Calm :: avoid the traffic & intensity of the city; and get your 200 hour certification in the quiet, calm mountains of Waynesville, North Carolina

:: Great Value :: more affordable than any other YTT we’ve found in the Southeast

:: Real Yoga for Real Bodies :: our course is accessible & realistic for all ages, body types, and levels of experience. We believe that yoga belongs to everyone

:: No Dogma :: while we honor the lineage of yoga’s knowledge & philosophy, we don’t endorse or teach any dogma or religion

:: Practice Teaching :: Get lots of practice – and gain confidence – actually teaching yoga

:: Small Group :: With a max of 12 participants accepted, you can count on a supportive, intimate group – which fosters learning and builds your confidence teaching

:: Summers Off :: We offer a 10 month program, with summers off, which means that you will have plenty of time to absorb & integrate the information – and keep up with daily life!

:: COVID-safe:: Click here for details about how our 200 Hour YTT program is COVID-safe for both in-person and virtual students

200 Hour YTT Schedule & Pricing

Fridays: 6 – 9 // Saturdays: 9 – 6 // Sundays: 9 – 4:30

2021 Dates: January 22 – 24 // February 19 – 21 // March 19 – 21 // April 16 – 18 // May 14 – 16 // June 12 – 13 // August 27 – 29 // September 10 – 12 // October 15 – 17 // November 12 – 14 // (makeup weekend & graduation: November 19 – 21)

// 1st 4 people @ $2,250
// 2nd 4 people @ $2,500
// final 4 people @ $2,750

200 Hour YTT Syllabus

// Anatomy & Physiology
// Nutrition
// Yoga Fundamentals
// Philosophy, Ayurveda, Tantra
// Ni/Yamas – Ethics – Sutras
// Chakras, Vayus, Mudras
// Yoga for Trauma & Chronic Pain

Buti Yoga® >> Yin >> Vinyasa Flow >> Hot Stone Restorative >> Myofascial >> Yoga for Seniors >> Pre/Post Natal >> and so much more!

Details / More Information

For program details: click here – or contact us: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com

Feeling confused about YTT options? Check out this article on 6 Tips for Selecting a Yoga Teacher Training Program

November 2019: Yoga for Gratitude

Studies have shown that the shape and expression of our bodies can create changes in our emotions. For example, when participants strategically altered their facial muscles – at the direction of researchers – they most often felt the emotion that those muscles normally express.

They weren’t being told to “make a sad face”; they were given very specific, isolated instructions, such as “lift your eyebrows up and towards the corners of your forehead” or “draw the chin back and down 20%”.

And before the series of specific directions had molded their faces or bodies into a classic emotional communication, they were already experiencing that sensation, whether happiness, anger, fear, etc.

It’s pretty phenomenal that, while our bodies reflect our experiences – moment-to-moment – we can use that communication to better support our minds and emotions. Stretching your arms up and out can help you feel more energetic when you’re tired.

Squaring your shoulders and breathing into your heart can foster confidence as you walk into a business meeting. Relaxing your face and eyes can help alleviate tension during the day.

Practicing poses of gratitude in your yoga practice can help you feel more thankful, even when life is challenging and intense:

Gratitude Mudras

Mudras are the sign language of yoga, in which we form shapes with our hands and fingers to express particular qualities. They can alter our attitude and perceptions, while deepening awareness & concentration.

// Anahata Mudra

The most common mudra is the simple act of bringing your palms together in front of your heart. Not only do we typically end our yoga classes with this gesture of equanimity, it’s a commonly practiced form of respect and peace throughout the world.

This simple gesture helps calm the nervous system, focus your thoughts, organize your emotions, and harmonize the entire body! Use it not only when you feel grateful, but also when scared, scattered, overwhelmed or challenged.

 

// Padma (Lotus) Mudra

From Anahata, let the palms open, but keep the thumbs and pinkies touching, forming a flower shape with the hands. In Yoga (and many other traditions), the lotus is a powerful symbol: it’s literally rooted in the mud at the bottom of the river, yet opens into the most gorgeous bloom.

In the same way, we are called upon to show our best selves – to share the most beautiful, radiant version of ourselves – every day. We may not be able to bloom much; life is intense, and full of suffering. But we can always offer up our very best, no matter how feeble that may be, no matter what we’re experiencing.

This is the story of transformation and alchemy that Yoga offers us each & every day.

 

Grateful Pose

While we can express gratitude in any yoga pose, especially those in which we’re folding forward in a pose of surrender, there is actually an asana called “grateful pose”. From cow face pose (Gomukhasana), release the hands to the floor, folding over your legs and bringing your chin to (or past) your knees.

Hold this shape for 30 – 90 seconds, breathing deeply and focusing your thoughts on things that you feel grateful for and bring you joy. Make the pose even more powerful by bringing the hands into Anahata mudra, still on the floor, but pressed together. Switch sides and repeat.

 

Humble Warrior

We normally think of the warrior poses as intense, fiery, challenging shapes – but any true warrior knows that there are times to employ humility and softness! Humble warrior can be very challenging for balance, but is a wonderful way to open the heart & shoulders, stretch the hips and inner thighs, and remind ourselves of the balance between hard and soft.

From Warrior II, bring the hands together behind your back, interlacing the fingers if possible. Inhale, lifting out of the low back and lengthening the spine; then hinge forward over your front leg, engaging your core on the way down. When you feel a deep but safe stretch, hold and breathe deeply for 30 – 90 seconds.

Let the head be heavy, relax the neck and continue squeezing the shoulders & arms towards each other. Keep the legs strong and active, especially pressing into the blade of the back foot to increase stability and balance. To come back up, draw the navel in towards the spine, root the tailbone and roll back up, keeping the hands together until you’re upright. Switch sides and repeat.

Heart Openers

When we feel grateful, our hands instinctively go to our hearts. How many times have you felt a strong emotion of “THANK YOU!” and found that your palms had unconsciously pressed together on their own? This spontaneous mudra is a perfect example of how our bodies, minds and emotions are vitally integrated.

Any yoga poses that open our hearts increase feelings of gratitude and connection. However, because they also tap into the vulnerability that’s necessary for connection with others, they can feel dangerous. If you have unresolved emotional experiences or a history of trauma, move gently in and out of heart openers, recognizing that they may bring up fear.

An example of an active heart opening pose is camel, in which the lower body is solid and supported by your shins on the floor, while your upper body is reaching up and back, opening the heart, throat and front of the shoulders. If you know or practice camel, be sure to engage your belly muscles the whole time, to protect the low back and hips. You can even bring the hands together in Anahata mudra, using only core muscles to hold yourself up.

A more gentle version is a reclining heart opener, in which you lie on a bolster, allowing the arms to extend out to the sides for a long, gentle stretch. The head and neck are supported by the bolster, and the legs are shaped around it in a way that is comfortable for the low back and hips.

Turn the palms up to encourage a stretch in the fascia of the chest throat and breathe deeply, focusing the mind on safety and surrender to goodness. If you experience discomfort in the pose, you might need to a) change the position of your legs; b) adjust the bolster under your body; or c) replace the bolster with a folded blanket.

Just before coming out of the pose, focus completely on gratitude and blessings for 10 deep, slow breaths.

Take Away

Participants who kept gratitude lists were more likely to have made progress toward important personal goals (academic, interpersonal and health-based) over a two-month period compared to subjects who did not.

Those who kept gratitude journals on a weekly basis exercised more regularly, reported fewer physical symptoms, felt better about their lives as a whole, and were more optimistic about the upcoming week compared to those who recorded hassles or neutral life events (Emmons & McCullough, 2003).

Making time each day for gratitude is not only a proven way to feel happier and more fulfilled; it can also make you more productive, emotionally steady, and mentally focused. Use these yoga practices to increase gratitude in your life – both on and off the mat!

 

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.

Join Us in Our Month of Gratitude!

When we shift our attention to gratitude, we invite love, acceptance, and patience into our lives, towards ourselves + others. When we make the time and allow ourselves the space to slow down, we can gain clarity and perspective on how we are acting and reacting to the world around us.  While yoga can certainly help you cultivate gratitude, we’ve put together a couple of exercises that might also bring about more positivity in your life. 

Keep a gratitude journal

Whether you want to do it daily or weekly, write down three things you are grateful for. It could be about a person, an experience, or just a moment in time. Add this to your routine by logging your thoughts over your morning coffee, before you start your workday or before going to bed. Some days it might be easier than others to acknowledge what it is you appreciate, but slowly you’ll see that writing them down will have you feeling more positive in general.

Write a letter of appreciation

Pick someone in your life that you want to express your appreciation for. Maybe you’ve had a rough go at it together lately, haven’t seen in a long time, or someone you feel has brought light to your life. If you have a hard time with words, perhaps choose a poem that touches on how you feel.

Set a gratitude alarm

Set an alarm and when it goes off, take 5 minutes to engage in a gratefulness mediation, jot down a list of things you’re grateful for that day, take a quiet walk to reflect or choose a song to play and dedicate your thoughts to someone or something for the entirety it.

Turn a moment around

In moments of frustration or anger, see if you can stop and counteract it with a smile and gratitude. Kids ruin your new rug? Forget eggs at the grocery store? Stuck in traffic? Take a few breaths, invite a moment of stillness, and see if you can turn it around.

Dedicate your yoga practice to someone

At the beginning of your yoga practice, choose someone you’d like to dedicate it to, sending them love and light for that hour of your day. Perhaps they’re someone who needs some strength right now, someone you care for deeply, or simply a kind acquaintance.

Use the hashtags #NationalGratitudeMonth and #Waynesvilleyogacenter in your posts this month about Yoga + Gratitude, tag us, and be entered to win some cool merch or class packs!

Fascial / Fascia: Is It a Facial? Or Exercises for the Face?

Sorry, we know some of these anatomical terms can be confusing!

Fascia is the web of connective tissue inside of our bodies. It’s like the white stuff inside of a tangerine. Just like each section of a tangerine is separately encased in that white webbing, that also connects the whole fruit together – fascia surrounds each section of our bodies (muscles, organs, etc) and is connected to every other section.

The fascia in our bodies is like a spider’s web: it connects every part. That means that tension in your feet can literally cause headaches (yes! that’s true!), because pulling on one part of the web impacts every other part.

If an insect gets stuck in a spider’s web, the spider can feel that impact from any other part of the web, because that pulling is felt throughout the whole thing.

Fascial Yoga is a practice that focuses on creating harmony and relieving tension in this web of connective tissue. Because the fascia surrounding our muscles is anchored in the ligaments and tendons, we can relieve tension; decrease pain; move better; and increase our overall bodily function by working with the fascia.

At Waynesville Yoga, we weave Fascial release into Yoga in several formats:

// Fascial Release and Renew, which is a Level 1 / 2 class that focuses on releasing tension and opening up blockages in the connective tissue of your body. It’s a unique blend of restorative, yin, and traditional yoga poses with gentle, hands-on release techniques based on the John Barnes system of Myofascial Release (MFR).

It can be incredibly relaxing, and is a powerful tool in self treatment of chronic pain. MFR will also compliment and enhance your traditional yoga practice by opening fascial lines that may have you “stuck” in your current practice.

// Fascial Flow, a vinyasa style class with mindful movement to loosen up and release chronic holding patterns throughout the body, including the fascial system.

// Merge Flow, a specific type is a unique movement therapy that emphasizes making fluid connections within your fascial system. With Merge, you can train, heal or recover by identifying healthy movement patters that support your structural integrity. Think of these movements as a massage for your central nervous system- helping you establish balance within your fascia.

And more… keep an eye on our main calendar and pop-up schedule for classes – and when you see “fascia” or “fascial” on the schedule, now you know what that means!

 

  • 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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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.

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

    – Michelle G.C.

  • “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.

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

    – CJH

  • “YTT provided me with the tools and knowledge to deepen my own yoga practice and help others with theirs. This program challenged me in unforeseen ways and I am so thankful to have experienced this journey with such incredible teachers and fellow students. It was truly a life-changing experience.”

    – Hayley P.

  • “Jay is 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.

  • “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

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

    – Steve S.

  • “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

  • “Jay is a wonderful yoga instructor; has great variety in classes; is always dependable (there and on time); is kind and understanding; and always available to answer questions and give additional instruction if necessary. She is calm and classes are enjoyable no matter the challenge.”

    – Myndie S.

  • “That special moment when your body, mind and spirit blend into a yummy synchronized yogic OHMMMMMMM……..yeah, YTT has given me like a hundred of those so far! You guys are awesome!”

    – 2019 YTT Student

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “Since I started taking classes at Waynesville Yoga Center, I can now go down the stairs ‘normally’, instead of one foot at a time. I’m really pleased with how these classes are helping me.”

    – Carol L.

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

    – Brooke H.

  • “With all of my health issues, I never would have believed I could ever learn to teach yoga. WYC’s Real Yoga for Real Bodies built my confidence as a leader, reminding me that my journey is my strength, and I will actually be a better teacher because of the challenges I’ve experienced. Thank you so much for creating a program that encouraged us to bring the beauty and the beast through this incredible transformation.”

    – CJH

  • “WYC YTT has given me such tremendous depth in my practice of yoga on and off the mat. I’ve loved seeing my evolution this year as I learned all the ways I can add yoga to my home and work life. I started just expecting to build a stronger personal practice, but now I am so excited to see where this will all take me in the years to come.”

    – 2019 YTT Student

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