Waynesville Yoga Center t-shirts are in!

They’re heeeere! We’re stoked to start wearing our brand-new Waynesville Yoga Center t-shirts. We’ll post some pix soon of the women’s styles (both tank and tee), but for now, check out studio owner Jay’s son Jack modeling the men’s version:

Jack models the new Waynesville Yoga Center t-shirt
Owner Jay’s son Jack modeling the new men’s tee

(I’m not sure what I love more about this picture: the t-shirt, or Jack’s killer tree pose…)

We’ll be giving t-shirts away as prize drawings during our Open House, so be sure to join us on Saturday, August 12th for a chance to win one (RSVP via the “sign up” button on our class calendar).

And once we’re open, be sure to visit our boutique to nab your own yoga gear, including mats, blocks, straps, unique yoga tunics hand-made in Bulgaria, and much more.

Are you saying “booty” yoga?

Yes, it’s pronounced “boo-tee” – but what we’re putting down is Buti Yoga, a trademarked fusion of primal movement, conditioning and traditional yoga moves. Now, truth be told, I’ve only taken one Buti class: from one of my friends, the fabulous Cynthia Sims, at Primal Studios in West Asheville. But what I experienced blew my little mind.

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Cynthia Sims

First of all, it was fun, really fun. Apparently every Buti teacher can pick whatever type of music appeals to them, and thankfully Cynthia chose a bass-thumping blend of rap and hip-hop that made me want to move. Even though the class challenged me, I never felt overwhelmed or lost, as I sometimes have during complicated Zumba routines.

Cynthia broke everything down into a digestible and fluid format, keeping us active the entire class but with movements that made sense and felt challenging, not overwhelming. Her obvious love of Buti and enthusiasm for movement poured through the class and made me want to join her party! 😊

I have to confess that what drew me to Buti in the first place are Cynthia’s abs. No lie, I kept seeing pix of her enviably toned belly on Instagram and finally reached out to ask what she does for conditioning. When she answered “just Buti Yoga”, I thought she was lying (still do!), but I can report that my abs literally felt sore for about 4 days afterwards.

But it was different than a typical “I did a bunch of core work and now my muscles hurt” that I’ve experienced from various types of activity. I felt connected to my core for days after the class. That deep connection is something I’ve never really experienced, not from other types of yoga, nor from other types of exercise.

If you visit the Buti Yoga website, you’ll see that there are all sorts of body shapes, sizes and fitness represented. That’s another thing that drew me to try the class: knowing that, although this style of yoga can result in killer abs like Cynthia’s, that’s not the point. The point is to connect deeply to our most empowered, authentic and healthy selves, no matter what our size, shape or weight. Or at least, that’s what I received from the class.

When we crafted the class schedule for Waynesville Yoga Center, we tried to offer a variety of yoga styles. We want our community to not only be excited about a centralized yoga studio right here in Waynesville, NC (!!!!) – we also want to offer something different, that you can’t get anywhere else. After taking Cynthia’s class, we realized that Buti Yoga fits in perfectly with the variety of class flavors and levels we’re aiming for.

Thankfully, with the help of our awesome staff, we’re able to offer Buti Yoga on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7-8 PM. We hope that you’ll join us on Mondays to experience Judy Nemeth and on Wednesdays for Kendall Graham. To register for either of these classes, click the links on our schedule – and don’t forget that your first class is free for locals!

 

Leigh-Ann Renz offers yoga and massage at Waynesville Yoga Center

 

Leigh-Ann Renz is a yoga teacher, massage therapist + bodyworker and the manager at Waynesville Yoga Center. When not working, she can be found connecting with friends over good food – or in the woods with her family, enjoying Nature.

Hello Waynesville!

We are proud, honored and grateful to offer yoga + wellness services to our local community of Waynesville and Haywood County. We know that many of you are excited to have a focused studio as well, and we appreciate your support and enthusiasm as we get this bad boy launched.

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A few things to know:
– our vision is to create a safe, supportive and judgement-free zone for you to heal, learn and be happy

– we want you to have fun – while experiencing growth – with our variety of classes, teachers and events

– new to yoga? No worries! We’re here to make you feel comfortable. Locals can try a class for free – or better yet: book a warm welcome session

– join us for our Open House on Saturday, August 12th to see the space, meet teachers, and win prizes!

– classes start on Monday, August 14th: secure your spot here

– we offer special passes for those of you who are seasonal or visiting (and your visiting guests)

– this is just the beginning! Give us your feedback as we grow and evolve into serving our community

Please help us spread the word! We look forward to meeting you soon…

 

Leigh-Ann Renz offers yoga and massage at Waynesville Yoga Center

 

Leigh-Ann Renz is a yoga teacher, massage therapist + bodyworker and the manager at Waynesville Yoga Center. When not working, she can be found connecting with friends over good food – or in the woods with her family, enjoying Nature.

 

 

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  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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 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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

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

    – Michelle G.C.

  • “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.

  • “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 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.

  • “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 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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

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