Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That!!

by Leigh-Ann Renz, 10.25.17

We heard you!

In the past week, we’ve had more than 1 person tell us that they want to attend our upcoming Autumn Retreat – they just don’t have time to commit to the entire day. We realized that we need to open it up so that it’s accessible for those who only want 1 or 2 sessions vs. committing to a full-day event.

You can now attend 1 – 2 – or all 3 sessions on Saturday, November 4th:

9:30 – 11:45 AM: Yoga + Nidra

Join WYC owner Jay MacDonald for an hour + half challenging – yet accessible – flow yoga class, followed by Nidra. Nidra is a form of guided meditation that can help you get really calm, clear and quiet. Nidra supports mental clarity and focus, as well as the physical benefits of getting out of “flight or fight” mode that most of us are stuck in, thanks to modern life. Click here for more details.

11:45 AM – 1 PM: Lunch

If you’re joining us for the whole day, enjoy a healthy and flavorful lunch provided by Kaninis (a killer local restaurant). Our very own Sara Lewis of Simply Sara Wellness is providing wholesome + amazing desserts.

1- 3:15 PM: Essential Oil Archetype Journey

Katie Vie offers an incredibly unique product line of essential oil blends. She creates all of them in-house at her East Asheville apothecary. In the archetype journey, she leads you through a blind sampling of each of the 7 blends, using your body’s natural sensory wisdom to pick the archetype that resonates most for you. We had her lead our staff through an Archetype Journey as a team-building when we first opened, and the experience is deeply powerful and illuminating! If you’re feeling stuck in any part of your life, come check this out. Click here for details.

3:30 – 5:45: Nerve Plexus + Glandular System Introduction

We can call it the “chakras” – but we don’t have to! “Chakras” is how ancient yogis made sense of our body systems; and we now have powerful scientific evidence to support their interpretations from 5,000 years ago. Join massage therapist Leigh-Ann Renz as she takes you through an introduction to our nerve plexus + glandular systems. Learn tools to make this science work for you, and see how it can complement your health and wellness practice. Click here to learn more.

Your Choice

Attend one session: $50click here to register
Attend two sessions: $100 – includes goodie bag w/ WYC t-shirt and vial of Katie’s oil – click here to register
Attend all three sessions: $150 – includes goodie bag + lunch: click here to register

Set the Stage

When we take time to clear, center and focus, we can powerfully impact our entire life in a positive way. This is especially true at this time of year. Invest in yourself and support your physical + mental health before we enter the intensity of the holidays and flu season.

By taking some time for rest + reflection, you can set the foundation for a more efficient and enjoyable holiday season. Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

What the heck is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is a hands-on Japanese therapeutic technique for stress reduction and healing. Reiki helps alleviate stress and anxiety, body pain, and emotional pain. In addition, it is a wonderful non-invasive way to achieve deep relaxation.

Reiki has been proven to affect adults, children, plants and animals! Reiki can help: support those with Autism Spectrum Disorders; soothe ADD/ADHD; clear asthma; minimize the stress of PTSD; and achieve a sense of general well-being, calm and balance.

How does reiki work?

Reiki can be performed while you are lying down, fully clothed, on a massage table or sitting in a supported chair.  Reiki is offered through light, non-invasive touch with the practitioner’s hands placed and held on a series of locations on the head, the torso, and limbs. This placement is non-intrusive and without pressure.

It is also possible to receive a Reiki session without being touched. Reiki is safely used as a complementary treatment to whatever therapy your health practitioner recommends. It is most important to remember that Reiki comes from the heart, not the head.

How will reiki feel?

Everyone experiences a Reiki treatment differently, and the effect can be quite subtle from complete relaxation to the sensation of heat coming from the practitioner’s hands. Reiki is a path of discovery, healing and empowerment unique to each individual.

Reiki Sessions:
30 minutes: $40
45 minutes: $55
60 minutes: $70

To schedule a reiki session, call our front desk: 828.246.6570.

 

Got Sciatica?

by Sara Lewis, 9.22.17

What is Sciatica?

There are two sciatic nerves – the longest nerves in the body – that run from the lower spine all the way down each leg. When the sciatic nerve gets pinched it causes “sciatica”, or pain to radiate down one side of the leg. The most common cause is a herniated disc, although there can be other causes.

Unfortunately, sciatica is very common and according to Harvard Health, as many as 40% of people will experience sciatica during their lifetime.

What are treatment options?

While everyone is different, there are some proven treatments that can help relieve sciatica. If the pain is excruciating, it can help to lie on the floor for short periods, stretching the spine long. However, it is important to stay active and prolonged bed rest or sitting does not help sciatica.

Sitting increases pressure on the spinal discs. Over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen may help relieve inflammation in the short-term, but medications only mask the underlying problem.

While there is limited evidence-based research on methods that relieve sciatica and lower back pain, there is a new consumer based social network called Health Outcome, which captures patient outcome data for various health issues/treatments. The founder, Ofer Ben-Shachar, suffered a leg injury in the 1990s. When his doctor recommended surgery, he requested data to see how effective the surgery really was, but there was very little data available.

Ben-Shachar agreed to the surgery, but unfortunately the outcome was not positive and it took him five years to be able to drive a car again. A group of Stanford University researchers recently published an article about Health Outcomes, which notes that postural reform and yoga are the top-rated patient treatments for low back pain.

In addition, Boston Medical University recently published a study, in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Study participants were randomly divided into three groups: yoga classes every week for 3 months, 15 visits with a physical therapist or education (self-help book/newsletters).

The yoga group continued practice at home for another 9 months and the physical therapy had sessions every 2 months or did exercises at home for 9 months. The results showed that a gentle yoga practice is just as effective for easing back pain as physical therapy.

What are the best yoga poses for sciatica and back pain?  

If the source of the sciatica is a herniated disc, it is important to start with gentle poses that will align, lengthen and strength the lower back. Yoga poses that stretch the hamstring, such as reclining hand-to-to (Supta Padangusthasana) using a strap, are especially helpful to relieve sciatica.

Other gentle poses include: child’s pose; cat-cow; baby cobra; knees to chest; supine pigeon; and standing psoas release (using a block or book), among others. If the source of sciatica is due to a tight piriformis muscle, simple spinal twist poses, such as Half Lord of the Fishes (Ardha Matsyendrasana) may be helpful.

Massage and Bodywork

In addition to the physical yoga poses, massage and bodywork can be greatly beneficial in relieving sciatica pain. Although the piriformis and other “deep 6” muscles are located underneath the glutes and can be challenging for a massage therapist to access, it is possible – and there are many other supportive techniques that can be employed.

Thai massage in particular is effective in releasing tension in the piriformis, low back, hamstrings, glutes, IT band and other tissues that cause / contribute to sciatica.

Learn More

Join us on Saturday, October 7th, to explore techniques to relieve sciatic pain and support lifelong health + mobility. Click here for details.

sara-lewis-teaches-yoga-in-waynesvilleSara has practiced yoga for over 15 years and has been teaching yoga since 2014. After a 25-year career in international public health, Sara began a second career as a Certified Holistic Health Coach. Her passion for food led her to yoga when she began studying the connection between mindfulness and stress eating. Sara emphasizes alignment and posture in all her classes.

Her flow classes, which are fun and energetic, focus on lengthening the spine and improving balance and strength. Sara’s yin classes focus on pranayama (breath work) and deep relaxation. When she’s not on the mat, Sara can be found in the kitchen creating new recipes from locally sourced ingredients, or out exploring the hills of Western NC on a bicycle.

 

 

Children, Yoga and the Nature of Curiosity

by Maura Finn

The human body was meant to move. As infants, we were naturally curious about the limits of our bodies. Although the stages of development are different for every human being, the desire to experience all that the human body can do is natural and beautiful.

Children seem to have a never-ending supply of energy and often have difficulty channeling this gift. As our world continually changes and technology becomes the predominant mode of entertainment and communication, a sedentary lifestyle has become more common than not. In addition, the prevalence of stress and anxiety in young children has risen to alarming levels.

Societal pressures, including educational demands and competition mentality, create a repeated loop that can cause much confusion in the young mind. In fact, it causes just as much confusion in the mind of an adult! The young mind is impressionable and children are often looking outside of themselves for reassurance and guidance. This is developmentally appropriate, but can often be met with unhealthy feedback and input.

Because they are constantly looking outward, questions often arise concerning worth and value, which in turn affect self-esteem. When a child is unable to identify how they are feeling, compounded with all of the “life learning” that is being asked of them, it can be utterly overwhelming and challenging to find the Self in all of this stimulation.

Parenting today can be equally challenging. Learning the language of today’s child can be perplexing. We are over-stimulated and losing deep, heartfelt connections. So what is a solution to all of this disconnection? Well, connection, of course!

This is where yoga comes in

There are incredible benefits to yoga for children that extend beyond the asana, or the poses. Learning to breathe properly can really help children in times of stress or worry, such as before taking a test or a sporting event. In a children’s yoga class, there is an opportunity to build community, trust and support. Through various games and music, children move their bodies freely and gain increased awareness of the senses and body awareness which helps cultivate a healthy body image.

In addition, various creative activities help foster respect and compassion for oneself and others, as well as emotional regulation. The best news is that yoga is for EVERY BODY. Meaning, a child does not have to be “flexible” to participate. They may in fact become MORE flexible by maintaining a practice, even though it is not a goal.

I am really excited to be teaching the 6 Week Children’s Yoga Adventure for 7-9 year olds at Waynesville Yoga Center. As a classroom teacher for 15 years, I have incorporated many of the tools that I use in my yoga classes and have seen such magnificent results. Many children report having better quality of sleep because they have learned how to relax their bodies during guided relaxation.

They are able to relate to others and communicate more effectively. Yoga helps strengthen their nervous, circulatory, digestive, endocrine, respiratory, skeletal and muscular systems as well. The more children get to know what their amazing bodies can do, the more curious they get about life, about their talents and about the world around them.

We hope you join us starting September 23, 2017 from 12:00-1:00 pm. Click here for details.

Maura began her journey with yoga long before she knew what it was called. As a collegiate athlete, she was aware of the body-mind connection and used breath and visualization to aid her in her sport. After years of experimenting with other modalities, she came to her asana practice in 2007. It was the medicine that helped her heal on many levels.

She trained in Hatha yoga, with emphasis on children’s yoga and teen yoga through Integral Yoga, and has her 200 HR training through School Yoga. She loves bringing people home to their breath and their bodies through yoga. She looks forward to guiding you along your personal journey of connecting with your true Self.

Feeling Stressed!?

by Jerica Rossi

Alongside weekly yoga classes, Waynesville Yoga Center also offers massage and bodywork to help support your wellness! Our licensed therapists integrate a variety of techniques, such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, Thai, Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy and other healing modalities, to provide you with a tailored treatment that meets your unique needs.

So, who are the masters behind the massage magic?

Leigh-Ann Renz offers yoga + massage at Waynesville Yoga CenterLeigh-Ann Renz (LMBT 9076) attended the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga in 2008 and has been practicing massage + bodywork since 2009. As a bodyworker, Leigh-Ann incorporates a variety of modalities (such as Swedish, deep tissue, Thai, reflexology, cranio-sacral, polarity + energy work, myofascial techniques, and more) into an intuitive, customized session for each client. Leigh-Ann offers massage Mondays and Fridays 9:30 – 5:30pm – and Wednesdays 10:30 – 5.

 

Aja Kennelly (LMBT 101714) has been working as a massage therapist since 2004. She is certified in Hawaiian Lomi-Aja-Kennelly-offers-massage-at-Waynesville-Yoga-CenterLomi, Swedish, Deep tissue and Reflexology, and incorporates each of these into her unique flow. Through massage therapy, Aja hopes to help people find peace within themselves. Aja offers massage Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 8pm.

Both Leigh-Ann and Aja pride themselves on delivering a relaxing and therapeutic experience that leaves you feeling rejuvenated. Appointments for couples’ massage, bridal or baby showers, and weekends are available with advanced notice.

Packages

Looking for the ultimate bliss? Try our Ananda Package! This session will begin with a 10-minute hot salt foot soak while you consult with your massage therapist, followed by a 70-minute full body integrated massage using a custom-blend oil based on your needs for the session. Your experience will then be topped off with tea and chocolate when you get off the table so you walk out the door feeling an ultimate bliss!

Spending a lot of time on your feet? Try our Solid Foundation Package! This package includes a 10-minute hot salt foot soak and hand massage, followed by a 20-minute custom-blended oil foot massage that incorporates elements of reflexology and Thai foot massage. Restore health and balance to your body by treating your feet with this 30-minute experience!

Massage + Bodywork Pricing

Ananda Package: 80 minutes/ $100
Solid Foundation Package: 40 minutes/ $35

30 minutes: $40
60 minutes: $60
70 minutes: $70
90 minutes: $90
120 minutes: $120
5 treatment series: $325
10 treatment series: $600

Couples Massage: $150 (60 minutes)

More Information

For more details about the massage and bodywork offered at Waynesville Yoga Center – and/or to book a treatment, call us at 828.246.6570.

Jerica is a manager at Waynesville Yoga Center – as well as a writer and the creative power behind the WYC flyers. When not working at the center, she can be found practicing yoga, camping, at music festivals and simply enjoying life in WNC.

 

What’s Good for Beginners?

Since opening our doors 3 weeks ago, we’ve been asked many times “What’s good for beginners? I’m new to yoga (or haven’t practiced in a while) and need a place to start…”

To answer this need, we’ve added Yoga Basics and Beginners Flow to the class schedule. Check out our offerings for those new to yoga – or those who haven’t practiced in a while / haven’t practiced since an injury, etc:

Yoga Basics

This class is held in the Library, with a max of 5 students per class. This small class format allows the instructor to keep a closer eye on the students, address any limitations or challenges (ie: how can I do downdog with wrist pain?) and make sure students’ form is safe.

The small class format should also help students feel more comfortable to ask questions and address their specific needs as they get (re)acquainted with Yoga. Students can drop in any time, but the class will follow a 4-week syllabus: Standing Poses, Balance Poses, Seated Poses and Basic Vinyasa Flow.

After attending all four sessions, students should feel comfortable graduating on to other classes on the schedule, specific to their ability.

Mondays 6 – 7 PM with Amber and Thursdays 12 – 1 PM with Leigh-Ann

Classes fill up fast – call 828.246.6570 or book online to hold your spot.

Beginners Flow

This class is a great starting place for those who have practiced flow yoga in the past and want to ease back in. It’s perfect for those who want a gentle flow yoga class – and is an option for newbies to graduate to after completing the Yoga Basics series.

Saturdays 10:30 – 11:30 AM with Maura

Classes fill up fast – call 828.246.6570 or book online to hold your spot.

Warm Welcome

Don’t forget about our Warm Welcome package, perfect for anyone who wants suggestions about which classes to take, exercises to do at home, help re-integrating after an injury, etc.

Start with a hot salt foot soak while we review your intake form, assess your body alignment, suggest classes, show you a few key poses – and answer your questions. Includes a WYC t-shirt (or vial of essential oil) and WYC sticker. $30 – Contact us to schedule: 828.246.6570 – hello@waynesvilleyogacenter.com

Private Yoga

Private Yoga is one-on-one yoga with a certified instructor. You can book one class – or as many as you need to accomplish your yoga + wellness goals. Contact us to schedule: 828.246.6570 – hello@waynesvilleyogacenter.com

Questions?

As always, please contact us for details – and/or to answer specific questions. We’re honored to assist you in your yoga journey and grateful to have you as part of the Waynesville- and Haywood County – yoga community!

 

Leigh-Ann Renz teaches yoga, offers massage + bodywork, and manages at Waynesville Yoga Center.Leigh-Ann Renz offers yoga + massage at Waynesville Yoga Center

More Gear!!

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Cassidy in mint tank with standard white logo

As if the first version of the WYC tee – as modeled by Jack – wasn’t cute enough, check out the different designs of our tees and tanks! We started with our basic standard logo in white, as well as our alternative vintage logo in color.

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all 3 versions of women’s tees / tanks

And of course, most of the tops are branded with our tagline “Feeling stressed?” – because, really, who isn’t feeling stressed these days?! We hope that Waynesville Yoga Center will become a place for you to get back into your body and re-connect with Peace: to breathe deeply, be still, and know that all is well.

Let us know what you think of these designs – and don’t forget to RSVP for our Open House on August 12th for a chance to win a tee or tank (and lots of other cool prizes): click the “sign up” option on our class calendar.

We will be creating seasonal designs to keep things fresh, while still maintaining a stock of the original looks. Keep checking our blog, boutique and social media feeds for the latest looks – and let us know what you think!

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Scout in women’s mint tank with vintage logo
Mason-MacDonald-models-Waynesville-Yoga-Center-mens-t-shirt
Mason in men’s vintage tee
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Madeline in women’s blue tee with vintage logo

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.

 

 

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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 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.

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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

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

    – Myndie S.

  • “I 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.

  • “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

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

    – Michelle G.C.

  • “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

  • 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.

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