Workshops, Events + Pop-Ups

Sep
9
Fri
the Chakras (Immersion Workshop) @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Sep 9 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 11 @ 1:00 pm

This immersion will explore not only the science of Chakras from the lineage of Yoga & Ayurveda, but also the modern data that supports these ancient theories.

The weekend will employ a mixture of analytical & visceral learning to not only explore the information, but also offer accessible practices to apply it to our daily lives.

Students will be offered a solid foundation of the chakras (individually and how they work together as a system), as well as methods to access this information for further growth & exploration beyond the workshop.

This workshop will be taught by Leigh-Ann Renz. To learn more about her, click here

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Anyone is welcome to take workshops a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this workshop below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this workshop to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570


Oct
7
Fri
Yoga Sequencing Magic (Immersion Workshop) @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Oct 7 @ 6:00 pm

This immersion will cover many techniques and tools that can be implemented to create yoga sequencing magic for asana practice. Students will learn about guidelines from certain lineages of yoga (e.g., Power, Ashtanga, Yin, etc.), as well as how to explore creative techniques and approaches to cultivate a unique style of class and sequence.

During this weekend, students will be provided with guidance and prompts to discover their unique and authentic yoga sequencing style, as well as direction on self-confidence support to develop creative teaching skills.

Students will discover what sets them apart and how to infuse sequences and design them in a way that feels fresh and exhilarating and embraces their own sense of style. The content of this workshop will be comprised of lecture/discussion/guided practice/peer teaching.

This workshop will be taught by Leigh-Ann Renz. To learn more about her, click here.

SCHEDULE

Fridays 6 – 9 PM Saturdays 9 AM – 6 PM (with a one hour lunch break) Sundays: 9 AM – 1 PM


Anyone is welcome to take workshops a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this workshop below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this workshop to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

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Nov
11
Fri
Yoga for Aging Gracefully (Immersion Workshop) @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Nov 11 @ 6:00 pm

In this immersive workshop, we will discuss how our bodies age and specifically how yoga for aging gracefully can improve and preserve our strength, mobility & flexibility as we age. This support keeps us staying as active and productive as possible in our later years.

Aging usually brings many changes and alterations in our lives and yoga can help ease these transitions softening our resistance to these changes in circumstances. Attendees will learn how to adapt and modify class designs and outlines in addition to learning how to specifically utilize props and modifications for comfort and stability.

As instructors, there are so many ways we can assist our senior population in our yoga classes, so they feel safe, supported, and comfortable enough to move their bodies and practice yoga at any age.

This immersive workshop will be taught by Jay MacDonald. To learn more about them, click here.  This will also be available to attend virtually. Details at registration. 

SCHEDULE

Fridays 6 – 9 PM Saturdays 9 AM – 6 PM (with a one hour lunch break) Sundays: 9 AM – 1 PM

READING

Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-being by Baxter Bell


Anyone is welcome to take these workshops a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this immersive workshop below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

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Dec
9
Fri
Proper Ethical Boundaries in Yoga (Immersion Workshop) @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Dec 9 @ 6:00 pm

There is a sacred trust between yoga students and teachers that should be preserved and protected, especially regarding confidential information. This immersive workshop will review in depth proper ethical boundaries in yoga, the scope of practice for yoga instructors, and why it is so important to respect those boundaries for both students and teachers.

We will discuss a variety of situations and scenarios that may arise in yoga classes and how best to handle those situations while staying in the ethical boundaries designed to protect the safety and sanctity of the relationship between teacher and student.

We will go over specific techniques for teachers to handle emotional releases and outbursts in a classroom setting, in addition to a variety of probable and possible scenarios that may test boundaries and limitations of individual yoga instructors. Acknowledging our own limitations as yoga students and teachers can help us better serve our yoga students and their needs in a safe and supportive environment.

This workshop will be taught by Jay MacDonald. To learn more about her, click here.

SCHEDULE

Fridays 6 – 9 PM Saturdays 9 AM – 6 PM (with a one hour lunch break) Sundays: 9 AM – 1 PM

READING

Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-being by Baxter Bell


Anyone is welcome to take these workshops a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this immersive workshop below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

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Dec
21
Thu
Yoga to Facilitate Rest & Yoga Nidra (Immersion Workshop)
Dec 21 @ 11:13 am – 12:13 pm

COMING SOON IN 2023: Yoga for Better Sleep & Yoga Nidra

This immersion workshop places an emphasis on the importance of our ability to unwind, reset, and sleep soundly. Yoga Nidra and Yoga practices & techniques will be reviewed under a main principle of good sleep and its support of several psychological benefits, including stress reduction, mood improvement, clear thinking, and alertness.

Students will be taught the basic tenets of Yoga for Better Sleep as well as Yoga Nidra. Students will learn how to structure a session for these tenets, including what language to use in writing and leading a yoga class for promoting better sleep and Yoga Nidra.

After this workshop, students will know how to create, prepare, and teach yoga asana, meditation, and Yoga Nidra scripts through thorough practice leading these types of classes.

This weekend workshop will be taught by Jay MacDonald and Renee Alpert. To learn more about them, click here.  

Stay tuned for the scheduling of this immersion workshop in 2023…


Anyone is welcome to take these immersion workshops a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this workshop below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this workshop to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570


Yoga for Hormone Health (Immersion Workshop)
Dec 21 @ 3:07 pm – 4:07 pm

COMING SOON IN 2023: Yoga for Hormone Health

Hormones rule the world, and our bodies! Let this immersive workshop, Yoga for Hormone Health, empower you with knowledge, tools, and practices to harness these amazing chemicals.

Hormones are “a regulatory substance produced in an organism and transported in tissue fluids such as blood or sap to stimulate specific cells or tissues into action.” (Definition from Oxford Languages)

“Hormones are required for the correct development of both animals and plants as they regulate physiology and/or behavior.” (Wikipedia)

Endocrine glands produce hormones and the major glands are; pituitary, pineal, thymus, thyroid, adrenal glands, testes for men and ovaries for women. These hormones affect; growth and development, metabolism and absorption of nutrients for energy, sexual function, reproduction and mood.

As you can see, hormones are powerful and the slightest changes in our hormones can have an enormous impact on our health, happiness, and overall well-being. We will explore how certain yoga poses can support hormone health and how the nervous system can affect our hormones, which can also be supported by meditation and yoga for hormone health.

This workshop will be taught by Jay MacDonald and Leigh-Ann Renz. To learn more about them, click here

Stay tuned for scheduling of this immersion workshop in 2023…


Anyone is welcome to take workshops a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this workshop below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this workshop to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570


Yoga for Hypermobility (Immersion Workshop)
Dec 21 @ 3:22 pm – 4:22 pm

COMING SOON IN 2023

Yoga for Hypermobility is somewhat of a misnomer, as those with hypermobility are often discouraged from practicing Yoga, due to the risk of injury it can pose.

However, as you’ll discover in this immersion workshop, certain types of Yoga – and ways of practicing – can help support individuals with hypermobility. 

These students are often attracted to yoga because of their flexibility and ease in asana. However, they often don’t have the information needed to protect their bodies and can seriously injure themselves in practice. 

To ensure safe classes for all students, Yoga teachers must become more aware of the prevalence of hypermobility in students, the tendency of people with it to be drawn to Yoga, and how they as instructors can foster safe practice for their students (and perhaps themselves).

The purpose of this immersion is to provide students with proper techniques and practices to facilitate proper alignment and movement for individuals who live with hypermobility. Students in this workshop will be better prepared to write sequences, provide good assists/adjustments, and helpful cues to ensure the strength and safety of class attendees.

The content of this workshop will be comprised of lecture/discussion/guided practice/peer teaching. This workshop will be taught by Leigh-Ann Renz. To learn more about her, click here.  

Stay tuned for scheduling of this immersion workshop in 2023…


Anyone is welcome to take workshops a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this workshop below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this workshop to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570


Meditation (Immersion Workshop) @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm

COMING SOON IN 2023: Meditation Immersion

Join us for a deep dive into Meditation! We will explore different styles and methods of meditation to discover and fine tune your own personal style while learning to help your students find their own personal style.

This powerful weekend will present the historical, philosophical, and fundamental components of meditation. Several concentration and meditation techniques will be reviewed and practiced during this immersion.

Students will learn the significance of a meditation practice as well as how to guide meditation and centering practices for class instruction. The content of this workshop will be comprised of lecture/discussion/guided practice/peer teaching.

Attendees will learn:
// several different types of meditation as well as their related theories, ways to practice, and associated tools and techniques of those meditation practices

// guided meditation, progressive relaxation, moving meditation, mindfulness practice, and energy-focused contemplation

// the topic of the science of meditation, including details on its physical, mental, and emotional benefits

// a range of meditation philosophies, including traditional schools of thought as well as modern considerations surrounding meditation and mindfulness practices

// techniques and tools to guide a meditative practice to a group of students, and provide insight into the different props, modifications, and variations that can be utilized during a meditation practice

// how to guide students into specific asanas that are beneficial for a meditation practice as well as which props are useful, options to modify, and different variations on this theme

// ways to incorporate meditation into a yoga class, how to format a meditation class or session, tools and techniques to use when teaching to different groups or special populations

// how to teach breathwork techniques, chanting, and the use of crystals during a class

// the impact that meditation practices have on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems

// the ethics of the yoga instructor when offering guided meditation or mindfulness practices as a part of a class

This weekend workshop will be taught by Lynda Saffell. Learn more about her here.

SCHEDULE

Fridays 6 – 9 PM Saturdays 9 AM – 6 PM (with a one hour lunch break) Sundays: 9 AM – 1 PM

READING

  • Suggested: The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Book 2 pgs. 73-157

Stay tuned for the scheduling of this immersion workshop in 2023…


Anyone is welcome to take these workshops a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this workshop below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this workshop to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570


Pranayama, Mudras, and Bandhas (Immersion Workshop) @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

COMING SOON IN 2023: Pranayama, Mudras, and Bandhas

In this immersive workshop, we will explore pranayama, mudras, and bandhas – and how they are integral to the study & practice of Yoga.

Learn how the different pranayama practices learning how to refine the practice and teaching of them, how to weave them seamlessly into a yoga class, and when is the best time to practice them in terms of the time of day, time of year, and why this is important.

Participants will also learn a variety of mudras and how to know best when to add them into yoga classes and what each mudra is designed to do in the body. Mudras, in conjunction with breathwork, are often used as a tool to redirect and channel energy in the body in the practice of yoga.

In fact, mudras, pranayama, and asana can be used together to expand mindfulness, awareness and consciousness. Using hand gestures in prayer and devotion is common practice across many spiritual disciplines and religions.

Bandhas are energetic locks in the body designed to control and release the flow of energy and breath in certain directions. These seals are powerful tools and should be used carefully and respected as such when teaching and or practicing them in a yoga class. We will discuss and practice the three main bandhas with an emphasis on how to properly instruct how to engage, then release each one.

This workshop will be taught by Candra Smith. To learn more about her, click here.  There is also an option to attend this virtually. Please note upon registration. 

READING

  • Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha by Swami Satyananda Saraswati (required)
  • The science of Pranayama – recommended
  • Mudras – The Sacred Secret – recommended

Fridays 6 – 9 PM Saturdays 9 AM – 6 PM (with a one hour lunch break) Sundays: 9 AM – 1 PM

Stay Tuned for Scheduling of this immersion workshop in 2023…


Anyone is welcome to take these workshops a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this immersive workshop below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this workshop to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

Yoga Adjustments & Assists in the #MeToo Era (Immersion Workshop) @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm

COMING SOON IN 2023: Yoga Adjustments & Assists in the #MeToo Era

We will explore the principles of alignment, adjustments and assists with a modern and sensitive approach to each one. The overall philosophy of which will emphasize the importance of how a pose feels being of primary importance over how a pose looks or should look being of lesser importance.

We will also explore the importance of knowing the “why” of these principles and not just repeating “rote cues” that are outdated and not always helpful to the individual. The days of forceful adjustments and rigid alignment ideals are and should be a relic of the past as we now know that all bodies do not look the same or feel the same in any pose nor should they.

It is not our job to force or push a yogi deeper into a pose so they look a certain way because that decision should be more of an internal assessment rather than an external one as only they know if they are mentally, physically and emotionally ready for that deep dive.

Learn how to collaborate and invite in that internal compass and guide from your students so that you can infuse these principles with a philosophy of partnership and collaboration over an “I know best and what this pose should look like” attitude and belief.

Trainees will learn:

  • the different kinds of alignment, adjustments, and assists that can be incorporated into a yoga class
  • how the alignment, adjustments, and assists can be incorporated in a way that is sensitive to students of all backgrounds and experience levels
  • about the variety of different anatomical structures and physiology of students and how these can be observed in students’ alignment during a yoga class
  • how anatomy and physiology play roles in the proper adjustments and assists for a range of students
  • the historical and/or traditional yogic philosophy, yoga lifestyles, and ethics for yoga teachers as it relates to Alignment, Adjustments, and Assists. This workshop will be presented with the framework of the principle of Ahimsa – to do no harm.
  • about appropriate and acceptable teacher-student relationships as it relates to physical touch, language, and cueing under the framework of alignment, adjustments, and assists

This workshop will be taught by Jay MacDonald. Learn more about her here.

SCHEDULE

Fridays 6 – 9 PM Saturdays 9 AM – 6 PM (with a one hour lunch break) Sundays: 9 AM – 1 PM

READING

  • Suggested: Yoga Myths: What you need to learn and unlearn for a safe and healthy yoga practice by Judith Hanson Lasater, PhD, PT
  • Suggested: Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Mathews (second edition)
  • Suggested: Your Body, Your Yoga: Learn alignment cues that are skillful, safe and best suited to you by Bernie Clark
  • Suggested Video: Anatomy for Yoga with Paul Grilley

Stay Tuned for Scheduling of this immersion workshop in 2023…


Anyone is welcome to take workshops a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this workshop below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this workshop to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570


Yoga for Joint Health (Immersion Workshop) @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm

COMING SOON IN 2023: Yoga for Joint Health

Learn how to protect your joints from pain and inflammation caused by overuse and repetitive movements. We will explore how to engage the correct muscle groups and stack the joints in a way that prevents strain and discomfort in certain poses and activities.

Each joint has a specific range of motion and that can be very different from person to person. We will discuss how to tell the difference between compression and tension so that you can safely explore your joints mobility, flexibility and adaptability.

You will also learn how to support your joints by using props and/or muscular engagement for comfort and ease in a variety of yoga poses and movements. We will assimilate this knowledge into cueing your students to keep their joints healthy and happy in any yoga class.

You only get one body so you might as well treat it well and use yoga for joint health to take good care of it!

Trainees will learn:

  • techniques for working with the anatomy and physiology of the joints as it relates to a yoga class
  • what specific asanas are useful to incorporate into a yoga class as well as helpful props, modifications, and cues to utilize when teaching a yoga class that supports joint health
  • helpful assists/adjustments that best facilitate supportive alignment in yoga postures as it relates to joint health, mobility, flexibility, and “stacking”
  • how to look for common misalignments in students in terms of joint stacking
  • how to to incorporate into a class that supports joint health as well as ways to modify these asanas and/or use props in seamless ways
  • how to write and guide a yoga asana sequence focused on the anatomy and physiology of joint health, in particular the ankles, knees, hips, writes, and shoulders
  • the anatomy of the ankles, knees, hips, wrists, and shoulders and how each of these joint families are designed to move and function
  • how to address alignment and structure in certain postures during a yoga class in order to best support a yoga student’s comfort and safety during a class, as it relates to joint function and mobility
  • the concepts of Ahimsa (non-harming) and Satya(truthfulness) as it relates to teaching a yoga class that is focused on joint health

This workshop will be taught by Jay MacDonald, Leigh-Ann Renz, and Rebecca Mashburn. To learn more about them, click here.

SCHEDULE

Fridays 6 – 9 PM Saturdays 9 AM – 6 PM (with a one hour lunch break) Sundays: 9 AM – 1 PM

SCHEDULE

  • Suggested: Yoga for Arthritis by Loren Fishman
  • Suggested: Move Your DNA by Katy Bowman
  • Suggested: Yoga for Pain Relief by Kelly McGonigal

Stay tuned for scheduling of this immersion workshop in 2023…


Anyone is welcome to take workshop a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this workshop below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this workshop to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570


Yoga for Posture (Immersion Workshop) @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm

COMING SOON IN 2023: Yoga for Posture

This immersion workshop acknowledges that it is truly all connected when it comes to proper posture and the spine! A misalignment in one part of the spine affects the position and proper function of the whole spine. There is usually a ripple effect in the entire spine, in fact, and it is often hard to tell where it started and what needs to be addressed first.

In this weekend workshop, we will discuss the optimal alignment of each part of the spine and how common daily activities can start to cause major stress and pain in a variety of ways.

Learn how to protect the spine in a yoga class and common ways the misalignments can show up in a variety of postures. As we know, if it shows up in one pose, chances are it shows up in most poses. We will also explore simple and effective cues and suggestions to help your students “feel” and “sense” that proper alignment and “joint stacking” so they have the internal knowledge and muscle memory of how to re-create that proper posture in and out of a yoga class!

Trainees will learn:

  • the importance of the spine and its alignment as it relates to yoga
  • different postures that support proper alignment of the spine as well as helpful cues to utilize during a yoga class
  • when and how to use props and/or modifications to facilitate joint stacking
  • common contraindicators that may be present for yoga students as well as how they may show up physically during a practice
  • to write and teach yoga sequences and yoga asanas in a way that best supports the posture of the back and joint stacking
  • how and when to incorporate props and/or modifications during a yoga class to support any contraindicators related to the back as well as mitigate discomfort during the class and how to cue in such a way that supports the natural curvature of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar parts of the spine
  • the structure of the spine and how the natural curves support its proper function and movement and how different yoga postures can help keep the spine aligned and stable
  • the skeletal structure of the spine and body with focus common misalignments and how they can cause stress and how that affects bones themselves

This workshop will be taught by Jay MacDonald and Leigh-Ann Renz. To learn more about them, click here.

SCHEDULE

Fridays 6 – 9 PM Saturdays 9 AM – 6 PM (with a one hour lunch break) Sundays: 9 AM – 1 PM

READING

  • Suggested: 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back: Natural Posture Solutions for Pain in the Back, Neck, Shoulder, Hip, Knee, and Foot: Esther Gokhale, Susan Adams
  • Suggested: Back Care Basics by Mary Pullig Schatz
  • Suggested: Alignment matters by Katy Bowman
  • Suggested: Awakening the Spine by Vanda Scaravelli

Stay Tuned for the Scheduling of this immersion workshop in 2023…


Anyone is welcome to take these immersions a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this weekend workshop below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this workshop to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570


Yoga Sutras (Immersion Workshop) @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Dec 21 @ 6:00 pm

COMING SOON IN 2023: Yoga Sutras

// Sutras

The Yoga Sutras are one of the fundamental schools of philosophy that influence the Yoga tradition and practice. This immersion will review the Yoga Sutras, or threads, that guide yogic practice and teaching. Students will learn how to apply this ancient school of thought to modern yoga practices and classes and how to incorporate the philosophy of Yoga into the classes they teach.

This immersion will be taught by Candra Smith. Learn more about her here.

Attendees will learn:
// Ashtanga and the 8 limbs of yoga, including each of the limbs’ various techniques
//techniques and practices associated with kriya yoga

// the historical and/or traditional yogic philosophy and texts as it relates to the Yoga Sutras
// the origin and the definition of the sutras and yoga

// the methods of how to teach Ashtanga and Kriya Yoga (asana, pranayama, and concentration practices) to students
// how to incorporate the themes of the yamas and niyamas into class
// how to provide cues that facilitate sensory withdrawal, concentration, meditation, and – ultimately – unity/oneness

This immersion workshop qualifies for our 300/500 hour Yoga Teacher Training program (YTT)

REQUIRED READING

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda (required)
  • The Science of Self Realization by Roy Eugene Davis (recommended Chap 1-4)
  • A Guide to Kriya Yoga Practice by Roy Eugene Davis (recommended)

Stay Tuned for the Scheduling of this immersion workshop in 2023…


Anyone is welcome to take immersive weekends a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this weekend workshop below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this workshop to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570


The Ayurvedic Principles in Relation to Yoga (Immersion Workshop)
Dec 21 @ 9:41 pm – 10:41 pm

COMING SOON IN 2023: The Ayurvedic Principles in Relation to Yoga

Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine with an emphasis on individual’s patterns of energy and practices. This immersion will be a deep dive into the Ayurvedic principles and how they relate to Yoga.

Students will learn about the doshas and how to assess and work with the elements involved. The content of this weekend workshop will be comprised of lecture and discussion. Four educational categories will be included: Techniques, Training; and Practice, Teaching Methodology; Anatomy and Physiology; and Yoga; Philosophy; Lifestyle; and Ethics. 

This immersion will be taught by Candra Smith. To learn more about her, click here.  

READING

  • Yoga & Ayurveda Self Healing and Self Realization – David Frawley (required)
  • Ayurveda – The Science of Self-Healing – Vasat Lad (required)

Stay Tuned for Scheduling of this immersion workshop in 2023…


Anyone is welcome to take these workshops a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this weekend workshop below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this workshop to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570


The Psoas & SI Joint, and How They Affect Yoga (Immersion Workshop)
Dec 21 @ 9:52 pm – 10:52 pm

COMING SOON IN 2023: The Psoas & SI Joint, and How They Affect Yoga

The psoas, sometimes referred to as the seat of the soul, is a critical and sometimes overlooked muscle in yoga asana. This immersion will focus heavily on the function of the psoas & SI joint in the body and how they are fundamental in yoga practice.

Students will learn how to identify proper movement techniques to support and strengthen these deep anatomical structures, as well as learn how to teach asana in relation to them.

The content in this workshop will be comprised of lecture/discussion/guided practice/peer teaching.

This workshop will be taught by Jay MacDonald and Leigh-Ann Renz. To learn more about them, click here

Stay Tuned for Scheduling of this immersion workshop in 2023…


Anyone is welcome to take workshops a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this workshop below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this workshop to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570


Dec
31
Sun
Yamas & Niyamas (Immersion Workshop) @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Dec 31 2023 – Jan 2 2024 all-day

This immersive workshop will give students a thorough understanding of the Yamas & Niyamas; their history in relationship to Yoga; and how they can be applied to modern, everyday life. It also maps the Yamas & Niyamas onto the Chakras, offering an opportunity to see deeper patterns in our understanding of Yoga philosophy and practice.

Due to the philosophical nature of the topic, the information will be mostly analytical learning; however, there will be exploration about how these principles can be applied to the practice of Yoga, both as a student and as a teacher.

Yamas & Niyamas will be taught by Leigh-Ann Renz. To learn more about her, click here.  

Schedule

Friday 6 – 9 PM Saturday 9 AM – 6 PM (with a one hour lunch break) Sunday: 9 AM – 1 PM


Yamas & Niyamas

Anyone is welcome to take workshops a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this workshop below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this workshop to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570


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Yoga Inclusion: Race, Gender, Size, Ability, and More (Immersion Workshop) @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Dec 31 @ 6:00 pm

Despite the historic gender equality of Tantra, traditional yoga has been largely based upon – and steeped in –the cultural framework of its birthtime and place. This history brought a legacy of inequity and power imbalance in the realms of gender, caste, and genetics (including race and dis/ability) as Yoga was brought to the US.

This immersion explores this history of Yoga; how the #MeToo and other modern movements have impacted the US Yoga scene; and how Yoga is evolving from this foundation. Students will be offered both the historical information and context, as well as practical tools to be a part of Yoga’s growth in inclusivity & equity.

Trainees will learn:
// why and how to promote inclusivity in the yoga classroom

// the concept of allyship and how this is demonstrated in the role of the yoga teacher – specifically covered will be the topics of what it means to be an ally and different types of allies, and in particular, how that relates to teaching yoga

// how to teach Yoga in a way that honors inclusivity and diversity and honor diversity in race and backgrounds of students

// what tools can be used to create an inclusive classroom though personal teaching methodology: creating community, how to embody resilience and wellbeing, how to incorporate Dharma talks, class theming, appropriate language, and techniques that enable instructors to teach to all bodies

// how to teach to different sizes, ability levels, etc. as it relates to inclusivity and diversity in the yoga classroom, and how use of props, modifications, and variations that support an asana practice that is inclusive to all varying anatomical structures

This workshop will be taught by Renee Alpert and Leigh-Ann Renz. Learn more about Renee here and Leigh-Ann here.

SCHEDULE

Fridays 6 – 9 PM Saturdays 9 AM – 6 PM (with a one hour lunch break) Sundays: 9 AM – 1 PM


Anyone is welcome to take workshops a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! You may register for this workshop below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this workshop to count for CEs and/or towards a 300/500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, you need to be enrolled in our program. Click here to confirm your status – or contact us for more details: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

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    – 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

  • “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!”

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  • “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!

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  • “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.”

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    – Brooke H.

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

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