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Aging Gracefully Yoga Retreat at Lake Junaluska @ Lake Junaluska
Sep 25 – Sep 28 all-day

Come join us for a retreat focused on aging gracefully and maintaining your strength, mobility and agility for your highest quality of life.

Learn how to let go of resistance to change, which causes suffering, and the illusion of control over all things. Become more adaptable and flexible in mind, body, and spirit for a healthier and happier you!



| Sunday, September 25th

| 6:30-8:00pm: Opening Circle: Welcome and Easy/Accessible Chair Yoga

| led by Tara Scarborough

Come together for an easy and accessible chair yoga class, ending with an intention setting for the retreat.

| Monday, September 26th

| 9:00am-12pm: Adaptive Yoga for Seniors

|  led by Jay MacDonald

As we age, a sedentary lifestyle can cause a loss of strength, stability, and mobility in our bodies. We have to fight harder and work harder at keeping our bodies strong and mobile so we can do the things we love with ease and comfort! The first 75 minutes of this session will be a workshop on the importance of keeping an active and mobile lifestyle at any age and overcoming any fears including falling or getting injured. There will be time for Q&A after this workshop.

The class with Jay will address common age-related issues such as osteoporosis, joint replacement, problems with balance and coordination, and much, much more! Immediately following will be an adaptive chair yoga class that focuses specifically on balance and stability –accessible to all levels!

| 1:30-4:30pm: Nutrition At Any Age + Yoga At Any Age

| led by Sara Lewis

Whatever your age, it’s important to eat a healthy, balanced diet. In this workshop, we will discuss nutrients and tips to keep in mind to maintain energy and strengthen your immune system as you age. For example, sufficient vitamin D is critical to prevent bone loss, and the requirements for calcium and B12 increase as those nutrients are not as readily absorbed from food as you age. Also, iron and fiber become more important. In addition, there are certain foods and drinks you should avoid as you age.

Part of any yoga practice is to accept yourself where you are at any point in time. Some of you may be returning to yoga after many years, just beginning or continuing a regular practice. Wherever you are on your journey, you are not too old! Some of the many benefits of yoga, at any age, include: better mobility, increased energy, stronger bones, improved blood circulation, better sleep and improved flexibility, posture and balance. The latter is especially important to age gracefully. A regular yoga practice increases proprioception (ability to feel what your body is doing and where it is in space), which improves balance. The yoga practice in this session with Sara Lewis will combine a series of gentle yin and balance poses. Yin yoga poses target connective tissues such as ligaments, joints and even bones. You will leave the class feeling calm, balanced, and energized.

| 6:30-8:00pm:Candlelight Yin and Yoga Nidra  

| led by Natalie Lembeck

This class will consist of easeful stretching, accessing the connective tissue in addition to the muscles, and long posture holds. The class will be restorative and soothing to the nervous system with soft lighting. Natalie will guide the retreat through a blissful Yoga Nidra to promote ease and comfort.

| Tuesday, September 27th

| 9am-12pm: Restorative Yoga and the Nervous System 

| led by Amber Kleid

As we age, change is inevitable. But the saying goes, “Change is not painful, only the resistance to change is painful.” In this workshop with Amber Kleid, you will learn the importance of the nervous system and how to keep yours healthy and happy so you can be more flexible and adaptable as life circumstances change and evolve.

The workshop will be followed by a yummy and soothing Restorative class designed to calm and soften the mind and body.

| 1:30-4:30pm: Self Care 

| led by Lynda Saffell

Self care is important at any age but it is critical as we age to keep up a self-care regimen that keeps us healthy and happy. In this workshop, we will explore a range of self care options to keep you youthful and energized. These options will include massage, yoga, social interaction, and many more. The class will introduce self massage and yoga poses accessible to all levels.

| 6:30-8pm: Candlelight Gentle Yoga + Meditation / Closing Circle 

|  led by Jay MacDonald

This Gentle Yoga class is a slow-paced, soft and nurturing practice supported by props. Set under soft, candle lighting, this class will be the perfect way to relax and restore at the end of the retreat. Following the class, Jay will lead a centering meditation and closing circle.


About Amber Kleid

Amber (RYT – 500) is a Yoga & Mindfulness Mentor whose passion is helping women reconnect with themselves through movement, meditation, and the practice of setting sacred boundaries. She is driven by her own transformation that yoga and mindfulness helped unfold when she stepped onto her mat in 2013 after being diagnosed with an auto-immune disease.  

When joining her for a Slow Flow or Restorative Yoga class, you’ll be invited to explore the infinite possibilities that good self-care can provide both on and off the mat.  Amber is a 500 hour certified yoga instructor who brings her silly sense of humor, creative sequencing, and everyone-is-welcome attitude into her classes for a refreshing experience from head to toe.

About Jay MacDonald

Jay MacDonald is the owner of Waynesville Yoga Center, a Yoga Alliance E-RYT (Experienced registered yoga teacher), a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) and has been teaching yoga classes for over 16 years. She started practicing yoga over 30 years ago after a back injury in her college days and hasn’t stopped since because yoga has kept her healthy and sane! Jay believes that all of us stay healthier and happier by staying mobile and active as much as we can in whatever form that takes.





About Tara Scarborough

Tara has been a student of yoga for almost 25 years.  She studied and has been influenced by the Iyengar, Anusara, and Ashtanga lineages.  Tara completed her RYT 200 training at Anahata Yoga Center in Mason, Ohio.  

Her style now includes mindful alignment cues that focus on opening and releasing to leave you relaxed, aware and free. On her days off, you can find her up in the mountains hiking, in her boat kayaking or mountain biking the local trails.  Tara is also a registered nurse having worked in a pediatric ICU, and now in pre and post-operative care and has recently graduated from massage school.


About Sara Lewis

Sara Lewis is a RYT-200, certified holistic health coach, and instructor at Waynesville Yoga Center. She has been practicing 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.




About Lynda Saffell

Lynda Saffell (LMBT, RYT200, PRYT Yoga Therapist) followed her dream to serve others in a healing capacity. She attended Bhakti Academe for Intuitive Massage and graduated in August 2004. She gained her pain management experience working two years in a Chiropractic clinic specializing in neck and back injuries. Lynda has elevated massage to an art with her fine-tuned skill of “listening” to your body and the body’s energy. She practices a combination of relaxation massage, deep tissue therapeutic techniques, and healing energies to release tension and emotional stress and bring your body into balance.




Workshops and classes will each be led by one of the amazing instructors from Waynesville Yoga Center and accessible for all ages and ability ranges, as there will be challenges and modifications offered. Retreat lodging and meal packages include accommodations at historic Lambuth Inn at Lake Junaluska and meals from dinner on the first night through breakfast on the last morning. 

The full retreat package price with lodging at Lambuth Inn, meals and all retreat workshops and sessions is $714. A program-only option is available for $395. An early-bird discount of $40 is available if paid in full 60 days prior.

To Register: Download the registration form or call 800-222-4930


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  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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

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

    – Michelle G.C.

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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 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.

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • 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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