Category: 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

300 Hour Module // Modern Yoga Inclusion: Race, Gender, Size + Ability in the #MeToo Era

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)300 Hour Module: Modern Yoga Inclusion: Race, Gender, Size, + Ability in the #MeToo era

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 module 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 module 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

THIS MODULE HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED. ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CALENDAR, IT WILL BE MOVED TO THIS PAGE… if you’d like to be added to an email list and receive an alert once it’s been scheduled, please email that request to ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


Anyone is welcome to take modules 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 module below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this module 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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300 Hour Module // Sutras

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)300 Hour Module: Yoga Sutras

The Yoga Sutras are one of the fundamental schools of philosophy that influence the Yoga tradition and practice. This module 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 module will be taught by Candra Smith. Learn more about her here.

Trainees will learn:

// Ashtanga and the 8 limbs of yoga, including each of the limbs’ various techniques

//techniques and practices associated with kriya 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

// 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

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)

SCHEDULE

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

THIS MODULE HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED. ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CALENDAR, IT WILL BE MOVED TO THIS PAGE… if you’d like to be added to an email list and receive an alert once it’s been scheduled, please email that request to ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


Anyone is welcome to take modules 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 module below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this module 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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300 Hour Module // Restorative

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)

300 Hour Module: Restorative Yoga

In this module, students will learn the techniques to leading Restorative Yoga asana classes as well as how to incorporate hot stones during class.

This will include information on the benefits of Restorative Yoga classes and the use of hot stones as well as best practices to facilitate the calming of the nervous system and the restoration of yoga practices.

Trainees will learn:
// the fundamental elements of a restorative yoga class, including the use of props, creation of a relaxing atmosphere, and the techniques used to offer comfort to students during class

// specific asanas that are traditionally used in a restorative yoga class, common counter poses, and the tools to use when theming a class

// breathwork and mindfulness practices that encourage relaxation – including Nadi Shodana, progressive relaxation, and more

// proper ways to offer adjustments and assists, how to manage timing during the class, and the use of music
// in-depth instruction on how to utilize hot stones during a restorative yoga class to promote rest

// the anatomy of stress and how stress can manifest physically in the body through changes to anatomical and physiological functioning

// how restorative yoga can facilitate the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system to promote relaxation and release of stress from the body

// guidance on code of conduct for asking about injuries as well as their scope of practice as it relates to interacting with students, providing insights into how students may feel during the yoga class, and offerings on what to do if students feel discomfort

This module will be taught by Amber Kleid. Learn more about her here.

READING

  • Required: Relax and Renew by Judith Lasater
  • Suggested: Restorative Yoga by Caren Bainski

SCHEDULE

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

THIS MODULE HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED. ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CALENDAR, IT WILL BE MOVED TO THIS PAGE… if you’d like to be added to an email list and receive an alert once it’s been scheduled, please email that request to ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


Anyone is welcome to take modules 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 module below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this module 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 for Joint Health – 300 Hour YTT Module

Yoga for Joint Health: 3 Perspectives

1. As a dedicated yogi for the past 30 years or more, I have suffered my share of joint pain and stiffness over the years like many of us. But it wasn’t until I had tendonitis in my wrists, and later a frozen shoulder, that I really understood how Yoga for joint health can empower my overall well-being and everyday comfort.

The tendonitis in my wrist came from too much computer use and not using the proper mechanics when I was on my computer regarding my mouse, hand and shoulder. This kept getting worse over time and caused pain and discomfort during simple everyday tasks and eventually even when I was not using that wrist at all.

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So, of course, this affected my yoga practice significantly in any pose where I had to put weight on my hands and wrists. It took several years of trial and error to learn what helped my wrists and what did not… now I practice pain-free and I am able to do pretty much anything, as long as I follow certain protocols which I will be sharing with you in our upcoming 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) module Yoga for Joint Health!

My frozen shoulder problem took about the same amount of time to heal and get better and the hardest part for me was finding the right balance in my yoga practice that helped keep my mobility but did not aggravate or exacerbate my symptoms of pain and limited range of motion in my shoulder.

The trick was not to give up my yoga practice entirely, but to adapt and change my practice in a way that served me better while I was healing and figuring out what helped and what hurt. My ego was probably my biggest enemy during this time; once I got that part under control, everything else fell into place over time. 

My biggest takeaway from the different challenges I’ve had over the last 30 years is that I do not have to stop practicing yoga – or any type of movement – as long as I am willing to acknowledge the injury and adapt my practice accordingly. There are simple and supportive ways to avoid causing more pain and discomfort, especially in a joint that is already under stress or injured.

It’s imperative that I adjust my activities in a way that causes no harm, and in fact helps to heal whatever may be inflamed or causing me pain or discomfort. How we practice is as important if not more important than what we practice! 

Join me, Leigh-Ann, and Rebecca as we dissect how Yoga impacts the joints, and offer some simple yet effective tools & techniques to support happier and healthier joints, both on and off the mat. 

Jay MacDonald

How we practice is as important if not more important than what we practice! 

 

2. Keep your wrists healthy during yoga asana through warm-up, correct alignment, strengthening, adaptations, and therapeutic exercises. Learn a more in-depth approach to teaching yoga while offering these techniques to your students who have complaints of wrist pain or discomfort.

I’m a yoga teacher, occupational therapist, and certified hand therapist who has been helping people overcome wrist problems for over 22 years. This module will help anyone better understand wrist anatomy, wrist mechanics, and how to improve your yoga practice or classes as it all relates to the wrist.

– Rebecca Mashburn

Learn a more in-depth approach to teaching yoga while offering these techniques to your students who have complaints of wrist pain or discomfort.

 

yoga for joint health 300 hour yoga teacher training module - knees3. The earliest form of Yoga – thousands of years ago – was joint rolling: moving the major joints of the body through their range of motion in order to stay healthy & agile. Yoga was initially intended to prepare for seated contemplation & meditation, and it’s hard to sit for extended periods of time when your body is stiff, tight, or weak!

What I love in particular about the joints is how fundamental they are to every single action we take in our lives – and how good it feels to move them! When we work with the joints, we access all of the natural elements. The solidity of our bones reflects the element of earth: solidity, form, structure – the building blocks upon which everything else is built (or grown).

The synovial fluid in the joints – and the connective tissue they are comprised of – reflect water: fluidity, movement, change. It’s this movement of fluid through connective tissue and the flow of synovial fluid that keeps our joints supple and allows our body to heal from injury.

Our muscles & the chemical processes of our bodies produce heat, and this heat literally melts open restrictions in our connective tissue & joints! Without this heat, our joints couldn’t function; and we wouldn’t be able to release toxins and metabolic waste. This heat represents fire, and literally runs our bodies.

When you crack your knuckles – or hear other joints crack – this is actually nitrogen bubbles in your joints being pushed out by movement. This reflects the element of air, which helps keep our joints healthy: spaciousness, movement, and flexibility.

Join me, Jay, and Rebecca to learn more about these fascinating and vital parts of our bodies – and how Yoga can keep them healthy & mobile for your lifetime!

Leigh-Ann Renz

When we work with the joints, we access all of the natural elements: earth, water, fire, and air.

The Gifts of Restorative Yoga

When I began my journey to acquire my 300 hour YTT certificate, I wasn’t focused on restorative yoga per se, but my mission was pretty clear. I wanted to work with people who needed to feel better in their bodies and also yearned to have a safe space to clear their heads. I, myself, had a background of trauma and understood if I was open to receiving yoga’s gifts I could move forward and leave my past behind. If I could do it, I knew others could as well.

So for additional training, I chose classes like Yoga for Chronic Pain and Restorative Yoga to really dive into the slow workings of the yoga practice I loved so well. Both gave me valuable information on how to teach but the latter gave me an unforgettable experience that would shape the way I showed up for my students.

Honestly, I’d only done restorative yoga once or twice, but those few hours on my mat had my curiosity piqued. I was there to learn, but many people in the class weren’t even teachers and they were using the training as a weekend retreat! I thought, “wow, this must be some powerful stuff.”

One of the things I always tell my students is that emotions can be triggered. I cried (ok, I bawled) during my training, and I let some sh*t go. Funny, I couldn’t tell you “what” I let go of exactly, but I felt this new surge of energy and positivity that this WILL change lives and I must provide it as a service!

Restorative practice is special. It gives the student an opportunity to check out and let go of whatever it is they’re holding onto…at least for that hour. It’s a respite from the to-do lists, family, work, and pain of everyday life whether that shows up emotionally or physically. I’m sure you can imagine how inviting in a practice like this could change the course of your life after 1 months, 6 months, or a year of continuously showing up to the mat.

And yes, you could argue that all yoga practices offer up this chance, but I would argue that not all yoga practices offer stillness.

Where there is stillness, magic happens. The brain quiets down, the body relaxes, tension seeps into the earth, worries are taken off our plate, and we are free to be in our simplest human form, where nothing is expected from us. Just the softness of our breath.

Teaching a restorative class isn’t only about the shapes, it’s about our voice, our touch (when assists are provided & allowed), and our intention as the teacher. The space holder and the person who says, “It’s OK to be here just for you.”

In our weekend training together, I’ll provide you with the tools to create a restorative class that will leave your students feeling relaxed and cared for. We’ll breakdown how restorative yoga helps the mind and body by exploring the anatomy of stress, sequencing, modifications, breathing techniques, assists and so much more!

Plus, I’m taking a cue from those who took the training for “retreat” purposes and giving you a slew of opportunities to experience the magic of restorative yoga for yourself. After all, there’s no better way to learn than by immersing yourself in the details.

I’m very much looking forward to taking this journey with you and showering you with the gift of Restorative Yoga,
Amber Kleid 500 RYT 200 E-RYT

// For more information – or to register for this module, click here

 

Amber is a yoga teacher who loves getting yummy with poses, and her sense of humor will make you feel at ease & welcome. Her teaching allows students to find their own expression in each pose… sometimes challenging, but always allowing time for breath, mind, and body to connect.

Amber has been practicing yoga since the mid 90’s, but her journey didn’t really connect until a few years ago when she was met with some hefty health challenges. Gradually, while practicing mindfulness & patience, her health improved, and she took her first Yoga Teacher Training in the hope that sharing her story would helps others overcome obstacles.

300 Hour Module // The Psoas & SI Joint, and How They Affect Yoga

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)300 Hour Module: 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 module will focus heavily on the function of the psoas muscle and SI joint in the body and how they are fundamental in the yoga asana 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 yoga asana in relation to them.

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

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

THIS MODULE HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED. ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CALENDAR, IT WILL BE MOVED TO THIS PAGE… if you’d like to be added to an email list and receive an alert once it’s been scheduled, please email that request to ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


Anyone is welcome to take modules 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 module below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this module 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

300 Hour Module // Yoga for Special Considerations

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)300 Hour Module: Yoga for Special Considerations

Our role as yoga instructors is not to treat or diagnose any medical condition or illness, but rather to mindfully assist our students in our classes in and out of yoga poses with awareness of any issues they may have shared with us. We can do this with props, alignment principles and knowledge of these special considerations.

These include – but aren’t limited to: pregnancy, recent injuries, psychiatric disorders, high blood pressure, migraines, and more. This module will outline the techniques and methods that can best serve instructors when special considerations are known in a yoga class.

This module will be taught by Jay MacDonald and Anna Ferguson-Robas. To learn more about them, click here.  

THIS MODULE HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED. ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CALENDAR, IT WILL BE MOVED TO THIS PAGE… if you’d like to be added to an email list and receive an alert once it’s been scheduled, please email that request to ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


Anyone is welcome to take modules 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 module below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this module 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

300 Hour Module // The Ayurvedic Principles in Relation to Yoga

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)300 Hour Module: 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 module 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 module 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 module 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)

THIS MODULE HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED. ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CALENDAR, IT WILL BE MOVED TO THIS PAGE… if you’d like to be added to an email list and receive an alert once it’s been scheduled, please email that request to ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


Anyone is welcome to take modules 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 module below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this module 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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300 Hour Module // Yoga for Hypermobility

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)300 Hour Module: Yoga for Hypermobility

Many people with hypermobility are attracted to yoga because of their flexibility and ease in many asanas; however, often students 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 module is to provide students with proper techniques and practices to facilitate proper alignment and movement for individuals who live with hypermobility. Students in this module 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 module will be comprised of lecture/discussion/guided practice/peer teaching. This module will be taught by Leigh-Ann Renz. To learn more about her, click here.  

THIS MODULE HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED. ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CALENDAR, IT WILL BE MOVED TO THIS PAGE… if you’d like to be added to an email list and receive an alert once it’s been scheduled, please email that request to ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


Anyone is welcome to take modules 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 module below without the application or administrative fees.

However, if you want this module 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

300 Hour Module // Yoga for Hormone Health

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)300 Hour Module: Yoga for Hormone Health

Hormones rule the world, and our bodies! Hormones; “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 certain styles of yoga and meditation.

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

THIS MODULE HAS NOT YET BEEN SCHEDULED. ONCE IT HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE CALENDAR, IT WILL BE MOVED TO THIS PAGE… if you’d like to be added to an email list and receive an alert once it’s been scheduled, please email that request to ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com


Anyone is welcome to take modules 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 module below without the application or administrative fees.

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

    – Myndie S.

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

    – 2019 YTT Student

  • “When I first began practicing yoga, it seemed like the more I learned, the more I wanted to know. I bought a few books but still didn’t feel like a real student of the practice of yoga. When the 200 hour YTT was offered, I saw it as the perfect chance to really expand my knowledge. I have come to realize that with this deep dive into the practice of yoga, I have a strong knowledge bank that will allow me to continue to expand my knowledge of yoga for years to come.”

    – Jann F.

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

    – Michelle G.C.

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “My experience during my YTT at WYC has not only increased my confidence on the mat but has opened up endless possibilities and opportunities for a courageous, confident, and grateful life off the mat. “

    – Teresa F.

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

    – Carol L.

  • “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 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.

  • “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.

  • “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 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.

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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

  • I signed up for YTT thinking I had time to myself to focus on me, but the world has other plans. It’s still the best decision I’ve made, and I am so grateful that what I have learned has come to me at a time that I can apply it to so much real world trauma. This YTT has been a saving grace!

    – Kim T.

  • “Jay 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.

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

    – Steve S.

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