Category: Meet Our Community!

Meet Kirstin, Our Featured Staff Member of the Season!

Kirstin has been teaching AMAZING classes at Waynesville Yoga Center for years! Join Kirstin for Flow and Yin every Thursday at 10:30 AM and for Mixed-Level Flow every other Sunday at 12 PM. Thank you, Kirstin!

Our fabulous Jake interviewed Kirstin! Take a look and a listen in the video below!

Tell me about your experience with yoga: how it began, where it has taken you, and how yoga has impacted your life.

The first time I took a yoga class it was a disaster. And not just because I signed up for it with my boyfriend at the time. The teacher was rigid, and there was no space to be a learner. She criticized every pose I came into, from the very beginning. Apparently I could even do Child’s Pose wrong. I abandoned the class after about three sessions. And the boyfriend not long after. It was more than ten years later that I had the guts to try it again. A friend was becoming a yoga teacher and was offering some free classes. She invited me to come try it, promising that the experience would be different. It was. She taught with grace and humor, and showed me that I didn’t need to be flexible, or already know how to do the poses in order to practice yoga. This sweet woman is still a dear friend and I tell her regularly how much I appreciate the gift of yoga she gave me. I’d been an athlete most of my life, playing soccer and Ultimate Frisbee, and stretching very little. Yoga was the physical balance I needed. I learned over time that it was the spiritual and emotional balance I needed, as well. I have, at times, wandered away from my practice, and every time I’ve come back, I’ve discovered again that I need it for so many reasons. I love what yoga teaches me about my body, about patience and letting go of outcomes. Practicing yoga has helped deepen my spiritual life, which has helped me grow into myself more and more. There always seem to be new levels to get to internally, and yoga has opened those doors for me in ways I’m not sure I could have found otherwise. When I had the opportunity to be part of the first YTT class that WYC offered, I jumped in. I could not have found a better fit for me. The focus on fitting poses to our bodies, rather than forcing our bodies into “ideal” versions of a pose, was like an antidote to my first yoga experience. It gave me a path other than “perfection” to strive for, one that was more about understanding myself. I am deeply grateful to be part of the WYC community, as a teacher and as a student.

What are your favorite styles of yoga / classes?

Honestly, whatever style I’m doing at the time seems to be my favorite. I know that sounds trite, but I mean it. I love paying attention to what I’m drawn to at any given time and following that. I enjoy teaching flow classes, and love Sun Salutations. Yin is wonderful for the deep work, both physical and mental, that it brings. I love the slower pace of Gentle and Restorative classes and the relaxing vibe of them. Recently, I’ve been in the mood for a challenge, and so have been enjoying Iron Yoga and Barre classes.

What’s your favorite pose and why?

That answer probably varies with the day, but in general I always love supine twists. They give me a sense of wringing my body out and I appreciate how small adjustments can target different areas.

What do you do when you’re not practicing yoga?

I write every morning, mostly fiction. I love creating characters and stories and giving them voice. I also take pottery classes, which is beyond fun. My husband and I enjoy hiking and backpacking, especially with our two dogs, Artie and Sam. Said dogs also allow me to accompany them on morning walks or runs, which is a lovely start to the day. After several years of working as a chaplain in healthcare settings, I am enjoying now the different pace of life I have here.

Tell me something funny or unexpected about you.

I have a vast and eclectic storehouse of song lyrics in my brain, from 80s and 90s music to rap to hymns. When I get started singing, as my husband will attest, it is sometimes difficult to get me to stop until I finish the song.

Meet Christina, Our Featured Staff Member of the Season!

Christina Kirkpatrick is our Featured Member!

Christina has been a member with WYC since 2019 and has been a wonderful part of our yoga community. Thank you, Christina!

Our fabulous Jake interviewed Christina! Take a look and a listen in the video below!

Tell me about your experience with yoga: how it began, where it has taken you, and how yoga has impacted your life.

I found my joy when I found yoga . I mean really found it. Life came back to me after joining WYC. I was stuck in my daily routine, going back to school and then trauma impacted my family. I have exercised and done yoga for years but never really practiced yoga. I am now in the pose in the breathe in my heart. I am so ever grateful for my yogi family and feel WYC brings me joy. I have decided to choose joy

What are your favorite styles of yoga / classes?

Buti, iron yoga and Restorative, Jake’s and jams

What’s your favorite pose and why?

Plank – I feel so strong when I hold this pose. My whole body is engaged while breathing through each limb.

What do you do when you’re not practicing yoga?

Ride my Harley, lift weights, roller skate, dance, hang out with my friends, hike walk/run play with my family

Tell me something funny or unexpected about you.

I talk haywoodian, it takes me 30 minutes to say hi. I also mispronounced sits bone and called it shitsbone

Meet Jerica, Our Featured Staff Member of the Season!

Jerica Rossi is our Wizard of Oz behind the curtain!

She supports WYC in scheduling classes, workshops, retreats, she runs the marketing for emails and social media, and she makes sure our community is taken care of! And she does all of this from several states over! We are so excited to have Jerica as our Featured Staff Member of the Season. Thank you, Jerica, for everything you do!

Our fabulous Jake interviewed Jerica! Take a look and a listen in the video below!

 

Tell me about your experience with yoga: how it began, where it has taken you, and how yoga has impacted your life.

My love for yoga began while I was interning at a sustainable living center in Thailand, where I was learning earthen building and organic farming after college. One of the other interns offered morning sessions in this gorgeous cob building as the sun was rising- and I remember feeling like I’d never been taller and more present; it felt like it’d cracked me open to more joy and strength. Since then, my mat and practice has always been somewhere to turn and I’ve loved taking it around the country and world on my travels, as it’s something that I feel enhances my embrace of a place. I moved around for the majority of my twenties, so yoga was also a place to feel at home while exploring and something to share with new friends along the way. Over the past few years, I’ve found myself interested in the philosophical side of yoga, energy work, Ayurveda, chakra healing, and expanding my flexibility. It’s a journey that will always be unfolding.

What are your favorite styles of yoga / classes?

I’ll take my yoga yummy, relaxing, challenging flexibly, or explorative. Hot yoga has been a great medicine during the winter, and restorative during the planting and harvesting seasons, but a fluid vinyasa with some great beats is my dessert- ya know, when you’re really IN the rhythm.

What’s your favorite pose and why?

I was a headstand junkie as a kid, and have always loved hanging about in Tree Pose, but ultimately it’s Goddess Pose. I love rocking it out and stretching my hips. It’s a pose that makes me feel like I’m aligned with my power.

What do you do when you’re not practicing yoga?

My partner and I live on a homestead and sell organic produce – so we’re always getting in the soil, going to market, trying a new dish in the kitchen, finding a way to process whatever we have that’s about to go to waste, or planning a little getaway. We live along a creek in the forest, so creek walks, wildcrafting, forest bathing and hammocking are always in order- unless I’m busy at work on the computer for Waynesville Yoga Center 🙂

Tell me something funny or unexpected about you.

I speak Indonesian and have lived, traveled, and studied on several of the archipelago’s islands. Around 23, I became fascinated by Jane Goodall and the great apes, which inspired me to go to Sumatra to see the critically endangered Orangutan. One of my fondest memories in Indonesia was hiking through the dense jungle, nervous that I might not catch a glimpse of the elusive creature in the wild. I began repelling down a waterfall and when I looked up there was a mama and baby on a limb watching me with their big ole human-like eyes- and then kissed. It was magical.

What Can YTT Do For You!?

what can ytt do for you?I can’t tell you how many people I’ve seen pick up our flyer for YTT (Yoga Teacher Training), and put it right back down, saying “Oh no, I don’t want to teach”. You can see the mental block flit through their brain of “Teaching yoga!? Heck naw!!”

Unfortunately, there’s a huge misconception that teaching is the only function of a YTT program. It may seem counterintuitive, but preparing you to teach yoga is actually a positive side benefit of YTT!

YTT is a deep dive into the self. Coming face-to-face with who you really are, after the external constructs have been stripped away. It’s an opportunity to discover your strengths, confront your weaknesses, and ultimately secure a more clear understanding of who you are and where you want to go next.

It’s so funny to watch students get into the training and have that “aha” moment of “oh, I get it: teaching yoga is just a tiny part of this journey!” We actually laugh about it in class as they reach that point of understanding in the training course.

Don’t get me wrong: if you are 110% focused on teaching yoga, YTT will absolutely empower you with the knowledge & skills to do exactly that, successfully. But, if you’re open to more, Yoga Teacher Training offers a richness of experience and solid tools to be a better human.

What Can YTT Do For You!?

// Navigate the Intensity of 2020 – and Beyond

Current times are calling us to discard what no longer serves us, especially from the past, and be very intentional about what we want to bring into our future. Life always asks us to engage in this process; but 2020 has brought it into the forefront for many. It’s joyful, liberating work – but it can also be scary & intense. YTT can assist you in this process of sloughing away what has outlived its usefulness – and empower the next stage of growth for a richer, more expansive future.

While Yoga itself cultivates these invaluable tools, YTT takes it to the next level, sealing into your nervous system and body tissues this ability to find your center, no matter what is happening around you. While always of incredible value, this skill set is immensely beneficial in dealing with the uncertainty and intensity of our new COVID-19 world.

// Build Flexibility & Adaptability

Most people associate Yoga with physical flexibility, but don’t realize how much this informs the non-physical as well. Yoga Teacher Training can help you become more flexible mentally, emotionally, and socially, learning how to have greater compassion & understanding with others. In the divisiveness of the current age, honing our ability to stay within ourselves – while also having increased capacity for healthy communication with others – is invaluable.

YTT can give you practical tools to deal with uncertainty and intensity. One of the whole points of yoga is taking it off the mat: we learn how to face the fear of not knowing what’s coming next. We practice staying calm, steady, and balanced when things are intense and hot. We get comfortable with our discomfort, as we embrace what our bodies bring to the surface. We learn how to embrace what is, versus what we want, and to create the best possible outcome from that acceptance.

// Step Into Your Dharma

Your Dharma is your highest calling, your most important reason for being here. While not every person graduates Yoga Teacher Training with crystal clear knowledge about where to go next, many students gain a huge amount of guidance on where their life is headed. Because YTT supports you in facing your ego, managing your weaknesses, and honing your strengths, it can absolutely help provide direction for your whole life.

You may realize that you actually do, in fact, want to teach yoga – but maybe in a non-traditional setting. Maybe you feel drawn to work a specific population, such as kids or elders. Maybe you start the program with the intention to teach but change your mind during the course, incorporating the knowledge in an entirely different direction. That’s the beauty of YTT: if you’re willing to get a little more authentic with yourself, both on & off your mat, it can change your whole life…

See What YTT Can Do For You

Click here for more details about the program. For specific questions, email ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com. To take the plunge and commit, secure your spot.

 

Leigh-Ann Renz

Leigh-Ann Renz

Leigh-Ann has been practicing yoga since 1997 and teaching it since 2005. She is attracted to fluid vinyasa styles, including moon salutations, and loves to geek out about yoga “off the mat” – such as how the philosophies behind the physical postures can enrich our journey, both for ourselves and for others. She is honored to co-teach the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Waynesville Yoga Center, and loves facilitating healing services to the community. A writer, dancer, massage therapist, creative marketing nerd, and proud Mom, she can be found travelling, enjoying the rhythm of the seasons, or soaking up the natural world when not working.

SIMPLY SARA WELLNESS // Holistic Health Coaching Discover What Food Can Do For You!

Are you confused about food, nutrition and wellness? How much exercise is necessary? What is the deal with gluten free? How much sugar is too much? What about eggs and cholesterol? What’s up with butter–now it’s ok? And is organic better? 

There’s a lot of confusing information about food and nutrition and it takes time and knowledge to sort through. That’s where I come in to work with you as your personal holistic health coach.

What Is Holistic Health Coaching?

Holistic health coaching is the opportunity for you to meet one-on-one with me, a certified, trained health coach, to receive support for changing old behaviors into new, sustainable behaviors that will transform your life.   

How Does It Work?

Every person’s situation is different. I do not advocate special diets or promote any products. What I do promote is eating whole, non-processed foods and finding lifestyle changes that will work for you. 

I will want to know what you have been eating and how it’s been working for you. Or not working! I’ll ask about your career, your life ambitions, your family and even your pets.  Yes, holistic health coaching is much bigger than just food. You can share your biggest fears, what you perceive as your main obstacles and what you’ve always dreamed of doing. We will set some goals together. And after each session you will have a little homework–to keep you honest and committed!   

What Can I Expect?

  • Two one-hour health coaching sessions per month 
  • Individualized steps to reach your health goals and recommendations 
  • Supportive educational handouts, articles and recipes
  • E-mail coaching between sessions
  • Wellness and recipe book recommendations, cooking tips and food samples

Testimonial 

“I am more aware of what I’m eating and now I take time to really enjoy meals. I cut down on sugar and artificial sweeteners, which has eliminated my sweet cravings and helped with that afternoon crash. I’ve lost weight, but more importantly, I just feel better!”  Kim B

 

Sara A Lewis, MA 

Certified Holistic Health Coach

Yoga Instructor, ERYT-200
828-550-1640 saralewis27@gmail.com

 

Students of the Month: May 2020

We are excited to announce Mary F. as our Student of the Month and want to recognize her for her dedication to her practice and what she brings to our WYC community! We are so glad to have you and to have helped you along your journey with yoga <3

To help you all get to know her better, she answered some questions for us…..

    1. Tell me about your experience with yoga: how it began, where it has taken you, and how yoga has impacted your life.

My older sister, Nancy, was the start of it all. She kept telling me “yin” would be great for my back. And then I kept driving by WYC, so I just turned in one day. So in June of 2018 I started my yoga journey. I started with beginner yoga with Sara and I knew immediately that this was for me. In the beginning, it was all about the poses for me. After my sister passed in September of that year  I realized it was more than the poses. It was during a hot stone class (in the little room), during Savasana, that I truly felt her presence. I physically felt a pressure across my right palm.

Yoga has taken me on a journey of discovering myself and allowing myself to be more open. My husband and good friends have noticed I’m more relaxed and walking taller. Along this journey I discovered some toxic elements in my life and knew I had to let go–I was able to and it’s made a difference. This journey has taught me to be more open and allow the energy to come in and to flow through me. And, it has connected me to fellow yogis.

      2. What are your favorite styles / classes?

Just about everytime I leave a class I want to say that’s my favorite!! I do prefer restorative/yin classes because that’s what my body likes. But, I step out of my comfort zone and do slow flow and I love that, too.

      3. What’s your favorite pose and why?

Alright, if I have to be honest, I have come to like pigeon!! Yes, I said “pigeon”. After all the moaning and groaning, I’m finally able to do it and my body has told me it needs it.

      4. What do you do when you’re not practicing yoga?

Sometimes I’m just a “slug” and enjoy doing nothing. I also procrastinate a lot, but eventually get around to tackling things. I enjoy taking rides with my husband, enjoying time and wine with friends and spending time with my cat, Mr. Mouth.

      5. Tell me something funny or unexpected about you.

I’m a retired Air Force officer; was a middle school substitute teacher for 13 years; and, I was the treasurer of a 300 person Gold Wing motorcycle club.

 

Students of the Month: February 2020’s Dynamic Duos

This month we are proud to feature TWO sets of dynamic duos that we love seeing around the studio: Husband and wife, Tiffany + Justin, and mother and daughter, Gwen + Cassie. You know what they say- those who yoga together, well they generally just get along better 😉

We’re grateful to have these folks as part of our WYC community and honored to have helped them start or continue on their yoga journeys. To help you get to know them  a little better, we asked them to share a little bit about themselves and how yoga has become a part of their lives.

Tiffany + Justin

1. Tell me about your experience with yoga: how it began, where it has taken you, and how yoga has impacted your life.

T: I began an “at home” yoga practice in 2009 and attended my first yoga class while living in Greensboro, NC a few years later. As my involvement in the flow arts deepened, it became clear that a strong yoga practice could broaden my hoop dance abilities.

In 2014, I became more serious about regular practice and not only did my hoop skills improve but I noticed significant improvements in my ability to control emotion and thought, I began to experience better rest and more peace.

Since the majority of my yoga practice has been in solitude, I‘m grateful the Waynesville Yoga Center has provided me the opportunity to connect with such a vibrant, creative and loving yoga community! Finally, on New Years Day 2020, after 10 years of subtle encouragement for my husband to give yoga a try, we attended our first yoga class together. 

J:  I started practicing yoga about 5 months ago. Right away I noticed a desire to be better in all areas of my life.  I quickly realized, ’there’s something to this’  and ’m currently in the best shape I’ve been in a long time and am seeing constant progression. And that goes for my mind, body and soul.

     2. What are your favorite styles / classes?

T: First off, I have to say, I’ve not been to a yoga class I didn’t like, especially at WYC. I’ve tried them all and each have significant benefits. However, my most favorite are Buti, DEEP and Flow + Sweat.

J:  Warm Slow Flow/Power Core Yoga.

     3. What’s your favorite pose and why?

T: Balasana or Child’s Pose and Malasana or Yoga Squat are my favorites because I feel so well grounded to and supported by the earth while in these poses. 

J: Savasana… it’s the most challenging.

     4. What do you do when you’re not practicing yoga?

T: Currently, I’m blessed to be a stay at home mom of two amazing children, Layla Rose, 5 yr. and Stephen, 19 mo. I adore family time, though especially love attending concerts with my brilliant, passionate husband! I also enjoy performing, teaching flute lessons and teaching hoop fitness classes. 

J: I’m filled with joy being a happy husband and proud father, as well as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments, where I absolutely love helping my clients with their short and long term financial goals. 

     5. Tell me something funny or unexpected about you

T: I was a level 8 gymnast as a child, have a Masters Degree in Flute Performance and Pedagogy and I love to sing and dance!  

J: I was in a touring band for 4 years playing keyboards in 200 shows around the country every year.  My current band Sanctum Sully was mentioned in Rolling Stone Magazine in 2018, and I recently released an album on vinyl LP for the first time.  Music is a huge part of my life.  


Cassie + Gwen

1. Tell me about your experience with yoga: how it began, where it has taken you, and how yoga has impacted your life.

G: I think it is a very fun experience. I was a gymnast at a center in Asheville and the teaching plateaued so I began to regress and was still wanted to maintain my flexibility and increase my skills, so when my mom approached me with yoga I was very excited to give it a try to see if I liked it. Since I joined WYC I have achieved more flexibility, have lots of fun and it makes me happy.

C: My journey with yoga began October 2019 with Waynesville Yoga Center. As a mother I was searching for something for an activity to do with my daughter Gwen that we could enjoy together being active while getting to have fun and spend time together so after several weeks of trying to figure out something a child an adult could learn together Yoga was what kept coming to mind so I approached Gwen with this idea and she was more then excited to give it a try. So I did my research online and Waynesville Yoga was the winner and after joining I could not believe it had been here in town for these last several years and all we were missing out on. It has had a positive impact on my life it has helped reduce anxiety, promote good sleep, strengthen muscles I forgot I had, increasing my flexibility among many other benefits.

2. What are your favorite styles / classes?

G: My favorite classes are definitely Buti and Fascial release.

C: My favorite style class is BUTI! I have known about Yoga for years and had started practicing some over the last eight years at home but I had never heard of this style until I attended Kayla’s class.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and continue to I like traditional yoga is incorporated with cardio burning dancing/workout AND the music your burning calories while having fun- which is hard to find. The Hot Stone Restorative is another favorite of mine.

3. What’s your favorite pose and why?

G: I like the Tree pose because it challenges my balance.

C: My favorite pose is the child’s pose I find it the most comfortable and relaxing and beneficial at stretching back muscles.

4. What do you do when you’re not practicing yoga?

G: I love having play dates/sleepovers, I like playing with my little cousin, Star. I love traveling especially Tennessee and Lake Chatuge and definitely the beach. I love to swim so much!😁😁

C: While not at yoga, I enjoy shopping locally on main street and trying out different foods on the menus at our local restaurants around town. I spend summers at Lake Chatuge at a little lake cabin we have there and enjoy going to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and staying at cabins there and relaxing in the hot tub.

5. Tell me something funny or unexpected about you.

G: I use to think I would never like Volley ball🏐. Then I went to Volley ball camp and absolutely loved it then I joined my school team ( GO HCA 🐾) and it was amazing.😃😃👍👍

C: I am a career student and am currently working on my third college degree. My first was in Massage Therapy.  I used to practice massage here at both local gyms as well as the Balsam Spa at the Waynesville Inn, then I went back for an Associate Applied Science in Medical Assisting and worked as a CMA (AAMA) and the Balsam Center on the Adult Recovery Unit where I would lead a yoga session for those who wanted to attend and most found it therapeutic in their recovery. Now I am currently finishing my nursing degree and will be an RN May 2020.

Congratulations to Our 200 Hour Teacher Training (YTT) Program Graduates!

As our first class of Teacher Training (YTT) draws to a close, I understand why CJ uses the word “delicious” to describe the program.

The students have all worked so hard, Congratulations to Our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program Graduates!both in a practical manner, diving deeply into Yoga lineage; learning the logistical aspects of teaching; and doing the difficult work of getting clear about the direction of their lives!

Now, they get to enjoy the satisfying, nourishing fruit of their of all their hard work. They’re prepared and confident to teach, in whatever location & style that most resonates with them. Many of them will go on to claim their 200-RYT through Yoga Alliance.

They’re stronger and more balanced, both physically & emotionally. They’ve deepened their practice and have a sense of where that will take them next. They’ve cultivated a different perspective about their life’s trajectory overall, gaining insight and wisdom about the journey.

Jay and I are so proud of each and every single one of them. We can’t wait to see how their Teacher Training (YTT) experience continues to enrich and support their goals going forward, both personally & professionally. And we’re honored to have been on this journey with them.

The next program starts in January. Click here for full details – or here to see why you should pick our program over other options.

 

Leigh-Ann Renz

Leigh-Ann Renz

Leigh-Ann has been practicing yoga since 1997 and teaching it since 2005. She is attracted to fluid vinyasa styles, including moon salutations, and loves to geek out about yoga “off the mat” – such as how the philosophies behind the physical postures can enrich our journey, both for ourselves and for others. She is honored to co-teach the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Waynesville Yoga Center, and loves facilitating healing services to the community. A writer, dancer, massage therapist, creative marketing nerd, and proud Mom, she can be found travelling, enjoying the rhythm of the seasons, or soaking up the natural world when not working.

Join Us in Our Month of Gratitude!

When we shift our attention to gratitude, we invite love, acceptance, and patience into our lives, towards ourselves + others. When we make the time and allow ourselves the space to slow down, we can gain clarity and perspective on how we are acting and reacting to the world around us.  While yoga can certainly help you cultivate gratitude, we’ve put together a couple of exercises that might also bring about more positivity in your life. 

Keep a gratitude journal

Whether you want to do it daily or weekly, write down three things you are grateful for. It could be about a person, an experience, or just a moment in time. Add this to your routine by logging your thoughts over your morning coffee, before you start your workday or before going to bed. Some days it might be easier than others to acknowledge what it is you appreciate, but slowly you’ll see that writing them down will have you feeling more positive in general.

Write a letter of appreciation

Pick someone in your life that you want to express your appreciation for. Maybe you’ve had a rough go at it together lately, haven’t seen in a long time, or someone you feel has brought light to your life. If you have a hard time with words, perhaps choose a poem that touches on how you feel.

Set a gratitude alarm

Set an alarm and when it goes off, take 5 minutes to engage in a gratefulness mediation, jot down a list of things you’re grateful for that day, take a quiet walk to reflect or choose a song to play and dedicate your thoughts to someone or something for the entirety it.

Turn a moment around

In moments of frustration or anger, see if you can stop and counteract it with a smile and gratitude. Kids ruin your new rug? Forget eggs at the grocery store? Stuck in traffic? Take a few breaths, invite a moment of stillness, and see if you can turn it around.

Dedicate your yoga practice to someone

At the beginning of your yoga practice, choose someone you’d like to dedicate it to, sending them love and light for that hour of your day. Perhaps they’re someone who needs some strength right now, someone you care for deeply, or simply a kind acquaintance.

Use the hashtags #NationalGratitudeMonth and #Waynesvilleyogacenter in your posts this month about Yoga + Gratitude, tag us, and be entered to win some cool merch or class packs!

Teacher of the Month: Amber Kleid

This October we are celebrating Amber Kleid as Teacher of the Month! Amber has been teaching at WYC since we opened in 2017 and is known to deliver some super yummy Hot Stone Restorative + Slow Flow classes. She offers insightful wisdom in a relaxed environment to help ground you, always offering modifications that are best suited for YOUR body. So if you haven’t had a chance to take one of her classes yet, register now- as they tend to fill up!

1. Tell me about your experience with yoga: how it began, where it has taken you, and how yoga has impacted your life.

Oh gosh…long story short, my first yoga book was “The Idiot’s Guide to Yoga” back in the ’90s and I practiced to Rodney Yee VHS tapes!  Fast forward to 2013 when I was diagnosed with Lupus.  I needed to find something that would help me stay strong and focused on my health and that’s when I began my daily home practice.  I’d be lying if I said yoga only impacted my life physically because there are so many great and valuable lessons I’ve taken away over the years.  The biggest being forgiveness.  Also compassion and patience.  Oh, I can’t bring myself to kill spiders any more.  Little dudes have every right to be here too, as creepy as they may seem.  

      2. What are your favorite styles/classes?

Well, if I took a hot yoga class I’d be the girl who slips on her mat and busts out her front teeth, ha!  So… I really love slow and challenging movements.  I relish getting into my body and feeling each muscle move and then relax.  It feels so powerful to have that kind of control and ease at the same time.  

      3. What’s your favorite pose and why?

I’d have to say Half Moon / Ardha Chandrasana.  It took me a long time to master it so I have mad respect for the shape!  There’s something about being so vulnerable and strong in the full expression that I find it very exhilarating.  I’m still working on adding Bow Pose to Half Moon but with patience and practice that will come too 🙂 

      4. What do you do when you’re not practicing yoga?

Drink coffee, make artsy stuff, cuddle with my kitties (Jolly is stealing half of my chair right now) and spend as much time with the Hubbs as I can.  When our schedules allow it we hike and take “Sunday” drives to explore WNC.  I belong to a photo club and a few writer’s clubs. I tried a storytelling group but apparently, my story was too “fresh” for the likes of them and I was directed elsewhere, ha!  I took it as a compliment! 

      5. Tell me something funny or unexpected about you.

Once upon a time at an Oktoberfest, I dressed up as the Saint Polly Girl and volunteered to be hypnotized as part of a group.  So, floating around on the interweb is a video of me Kung Foo Fighting in a wench costume.  Enjoy.

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5:30 pm Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center
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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.),[...]
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5:30 pm Full Moon Restorative Yoga with ... @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Full Moon Restorative Yoga with ... @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Oct 9 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Full Moon Restorative Yoga with Live Music + Meditation @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Join Jake for this relaxing Sunday Full Moon Restorative practice. Enjoy the sounds of singing bowls, guitar + the sea drum. This class will be held inside, supported by bolsters and blankets. Cost: $22 drop-in or[...]
Oct
21
Fri
5:30 pm Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Oct 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Stretch, Flow + Sip with Jake Join Jake for this fun BYOB Friday evening event which will have you moving to a theme playlist or  band. Expect head-bobbing in addition to your asanas. September 9:[...]
Oct
29
Sat
1:30 pm Yoga & the Shamanic Journey with... @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Yoga & the Shamanic Journey with... @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Oct 29 @ 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Yoga & the Shamanic Journey with Shamanic Breathwork @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Join Kirsten and Leigh-Ann for a deeper dive into using Shamanic Breathwork to explore our inner realms, help deepen our spiritual practice, and clear the chakras. In this sacred circle we will strengthen our connection[...]
Nov
4
Fri
5:30 pm Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Nov 4 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Stretch, Flow + Sip with Jake Join Jake for this fun BYOB Friday evening event which will have you moving to a theme playlist or  band. Expect head-bobbing in addition to your asanas. September 9:[...]
Nov
5
Sat
1:30 pm Wheels of Life: Deep Dive Into t... @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Wheels of Life: Deep Dive Into t... @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Nov 5 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Wheels of Life: Deep Dive Into the Chakra System @ Waynesville Yoga Center | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Each chakra has its own tone, feel, essence. None of them is any more valuable than the others; yet, when each chakra is strong and clear, they harmonize together in a beautiful system of balance.[...]
4:00 pm Yoga & Myth: Going Deeper @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Yoga & Myth: Going Deeper @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Nov 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Yoga & Myth: Going Deeper @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Yoga & Myth: Going Deeper Our brains are wired to interpret the world around us through myth, archetype, and storytelling. It’s why we continue to gravitate to the narratives of movies, books, and TV shows,[...]
Nov
11
Fri
6:00 pm Yoga for Aging Gracefully (Immer... @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Yoga for Aging Gracefully (Immer... @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Nov 11 @ 6:00 pm
Yoga for Aging Gracefully (Immersion Workshop) @ Waynesville Yoga Center | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
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[...]
Nov
18
Fri
5:30 pm Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Nov 18 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Stretch, Flow + Sip with Jake Join Jake for this fun BYOB Friday evening event which will have you moving to a theme playlist or  band. Expect head-bobbing in addition to your asanas. September 9:[...]
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  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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.

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

    – Steve S.

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

    – Michelle G.C.

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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 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.

  • “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

  • “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.

  • 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.

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

    – Carol L.

  • “Jay takes time to answer questions, to give help when needed in performing movements and is a gentle, calm person which helps my yoga experience.”

    – Anita S.

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