Category: Resources

What is Shiatsu?

Zen Shiatsu (“shee-ott-soo”) is soothing, yet effective, bodywork that treats not only muscles, joints, and nerves – but also bio-electricity energy within the body (known as qi, or chi = “chee”). A shiatsu session includes gentle rotation of limbs, stretching of muscles, and stimulating points along the Chinese medicine meridians of the body, from the head + face down to the toes and fingers.

Shiatsu can be especially effective for managing chronic pain, insomnia, stress, depression, anxiety, headaches, past injuries, and many sub-clinical symptoms that may disrupt daily life (e.g. digestive issues, seasonal allergies, sleep disturbances, minor aches and weaknesses).

Shiatsu complements medical treatments for more serious diseases, including managing the symptoms and side effects of many medications.

Shiatsu can be experienced both on a massage table – or a padded mat on the floor. Many people like that you do not disrobe for a shiatsu session: it is experienced clothed, without oil. Many people who find traditional massage too vigorous or invasive experience shiatsu as a calming, welcome alternative. It brings the body into a relaxed state to encourage self-healing.

Waynesville Yoga Center is excited and grateful to welcome Raymond Johnson of Mountain Zen Shiatsu! He’ll be offering Shiatsu sessions at WYC on Tuesdays, 12 – 8 PM and Sundays, 10 AM – 4 PM. To experience Raymond’s calm, healing presence – and to see how amazing shiatsu can make you feel, book a session with him now: 828.246.6570.

feelin’ funky? fight it!!

One of the best ways to enhance your immunity is elderberry syrup – and our very own Tara Scarborough crafts her own blend – now available in the WYC apothecary!

Taking elderberry syrup can support your immune system anytime you’re in need of a boost: it has been shown to reduce the length and severity of colds and flu.

“Researchers also have found that people who have taken elderberries have higher levels of antibodies against the influenza virus, showing that not only may the berry be able to treat flu symptoms, it may also be able to prevent influenza infection.” (Pharmacy Times > Elderberry Research)

We’re selling Tara’s homemade elderberry syrup for $15 for an 8 ounce jar, which is less expensive than Amazon or local stores – and hers isn’t bitter like some other brands. In fact, Tara’s blend tastes delicious: your kiddos may just start asking for it when they’re feeling funky! 🙂

FAQ

Dosage >
Adults: 1/2 – 1 tsp daily
Children: 5 – 15 mL
May increase to a max of 6 daily doses upon first signs of illness

How long will it last? >
This is a homemade product, without preservatives; bottled and cooled when fresh. It will last 2 – 3 months if kept in the fridge.

Contraindications >
// At this time, not enough is known about the safety of using elderberry during pregnancy and breast-feeding. If you’re pregnant and/or nursing, stay on the safe side and avoid use.

// Elderberry might cause the immune system to become more active, and this could increase the symptoms of autoimmune diseases. If you have an autoimmune condition (such as MS, lupus, rhematoid arthritis, Hashimotos, etc; it’s best to avoid using elderberry.

How do you get your hands on ours? >
Stop by the Waynesville Yoga boutique / apothecary prior to scheduled classes > see regular class calendar. If you don’t currently take classes or would like to arrange another time to stop by, contact us: 828.246.6570 // hello@waynesvilleyogacenter.com

Flow and Ground Yoga

We’re very excited to announce our own branded style: Flow + Ground Yoga! Developed by Jay MacDonald in coordination with our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, this signature blend is an integration of movement and stability.

In this yoga practice, the emphasis is on finding balance and presence in every single aspect of our movement, breath and surrender which is unique to each individual. This journey of self discovery should be made with a sense of wonder and joy free from criticism or judgement.

Our belief is that each individual’s mind, body and spirit should be respected and handled with the utmost care and compassion in every yoga class. Our job as instructors is not to impose our own will or ideals of what a yoga pose should look like but rather to encourage and guide students safely and carefully on their journey to discover what each pose should feel like in their own physical, mental and spiritual expression of each pose.

As instructors, we owe it to our students to observe and listen to any concerns or fears with the understanding that only they truly know what a pose feels like in their own body. We also owe our students the right to decide and set their own boundaries regarding hands on adjustments vs. verbal adjustments without implied judgment or criticism.

This practice moves with breath, gravity and surrender through each pose. It’s designed to gradually build toward higher energy flow sequence that pushes out what is stuck and stagnant then slowing gradually back down to a grounding calming static practice that centers and renews, then finishes with a brief meditation, bringing in a fresh and clearer perspective.

Each class will include several twisting sequences to wring out stagnant energy / blood / lymph / metabolic waste, followed by heart chakra and throat chakra openers to open up to the fresh and new. This is followed with at least three sets of sun salutations. The sun salutes are followed by a low grounding slow flow sequence including Yin, gentle or restorative poses (such as hip openers). Class is finished with a brief meditation or guided imagery sequence before savasana.

Stillness + Motion

Flow = to issue or move in a stream; circulate; rise; abound; to hang loose and billowing; to derive from a source; to deform under stress without cracking or rupturing.

“Water will flow from areas with high energy to those with low energy.”

“I want to be like water, I want to slip through fingers and hold up a ship.” {Michelle Williams}

“Water doesn’t resist, water flows.
When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress.
Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you.
But water always goes where it wants to go and nothing in the end can’t stand against it Water is patient Dripping water wears away a stone Remember that my child Remember that you are half water…” {Margaret Atwood}

“A Woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.” {Maya Angelou}

“Water is fluid, soft and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.”  {Lao Tzu}

***Water is of major importance to all living things; in some organisms, up to 90% of their body weight comes from water. Up to 60% of the human adult body is water. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, the brain and heart are composed of 73% water, and the lungs are about 83% water.Jul 23, 2018

Ground = the solid surface of the Earth; an area of knowledge or a subject of discussion or thought; factors forming a basis for action or the justification for a belief.

“Feeling rooted in the earth is soothing to the body, and it is our connection to the earth that gives us our most basic sense of belonging, home, resilience, and safety.” {Jessica Moore}

“Any spiritual practice that draws our energy and attention ‘up’ – without equally focusing downward – is inherently ungrounding and will make us out of balance.” {Jessica Moore}

“Asanas don’t exist. What I mean is that there is no such thing as an asana. What exists is a person, who has a body that gets put in a shape and then you say, ‘Oh, that’s that asana.’… You can’t take the downward dog out of your body and look at it as if it’s an entity devoid of context.”

Asanas don’t have alignment, people have alignment. Everyone’s body is a little bit different; everyone’s body is unique and what works for one person will create harm for somebody else. Engaging someone in an inquiry to discover their own uniqueness is one of the great benefits of an asana practice.” {Leslie Kaminoff}

“What I’ve learned over the years… is that it’s far more powerful to engage a student in an inquiry than to simply give them an answer.”

It’s taken a while to be comfortable with just sitting inside a question, and letting students sit inside a space of questioning and exploration… but what I found is that the answers people come up with in that situation are much more powerful; because it’s their answer, not anyone else’s.” {Leslie Kaminoff}

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s a small or a large group because the intent is for each person in the group to connect with what’s going on for them, not to just follow the leader or do what the teacher is doing.” {Leslie Kaminoff}

“The ultimate context of yoga is the person that is doing it. So to me the purpose of yoga is to bring that individual to more of a state of balance and whatever that means for that person. What’s balance for me can be very different than what’s balance for you. Understanding our own individual nature to me is what yoga is.” {Leslie Kaminoff}

“You could be doing something on a yoga mat that looks like yoga practice but you could be not paying attention to your breath, your mind can be wandering, you could be doing a hundred other things in your own head, while your body is going through the postures. I don’t think that’s yoga. By definition, if the mind and body are being brought together through the breath then I think its yoga, and its spiritual. It’s all the same definition.” {Leslie Kaminoff}

Adjusting to the Seasons

by Jerica Rossi

Adjustments. How many times has a teacher come around, lightly pulled back on your hips while you’re in downward dog, or pressed into your back during a forward fold – and you just didn’t feel like fully committing to the stretch? And how many times did you breathe into it and experience a glorious release?

Sometimes it’s an obstacle to get over ourselves, physically and mentally – to surrender to the flow. Perhaps we aren’t ready for change, or don’t feel like we have the energy to show up for ourselves, or just feel like staying in our safe space without pushing to see if perhaps that space could be made a little larger.

Prior to moving to New Mexico to revisit my passion for sustainable building and to help build an off-the-grid cob house, my yoga practice was a source of meditation – a way to find and nurture an unwavering sense of self.

These days I get lost in that zen for hours while putting my hands in the earth, embracing the grand landscape and beating sun, and my practice has become one of physical necessity. Whether its mixing together piles of clay, sand and straw on tarps with my feet, or pushing the semi-hardened balls of the cob mix onto each layer of the house, I seem to have discovered muscles in my arms and legs that I never knew existed.

With dew still on my camper windows, I warm up with the rising sun amongst the mountains that set Georgia O’Keefe on a painting rampage. While sitting in pigeon pose, I can’t help but be entranced by the quivering stillness of the mornings – without even a rustle from the sagebrush. They say the valley used to be a meeting place for peace talks, where Native peoples came from all over to trade and give birth. Now the land is littered with the bones of animals who come here to pass on.

As I fill my lungs with cold air and muse on my night’s dreams, flowing through sun salutations, the smell of damp earth unlocks a bank of autumn memories: living cozy in a cabin in the Adirondacks with a lover; road-tripping through the Yukon and British Colombia via a Craigslist rideshare from Alaska; driving down US-1 in California with a stranger I met in line at the car rental place; and gearing up to move to Northern Thailand where I was initially introduced to earthen building and began my first six-month journey through Asia.

Fall kicks our sensory wisdom into motion, with the smell of wet leaves and the feeling of crisp air inviting reflection and helping us catalog lessons we’ve learned – exploring if we’ve actually made any progress toward becoming the person we want to be or if we’ve accomplished what we’ve set out to achieve.

With the sun setting earlier and without everything in bloom, we can sometimes start to feel stagnant and lacking energy, but it’s the perfect time to let that which doesn’t serve you go, welcome new routines and muse on new goals.

At the beginning of the summer I gave up on my chaturanga. I didn’t care to work on my upper body strength and would just make sure not to knock my face on the way down. But as summer progressed into fall, I started to see that strength appear in my body, with each cob brick I molded and heaved. Now when I get to my mat, I have an unwavering balance and am smiling through my chaturanga like a boss.

So what am I letting go of? I let go of my apathy. Somewhere along the way I confused apathy for contentment, and it never occurred to me that, although calm and accepting of things that are out of my control, I was neglecting that which I DO have control over. In reality, this apathy was killing any chance I had of establishing a mind-body-spirit balance and obtaining the ultimate bliss that comes along with it.

Luckily, just one taste of that bliss ushers in a clarity that makes it easy to identify what isn’t working so you can chuck it out the car window and reverse over it.

And the new vision I set out for the season ahead? To be flexible with intention. I want to go further into my back-bends, lengthen my hamstrings and recalculate (and respect) my boundaries, both on and off the mat.

So here’s to letting that which doesn’t serve you go, to planting seeds in the midnight garden and trusting that the lessons you’ve logged from autumns passed have prepared you to make each harvest better than the last.

 

Jerica handles marketing + management for Waynesville Yoga Center. When not working, she can be found behind a camera lens, embarking on an adventure or contemplating life while perched in tree pose. 

What to Wear to Yoga?!

by Jerica Rossi

We often get calls or questions from first timers who have no idea what to wear to class. While waking up early and dragging yourself out of bed in time for yoga is a battle of its own, knowing what to wear is another. Luckily, we’ve got some tips to help you pick clothes that will make you feel comfortable in class- and hopefully cut down on the time it takes to get ready.

These are some of the personal guidelines I follow:

A shirt that won’t creep up on me while I’m in downward dog.
Not only can it obstruct my vision, but a baggy shirt can often ride up and reveal my mid-drift to those around me. While i’m practicing, the last thing I want to be doing is fidgeting so I usually try to wear a tight tank top that stays in place while I move around. Feel that’s too revealing for you? Wear a tight tank UNDER your t-shirt! Or wear a sports bra and don’t wear a shirt at all- your call! As long as you feel comfortable in your practice, and aren’t too revealing/impeding on the experience of others in the room- do you.

Quality pants are key.
When I try on yoga pants, the first thing I do is put my hand inside and hold it up to the light at the store. Can I see my hand? Because if I can, you’ll certainly be able to see my undies while I’m stretching about. As far as fabric quality goes, find something that doesn’t lose it’s stretch or elasticity. While name brands like Lululemon or Fabletics surely deliver, if you know what to look for, you can usually score a sweet find at TJ MAXX or Marshalls. Personally, I’m a fan of the pants with a higher waistband, giving me a little extra lower back support and keeping me covered up.

If you don’t like leggings, or feel they can be a little to tight or revealing, go with a loose fitting linen or sweatpants. If I go with one of these options, I just make sure that going into warrior pose doesn’t require me to fidget with the pant around my knee. Too hot for yoga pants and want to wear shorts? Go with something that won’t bunch up or that you won’t have to pull down every few minutes.

Find the right bra.
With lots of stretching and movement, I’d avoid anything with a wire in it and go with a sports bra that offers extra coverage, or a bralet to keep everything in place. And make sure the fabric breathes- otherwise you might be in for a chafe of a time.

Bring layers (depending on the class and season).
If I’m hopping into the Hot Stone Restorative or know I’ll be holding longer poses in Yin, I usually bring along a zip-up to keep warm. If I start to build heat, I simply shed some layers, and then put them back on before savasana to avoid chills.

Care for your athletic wear!
Sweaty yoga clothes can easily get that funky musty smell if not dried completely, even if they get put in the washer fairly soon after class. Make sure to let your clothes dry completely, even before washing, to keep them feeling new.

Leave the shoes at the door.
While yoga is traditionally done barefoot, if slipping around on your mat leaves you feeling weird- grab some of the Barre socks we have in our boutique to help you with traction! Remember, though: Yoga is about finding comfort in the uncomfortable. So, perhaps, give the ole barefoot method a try!

Interested in more tips? Check out these resources…

What Not to Wear to Yoga Class, Because Wardrobe Malfunctions Are Never Fun

The 7 Rules: What to Wear For Yoga

What to Wear to Your First Yoga Class

 

Jerica handles marketing + management for Waynesville Yoga Center. When not working, she can be found behind a camera lens, embarking an adventure or contemplating life while perched in tree pose. Taking classes at WYC has helped her  face – and conquer – her own yoga fears.

 

Self Care Tip: Share the Mic!

(this post is part 2 to Self Care Tip: More Than Just a Brain)…

Don’t let your brain be a tyrant! Yes, value your thoughts and your mind – but experiment with valuing the other parts of yourself as well, letting them take turns and share your attention. One fun way to practice this is to give equal focus to various parts of yourself and increase your ego’s tolerance to not dominating the scene all the time!

Start by setting a timer and taking 2 minutes to notice everything happening in your body. Don’t get carried away by the stories that your mind will naturally want to take you away on; just notice any areas of pain or tension. Notice any and all sensations or lack of sensation. Feel your clothes; notice the temperature of the air around you.

Now take 2 minutes to tune into your feelings. Again, just catalog: I feel bitter because my wife fussed at me this morning; I feel worried about my Mom being sick; I feel grateful for this gorgeous weather… and so on. Just notice your emotions and give them the mic for 2 minutes.

Next, try handing the mic to the inner witness. This is the silent part of you that’s just there, watching, listening, experiencing. It’s not your body; your feelings; or your mind – it’s the part of you that’s wide awake, even when you’re sleeping. The part of you that’s simply here, taking it all in. See if you can tune into that witness.

Finally, let your mind take back over: give your brain 2 minutes for all the thoughts: plans for the future; learning from the past; anything and everything it wants to run through. You’ll probably find that it’s a bit quieter than normal, maybe unsure of what to do when it’s not constantly running the show.

However, your brain deserves respect and appreciation too, so take a moment to enjoy the practice of thinking and delighting in all of the amazing things your mind can do!

By training yourself to work with your brain instead of against it – but also not letting it dominate all the time, you can experience greater focus, clarity, efficiency and happiness! And that’s some fabulous self-care! 🙂

 

Leigh-Ann Renz offers yoga + massage at Waynesville Yoga Center

 

Leigh-Ann Renz is a massage therapist, yoga instructor and part of the management team at Waynesville Yoga Center.

Ask An Instructor!

Want to ask your yoga teacher something but feel like there’s not enough time after class? Or maybe you’ve considered doing private yoga but aren’t sure…

Try “Ask An Instructor”: your free opportunity to meet with a certified yoga teacher for 15 minutes.

You can get guidance about your most challenging pose – or maybe get tips on how to nail your yoga goals; you might want their feedback about mediation or other wellness practices. It’s your time to get a little one-on-one…

Thursday, October 4th, 5:30 – 6:30 PM: Amber Kleid
Saturday, October 7th, 11 AM – 12 NOON: Kayla Vreeland 

Spaces are limited + going fast! To snag yours, register on our class calendar.

Self Care Tip: More Than Just a Brain

For most of us, our minds run the show: we operate from our brains down, in a continual state of either ruminating about the past or planning for the future. It’s how our brains are literally wired: to scan for threats and find the “problems” in order to protect ourselves.

However, what this means is that we have a scientifically proven “negativity bias”: it takes several positive experiences to make the same impression on our nervous system as negative experiences. The data makes sense > for our ancestors, it was far better to see a tiger in the grass that wasn’t there than to not see one that is there.

The first mistake can be made endlessly; the second mistake can only be made once! 🙂 That predilection for scanning for danger and searching for what’s wrong vs. what’s right has been passed down to us, creating a survival framework that makes it very hard for us to be happy.

Additionally, our culture supports this brain tyranny, with old aphorisms such as “mind over matter” and the belief that our bodies are weak, helpless blobs while our brains are infallible leaders, not to be questioned.

Innate Intelligence

Thankfully, modern science is proving this arrogant stance wrong, demonstrating that what we think of as “brain tissue” can be found in our gut and other parts of our bodies.

Recent research shows that not only are our bodies innately intelligent, the dance of mind-body-emotions-consciousness is so interconnected that the various pieces often can’t be isolated.

What does all of this have to do with self-care? I’d like to offer a protocol to learn how to work with the brain’s negativity bias.

Neuroplasticity Protocol

There is so much amazing research about the subject of neuroplasticity, I’ll keep it brief and leave the juicy details to the experts! One great book to get you started is “Hardwiring Happiness” by Dr. Rick Hanson.

One simple self-care practice you can use to remap the brain’s circuitry towards contentment is to try the following with difficult thoughts or feelings:

1. accept > instead of pushing uncomfortable brain buzz away, lean toward it: sit with the thoughts and feelings that are making you squirm. See if you can increase your tolerance for sitting in your own discomfort.

The greater your bandwidth becomes to handle that intensity, the more you’ll be able to think in the midst of it: taking responsibility for your part in a conflict while leaving others free to do the same… acting instead of reacting… etc…

2. is there a message? > often, the things in our minds that we want to push away because they make us feel yucky serve an important purpose. Take a moment to inquire if it’s a messenger and how it might actually serve you.

3. find a happy thought > if you’ve created adequate space for the first two steps but the negative brain buzz doesn’t dissipate or unravel as the message reveals itself, it might just be your mind’s negativity bias trying to dominate the show! You’ve already leaned into it with respect; now try leaning away from it by introducing a thought that makes you happy.

It could be anything; but as long as it lights you up from the inside, it counts! Let that thought turn you on, surf that joyful energy for as long as you can – and when the wave of the spark crests, find another happy thought to surf, and so on…

4. find something else to focus on > sometimes, our ego is so insistent on finding fault and scanning for trouble, that we simply can’t make the good thoughts stick! Or we run through our gamut of inspiring ideas and are still feeling funky. As a final solution to “sticky brain”, try focusing on something other than your thoughts and feelings.

It could be the hard plastic of the steering wheel in your hands – the pressure of your foot on the gas pedal – the sensation of the clothes on your body – the sound of crickets coming in through the windows – the smell of the coffee in your mug next to you… try finding something interesting enough in your experience to take you out of the dominance of the thoughts and feelings.

By training yourself to work with your brain instead of against it, you can experience greater focus, clarity, efficiency and happiness! And that’s some fabulous self-care! 🙂

 

Leigh-Ann Renz offers yoga + massage at Waynesville Yoga Center

 

Leigh-Ann Renz is a massage therapist, yoga instructor and part of the management team at Waynesville Yoga Center.

Are You Violent?! Do You Steal?

Those probably seem like strange questions – and for most of us, the immediate inner answer is “No!” But let’s take a moment to broaden the question and look a little deeper.

In yoga philosophy, the five niyamas are personal practices that relate to our inner world, our relationship with our selves.

These are paired with the five yamas, which guide our our interactions with other people and the world at large – and together, they form yoga’s ethical principles. They’re a tool to help you be your best self and let your light shine in the world.

Simply put, the yamas are things not to do, or restraints, while the niyamas are things to do, or observances. At this time of year, the niyamas of Ahimsa (“nonviolence”) and Asteya (“nonstealing”) seem especially relevant.

Nonviolence doesn’t just mean beating the crap out of someone else. It can be something as simple as being cruel to yourself in your own mind. Notice how you speak to yourself: do you call yourself names? Do you judge your body – looks – intelligence level? Are you mean to yourself?

“The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” {Peggy O’Mara}

Many of us grew up with adults telling us cruel – and untrue – things about ourselves; and without even realizing it, we’ve internalized those mean voices. They become the unconscious soundtrack of our minds, and we repeat the abuse – the violence – without even realizing we’re doing it!

So many people walk around with internal narratives of violence > “I’m such an idiot!” – “If I wasn’t so lazy…” – “If I could just get rid of these thunder thighs”…. and if we don’t become aware of the level of abuse we’re inflicting on ourselves, we often pass it along to our children or to others.

“Be impeccable with your word: speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.” {Don Miguel Ruiz}

Maybe your pattern isn’t to be mean to yourself, but rather to others. Gossip, talking shit – even sharing vulnerable personal details about someone with another – can all inflict hurt, which means they are all forms of violence. A good rule of thumb is: if that other person were standing there, would you still be saying what you’re saying right now?

Chances are, the answer is no: you’d either refrain from saying it at all… or you’d say it in a more gentle, mindful way. For the next day, notice your words, both spoken and unspoken. Try to practice kind, compassionate and supportive ways of communicating, both in your mind and aloud, and notice how much better you feel about yourself.

Non-Stealing

Non-Stealing doesn’t just mean grabbing someone’s purse and running down the street with it. Do you steal sleep from yourself? Do you steal time from your kids? Do you allow someone else’s drama to steal time or vitality from your life? How about social media or news that’s making you feel sad or panicked?

When you recognize that your time and energy are two of the most valuable commodities you have – and that they can be stolen, by you or someone else – then the question of non-stealing takes on a whole new light.

For the next day or two, start to notice if you’re stealing these resources from yourself or others > and/or if you’re allowing them to be stolen from you.

“You have a relationship with the person who made your shoes, whether you choose to acknowledge that relationship or not.” {Wesley Wenger}

In our globally connected world, it’s impossible to be completely responsible for every single purchase we make. However, we can recognize that our economy is often fueled by sweatshop labor and other unethical practices that essentially steal from others, even if they’re halfway around the globe.

Whenever and wherever possible, use your dollar to purchase in a way that is sustainable and fair.

Spending your money locally is a great way to accomplish this goal: when you’re buying food from the farmer’s market // going to the local printer instead of the corporate chain // shopping for Xmas gifts on Main Street instead of online // buying your morning brew from the local roaster vs. the chain – you’re minimizing your participation in the exploitation industries’ large-scale theft.

Again, do what you can. We could all easily drive ourselves crazy trying to be completely impeccable about every purchase – but start to notice simple ways you can take responsibility for your spending and contribute to a more just and fair economy. It’s a subtle form of non-stealing that can make you feel more connected to yourself and your community.

And research indicates that keeping your dollar local does more than just make you feel good: it’s contributes to a healthier regional economy, meaning that money has greater benefit for the roads, schools, post services, etc. that we rely on locally.

As you begin to reflect on these subtle interactions with yourself and with others, what are other ways that you can put the yogic principles of non-violence and non-stealing into practice? We’d love to hear how these tools help you be your best self.


Leigh-Ann Renz offers yoga + massage at Waynesville Yoga Center

Leigh-Ann Renz is a massage therapist, yoga instructor and part of the management team at Waynesville Yoga Center.

Feel Good, Inside + Out

Finish the summer strong! Our upcoming workshops + events will help you flourish and more deeply engage in life through the practice of yoga:

> Practicing Presence on the Mat: a 4-Week Series w/ Katie Schomberg

Join Katie Schomberg each Sunday for a practice of presence. We will enjoy a 75 minute flow & yin yoga practice, followed by exploring various types of meditation, and writing. 

This is intended to help you cultivate a deep awareness for mindfulness not only in your yoga practice, but also allowing it to overflow into your life.

When we bring intention into any area of our lives, it has this beautiful ripple effect to then become the undercurrent of all we do. Join Katie for a life-changing, mindful, investment in YOU and the world around you.

*You must pay in full to participate in the 4 week series. $85 earlybird pricing // $105 at the door

Sunday August 12th, August 19th, August 26th & September 2nd from 2 – 3:30pm // click here to sign up

> Yoga + Essential Oils for Stress Reduction w/ Leigh-Ann

FEELING STRESSED!? Few among us isn’t these days, and our tumultuous times show no sign of letting up – or slowing down! Learn how to support your wellbeing with simple self-care practices.

Essential Oils are a lovely way to reduce stress, enhance sleep, detox, and energize for our busy, intense modern lives.

Join Leigh-Ann Renz to learn how to utilize gentle yoga poses, essential oils, and other simple yet effective self-care tools to calm your mind and support your body.

Saturday, August 18th, 2 – 3:30 PM // $30 pre-register > $35 at the door // Click here to register

> Cultivating Calmness: Pangu Yoga w/ Anisha Desai Fraser

Calm is a vehicle through which many other virtues flow and manifest. It allows unconscious conditioning + reactions to shift, allowing breakthroughs to occur.

Using Pangu Yoga and meditation, journaling, poetry, contemplation, and action steps, Anisha will guide you in cultivating steady unwavering inner calmallowing a state of being that is undisturbed, clear minded, open hearted, thoughtful and present even, and perhaps especially, when circumstances are not to our liking.

Pangu Yoga is a gentle, healing fusion of yoga and qigong. Pangu utilizes a beautiful synergistic harmony of movement and breath; profound visualization; and specialized Qi Gong breathing patterns to enhance a state of deep relaxation balanced with clear alertness.

Join Anisha Desai Fraser for this 2-hour workshop to experience Pangu and see how good it can make you feel! 

Saturday, August 25th, 2 – 4 PM. $35 if you pre-register > $40 at the door // click here to sign up

Space is limited: to save yours, call 828-246-6570 – email hello@waynesvilleyogacenter.com – or register on our class calendar.

  • “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 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 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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

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

    – Steve 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.

  • 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.

  • “With all of my health issues, I never would have believed I could ever learn to teach yoga. WYC’s Real Yoga for Real Bodies built my confidence as a leader, reminding me that my journey is my strength, and I will actually be a better teacher because of the challenges I’ve experienced. Thank you so much for creating a program that encouraged us to bring the beauty and the beast through this incredible transformation.”

    – CJH

  • “Amber 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.

  • “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.

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