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Nervous to Try Yoga?

(photo credit: Alexandra Gorn via Unsplash)

by Jerica Rossi

As people were walking into class, I heard a woman whisper to her friend, “I’m really nervous to go to class right now.”

As someone who loves diving head first into the unknown, I had a hard time relating, but I’m sure there are many of you out there who do. Whether you’re brand new to yoga – or someone who has been out of practice for quite some time – the nerves can be real. So let’s break it down and see what you can do about it.

I’m nervous because I’m not flexible.

Perhaps you think yoga is twisting into a pretzel while balancing on the edge of a cliff with your chiseled muscles glistening in the sun and a poised look on your face. It is – for some people. Then there are the majority of us who practice accessible forms of yoga for the purpose of focusing body and mind, to increase range of motion, to strengthen weak muscles, to recover from an injury or as a general preventative health measure – NOT because we want to balance on two fingers.

To do yoga you don’t need to be flexible, or young, or thin, or strong, or able to balance on your fingers or hands, or even be able to get up and down off the floor easily. You just have to want to try, to listen to your body AND, most importantly, to show up. It’s that simple.

                                 “Yoga is not for the flexible; it’s for the willing.”

I’m nervous because I’m out of shape and I don’t want to be judged by other people.

To be blunt: screw what other people think. You’re there for you. This is your journey and not theirs. So fall over. Wobble in your tree pose. Take a resting pose when you need to – and do it all smiling because all you can do is what you can do.

We at WYC want you to know that our classes are accessible to all ages, skill levels and body types, and pride ourselves on being an establishment that strives to help EVERY BODY in the community reach their wellness goals.

Maybe calm your nerves by prepping yourself and following along to a DVD or Youtube video before coming to class. Or maybe convince a friend to join you so you can you feel a little more at ease. And let’s not forget – most people are preoccupied thinking about how other people are judging them that they aren’t judging you.

At the end of the day, not doing something because you are afraid of what other people will think only leaves you worse off. You’re the one who wakes up to YOUR life everyday – so chuck what other people think in the F*** it Bucket and move on.

I’m nervous because it might be too hard for me.

They call yoga a ‘practice’ for good reason. It is supposed to be something that you work on – that you in some way expand on with each session. The first thing you can do is choose the appropriate class for you. Give us a call, stop by or peruse our website to find out what to expect.

How many people are in the class? What is the teacher like? Are there going to be other beginners? Try our small Yoga Basics or Gentle Yoga classes to become familiar with the foundations in an intimate setting to help you along your way.

If you find yourself unable to keep up in class, or to hold/balance in a certain pose, take a child’s pose or go into a modification. Give the teacher a little wave and ask them to help you find a pose that feels better for your body. Maybe you’ll take a class where you can’t keep up for most of it, and the next class you can. It’s that feeling of progress – or that you at least tried – that will positively serve your mental and physical well being and give you a boost of confidence.

I’m just plain nervous for a myriad of reasons.

If you’re still nervous after exploring these tips, the best thing to do is just show up. That’s the hardest part. It’s not always easy to come into tune with yourself or to accept what your body can and cannot do, but being present with these discomforts is half the battle. Do yourself a favor and just show up to class – and show up for yourself.

 

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.

Sitting in Discomfort

One of the ways that we can take yoga off our mats and into the world is by learning to manage our discomfort. For me, one of the hardest parts of a yoga class is not knowing what comes next: is it going to be hard? I’m already sweating and working; will the next pose push me into greater challenge?

Or will it be easy? Will I feel strong, capable and accomplished if the next pose the teacher guides me into is one I can nail and sustain?

It’s hard to surrender myself fully to the current pose when I have no idea what’s coming next. But isn’t that how life works!?

As humans, we want to control every aspect of our lives. We want to know what’s coming next so we can minimize intensity and discomfort. That’s not a realistic or sustainable model for life; by holding back from the present moment, we’re actually creating more discomfort and uncertainty for ourselves.

Living in that held back manner minimizes our trust in our own abilities to manage discomfort, adversity – or even pain! It also minimizes our capacity to receive fully what we’re experiencing, including the pleasure and joy that can come in moments of intensity and challenge.

One thing I love about yoga is that it helps me to lean into the intensity of life, moment by moment, trusting that I will have what I need to manage the next pose > and the next wave of life events, even if it’s intense or challenging.

And if I don’t, at least I’ve given it my all and can fully have the experience of “falling off the surf board”. I’ll pause for a moment, letting the waves support me – then get back on the board and try to surf again after I’ve caught my breath.

Another way that yoga serves me off the mat is the ability to sit with – and breathe into – my discomfort. For example, I don’t do well with temperature regulation. I tend to chill or overheat very easily and have a hard time when yoga classes get hot. I’m already sweating and working out, now I have to experience heat from the room too!?

But I’ve found that by be willing to stay present in my yoga practice > by be willing to stick with the discomfort of sweating and feeling warmer than I’d like > I feel empowered. While at first it feels uncomfortable and very intense, if I can sit in that feeling and welcome it instead of pushing it away – not only does the moment pass, I feel like I’ve conquered it!

Learning how to breathe through intense poses and physical sensations on my yoga mat helps me do the same thing when life presents me with intensity, challenge and discomfort (which it does pretty much every day). In these challenging and charged times, see if you can use the intensity of what you experience in class to serve and empower you off the mat.

While certain things should not be just “breathed through” – you’ll need to use your wise discernment to know what’s a discomfort that you can manage versus what’s not ok to push through – play with this in your next yoga class.

Maybe you try staying in a class that feels “too full” for you, breathing through your inclination to leave because you’re close to your neighbor. Or maybe pause that urge to turn the fans on and let a little heat build before you flip that switch to get relief.

The beauty of yoga is not only that it makes you feel amazing in the moment, bestowing peace and strength – but also that it gives you valuable skills that serve you in your life outside of your practice.


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

How’s Your Sleep?!

If you’ve done a private yoga or wellness consultation with me lately, I’ve asked “how’s your sleep”? That’s because I just finished a fascinating and phenomenal book by Matthew Walker called “Why We Sleep”.

I’ve been sleep deprived most of my life. However, it wasn’t until reading this book that I realized how much of that deprivation was caused by buying into our cultural idea that sleeping is somehow lazy- or that it’s perfectly acceptable to shove sleep onto the back burner when busy, which is ALWAYS in our go-go-go, uber packed modern lives.

This book finally gave me the hardcore data my analytical mind needed to prioritize sleep: to accept that 8 hours per night really is non-negotiable from a health / body / brain perspective. I realized how many of us are feeling awful and how much of that awful feeling is “simply” sleep deprivation.

My experience supported the data of how much more efficiently our bodies + brains operate when we’re getting a full 8 hours of NREM and REM per night!

It also reminded me of the sleep rhythms of Ayurveda: according to this ancient sister science of Yoga, you should be asleep by 10:30 PM and awake by 6:30 AM (most traditional literature says 10 PM // 6 AM, but a new book is extending it to 10:30/6:30). Staying awake past 10 // 10:30 pushes you into Pitta energy, where you catch that second wind + can easily stay awake until after midnight. This makes it much harder to get good quantity or quality sleep.

Sleeping past 6:30 AM makes it harder to wake up, because you’re pushing against sleepy, heavy Kapha energy. Add heavy evening meals and/or nighttime snacking to this mix, and you’ve got a recipe for weight gain, acid reflux, sleeping issues, and morning brain fog.

If you’re experiencing any of these, try a lighter evening meal – and dialing back your sleep times. Examine your beliefs about sleep: do you disrespect it as an unnecessary or even lazy afterthought? Maybe check out Dr. Walker’s book and see how the research can support better sleep for your health + wellness!

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

What’s Qi Gong?

by Bill Muerdter, 10.26.17

Breath + Health

Breath is the first thing we experience at birth and it is the last thing we relinquish as we depart. Throughout our lives, most of us take breathing for granted, placing it on the ’back burner’ in ‘auto mode’. However, when we change that pattern and begin to breath consciously and effectively, incredible health and anti aging benefits occur.

Long ago, the Chinese realized this and developed Qigong as an effective method to explore the positive effects of breath and energy. Ancient Indian culture did this in a similar manner with their creation of pranayama practices in the Yoga tradition.

Qi Gong

photo credit Samuel Zeller @samuelzeller

‘Qigong’ (pronounced “chee-gung”) is the study and practice of breath and energy. It involves very simple body movements combined with proper breathing techniques. It does not require memorizing a sequence of movements as with Tai Chi and is direct, simple and easy to follow.  Qigong is ‘moving meditation’.  It’s effects are calming and relaxing allowing one to connect to a deep inner space; and it can bring about a sense of centered wholeness.

We all know what it is like when an automobile or lawn mower is trying to function with a dirty air filter: poor and inefficient performance results. We have become a nation of shallow, upper-chest mouth breathers, which has resulted in health complications.

What can you expect from a Qigong class?

In Qigong class at Waynesville Yoga Center, we will explore the whole phenomenon of breathing and it’s dynamics, including modern research into breath work. The classes are offered in a relaxed, causal manner where everyone can feel comfortable and at ease, no matter what one’s age or body condition.

We all age, but it is up to us to explore and practice techniques that help us to age gracefully. By doing this, it provides us with the good health necessary to actively engage in life with vitality and vigor no matter what our age. Qigong and effective conscious breathing techniques have a long history in positively effecting overall health, well being and longevity.

Modern life swirls around us, but the practice of Qigong can root us much like a tree firmly planted in the earth. It can provide a path for us to experience a grounded sense of quiet peacefulness.

Try it for yourself!

Join Bill for Qi Gong at Waynesville Yoga Center on Thursdays from 1:30 – 2:30 PM.
Space is limited: click here to claim your spot!

 

Bill Muerdter has been practicing and studying Qigong (ancient Chinese practice combining breathing and movement for health and healing) along with Tai Chi since the 80’s as well as the Yoga breathing tradition of Pranayama.

In addition, he studies the present day breathing programs of Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. G. Hendricks and the recent Harvard Medical studies. He’s excited to start teaching the art of Qigong at Waynesville Yoga Center.

What the heck is Reiki?

Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is a hands-on Japanese therapeutic technique for stress reduction and healing. Reiki helps alleviate stress and anxiety, body pain, and emotional pain. In addition, it is a wonderful non-invasive way to achieve deep relaxation.

Reiki has been proven to affect adults, children, plants and animals! Reiki can help: support those with Autism Spectrum Disorders; soothe ADD/ADHD; clear asthma; minimize the stress of PTSD; and achieve a sense of general well-being, calm and balance.

How does reiki work?

Reiki can be performed while you are lying down, fully clothed, on a massage table or sitting in a supported chair.  Reiki is offered through light, non-invasive touch with the practitioner’s hands placed and held on a series of locations on the head, the torso, and limbs. This placement is non-intrusive and without pressure.

It is also possible to receive a Reiki session without being touched. Reiki is safely used as a complementary treatment to whatever therapy your health practitioner recommends. It is most important to remember that Reiki comes from the heart, not the head.

How will reiki feel?

Everyone experiences a Reiki treatment differently, and the effect can be quite subtle from complete relaxation to the sensation of heat coming from the practitioner’s hands. Reiki is a path of discovery, healing and empowerment unique to each individual.

Reiki Sessions:
30 minutes: $40
45 minutes: $55
60 minutes: $70

To schedule a reiki session, call our front desk: 828.246.6570.

 

Got Sciatica?

by Sara Lewis, 9.22.17

What is Sciatica?

There are two sciatic nerves – the longest nerves in the body – that run from the lower spine all the way down each leg. When the sciatic nerve gets pinched it causes “sciatica”, or pain to radiate down one side of the leg. The most common cause is a herniated disc, although there can be other causes.

Unfortunately, sciatica is very common and according to Harvard Health, as many as 40% of people will experience sciatica during their lifetime.

What are treatment options?

While everyone is different, there are some proven treatments that can help relieve sciatica. If the pain is excruciating, it can help to lie on the floor for short periods, stretching the spine long. However, it is important to stay active and prolonged bed rest or sitting does not help sciatica.

Sitting increases pressure on the spinal discs. Over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen may help relieve inflammation in the short-term, but medications only mask the underlying problem.

While there is limited evidence-based research on methods that relieve sciatica and lower back pain, there is a new consumer based social network called Health Outcome, which captures patient outcome data for various health issues/treatments. The founder, Ofer Ben-Shachar, suffered a leg injury in the 1990s. When his doctor recommended surgery, he requested data to see how effective the surgery really was, but there was very little data available.

Ben-Shachar agreed to the surgery, but unfortunately the outcome was not positive and it took him five years to be able to drive a car again. A group of Stanford University researchers recently published an article about Health Outcomes, which notes that postural reform and yoga are the top-rated patient treatments for low back pain.

In addition, Boston Medical University recently published a study, in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Study participants were randomly divided into three groups: yoga classes every week for 3 months, 15 visits with a physical therapist or education (self-help book/newsletters).

The yoga group continued practice at home for another 9 months and the physical therapy had sessions every 2 months or did exercises at home for 9 months. The results showed that a gentle yoga practice is just as effective for easing back pain as physical therapy.

What are the best yoga poses for sciatica and back pain?  

If the source of the sciatica is a herniated disc, it is important to start with gentle poses that will align, lengthen and strength the lower back. Yoga poses that stretch the hamstring, such as reclining hand-to-to (Supta Padangusthasana) using a strap, are especially helpful to relieve sciatica.

Other gentle poses include: child’s pose; cat-cow; baby cobra; knees to chest; supine pigeon; and standing psoas release (using a block or book), among others. If the source of sciatica is due to a tight piriformis muscle, simple spinal twist poses, such as Half Lord of the Fishes (Ardha Matsyendrasana) may be helpful.

Massage and Bodywork

In addition to the physical yoga poses, massage and bodywork can be greatly beneficial in relieving sciatica pain. Although the piriformis and other “deep 6” muscles are located underneath the glutes and can be challenging for a massage therapist to access, it is possible – and there are many other supportive techniques that can be employed.

Thai massage in particular is effective in releasing tension in the piriformis, low back, hamstrings, glutes, IT band and other tissues that cause / contribute to sciatica.

Learn More

Join us on Saturday, October 7th, to explore techniques to relieve sciatic pain and support lifelong health + mobility. Click here for details.

sara-lewis-teaches-yoga-in-waynesvilleSara has practiced yoga for over 15 years and has been teaching yoga since 2014. After a 25-year career in international public health, Sara began a second career as a Certified Holistic Health Coach. Her passion for food led her to yoga when she began studying the connection between mindfulness and stress eating. Sara emphasizes alignment and posture in all her classes.

Her flow classes, which are fun and energetic, focus on lengthening the spine and improving balance and strength. Sara’s yin classes focus on pranayama (breath work) and deep relaxation. When she’s not on the mat, Sara can be found in the kitchen creating new recipes from locally sourced ingredients, or out exploring the hills of Western NC on a bicycle.

 

 

Feeling Stressed!?

by Jerica Rossi

Alongside weekly yoga classes, Waynesville Yoga Center also offers massage and bodywork to help support your wellness! Our licensed therapists integrate a variety of techniques, such as Swedish, Deep Tissue, Thai, Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy and other healing modalities, to provide you with a tailored treatment that meets your unique needs.

So, who are the masters behind the massage magic?

Leigh-Ann Renz offers yoga + massage at Waynesville Yoga CenterLeigh-Ann Renz (LMBT 9076) attended the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga in 2008 and has been practicing massage + bodywork since 2009. As a bodyworker, Leigh-Ann incorporates a variety of modalities (such as Swedish, deep tissue, Thai, reflexology, cranio-sacral, polarity + energy work, myofascial techniques, and more) into an intuitive, customized session for each client. Leigh-Ann offers massage Mondays and Fridays 9:30 – 5:30pm – and Wednesdays 10:30 – 5.

 

Aja Kennelly (LMBT 101714) has been working as a massage therapist since 2004. She is certified in Hawaiian Lomi-Aja-Kennelly-offers-massage-at-Waynesville-Yoga-CenterLomi, Swedish, Deep tissue and Reflexology, and incorporates each of these into her unique flow. Through massage therapy, Aja hopes to help people find peace within themselves. Aja offers massage Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 – 8pm.

Both Leigh-Ann and Aja pride themselves on delivering a relaxing and therapeutic experience that leaves you feeling rejuvenated. Appointments for couples’ massage, bridal or baby showers, and weekends are available with advanced notice.

Packages

Looking for the ultimate bliss? Try our Ananda Package! This session will begin with a 10-minute hot salt foot soak while you consult with your massage therapist, followed by a 70-minute full body integrated massage using a custom-blend oil based on your needs for the session. Your experience will then be topped off with tea and chocolate when you get off the table so you walk out the door feeling an ultimate bliss!

Spending a lot of time on your feet? Try our Solid Foundation Package! This package includes a 10-minute hot salt foot soak and hand massage, followed by a 20-minute custom-blended oil foot massage that incorporates elements of reflexology and Thai foot massage. Restore health and balance to your body by treating your feet with this 30-minute experience!

Massage + Bodywork Pricing

Ananda Package: 80 minutes/ $100
Solid Foundation Package: 40 minutes/ $35

30 minutes: $40
60 minutes: $60
70 minutes: $70
90 minutes: $90
120 minutes: $120
5 treatment series: $325
10 treatment series: $600

Couples Massage: $150 (60 minutes)

More Information

For more details about the massage and bodywork offered at Waynesville Yoga Center – and/or to book a treatment, call us at 828.246.6570.

Jerica is a manager at Waynesville Yoga Center – as well as a writer and the creative power behind the WYC flyers. When not working at the center, she can be found practicing yoga, camping, at music festivals and simply enjoying life in WNC.

 

What’s Good for Beginners?

Since opening our doors 3 weeks ago, we’ve been asked many times “What’s good for beginners? I’m new to yoga (or haven’t practiced in a while) and need a place to start…”

To answer this need, we’ve added Yoga Basics and Beginners Flow to the class schedule. Check out our offerings for those new to yoga – or those who haven’t practiced in a while / haven’t practiced since an injury, etc:

Yoga Basics

This class is held in the Library, with a max of 5 students per class. This small class format allows the instructor to keep a closer eye on the students, address any limitations or challenges (ie: how can I do downdog with wrist pain?) and make sure students’ form is safe.

The small class format should also help students feel more comfortable to ask questions and address their specific needs as they get (re)acquainted with Yoga. Students can drop in any time, but the class will follow a 4-week syllabus: Standing Poses, Balance Poses, Seated Poses and Basic Vinyasa Flow.

After attending all four sessions, students should feel comfortable graduating on to other classes on the schedule, specific to their ability.

Mondays 6 – 7 PM with Amber and Thursdays 12 – 1 PM with Leigh-Ann

Classes fill up fast – call 828.246.6570 or book online to hold your spot.

Beginners Flow

This class is a great starting place for those who have practiced flow yoga in the past and want to ease back in. It’s perfect for those who want a gentle flow yoga class – and is an option for newbies to graduate to after completing the Yoga Basics series.

Saturdays 10:30 – 11:30 AM with Maura

Classes fill up fast – call 828.246.6570 or book online to hold your spot.

Warm Welcome

Don’t forget about our Warm Welcome package, perfect for anyone who wants suggestions about which classes to take, exercises to do at home, help re-integrating after an injury, etc.

Start with a hot salt foot soak while we review your intake form, assess your body alignment, suggest classes, show you a few key poses – and answer your questions. Includes a WYC t-shirt (or vial of essential oil) and WYC sticker. $30 – Contact us to schedule: 828.246.6570 – hello@waynesvilleyogacenter.com

Private Yoga

Private Yoga is one-on-one yoga with a certified instructor. You can book one class – or as many as you need to accomplish your yoga + wellness goals. Contact us to schedule: 828.246.6570 – hello@waynesvilleyogacenter.com

Questions?

As always, please contact us for details – and/or to answer specific questions. We’re honored to assist you in your yoga journey and grateful to have you as part of the Waynesville- and Haywood County – yoga community!

 

Leigh-Ann Renz teaches yoga, offers massage + bodywork, and manages at Waynesville Yoga Center.Leigh-Ann Renz offers yoga + massage at Waynesville Yoga Center

Are you saying “booty” yoga?

Yes, it’s pronounced “boo-tee” – but what we’re putting down is Buti Yoga, a trademarked fusion of primal movement, conditioning and traditional yoga moves. Now, truth be told, I’ve only taken one Buti class: from one of my friends, the fabulous Cynthia Sims, at Primal Studios in West Asheville. But what I experienced blew my little mind.

Cynthia-Sims-inspires-Buti-Yoga-at-Waynesville-Yoga-Center
Cynthia Sims

First of all, it was fun, really fun. Apparently every Buti teacher can pick whatever type of music appeals to them, and thankfully Cynthia chose a bass-thumping blend of rap and hip-hop that made me want to move. Even though the class challenged me, I never felt overwhelmed or lost, as I sometimes have during complicated Zumba routines.

Cynthia broke everything down into a digestible and fluid format, keeping us active the entire class but with movements that made sense and felt challenging, not overwhelming. Her obvious love of Buti and enthusiasm for movement poured through the class and made me want to join her party! 😊

I have to confess that what drew me to Buti in the first place are Cynthia’s abs. No lie, I kept seeing pix of her enviably toned belly on Instagram and finally reached out to ask what she does for conditioning. When she answered “just Buti Yoga”, I thought she was lying (still do!), but I can report that my abs literally felt sore for about 4 days afterwards.

But it was different than a typical “I did a bunch of core work and now my muscles hurt” that I’ve experienced from various types of activity. I felt connected to my core for days after the class. That deep connection is something I’ve never really experienced, not from other types of yoga, nor from other types of exercise.

If you visit the Buti Yoga website, you’ll see that there are all sorts of body shapes, sizes and fitness represented. That’s another thing that drew me to try the class: knowing that, although this style of yoga can result in killer abs like Cynthia’s, that’s not the point. The point is to connect deeply to our most empowered, authentic and healthy selves, no matter what our size, shape or weight. Or at least, that’s what I received from the class.

When we crafted the class schedule for Waynesville Yoga Center, we tried to offer a variety of yoga styles. We want our community to not only be excited about a centralized yoga studio right here in Waynesville, NC (!!!!) – we also want to offer something different, that you can’t get anywhere else. After taking Cynthia’s class, we realized that Buti Yoga fits in perfectly with the variety of class flavors and levels we’re aiming for.

Thankfully, with the help of our awesome staff, we’re able to offer Buti Yoga on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7-8 PM. We hope that you’ll join us on Mondays to experience Judy Nemeth and on Wednesdays for Kendall Graham. To register for either of these classes, click the links on our schedule – and don’t forget that your first class is free for locals!

 

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

 

Leigh-Ann Renz is a yoga teacher, massage therapist + bodyworker and the manager at Waynesville Yoga Center. When not working, she can be found connecting with friends over good food – or in the woods with her family, enjoying Nature.

  • “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.

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

    – CJH

  • “WYC YTT has given me such tremendous depth in my practice of yoga on and off the mat. I’ve loved seeing my evolution this year as I learned all the ways I can add yoga to my home and work life. I started just expecting to build a stronger personal practice, but now I am so excited to see where this will all take me in the years to come.”

    – 2019 YTT Student

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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 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 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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

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

    – Steve S.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “Jay met me prior to class to help me polish my yoga teaching skills. I really appreciate her willingness to meet and teach me to make me a better instructor.”

    – Brooke H.

  • “I waited years looking for the right yoga teacher training program and WYC was definitely the reason why. I’m absolutely convinced I could not have found a program that was more creative, inclusive, or supportive. I would definitely attribute that to the meticulous design of the curriculum and incredibly talented teachers you brought in to lead so many cool facets of the course. You drew in some of the most amazing students with all this awesomeness and I’ve been so thrilled to learn alongside them this year so thank you, thank you, thank you for every last delicious bit of it.”

    – CJH

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

    – Teresa F.

  • “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.

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