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“Life Changing” –

As the intensity of 2020 shows no sign of letting up in early 2021, what tools are you using to stay healthy and sane? Knowledge of the chakras can help us stay balanced and calm in the midst of chaos & intensity.

By learning about these centers of electricity in the body – that affect everything from hormones to energy levels – we gain deeper understanding of both ourselves and the world around us.

As we tune into the intricate dance between our experience as humans and the rhythms of the natural world, we gain confidence, calm, and clarity. In exploring the ancient wisdom of the chakras, we examine our habitual patterns, inviting and making space for change, healing, and growth.

With more lockdowns looming, this could be the perfect time for a deep dive into yourself! Our year-long Chakra Deep Dive series is a chance to better understand how our growth from infancy impacts our daily lives, and how challenges we face in the here & now are connected to past experiences. By exploring the offerings of the chakras, we are better able to make sense of how we – and others – show up in the world.

We could all certainly use more compassion, understanding, and better communication as we approach the twelve month mark of this tumultuous past year. We’ve got a few virtual spots left in the 2021 program – click here to claim yours!

For more information about the program, click here – or contact Leigh-Ann: hello@waynesvilleyogacenter.com

300 / 500 Hour Master Student Tracking

300 / 500 Hour Master Student Tracking

Note: you must be enrolled in the program for any modules taken at Waynesville Yoga Center to count towards your RYT-500 with Yoga Alliance. To enroll in the program – and/or get details about your status listed above, contact Natalie Lembeck: natalie@waynesvilleyogacenter.com

What’s Your Hangup!?

We all have them: hangups that become obstacles to meeting our goals. They’re valid, legitimate, and deserve to be honored & addressed! We’ve heard from several of you over the past few months who want to commit to our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) program in 2021, but have specific concerns. Thank you for sharing what matters to you, and for letting us address these common hangups to YTT! ♥

Obstacles to Yoga Teacher Training

Time

Yes, it’s a big commitment! But isn’t anything in life that really matters? Especially a journey of self-discovery that offers tools & resources for the rest of your life… Given that COVID will most likely alter our usual routines & schedules for at least the next six months (if not longer), this could actually be the perfect time to take the plunge.

Perhaps you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum: busier than ever, despite COVID. If you’re ready for this journey now but have prior commitments on one of the scheduled weekends, don’t let that stop you! We offer makeup options to accommodate the realities of busy modern life. Contact us for details…

Whether you have extra time right now – or are crazy busy – you are worth this investment of time and energy! ♥

(If it is safe to get out & about in six months, our program schedule offers the summer off, so you can get out and enjoy the world again! 🙂 )

Money

We get it: it’s all about the Benjamins. That’s true for all of us. However, don’t forget that the sooner you commit to our program, the less you pay! If you’ve been sitting on the fence, you could literally be costing yourself. Click here for price tier details.

Also, keep in mind that our program is more affordable than any other we’ve seen in the Southeast – and the cost of our reading list is less than other schools’ too. If you’re committed to getting your RYT-200, why not get the most bang for your buck?

Nerves

One of the most beautiful things that yoga offers each of us is the opportunity to face our fears and challenge our egos. “Am I strong enough? Am I smart enough? But I have that shoulder injury… I’ve only been practicing for a few years. What if they find out who I really am?”

You are strong enough. You are smart enough. Your Yoga is ready to receive your injuries, your past traumas, and all of the parts of yourself that you don’t like or are afraid to show the world. Your Yoga can support healing for every aspect of your life and every level of your being.

Our program doesn’t promise to fix your old injuries, or heal your deepest wounds. But it does provide the framework for you to heal – and take the best care possible – of yourself. It will give you the tools to prevent injury going forward and address injuries when they can’t be avoided. It will offer you the chance to realize that you’re more than enough, exactly the way you are.

Ready?

The next program starts on January 23, 2021 – we’re ready if you are! Click here to get started; or contact us if you need more information. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

Still Not Sure?

We respect your cautious nature! And you looking out for yourself! 🙂 For more help unpacking the pros & cons of committing to a 200 hour program, check out this honest analysis from Body Positive Yoga. If you’d like unbiased feedback about our program specifically, we’re happy to connect you with one of our alumni: contact us.

 

 

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.

300 / 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT)

Do you have your 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certification? Do you want to take your teaching (or learning) journey to the next level? Have you been considering a 300/500 hour YTT program in order to get your RYT-500 status?

Join Waynesville Yoga Center for an accessible, efficient, and fun 300/500 hour YTT program!

WYC’s 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training offers several unique advantages:

// intimate group > some training programs are so packed, you feel like you’re lost in the crowd (and this can feel even worse when they’re conducted via Zoom!). Our yoga teacher training programs are only open to a limited number of participants, so you’re always part of an intimate, supportive group.

This can not only make you more successful, logistically, in the program – it also helps you gain safe, supportive access to the deeper and more vulnerable aspects of advanced Yoga studies.

// unique modules > our 300 hour program offers some unique modules not found in other trainings, such as Trauma Knowledge in Yoga – or Yoga for Hand & Wrist Issues.

We believe that taking our practice off the mat is a vital function of living the 8 limbs and are excited to offer some “outside the box” modules for your Yoga education.

// 2 – 5 years to compete the program > learn at your own pace, on your schedule!

// held in beautiful, calm Haywood County > why fight the traffic, intensity, and crazy parking of the city when you can complete your training at our gorgeous, retreat-like location?!

Waynesville Yoga is located in a beautiful historic building, just off Main Street: you get the convenience of being downtown but the quiet feeling of private space. Enjoy our beautiful wrap-around porch when it’s warm – or relax in front of our library fireplace when it’s cool.

// no dogma > while we of course teach the history of Yoga – according to Yoga Alliance standards – we don’t espouse any particular religion or belief system. While Yoga acknowledges the unseen presence of spirit or soul – and seeks to reconnect body with that soul – we don’t adhere to any particular dogma. We’ve had folks of many faiths tell us they appreciate this adherence to acceptance vs. a particular dogma.

// more affordable > our 300 hour program is more affordable than any other comparable training we’ve found in the Southeast.

// realistic schedule > we realize that many of you work during the week, so all of our modules are held on the weekends: Friday evenings, all day Saturdays and half-day Sundays. This is not only more realistic & convenient for a typical work schedule, it also means you’ll have at least some of your weekend left!


MODULES

Of the modules offered, 14 are required – and you must complete 18 total – giving you 7 options for the other 4 elective modules:

1. Yoga for Aging Gracefully*
2. Alignment, Adjustments, and Assists for the Modern Yoga Class*
3.  Chakras
4.  Creative Use of Props: Chair, Wheel, Bolsters, Blocks, Therapy Balls – and more!*
4.  The Ayurvedic Principles in Relation to Yoga
6.  Meditation*
7.  Modern Yoga Inclusion: Race, Gender, Size, Ability, and More in the #MeToo Era*
8.  How Yoga Can Improve the Health, Flexibility, and Mobility of Our Connective Tissue*
9.  Pranayama, Mudras, and Bandhas*
10. Restorative Yoga
11. Sequencing Magic*
12. Sutras
13. The Psoas & SI Joint and How They Affect Yoga*
14. Proper Ethical Boundaries in Yoga*
15. Yamas and Niyamas
16. Yoga for Better Posture: Back – Shoulders – Neck – Head*
17. Yoga to Facilitate Rest & Yoga Nidra
18. Yoga for Hypermobility*
19. Yoga for Joint Health*
20. Yoga for Hormone Health
21. Yoga for Special Considerations*
*required modules


SCHEDULE

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


COST – DATES – DETAILS

Anyone is welcome to take modules a la carte, without enrolling in the 300/500 YTT program. Gain knowledge, deepen your practice, and attend only what interests you! Register for any of the modules on our class calendar, without the application or administrative fees.

// in order to enroll in the 300 hour program, trainees:
:: must have their RYT-200
:: must have been practicing yoga for at least 2 years
:: must document at least 100 hours of teaching yoga before receiving their 300 hour certificate

// the max teacher to student to ratio is 1:20
// the program begins in May 2021; see our class calendar for specific module dates
// you have 2 – 5 years to complete the full training program
// each module costs $295
// Of the modules offered, 14 are required – and you must complete 18 total – giving you 7 options for the other 4 elective modules
// a non-refundable application fee of $125 secures your spot in the program: click here to claim yours
// there is a $50 administrative fee at the completion of the program

To confirm your participation in the program (and/or check your status), click here.


START YOUR 300 HOUR JOURNEY

For more information and/or program details, contact us: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com // 828.246.6570

(For details about our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program, contact us – or click here…)

Yoga Teacher Mentorship Program

Are you ready to teach yoga but not yet confident enough in your skills as a teacher? Or have you been teaching yoga for a while but feel like your teaching style is stale or stuck in a rut?

This mentorship program will help you evolve and grow as a teacher, coming into tune with your own original style and brand as you carve out a special niche for your classes and offerings.

This 12-week mentorship program is designed to help yoga teachers that are still struggling with teaching yoga and/or yoga teachers that are looking to change things up and feeling that their classes are stale or stuck in the same old routine that does not inspire them anymore! 

Be prepared for a deep dive into unraveling the old patterns and habits around your yoga teaching styles and discovering what your true gifts and unique experiences can bring to your classes. With a fresh approach, you can change your mindset and challenge yourself to level-up on what you have to offer. This can be uncomfortable and intimidating at first, but ultimately rewarding.

If you are ready, join Jay MacDonald for this transformational experience! 

Where: This program is mostly virtual, so if you are not local, you can still do this program! If you are local, and prefer in-person one-on-one meetings, then we can do that as well.

The curriculum itself is all virtual with one group call per week (if more than one person is participating) and one session that is one-on-one. 

There will also be a FB page for asking questions in a more interactive format between the coaching calls. 

When: This program is offered year round. In order to apply, you will need to fill out an informational application which can be downloaded here. Please send to hello@waynesvilleyogacenter.com once completed. 

Cost: $995 for former WYC graduates or $1250 for non graduate students. This covers your tuition and all costs related to the program. 

 

Click Here for Details and to Register

Not My Job

Traditionally, we each had one primary physician: the person we depended on to have all the answers about our bodies and to “fix us” if we got sick or injured. This person often knew us from the time we were born and could be relied upon to intimately know our health history. In many ways, they could be looked to for a “fix” when things went wrong.

While our modern lifestyle and cultural shifts have made that type of old school medical care obsolete, many of us still operate from that mindset. We expect our General Physician to have all the answers, to know our bodies better than we do, and to take charge of our health.

Unfortunately, that model doesn’t work – and it’s unfair to both us and our doctor (or yoga instructor or massage therapist or personal trainer).

They can’t know our health history the way physicians of the past could; they simply have too much red tape, and pressure from payers, in the practice of modern medicine. Also, it’s not their responsibility to know what’s going on with us or to fix us when something’s off. No one can know our bodies the way we can, and to expect someone else to take charge of our health in that way is disempowering to us!

Ideally, health care is a collaboration, in which our innate wisdom of what we’re experiencing is met with their expertise. Most of us aren’t doctors, but showing up for medical care with basic knowledge about our bodies and mindfulness about what we’re experiencing fosters better care. It makes their job easier and empowers us to take charge our health & wellness journeys.

Hopefully, we will live much longer than the generations before us, but that also means that we have a greater responsibility to take care of all our parts. If we’re asking them to function – and function well! – for a longer period of time, it’s up to us to practice good maintenance. We don’t expect cars to run well for decades without significant investments of time, attention, and care for all their systems & parts – no matter how well they’re made! 😉

One simple way to do this for our bodies is Yoga Teacher Training. YTT empowers us with basic knowledge of the body’s systems, parts, and functions. It helps us understand how it all works together – and provides accessible, realistic practices to keep ourselves healthy for the long haul.

Pain and injuries are an inevitable reality for most of us, especially if we’re active, over the course of our lives. The knowledge you gain from Yoga Teacher Training will not only empower you to prevent pain; it will also help you understand what happened – and address injuries if / when they occur.

No one else can take care of your health but you. No one else can fix you. We’ve got one in-person spot left in the 2021 YTT program. Claim it, and learn how to more fully inhabit – and take optimal care of – this amazing body you’ve been given!

For program details, click here – or email us here with specific questions.

 

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.

My Heart Is Full – and Ready for the 2021 Chakra Deep Dive!

We just finished our bi-annual “Introduction to the Chakras” four-part series, and my heart is so full right now! I am honored & grateful to be a facilitator for this ancient medicine and thrilled at how ready the world is to receive it. Knowledge of the chakras has always been a powerful tool for growth, healing, and change – and 2020 is the perfect catalyst for this journey!

2021 Chakra Deep Dive (in-person or virtual)The thing I love most about the chakras is that you can look at them through the lens of data-driven science, or you can explore them from a completely woo-woo angle, and both perspectives not only work; they actually compliment one another.

For example, chakra science posits that sound & music can be immensely healing, and that one of the main concerns of the throat chakra is harmony, with oneself and others.

Meanwhile, we find that science perfectly supports this theory: we are still discovering new things about the power of sound and its healing effect on humans.

Meanwhile, almost every culture & religious tradition includes some kind of harmonious worship, believed to be healing for the individual and the group… whether that’s a church choir, Hindu kirtan, Tibetan chanting, Islamic mantras, tribal vocalizations, or Gregorian chants! 🙂

While modern data proves this ancient chakra theory, we also see it echoed in various cultures and traditions across the globe.

2021 Chakra Deep Dive

If you’re looking for ways to be a better human; make sense of the intensity of this year; or just cultivate a little more calm in your life, check out our Chakra Deep Dive! It’s a year long exploration of this ancient science, using the two best books I’ve discovered in my 15+ years of studying the chakras (Wheels of Life and The Sevenfold Journey, both by Anodea Judith).

We’ll meet every six weeks, coming together for some gentle yoga; focused learning; and to support the self-study you’ll do at home in between sessions. Coming together will not only foster a richer understanding of what you’re learning; it offers accountability and helps apply this knowledge to our daily lives.

I’ll let you know which parts of the books to read by each class, and which activities to complete on your own. With six weeks in between each session, there’s plenty of time to both absorb the material – and to see how it shows up in your day-to-day experiences, including relationships.

Intro to Chakras Series

If you’re interested in the 2021 Chakra Deep Dive, but not familiar enough with the chakras to commit, check out our Intro Series. Available as a video + electronic handout, this four part series gives you the basic chakras “pre-reqs” needed to attend the deep dive next month.

And if you’re interested in all of this but not quite ready just yet, no worries! 🙂 We offer the Intro series in-person twice a year and the Deep Dive every January. Let us know that you’re interested in next year’s offerings, take a deep breath, and join us next round! ♥

Chakra Deep Dive In-Person or Virtual

While COVID has brought it’s share of challenges, one of the blessings is that most of us are more comfortable with Zoom and virtual technology. Meaning that you can take these courses from across the country – or right here in town, if you prefer not to attend in-person.

We’ve got 2 in-person spots left for the Deep Dive next month – and plenty of virtual space. If you’re ready for this journey, we’re ready for you. 🙂 For more details, click here – or email us.

 

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.

It Takes a Toll

First, there was the regular stress of our modern lifestyle: go-go-go, a million places to be at once, and a million things to accomplish at the same time. Most of us were already uber stressed out, trying to maintain overly full schedules and overly ambitious to-do lists. Then COVID hit, bringing with it waves of fear, anxiety, uncertainty, and strife.

A massive financial crisis; violent protests across the nation; a hyper divisive election season; and now another round of holidays, all while still dealing with the aforementioned crises. Whew. As my stepmother says “We’re all breathing the same air”, meaning that we’re all intimately connected and affect one another, whether we choose to recognize that or not.

Even if 2020 has brought blessings and needed change, we are biologically impacted by the suffering of those around us. It’s like how trees affect one another: we can’t escape it, even if we’re in a great space. And many of us are directly in the midst of suffering ourselves.

It’s a lot, and that stress, anxiety, and depression does a number on our bodies – and our minds!

Yes, practicing yoga can help with these challenges; but Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) can teach you how yoga helps. It explains the “science behind the magic” and gives you an enhanced ability to utilize these tools by understanding how they work; when to apply them; and how to maximize their impact.

YTT allows you to not just feel better in the moment yourself – it gives you the ability to make other people feel better, and to help them too. Even if you’re not teaching, you’ll naturally share your new found knowledge with your family, friends, and circles, meaning that the positive impacts of your yoga will extend far beyond your own mat.

In addition, you’ll experience yoga more deeply for yourself. Even if only for your own stress management and wellbeing, YTT empowers you to go far beyond just taking classes into having greater control over your health journey. You’ll learn how to better take care of your body and support it during times of stress, whether that’s the everyday intensity of our post-COVID lives… or getting through the rest of 2020 and all that it has brought to our doorsteps!

We’ve got one more spot left in the middle price tier – and a few more virtual spaces open for our 2021 program. Click here for more details about the program, or email us with specific questions: ytt@waynesvilleyogacenter.com

 

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.

 

We Can’t Control the World, but We Can Control Ourselves

(if we’re lucky…)

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we are not in control; the illusions we construct to convince ourselves otherwise are just that; and our attempts to maintain control can cause a lot of suffering. The acceptance of uncertainty is a crucial part of evolution as humans – and as much as it sucks, it’s necessary for growth & inner peace.

The empowering thing is that, if we’re lucky, we can control ourselves. Those of us who have experienced deep suffering understand that even self-control is illusory! There are levels of pain that can strip us to the mercy of our experience, to pure survival, in which we cannot control our circumstances or even our response to them.

And some of us have experienced firsthand that what we think is our nature & character is also volatile! What we have always been able to rely on as our inner constructs are just that: constructs, that can be altered – totally out of our control – by hormones, chemicals, and physical vulnerabilities.

With so much vulnerability and uncertainty, how can we find safety & comfort? As the world around us shakes, where do we find our inner peace?

One way to both face the frightening reality of not having control – and gain more control & clarity within ourselves – is Yoga! In Yoga, we practice not knowing what’s coming next… and leaning into that uncertainty.

We learn how to keep our balance when we’re shaky, and how to keep our breath smooth & steady as we’re being challenged. We become adept at staying cool in the midst of fire.

Yoga helps us face parts of ourselves we may not like and sit in the discomfort of our own minds. We practice finding stillness in the noise, calm in the storm, and being ok with quiet.

Yoga empowers us to realize that we actually don’t need constant distraction to busy our minds. That we are enough, just as we are; and that as we develop a better relationship with ourselves, we’re better able to navigate the world around us.

Learn how you can put Yoga to work more powerfully, deeply, and richly than just taking classes. By investing in Yoga Teacher Training (YTT), you’re not just gaining a certificate (and the skills to back it up) to teach. You’re committing to a journey of self-exploration and evolution that can change the world – by changing yourself.

YTT will teach you how Yoga is so much more than just creating shapes with the body – and give you the background knowledge to see how it can transform lives. It will give you a better understanding of how we all tick, and how we can be our best selves in this crazy world.

We can’t control external circumstances, but we can hope to control our responses to them, especially with the tool of Yoga under our belts. Join us to understand how this all works, and how you can integrate this knowledge.

Click here for program details – or email ytt@waynesvilleyogcenter for specific questions.

What is a Medicine vs. Dessert Philosophy and How Does it Apply to Yoga?

What is a Medicine vs. Dessert Philosophy and How Does it Apply to Yoga?

Medicine: On the face of it, medicine can literally leave a bad taste in our mouths even when we know we need to take it. But medicine also saves lives and enhances every day living for many despite the belief that living a medicine free life is the ultimate goal. Living our best lives should be our ultimate goal and if medicine helps us do that then why not embrace it even if it does not taste so awesome?

This philosophy applies to yoga when we avoid certain poses, class styles, and teachers because they make us uncomfortable or we avoid what is difficult / challenges us and our egos. In fact, usually what we tend to steer away from is what we need the most because it is hard for us. 

Too much of anything is not a good thing so being aware of patterns of self abuse and self punishment is important when it comes to the right dosage of medicine in our yoga (constantly forcing our bodies into overworking and not balancing this with self care and recovery days is not healthy and unsustainable in the long run).

 If one side of unhealthy balance is constantly pushing too hard then the other side of this coin is always taking the easiest and most familiar approach to our yoga practice. We tend to be attracted to what we are good at and what makes us feel successful in most areas of our lives as our egos can demand and direct this.

 

Dessert: At a glance, this seems like an obvious choice over medicine because who doesn’t want dessert over medicine? Think of your favorite sweet treat and how you feel after savoring that first bite of yummy goodness! Even desserts can get a bad rap as it seems sugar is the new evil ingredient we must avoid at all costs, which only makes it that much more attractive and addictive. Moderation, as in most things, is the key here- dessert is not bad. We should take the time to savor the taste and flavor of each bite with intention and purpose so we are not stuffing our faces and eating our feelings.

This applies to our yoga practice when we binge to excess only on the classes that give us that sugar high and rush of endorphins. We crave the classes that taste yummy and make us feel secure in our talents and gifts while avoiding the classes that make us feel awkward, insecure and irritable. This is our nature dictated by the ego and the fluctuations of our monkey minds.

Finding Balance: Awareness of this push and pull in our minds and bodies is a huge part of bringing balance and clarity to our yoga practice. This philosophy can be applied to every pose, every class and everyday life choices. One is not better that the other so the approach should be that moderation and intention are the antidote to excess and injury! The real question is: What does my body truly need today? What does my spirit truly need today? What does my mind truly need today?

  • “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.

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

    – Brooke H.

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

    – Myndie S.

  • “Thank you all so much for offering this. It has truly been a gift in my life and I am very grateful to be part of this class!”

    – Kristen, B

  • “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.

  • “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.

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

    – Carol L.

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

    – 2019 YTT Student

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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.

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

    – Michelle G.C.

  • “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

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

    – 2019 YTT Student

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

    – Jann F.

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

    – Steve S.

  • “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.

  • “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 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 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

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