Category: What’s Happening at WYC?

A Calling to the Self…

Calling all fellow journeyers, all of you who are also awakening to yourselves with each day, each breath. We are in transformative times! Our outer world is reflecting the changes that are taking place within each of us. As with all alchemical processes, there must be pressure and heat in order to transform one state of being into another. We are each of us experiencing the squeeze, the burn, or the dissolution of those areas of our life that are ready for change. What changes are you ready for?
Now we have the opportunity with the change of seasons to work with the Earth’s energies to aid us in our transformation. As we pass the Autumnal Equinox we begin to walk toward the dark half of the year. We can move closer to our Shadow, to our hidden selves, and allow space for listening to what beckons from within. What parts of yourself have you been longing for?
We have timed this next Yoga & Shamanic Breathwork workshop to support your preparations for this powerful transformational time:
  • Receive medicine wheel teachings to aid your process and support your choices.
  • Clear the chakras and release old or stuck energy that no longer serves you.
  • Connect with your own inner knowing and receive guidance for your life now.
  • Set intentions to carry forward for the future.

(Also read: But what IS Shamanic Breathwork?)

We are all walking this Spiral of the Medicine Wheel together, observing what appears as a fragmented world. But wisdom teachings throughout time have told us this is the great illusion. We are a kaleidoscope of dancing light. We are fractal. We are one. This is why it is said, “when we heal ourselves, we heal the world.”
Will you join us?
Kirsten Earley

Kirsten Baucom Earley is a Certified Shamanic Breathwork Facilitator, Shamanic Minister, and Minister of the Blue Star Church. She has a BSEd in music education. She believes that music has the power to stir emotions and connect us to all parts of ourselves, past, present and future. She believes we each have the ability and the responsibility to claim our power, heal ourselves, and live in right relation with All Our Relations.

 


The Magic of Props

by Jay MacDonald

My earliest yoga practices were largely prop-free mainly because the classes were taught in spaces that did not have props available… the hardest parts of those classes were the first five minutes in Sukhasana (which is horribly misnamed as “easy sitting pose”) and is basically a crossed-legged sitting position, which is an alternative to lotus pose. Those first 5-10 minutes of class, usually dedicated to centering and breathwork, felt like 5-10 hours because I was so tight and stiff in my hips… I just could not relax at all. There were other poses that I probably could have used props in, but this is my most vivid memory of pre-prop yoga.
Fast forward about 5 years or so, and as I attended my first YTT classes in a studio that had more props as options, I started to see the immense value of props. However, my ego seemed to feel that props were only necessary when I was in dire pain and pretty much had to have them for basic comfort. Using props almost seemed like I was giving in to weakness or settling for a lesser version of the “real” pose. Fortunately, over time, I began to see how flawed that logic was and eventually realized how valuable props could be in many different ways!
My attitude around props has completely changed and now I own a yoga studio with every prop you could imagine! I have firsthand experienced the value and enhancement that props can bring to my own yoga practice, and I love sharing that knowledge with our students and members. We tend to talk ourselves out of the yummies or extras in most things we do and deprive ourselves of the full and enhanced experience those yummies and extras can bring to anything we do!
Now I have a blast getting creative with props and thinking outside the box for fun and different ways to use them in order to offer a different experience in the body of the same pose that can now be felt in a completely new way. As Vanda Scaravelli says “We are using the pose to get into the body and not using the body to get into the pose.” So knowing this, it makes so much sense to give ourselves the gift of props for comfort, ease, and clarity as we connect to our bodies and our breath.

I often say “there is no prize for suffering in my class” and by that, I mean that it is pointless to force our bodies into painful shapes just for the aesthetics of that shape. Vanda also says,” Don’t sacrifice theinstincts of the body for the glory of the pose.”
Props are usually the missing piece when it comes to newbies really being able to relax and enjoy their first yoga class and wanting to slide out a side door and run for their lives! Join me for this deeper dive into the fun of props and how they can make or break your experience of many poses in yoga!

But what IS Shamanic Breathwork?

I asked myself this same question the first time I saw it appear on my laptop screen over 5 years ago. Despite any words describing a process that sounded intriguing, I just didn’t know what it really was.

Thankfully I trusted my intuition that was deeply pulling me to experience this dynamic healing modality, and that has since lead me on an on-going journey of “direct experience” that is still unfolding as I share it with you now.

I have found Shamanic Breathwork to be a completely unique experience for each “breather” and each breathwork session I have experienced. I believe this is because it is a process that works directly with – and is guided by – your Self.

Whether you view the Self to be your cosmic Higher-Self, your inner guide, or the central Self of the psyche, all views apply, because all refer to that part of ourselves that knows what we most need in any moment, and is always guiding us toward Wholeness.

Each time I begin Shamanic Breathwork, I know the breath and the music will activate my own inner vision to receive that guidance that I need most.

Through the Shamanic Breathwork process, I have retrieved parts of myself stuck in the past (Soul Retrieval), removed and reprogrammed limiting belief systems & behavior patterns (Extraction and Repatterning), freed parts of myself repressed through self-doubt and conditioning (Lost Power Recovery), and envisioned my future self, manifesting new dreams (Calling Soul Purpose).

Shamanic Breathwork can work for anyone, of any religious path, creed or belief, at any point on your personal path, because it is guided by YOU, and you know what your life needs now. Life is the journey, the ceremony, the Spiral Path of the Medicine Wheel. And it has brought us around to this moment, where my energy extends out forward and back, reaching out to you.

Will you take my hand and join me? Let’s share this walk, this Spiral Path of healing and transformation, together. Click here for details…

 

Kirsten Baucom Earley is a Certified Shamanic Breathwork Facilitator, Shamanic Minister, and Minister of the Blue Star Church. She has a BSEd in music education and has taught music & movement for 15 years. She believes that music has the power to stir emotions and connect us to all parts of ourselves, past, present and future.
She has been following the “Red Road” with her Lakota/Celtic teachers for 25 years. She believes we each have the ability and the response-ability to claim our power, heal ourselves, and live in right relation with All Our Relations.

Jay on How Yoga Can Improve the Health, Flexibility, and Mobility of Our Connective Tissue

by Jay MacDonald

     I started to notice that space and freedom in my yoga practice and certain poses was shrinking. It was gradual – over a period of time – so it was not as obvious to me that something was not right in my spine at first. I was in a workshop with Libby Hinsley and she observed in my downward dog that my tailbone was tucked under and my ribs were flaring… as she tried to correct these it was obvious to me that the muscles and connective tissue really resisted any realignment attempts. I worked on these issues for a few months but could not really get anything to hold… my body was fighting too hard to stay as it was for some reason.

    Fast forward to a 200 RYT weekend, I felt an electrical shock in my upper back and neck as I looked forward to jump from Down dog to mountain pose (just a standing forward fold). Then began the fun of dealing with a pinched nerve in my neck at C-7, which I was able to calm down by working with my knowledge of yoga and the awareness that my head position had drifted forward of my neck and my shoulders had also rounded forward… I did lots of massage, Restorative yoga, and any poses that would release my head and neck… all of which helped but I still felt the tension in my body fighting me every step of the way. I did get better slowly, but I still felt that I could do better but was not sure how to go about it. It did not escape my notice that the  tucked tailbone and the upper cervical spine issues were related but I was not sure which issue to address first or what area of the spine to start with… it was frustrating in that I would see improvement and start to feel better but it seemed to easy for my body to get pulled back to the poor posture and position of the pelvis and neck.

     I remembered that Tara Scarborough had been to a Myofascial Release seminar and when I asked her about it, she said that it was awesome and she offered to do a few practice sessions with me. Of course, I took her up on it and in the first session I was surprised at how gentle and unaggressive the work was on the body.  I did have a few monkey mind thoughts of “this is not doing anything” or “this is too easy” but I found as I started to relax that my body started to unwind itself and it was the wildest feeling… at the end of that session I stood up and my tailbone was untucked and I felt several inches taller. I did a few more sessions with Tara and I was shocked at how effective the sessions were, considering that they were not painful or uncomfortable at all. I started to experiment with trying to recreate the releases on my own so I could start to “hold” the releases so my body would not rebound back into the old patterns. She and I worked together to find some that worked and I played around and found some on my own that helped. 

     I stopped doing the sessions with Tara, no idea why, and I did keep getting better but I should have done more sessions just to keep the momentum going in my body. Tara reached out to me a few months later, and mentioned that she wanted to go to the MFR seminar again as a refresher and asked if I wanted to go…something told me I needed to go, so I signed up and we went together this past April to the John Barnes Myofascial Release 1 in Kentucky. It was a magical experience and just reaffirmed to me how amazing this technique was for releasing deeply held patterns of tension and compensation in our bodies. We did postural assessments and I noticed some things in my hips and pelvis that I think had been going on in my body for a long time. We spent all weekend practicing different MFR techniques and it was incredible to feel the effects of those in our bodies. It felt as if my body was reorganizing itself in the best way. By the time I came back from that weekend, I was even more hooked on the benefits of MFR and wanted to share my experiences with others. 

     Anyone would benefit from the knowledge of how our connective tissue and fascia can get stuck in holding patterns where the tension in the body can create all kinds of restrictions and limitations with movement over time. It has been life-changing for me and I look forward to sharing my own experiences and knowledge as Tara and I explore the fascial system and how it impacts our overall health and well-being in our weekend immersion on connective tissue this May. 

How Yoga Can Improve the Health, Flexibility, and Mobility of Our Connective Tissue

by Tara Scarborough

Focused in my parvarita uptavista konasona (revolved seated wide angle pose), I breathed and listened to the teacher’s cues, moving slightly and then it happened.  Uncontrollable tears.  I continued to breathe through it, eyes closed and then I looked down and I was spread out over my revolved leg, almost completely touching it.  Far deeper than I had ever been before. I knew I had experienced what is known as an “emotional release” in yoga but I now know that experience was truly a fascial release.

Fascia is a form of connective tissue and indeed is the most widely spread connective tissue of the body.  It weaves through the body as one large interconnected network surrounding every cell, every muscle, every organ.  At times it is very fine and threadlike and at times it is broad and dense and thick such as locations like the thoracolumbar fascia in the low back.   Fascia brings support to the tissues of the body but it’s not a rigid dense support such as other forms of connective tissue, like bones, or cartilage .  Fascia should glide and move easily but when it is exposed to trauma, whether that trauma is a single traumatic event or repeated microtraumas it begins to become rigid, solidifying and “freezing” those tissues ultimately causing pain and dysfunction.

As connective tissue, fascia is also thought to hold those traumas–emotions, memories, pain.  So that experience I had while in that yoga pose, was quite literally the release of emotions trapped in the fascia.

Fascia was not widely studied until relatively recently and is opening up a whole new world as an incredibly important connective tissue, and not just the “covering around a chicken breast” as was taught 25 years ago.  Join Jay and Tara for an immersion weekend on how connective tissue affects the health of the whole body and how yoga can affect the health, flexibility and mobility of the body

Interested in a deep dive into How Yoga Can Improve the Health, Flexibility, and Mobility of Our Connective Tissue with Tara and Jay? Register here for an immersive weekend!

Doing Power Differently

A few years ago, we had some major remodeling done in our house. The job was done on time and on budget, which is apparently no small miracle, even pre-covid. One of things I loved most about the whole process was that the head contractor was a woman.

She communicated well; they showed up when they said they would; and I loved how her female boss energy led the projects, how she oversaw all of the individual components and how they each had to be sound enough to earn her final seal of approval.

However, after the work was complete and the dust had settled, I started noticing that some of the work was sloppy. Kitchen cabinets catawampus; toe kicks leaned against the cabinet baseboards instead of secured; hot & cold water knobs reversed; a wonky electrical outlet… that sort of thing.

I placed some calls and got the cabinets & toe kicks fixed, but I was told not to make a fuss about the other items. We should just be grateful that it got done on time and on budget; let it go.

It’s the same tired message I’ve gotten my whole life as a woman: don’t make a fuss; don’t be disagreeable; you’re making a big deal out of nothing; you should just be grateful.

So I did what I was told and let it go. And over the years, we had to call in more & more repairmen to have random things fixed: electrical wiring that was a legit fire hazard. Flooding and water damage under the sink due to improper installation.

None of these things, isolated by themselves, are truly big deals (#firstworldproblems). Life happens. But they add up over time, in stress, inconvenience, cost, and time.

I was asked repeatedly – from the various folks called in to fix these installation issues – “who did this?! Who did this job originally? This was not done correctly from the get go”.

The last time I was asked that, a few months ago, something in me shifted; and I wondered “Does the truth have to be nasty? Does it have to be a pissing contest? Our contractor needs to know that these things were done incorrectly, under the banner of her name, and communicating that doesn’t have to be ugly.”

I called her right then & there and, sure enough, she was immediately gracious, concerned, and responsive: “I’m so sorry to hear that. I absolutely want to know; thank you for telling me. How can I make this right?”

My answer was that I’d love for her to come over for coffee, and we could look at the items together. I made it clear that I didn’t want this to be a complaint. I respect her as a woman, both personally & professionally, and I know she would want to know about these ongoing issues. She agreed and came over for a walk through conversation a few weeks later.

What if we – men and women – choose to do things differently, on our own terms?

We made sure to hone in on what was installed incorrectly by her crew, versus normal wear & tear caused by our usage over time, and agreed upon which repairs she would cover, in order to do right by the job and her name. A few weeks later, she and her crew came over and fixed all of the items, quickly and smoothly. They were gracious and calm.

I tried my best to stay vulnerable, authentic, and kind – while still being honest – and to convey that this wasn’t a pissing contest or any type of ugly complaint. They met me in the same manner; and I made sure to thank her sincerely, several times, for being willing to handle this in a peaceful, constructive way of integrity.

I’m not sure if she feels as good about it after the fact as I do; but to me, this small experience felt like a monumental shift of flipping the script we’ve been handed. Of doing power differently.

Flipping The Script

This is what the upcoming Yoga and Myth series is all about: examining the programming and “software” that’s been installed into our systems by default, by our family of origin & our culture.

That we have to leave a nasty review online if we’re dissatisfied with a job. That we have to approach conflict or disagreements with our weapons out and teeth bared.

That it’s a dog-eat-dog world, in which competition and stepping on others to get to the top of the ladder is the only way to succeed. That happiness is measured in titles or possessions.

What if there are different ways of defining success, happiness, satisfaction, power? What if we – men and women – choose to do things differently, on our own terms?

What if we decide which software makes the rules and runs the show, both internally & externally?

If you’re curious (or maybe even hungry) for more, check out Cassandra Speaks by Elizabeth Lesser. It’s one of two books we’ll be working with for Yoga & Myth, an 8 part series that uses the power of mythology, archetypes, and yoga to examine some of these unconscious ways of being in the world – and exploring if we want to try doing things differently.

 

I can’t change stop the war in Ukraine or on the global stage, as much as I wish I could. But I can try to walk my talk and practice peace… in my own heart, mind, and relationships. There’s both an incredible surrender of control – and an incredible claiming of the power I do have – in that acceptance.

It certainly felt good to put this into action with the contractor, and I hope doing power differently felt really good to her too. It’s the best we can do to try and change the world.

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.

For more information about Yoga & Myth, click here.

Pranayama, Mudras, and Bandhas

by Candra Smith

Pranayama- Prana (life force) Ayama (expansion) is the fourth limb of yoga and the precursor to more subtle forms of a yoga practice. It is said that if one can control the breath, then one can control the mind. Through the practice of pranayama, the nadis are purified and as a result, the skin glows, the voice becomes melodious, the eyes sparkle, and higher levels of consciousness are revealed. From a scientific perspective, the body temperature lowers improving immunity, the breath slows, blood pressure lowers, the diaphragm is utilized massaging the organs of digestion, the vagus nerve is soothed, and the parasympathetic nervous system is pacified. When done correctly in combination with the retentions, bandhas, and mudras one can begin to tap into the true benefits of a yoga practice.

Interested in a deep dive into Pranayama, Mudras, and Bandhas with Candra? Register here for an immersive weekend!

this is how we heal the world

What a terrifying moment, when we realize that no matter how hard we try, wish, or work, we can do almost nothing to change another person. We can’t orchestrate – or even see ahead of time – the events that will shape our lives. We have almost zero power to pull the levers of control.

And yet… as soon as we are able to accept this truth, it can also be – ironically – very empowering. When we understand that we’re not in control, it actually blesses us with true influence in the small sphere where we do get to call the shots: ourselves.

The past two years have allowed all of us this opportunity to recognize not only the limits of our own influence – but also how much beauty there is in seeing what change we can affect within the small circle of our own lives. This is how we heal the world: we get clear within ourselves and claim the agency we have in our own lives.

 

 

Once we accept the limitations of our power, we find that there’s an enormous amount of healing we can do within the space of our own body, brain, and being. By deep diving in ourselves, we discover worlds of possibility. Affecting true change within is the only hope we have of impacting our relationships with others – and influencing the world.

We heal the world by seeking & cultivating healing within.

 

One powerful tool to clear the decks of our relationships with ourselves & others is through the chakras. They can be seen as woo woo energy centers within the body; but they’re simply access points to learn more about the amazing bodies & brains we’ve been gifted as vehicles in life.

Studying the chakras gives us a language and methodology to explore fundamental aspects of being human:

// how do we deal with the limitations of time, space, energy, and matter?
// what wisdom is available to us in our anger, sadness, and frustration?
// how do we navigate conflict with others?
// in what ways do we embrace the gifts & blessings of community and connection?
// where does our responsibility end and the other person’s begin?
// how do we reconcile the opposing forces of the seen & unseen worlds?

We’ll explore all of this – and more – in the 2022 Chakra Deep Dive. This course is only open for registration once a year; don’t miss your opportunity to cultivate awareness and seek deeper healing through the chakras. Click here for details…

“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

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

Upcoming Events

Oct
7
Fri
5:30 pm Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Oct 7 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Stretch, Flow + Sip with Jake Join Jake for this fun BYOB Friday evening event which will have you moving to a theme playlist or  band. Expect head-bobbing in addition to your asanas. September 9:[...]
6:00 pm Yoga Sequencing Magic (Immersion... @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Yoga Sequencing Magic (Immersion... @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Oct 7 @ 6:00 pm
Yoga Sequencing Magic (Immersion Workshop) @ Waynesville Yoga Center | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
This immersion will cover many techniques and tools that can be implemented to create yoga sequencing magic for asana practice. Students will learn about guidelines from certain lineages of yoga (e.g., Power, Ashtanga, Yin, etc.),[...]
Oct
9
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5:30 pm Full Moon Restorative Yoga with ... @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Full Moon Restorative Yoga with ... @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Oct 9 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Full Moon Restorative Yoga with Live Music + Meditation @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Join Jake for this relaxing Sunday Full Moon Restorative practice. Enjoy the sounds of singing bowls, guitar + the sea drum. This class will be held inside, supported by bolsters and blankets. Cost: $22 drop-in or[...]
Oct
21
Fri
5:30 pm Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Oct 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Stretch, Flow + Sip with Jake Join Jake for this fun BYOB Friday evening event which will have you moving to a theme playlist or  band. Expect head-bobbing in addition to your asanas. September 9:[...]
Oct
29
Sat
1:30 pm Yoga & the Shamanic Journey with... @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Yoga & the Shamanic Journey with... @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Oct 29 @ 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Yoga & the Shamanic Journey with Shamanic Breathwork @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Join Kirsten and Leigh-Ann for a deeper dive into using Shamanic Breathwork to explore our inner realms, help deepen our spiritual practice, and clear the chakras. In this sacred circle we will strengthen our connection[...]
Nov
4
Fri
5:30 pm Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Nov 4 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Stretch, Flow + Sip with Jake Join Jake for this fun BYOB Friday evening event which will have you moving to a theme playlist or  band. Expect head-bobbing in addition to your asanas. September 9:[...]
Nov
5
Sat
1:30 pm Wheels of Life: Deep Dive Into t... @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Wheels of Life: Deep Dive Into t... @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Nov 5 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Wheels of Life: Deep Dive Into the Chakra System @ Waynesville Yoga Center | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Each chakra has its own tone, feel, essence. None of them is any more valuable than the others; yet, when each chakra is strong and clear, they harmonize together in a beautiful system of balance.[...]
4:00 pm Yoga & Myth: Going Deeper @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Yoga & Myth: Going Deeper @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Nov 5 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Yoga & Myth: Going Deeper @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Yoga & Myth: Going Deeper Our brains are wired to interpret the world around us through myth, archetype, and storytelling. It’s why we continue to gravitate to the narratives of movies, books, and TV shows,[...]
Nov
11
Fri
6:00 pm Yoga for Aging Gracefully (Immer... @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Yoga for Aging Gracefully (Immer... @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Nov 11 @ 6:00 pm
Yoga for Aging Gracefully (Immersion Workshop) @ Waynesville Yoga Center | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
In this immersive workshop, we will discuss how our bodies age and specifically how yoga for aging gracefully can improve and preserve our strength, mobility & flexibility as we age. This support keeps us staying[...]
Nov
18
Fri
5:30 pm Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center
Nov 18 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Juice + Jams with Jake @ Waynesville Yoga Center | Waynesville | North Carolina | United States
Stretch, Flow + Sip with Jake Join Jake for this fun BYOB Friday evening event which will have you moving to a theme playlist or  band. Expect head-bobbing in addition to your asanas. September 9:[...]
  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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 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.

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “What has set the program apart for me, as well, is the approach to teaching that encourages us not to focus on a “perfect” pose, but rather perfecting a pose within our bodies and the bodies of our students. This means everyone’s expression of a pose will be slightly different, and there is such beauty in that. It runs counter to so much that we are taught elsewhere in life.”

    – Kristen, B

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

    – Steve S.

  • “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.

  • “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.

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

    – Kim T.

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

    – Anita S.

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