Category: Yoga + Wellness Inspo

feelin’ funky? fight it!!

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

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

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

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

FAQ

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

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

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

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

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

Flow and Ground Yoga

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stillness + Motion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adjusting to the Seasons

by Jerica Rossi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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.

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
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  • “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

  • “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

  • “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 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.

  • “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 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.

  • “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

  • “I woke up one morning and realized I was 60 years old, that I could live well into my 80s and that I had to do something to improve my strength and stamina if I wanted a good quality of life. I was caring for small grandchildren periodically, and it exhausted me.

    As soon as I saw Waynesville Yoga Center was opening, I came. I am so thankful to Jay for a place where I feel safe, not self-conscious, and where I can attend classes that benefit me without feeling in competition with anyone else. Restorative and Yin have improved my flexibility and meditation skills; Beginner Flow, Flow Level 1 and Gentle Chair Yoga have increased my strength and balance and also challenged me, as has Barre and Balance!

    I feel better than I ever have – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I have met so many new friends. All of the instructors I have had are wonderful and willing to share of themselves. Thank you, Jay, your endeavor is making a tremendous difference in so many lives!”

    – Terri M.

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

    – Kim T.

  • “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 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

  • “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.

  • “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

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

    – Michelle G.C.

  • “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.

  • “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.

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

    – 2019 YTT Student

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

    – Carol L.

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