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Gentle Flow + Restorative Rhythms for Summer Solstice

Enjoy this hour & 1/2 Gentle Flow + Restorative class led by Amber Kleid accompanied by Jake Gilmore who will, in honor of Summer Solstice, treat guests to the sweet sounds of his acoustic guitar, singing bowls, and more!

If weather permits we will be on our gorgeous patio so please bring any blankets, pillows, and other props to make your experience as comfortable as possible. This is an all-levels class and everyone is welcome to participate!
We will have a simple altar if you’d like to bring any Solstice offerings such as seeds, herbs, flowers, crystals, or anything that calls to you.


Full Moon Women’s Circle at Vitus Farm

Join Amber and Danielle for an evening of yoga and adventure-seeking on the beautiful and sacred Vitus Farm just outside Waynesville, NC.

The Strawberry Moon is the last full moon of spring and as we move into the summer months this moon’s energy is calling you to seek adventure! This is a powerful time to recognize what you are cultivating, what needs weeding, and to be nurtured by a connection with nature as you tune into what lights up your soul and perhaps open the door to your next chapter.

The full moon is a unique time to call new things into your life as you let go of the past. Together we’ll invite the power of feminine energy and imagination to gift us with seeds of encouragement to begin new endeavors. Whether that means travel, new relationships, new hobbies, starting a new heart project, or anything in between, you will be called to lean into what serves you and release what doesn’t to help guide you on your next journey.

Expect a supportive environment with community, yoga, meditation, and a powerful journaling practice you can come back to when you need a soft nudge. We’ve planned a special gift we’ll create together that you’ll get to take home and we promise loads of fun and laughter with a few surprises too! We love to pamper our guests and can’t wait to see you there, namaste 🙏

> Light snacks of fruit will be served but you’re welcome to bring whatever you’d like.

> Please dress for movement with appropriate shoes for a short hike and bring an extra layer in case the night becomes chilly

> Bring your mat, blocks, a blanket + a water bottle, and anything else to help you have a comfortable experience



Yoga for Teens

Join Suzanne Berryhill (a high school teacher!) in a class designed for middle and high school students ages 12-17. This class will include a variety of yoga styles and meditation so teens become familiar with different yogic practices, including both flow and restorative yoga. Parents welcome.

Head to our class calendar to register.

The following Tuesdays from 2 – 2:45pm: 6/13, 6/27, 7/11 & 7/25

Please note: Guardian must submit signed waiver prior to class or be present at drop-off to sign the teen’s waiver.

Vinyasa Wake n’ Flow with Hanna Arrington

Join Hanna for these Vinyasa Wake n’ Flow pop-ups!

If you’ve been wanting to get your mat time out of the way early, join Hanna every other Friday at 7am for a Vinyasa flow that will have you ready for the weekend!

Dates: May 26, June 9, June 23, July 7, July 21

Space is limited. Head to our class calendar to register.

Gentle Kundalini

This gentle Kundalini class is focused on awakening and balancing  the root chakra. This energy is dormant and located at the base of the spine. In doing this Kriya and active meditation we can let go of negativity, support mindfulness, boost awareness + stimulate whole body relaxation.

Join Amber Rae for the following Gentle Kundalini pop-ups:

> Friday April 28th @ 5:30 pm

> Sunday May 14 @ 6 pm

> Sunday June 11 @ 6 pm

Space is limited. Head to our class calendar to register.

Gentle Kundalini

This gentle Kundalini class is focused on awakening and balancing  the root chakra. This energy is dormant and located at the base of the spine. In doing this Kriya and active meditation we can let go of negativity, support mindfulness, boost awareness + stimulate whole body relaxation.

Join Amber Rae for the following Gentle Kundalini pop-ups:

> Friday April 28th @ 5:30 pm

> Sunday May 14 @ 6 pm

> Sunday June 11 @ 6 pm

Space is limited. Head to our class calendar to register.

Yoga + Belly Dance

Amber Kleid and Trish Ann have created a special yoga and belly dance class for women to gather on a sweet mountain summer evening to celebrate community + YOU. 

Belly Dance is a beautiful ancient art form that lets you fall in love with your body. We will start with a guided meditation/breath-work circle, focused on gratitude, and warm up with a beginner’s level yoga practice (no experience necessary) before moving onto basic belly dance combinations that will let the empowered goddess in you shine through as you learn how to blend them into “dance”!

As a special treat, TrishAnn and Amber will share costumes (hip scarves, specialty tops, and flowing skirts) from some of their past performances, to adorn yourself in if you’d like. Amber loves being behind the lens and have her camera on hand to capture stunning photos of you and the evening.

What to bring: fresh flowers, or herbs, or maybe some other item that is a token of love + gratitude to the group gathering.  Bring anything else that symbolizes summer, beauty in nature, or self-love to lay upon our group altar.

Please arrive dressed for movement (yoga or fitness clothes will do), bring a yoga mat (the studio also has mats), makeup (optional but always fun), a water bottle, and your beautiful smile 🙂

We will offer a bit of wine as we end the evening sitting in community on our welcoming porch after we’re finished. Feel free to BYOBev.

Cost: $75


Somatic Healing

Step away from the overstimulated world and learn to downshift your body + mind to a more balanced, relaxed state of being with Somatics.

Come explore the world of Somatics and discover how to release muscle tension, improve posture, increase range of motion, prevent/rehab injuries and improve your mood without forcing it. In this class you’ll learn slow, gentle, relaxing self-care movements that are suitable for all ages and bodies. The best way to find out if Somatics is for you, is to give it a try!

Thursdays from 4 – 5pm–

June 1st:
The Whole Body Approach to Pelvic Health
No part of your body functions by itself. Come gain greater awareness of how your diaphragm, pelvic floor and core can work in coordinated way for greater overall health.
June 8th:
Reversing Tech Neck with Somatics
Forward head posture is more than just about your neck and head. It’s also due to tightness in your chest and belly. Discover how to rest your somatic nervous system to will help you straighten up with ease.
June 15th:
Simple, Safe Somatic Movements for Desk Jockeys
Sitting is a way of life for most. Come learn gentle movements to calm your nervous system, release muscle tension and reduce brain fog, all from a chair and standing!
June 22nd:
Bust the Myth of Aging with Somatic Awareness
It’s not our age that makes us “old,” it’s our adaptive physical patterns to stress, injuries, surgeries, etc that does. Learn how to release what holds you back and start moving with ease and living the life you want.
In this class, you’ll
  • identify thought and postural tension patterns that hold you back in life
  • explore gentle, enjoyable movements to release tension and pain
  • connect the dots of how all your body parts work together
  • discover how somatic awareness can calm your monkey mind — no sitting meditation required 🙂
  • break free from relying on drugs, surgery and on-going treatments that don’t last
Who is this class for? 
This series is for folks of all ages and abilities seeking
  • simple, safe ways to get rid of pain
  • better posture and mobility
  • a calmer state of being and better sleep
  • more power in their sport 


Kristin Jackson is a Certified Somatics Educator based in Waynesville NC. She’s known for her fun and accessible methods of coaching adults to recapture the kid in them. Kristin discovered Somatics after being hit by a car resulting in a load of soft tissue damage and traumatic brain injury. She knows pain can leave us feeling not ourselves, but anyone can reclaim their freedom in their bodies and lives, just by tuning inward. That’s where the magic lies. 
  • “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.

  • “One of the things I have loved about the program is that we are not just learning how to teach certain poses; I have been learning things I didn’t even know I could learn about yoga in general, including about the subtle energies, how they tie to both anatomy and the philosophy of yoga.”

    – 2019 YTT Student

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

    – Steve S.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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 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

  • “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.

  • 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.

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

    – 2019 YTT Student

  • “Jay 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.

  • “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.

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

    – Michelle G.C.

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Waynesville Yoga Center
274 S Main St
Waynesville, NC 28786