Teacher’s Lounge

Below you will find WYC teacher tools + resources. Please make good use of them, and let us know if you need anything.

If you would like to try a pop-up class, workshop or event, email Jerica with your ideas. Friday evenings are a great day / time for pop-ups, and any place you see an open spot on the calendar can be considered.

For any opportunities that come up (privates, special events, workshops we need teachers for, etc), we will email you.

If You Need a Sub
  1. If you need a sub for your class, try to secure one as soon as possible:

  2. Contact other teachers via email, or have a go-to sub: create a trade/buddy system

  3. If you can’t confirm a sub via email, call other teachers until you can secure one

    (see contact list w/ instructor emails + phone #s below)
  1. When a sub is secured, email Jerica (jerica@waynesvilleyogacenter.com) and cc the teacher subbing so we can update the website + payroll. Once the update has been received, it will be reflected on the class calendar. Your class sub is not confirmed until you see the change on the class calendar.

  2. Please also remind your sub the week of the class.

  3. If it’s a true last-minute emergency: ie, something happens within an hour of your class time, call Natalie >> if you can’t reach her, call Jake >> if you can’t get a sub confirmation / resolution from any of those options, then call Jay as the last line of defense.
  1. If it’s not last-minute, but you’ve both emailed + called everyone and simply can’t confirm a sub, email Jerica and let her know. She will kick it up the chain and one of us will cover.
  1. Showing up regularly to teach classes is vital to the success of your class. Please use subs sparingly.
Teacher and Staff Contact Info

Abbie Wilkins Abbiewilkins@icloud.com 828.269.6061
Amber Kleid kleidoscopeyoga@gmail.com 208.705.2179
Amber Russo ambrusso@comcast.net 904.669.6857
Danielle Vaeth daniellevaeth@gmail.com 528.782.1313
Beth Sanderson bsanderson141@yahoo.com

Candra Smith

Elizabeth Katin





Jake Gilmore jakesgilmore7@gmail.com 828.337.3769
Jay MacDonald jaymacdonald@charter.net 828.507.1851
Karen McGovern kcmyogi@gmail.com 828.476.0179
Katie Schomberg essentialoillove5@gmail.com 828.476.0866
Kayla Vreeland kvreeland27@yahoo.com 828.246.3271
Kirstin Batchelor knebatchelor@yahoo.com 360.790.7212

Leigh-Ann Renz

Lisa Manning





Lynda Saffell lynda.saffell@gmail.com 813.629.1835

Marla Larson

Mae Weeks





Melissa Rodriguez m.rdrgz87@gmail.com 330.307.7986
Michael Edwards Michael.Edwards@owens-minor.com 828.226.3576
Natalie Lembeck natalie@waynesvilleyogacenter.com 828.565.2850
Rebecca Mashburn mashburnhand@gmail.com 828.776.4100
Renee Albert ra262f@gmail.com 206.228-5110
Rylee Luna ryleestiefel@gmail.com 832.866.5521
Sara Lewis saralewis27@gmail.com 828.550.1640
Tara Scarborough tara_scarborough@hotmail.com 513.290.1787
TrishAnn Ward ward.trishann@gmail.com 828.273.4312
WYC Staff
Jake Gilmore jake@waynesvilleyogacenter.com 828.337.3769
Jay MacDonald jay@waynesvilleyogacenter.com 828.507.1851
Jerica Rossi jerica@waynesvilleyogacenter.com 518.867.9465
Leigh-Ann Renz leighann@waynesvilleyogacenter.com 813.385.1845
Natalie Lembeck natalie@waynesvilleyogacenter.com 828.565.2850

Who Do I Ask? Phone Calls @ the Studio

Opening + Closing Procedures

Basement door: 3274

Side door: 2274

// turn lights on

// turn heat up to 68 (from hallway thermostat)

// get iPad & cash box out

// turn sauna on

// check students in as much as possible before class starts

// make sure all students have waiver on file in Tula

// at class start time: 1) lock front door; 2) bump sauna up another 60 minutes

// make sure Tula is correct and matches sign-in sheet: any front desk items remaining

// if there is no one at the front desk when they leave, make sure door is locked



// heat back to 66

// sweep studio floor w/ the dust mop

// all lights off

// iPad & cash box locked up and key hidden


// make sure all 3 doors are locked: front, side and check basement door from the outside

// Sunday evening closer: dust mop studio floor


We highly encourage you to add the Tula Software iOS app to your phone. It’s free and can be used to check the # of students registered for your class; check folks into class without the iPad; used for off-site classes; etc.

Search for Tula software in the Apple app store – our studio login is:

us: hello@waynesvilleyogacenter.com || pw: Havefun2!

Tula has an excellent resource page for FAQs. Please reference it here for any questions you may have.

We have also outlined a WYC reference page for the FAQs instructors are most likely to run into. 

Tula 101

Teacher Pay

Teacher Pay until January 2020 is as follows:

> $2o per class and $2.50 per person after 4

> $20 per class if there are no-shows

> Workshops/series: 60% to teacher

> Yoga Basics series or workshops: $30 per class for the series and 60% to teacher for the 1.5 hour crash courses (Yoga Basics is WYC’s content)

> Private classes: 65% to the teacher

> Teacher Training: $50 per hour

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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

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

    – Michelle G.C.

  • “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.

  • “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.

  • “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 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.

  • “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.

  • “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

  • “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.

  • “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.

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

    – Steve S.

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