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  • Christie Abeling

    Christie's (she/her) passion for yoga was born out of her love for movement and the expression of the human form. As a dancer of many years she found great satisfaction in the emotional depth and the transformational and healing capacity of working with the body. These stepping stones from her early foundation as a dancer lead her down many paths that she continues to integrate into her life work. Her love and reverence for this beautiful planet and living with awareness of her rhythms and influences is central in her teaching. Christie is also a firm believer of weaving together strong and flexible networks of support in our local communities. Our inner work and our work in our communities and in caring for the earth are powerful reflections of each other. Our capacity to care comes from... more
  • John Baldwin

    John (he/his) is a yoga guide from Phoenix, Arizona. After 8 years of active service in the U.S. Marines and 3 knee surgeries, his yoga practice helped restore his strength and mobility - and helped to calm him down. With VA sponsorship, he completed formal yoga and small group fitness training at YogaFit, AFPA, CorePower Yoga, SCW, Ashtanga Primary, and formal instruction in Yoga and the Healing Sciences at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He taught an eclectic Hatha style of yoga full time for 5 years at a variety of fitness, corporate, and yoga studio spaces in South Bend, Indiana, including 6 semesters of formal academic yoga instruction at Indiana University in South Bend and at the University of Notre Dame. Having lived in Asheville for 4+ years, he most recently... more
  • Ashley Boice

    Ashley (she/her) is a seasoned teacher & student of yoga. She is known for her Jivamukti Yoga influenced, creative, vinyasa flow sequencing & her ability to hold a sacred space for surrender. She also incorporates kirtan chanting, yoga philosophy, breath-work, & meditation into her classes to create the full yoga experience. Ashley completed her 200hr E-YTT under the guidance of her teacher & Miami based Jivamukti instructor- Dawn Feinberg. Ashley will complete her 300hr Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training in April 2023- making her a 500hr E-YTT. She is also a certified Yin Yoga instructor & practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga. Ashley began her yoga journey in her home city of Chicago in 2003 as a way of counterbalancing her active lifestyle of running, weight training, &... more
  • Kim Drye

    Kim Drye (she/her) is a seasoned and skilled yoga instructor and current studio owner of West Asheville Yoga. She specializes in alignment, therapeutic and restorative yoga.  Her classes are typically a themed slow flow interspersed with a breakdown of technique and alignment details.  She regularly teaches classes, workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings under a brand she created in 2011, HereNowYoga. Some of Kim's most loved offerings are "Yoga on the Mountain" and "Restorative Yoga and Hot Stones" as well as her private therapeutic sessions for seniors and others looking for an adaptive practice and/or a teacher who will meet them where they are on their path of self discovery.  She loves to teach "Weighted Restorative" sessions that include the use of Ravi weighted blankets-- a... more
  • Tara Eschenroeder

    Tara (she/her)— A 500 hour E-RYT, 200 hour E-RYT, RCYT, YACEP, certified coach and mentor, and self-published author —is an accomplished teacher who was voted as one of the top three yoga instructors by Richmond magazine. With some teachers, the lessons are planned. They are practiced. They are rehearsed. And they are perfected to a tee. But Tara Eschenroeder offers a different experience. Teaching was Tara’s Dharma long before she realized it. She grew up with a bow and arrow in her hands, learning to pull back with just enough aim and control to send her arrow into the abyss, knowing and trusting it would hit its intended mark. And so she enters each class, each workshop, each lesson.. Having prepared her body and mind to become that bow - that vessel - that lesson…letting... more
  • Sue Ann Fisher

    Sue Ann (she/her) turned to yoga after many years long distance running.  In 2012 she moved to the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga to further her understanding of classical ashtanga yoga.  The Centre is deeply rooted in the practice of Karma Yoga which speaks to Sue Ann’s passion for helping others. Sue Ann’s classes are focused on alignment, postural benefits, and cultivating peace. Her passion is to help students feel stronger, flexible, and more in touch with their bodies. She loves how yoga asanas challenges her body and mind, and is constantly inspired and encourage by the journey yoga has taken her on. Sue Ann has a B.A. in Liberal Studies/Education and a Masters in Public Health which she organically calls upon while teaching.  With a love for learning, she is forever a... more
  • Deirdre Smith Gilmer

    Deirdre (she/her) began to practice yoga in 1994 to acquiesce her pesky friends that insisted she would fall in love with it. Fortunately for her, they were right! From that moment began her almost 20 year love affair with the practice and teaching of yoga. Deirdre’s passion is to create a sense of belonging in her classes by coupling her serious dedication with a light-hearted approach. Her classes are alive with questions, philosophy, and humor based on connecting real life situations to the physical practice. Deirdre’s background as a professional modern dancer in NYC encourages her creative spirit to choreograph every “class as an intimate concoction of equal parts inquiry of the heart, humility of the mind, and precision in expression of the body” (student Kris H). She... more
  • Gillian Hailey

    Meet Gillian Hailey (she/her) - She is a holistic wellness guide, feminine energy & embodiment coach, and founder of BLOOM | EMBODIED WELLBEING. Gillian was introduced to yoga at the age of 13 and she was immediately drawn to the sense of sanctuary she experienced during classes. Over time she discovered that the practice of yoga guided her into her own inner sanctuary, offering profound relief from the anxiety and panic attacks that she suffered through silently. This experience set her on a deep personal & professional journey through holistic wellness & wellbeing which has profoundly transformed her personal sense of wellbeing & vitality and informs her body of work & offerings today. Gillian seeks to empower her students to honor the wisdom of their unique inner... more
  • Maeve Hendrix

    Maeve (she/they) has been leading yoga and expressive arts groups since 2011 and is Licensed Professional Counselor with a certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy. She has a private counseling practice in Asheville, NC and offers weekly yoga classes to the Asheville and Black Mountain Community. In her counseling practice, she offers a warm, compassionate presence to hold space for sharing and therapeutic processing. Rooted in Attachment Theory, she offers a Body-Centered Mindfulness-Based Approach inspired by EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). She also employs Expressive Arts Therapy, which may include writing, visual arts, movement, music and other forms of expression. Expressive Arts Therapy is based on the principle that creative expression fosters healing and... more
  • Sierra Hollister

    Sierra Hollister (she/her) is a mother, runner, green yogini and a dirty, tree hugger. She was incredibly blessed to start her Kundalini journey at Ahimsa Ashram and to be able to study directly with Yogi Bhajan. She has had yoga angels sprinkling lucky yoga dust at her feet since 1990. In addition to Yogi Bhajan, Sierra has been inspired and shaped by the teachings of Patabhi Jois, David Swenson, Sarah Powers, Sean Corn, Snatam Kaur and Gurucharan Singh Khalsa.  As much as Sierra loves asana, pranayama, mantra, and meditation- she finds her daily yoga guidance in the words of Aadil Palkhivala- “True yoga is not about the shape of your body but the shape of your life. Yoga is not to be performed; yoga is to be lived. Yoga doesn’t care about what you have been; yoga cares about the... more
  • Allison Jordan

    Allison (she/her) believes everyone is a leader. Regardless of our titles, we are all leading our own lives. The eight limbs of yoga are a way to connect deeply with your inner knowing, your inner guide, your inner leader. Allison is always on a learning journey and a student first. She has been practicing yoga since 1998 and guiding others since 2016. In 2015, Allison practiced yoga every day which opened up her path to teacher training. After recognizing that asana made her a better, gentler, kinder yet stronger person both mentally and physically but particularly mentally, she achieved her 200 RYT with Yoga Alliance and a second YTT in 2021 that was centered in social justice and equity. She sees herself not as a teacher but as a guide encouraging you to listen to your body as your... more
  • Chris Mancari

    (she/her/they) Chris is a teacher, writer, and professional Senior Caregiver. They first came to yoga through their own trauma recovery; experiencing a profound reconnection with their body after years of avoidance and dissociation. The practice of yoga is essential to every aspect of their life. Working as a full-time caregiver to seniors in their last days, she helps ease their transition with non-attachment and acceptance; as a writer she studies, listens, and experiences life with curiosity seeking to convey what she learns through storytelling and advocacy. As a teacher, she practices and shares trauma-informed Hatha Yoga in an adaptive and inclusive way. She understands that each body, each healing journey is infinitely unique. It is their pleasure to hold space for others as... more
  • Cat Matlock

    Cat Matlock (she/her), Founder of FreeBody Therapeutic Massage Clinic, Founder and former owner of West Asheville Yoga, is a chronic pain specialist known for her deep knowledge of anatomy.  She blends the use of therapeutic rolling (think foam rollers and balls) with strengthening and opening yoga, breathing practices to soften the nervous system, and guided meditations for restoring balance and harmony at all levels of being.  Cat is an Advanced Instructor of Therapeutic Yoga through Integrative Yoga Therapy, a graduate of Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy™ and a certified facilitator of Overcome Anxiety™, a therapeutic yoga series designed for people with high stress, anxiety, and panic disorder.   You can find her rolling videos on YouTube under her name, Cat Matlock.  She is... more
  • Haley O’Hara

    Haley (she/her) began practicing yoga in 2008 as cross-training for dance—little did she know it would evolve into a complete life path.  In 2019, she completed her 200-hr Vinyasa Teacher Training in Boulder, Colorado with certifications in Yin and Restorative Yoga soon to follow.  These two movement languages of yoga and dance, coupled with an extensive background in somatic practices, create an environment that encourages intuitive movement while recognizing and honoring every student’s unique experience in class.  She believes yoga is for everybody, and while the physical practice of yoga is often the main focus of yoga in the West, it is merely one access point to reaching the stillness and wisdom within.  The emotions, thoughts, and states of being that can arise... more
  • Kari Parker

    Kari (she/her) is an ex-athlete, over two decades long corporate finance Vice President, and animal lover who prefers water over mountains, sun over the moon, and summer over winter.  Kari has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching for nearly half of that. Having studied and taught several styles of yoga including yin, restorative, power vinyasa, and Nidra, her specialty and passion is her own niche of vinyasa she calls strength-based vinyasa.  In Kari’s classes, you can expect to be challenged and get sweaty with no pressure to do anything outside of your comfort zone. Kari cues to a feeling in a pose versus alignment since all bodies are different, provides modifications but empowers her students to make their own decisions during class, brings lightness and fun to... more
  • Sophia Phillips

    Sophia (she/her) first went to a yoga class out of curiosity, and immediately felt the powerful healing effects of practicing. Since then, she has continued to use yoga as a way to regulate the nervous system and find stillness. Sophia believes that everyone starts practicing yoga for a reason, and there is no wrong reason to start. What keeps us coming back are the other benefits that we perhaps didn’t anticipate: physical and mental strength, less stress, more confidence, finding community, and more. After years of practicing she knew the next best step was to become a yoga teacher and she has been teaching since 2016. Knowing how much yoga changed her life, she is honored to share this practice with others. In addition to teaching yoga, Sophia is also a certified birth and... more
  • Annie Sparks Poteat

    Black Belt Nia Teacher since 2005, Annie Sparks Poteat began her joyous Nia journey in 1997 in a magical and synchronistic way, as she set out to find work that aligned with her unique skills and talents and ignited her passion.  Since then she has been sharing the benefits of Nia movement in university settings, dance and yoga studios, and senior retirement communities throughout western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina.  She co-owned Asheville's first Nia center, Move Intuit, and founded the Asheville Nia community, Nia Carolina.  Annie's classes are alive with playfulness, purpose, and heart, and are easily adaptable for all fitness... more
  • Daniel Prince

    Father, husband, seeker, and teacher. Daniel (he/his) has practiced and studied Yoga and Meditation for nearly two decades. Registered as an E-RYT 200 Yoga Instructor, he has studied extensively in India and the U.S. with many teachers including MasterJi Vishwanath, Vidya Jacqueline Heisel, Richard Freeman, Doug Keller and David Nichtern. He also certified to teach Mindfulness Meditation with Dharma Moon and Tibet House. He studied sound therapy at The Academy of Sound Healing, is an Advanced Reiki Practitioner and is committed to promoting somatic literacy through coaching and providing educational opportunities. Daniel is passionate about sharing the joys of practice and helping others experience more ease in being. His teaching is trauma-informed, accessible and inclusive. These... more
  • Ra Ma

    Ra Ma (she/her) is an artist, astrologer, alchemical mentor, cosmic priestess, herbalist, gridkeeper, writer, yogi, and the creatrix of the podcast Stars, Stones, and Stories. Ra Ma was introduced to the technology of Kundalini Yoga at the age of 15. She has been teaching yoga since 2006 and is certified through both Kundalini Research Institute and the Kripalu School of Yoga, with over 1000 hours in professional certification ranging from Conscious Communication, Lifecycles, Prenatal Yoga to Birth and Postpartum Doula training. Ra Ma’s Kundalini workshops and classes weave together astrological transmissions, storytelling, breathwork, physical exercises, mantra, meditation and gong sound healing. You will leave feeling relaxed, uplifted and refreshed. Astrology and tarot... more
  • Leslie Rhinehart

    Leslie Rhinehart (she/her) is an Asheville native and is excited to share the gift of yoga with all. Leslie discovered yoga after finding herself physically, mentally and emotionally depleted.  She decided to try a Restorative Yoga class. After that class, she realized that the study and practice of yoga was a path to help her regain balance in her life. Leslie wants to share the beautiful transformative practice with others.  This sent her on a continuing journey to practice, learn and share the joy of yoga with others.  She considers herself a servant and life long student and is grateful to share and learn yoga with her... more
  • Roxy Robbins

    Roxy Robbins

    Roxy (she/her) is an experienced Birth and Postpartum Doula, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Certified Perinatal Yoga Instructor and Licensed Massage Therapist. She finds her greatest joy in guiding families through intentional yoga practices that combine functional movement, childbirth education, and body literacy. She’s honored to be apart of the West Asheville Yoga family where she teaches weekly classes and workshops that cultivate community, connection, and... more
  • Paulina Schau

    Paulina (they/she) is a queer full spectrum doula and perinatal yoga teacher residing on occupied Cherokee land. Yoga has played a consistent role in Paulina’s life, they’ve found that while life can bring unpredictable ups and downs, they enjoy the consistency that yoga provides and the ability to have a practice which can help provide centering and grounding in ones' body.    They experience a spiritual + energetic connection with the land and they enjoy being around folks who are accepting + affirming of beings from all backgrounds. Paulina is very passionate about being a continuous student in the world of birth as well as staying open to what yoga has to teach us. Combining yoga and the perinatal space is a meeting of two of their greatest passions!   Paulina... more
  • Matthew Smith

    In his late teenage years, Matthew (he/his) became increasingly curious about our ultimate purpose in this life. Not satisfied with formal religious practices he discovered Yoga (Asana) and later meditation. After listening to Roy Eugene Davis speak, he knew he had found an authentic, practical, and direct way to God. Matthew was initiated into Kriya Yoga by Mr. Davis in 2008 and cultivated a personal relationship with his teacher until his passing in 2019. It is Matthew's sincere belief that you will find meditation as a great benefit and foundation for your spiritual practice. As Mr. Davis often quoted his guru Paramahansa Yogananda: "Read a little, meditate more and think of God all the... more
  • Mackenzie Thomas

    Mackenzie (she/her) believes in a holistic approach to health and wellness which has led her to pursue a career in yoga and massage therapy. Her dedication and love for yoga and massage compelled her to complete a 230-hour teacher training program at the Asheville Yoga Center in 2009 and a 675-hour program at the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga in 2013. Her yoga classes focus on an integrated blend of vinyasa flow, breath centered moving meditation, pranayama, restorative and yin practices. Her passion is to create a space for people to reconnect with themselves, deepen their awareness, and navigate the practice physically and mentally, on and off the mat. Mackenzie keeps busy in her massage therapy practice and teaching yoga. Otherwise, you can find her hanging out with her 3... more
  • Celeste Vitello

    Celeste (she/her) is a Florida native who started practicing yoga on a daily basis in 2006. At 26 years old she had just undergone a lot of personal healing, deep change and transformation. She was seeking more depth and authenticity in her life. She found it in yoga. Yoga was the perfect vehicle to take her deeper into her body, mind and spirit. A Yogi at heart, once she found yoga, the rest is history. After giving birth to her daughter in 2010, she knew she wanted to teach her the Yogic way of life as she grew up. She took a 95 hour RCYT and became a kids yoga instructor. She took yoga into schools and summer camps and continued her education toward a 200 hour YTT, in the meantime. Because of her own personal experience with yoga and how it changed her mental, emotional,... more