Teachers - West Asheville Yoga

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  • Sue Ann Fisher

    Sue Ann 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 student and... more
  • Cat Matlock

    Cat Matlock has been a student and practitioner of yoga since 1988 and began teaching yoga classes in 2001. Cat is a licensed massage therapist, since 1993, and has devoted her career to the study of anatomy and Trigger Point Therapy to relieve chronic pain and discomfort in the physical body. She has taught in various yoga teacher training programs and was a highly regarded instructor of Kinesiology (the study of how the body moves), Integrative Massage, and Yoga at the Asheville School of Massage and Yoga until she resigned to begin the West Asheville Yoga studio. Cat now runs the studio and her prenatal yoga teacher training program, “The Sacred Journey to Motherhood” and offers continuing education courses for massage therapists as well as teaches regular yoga classes,... more
  • Alex Moody

    As an intuitive psychic medium, Alex Moody is passionate about supporting people in living their most authentic life.  Having trained to become a therapeutic yoga instructor and Ortho-Bionomy practitioner, Alex began her journey to connect more with her nervous system health in order to manage the everyday life of being a psychic medium.  Alex has lived in Western North Carolina for 15 years and completed her Ortho-Bionomy and 500 hour yoga therapeutics here in Asheville.  She enjoys time with her dog, Tomato, and her partner, Tom (names were not... more
  • Christie Abeling

    My passion for yoga was born out of my love for movement and the expression of the human form. As a dancer of many years I found great satisfaction in the emotional depth and the transformational and healing capacity of working with the body. These stepping stones from my early foundation as a dancer lead me down many paths that I continue to integrate into my life work. My love and reverence for this beautiful planet and living with awareness of her rhythms and influences is central in my teaching. I am 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 our direct connection to something;... more
  • Ra Ma – Danielle Marie Goldstein

    Ra Ma Kaur is a highly observant soul-soother, change-maker and alchemist.  Ra Ma calls on her passionate study of Kundalini Yoga, Astrology, Ancestral Healing, Elemental Medicine, Daoist Stone Medicine and Soundscapes to inspire and inform each offering she makes to her community. 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 Kundalini Research Institute and the Kripalu School of Yoga.  She has spent over 1000 hours in professional certification beyond her college degree.  At this time she is working towards a Master of Arts in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology. Her current offerings include weekly classes, workshops, private mentorship, women's lunar gatherings, and ceremonies in the... more
  • Deirdre Smith Gilmer

    Deirdre 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 is... more
  • Izzy Jenkins

    Izzy began practicing yoga after a prolonged foot injury forced her to take a break from her professional training as a Contemporary Ballet dancer. Using yoga as an education on emotional, physical, and spiritual wellness, she was able to recover from her injury and pursued her RYT certification through Yoga Oasis under the instruction of Darren Rhodes. She now holds her 500hr RYT and has been teaching since the summer of 2016. Izzy’s passion is in the health education of uterine bodied/femme identifying individuals and she is currently in school preparing for Master’s entry Nurse-Midwife programs. In addition to teaching yoga, Izzy works in Asheville as a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula CD/PCD(DONA), as well as a certified Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor and an Ayurvedic Doula.... more
  • Jacci Lea

    Jacci Lea began her yoga journey in New Orleans as a way to help with some back pain. More than 20 years later she still practices yoga. After several years of studying Iyengar yoga she now combines the techniques of alignment with movement in group classes and therapeutic yoga for individuals. She began teaching in 1998 and taught classes for several years at Wild Lotus Yoga in New Orleans before moving to Asheville in 2005 (just one week before Hurricane Katrina). Jacci feels that yoga is a practice that can benefit anyone no matter what age or level of physical ability. One does not need to have a flexible body to enjoy the calming benefits of yoga. Her Basic Yoga classes guide beginners and experienced students to learn safe postures as well as focus on breathing. Her Gentle... more
  • Jill Phoenix

    I am a self proclaimed “yoga nerd” and love that there is so much to learn and share with others. One of my favorite aspects of teaching yoga is that it is truly accessible for everyone and every body, and I strive to help provide this for all. Yoga has personally helped me recover from abuse, trauma, an eating disorder and body image issues, and divorce. To say that I have fallen in love with yoga, is an understatement! Teaching and practicing the physical asanas are only a small part of the path, and I truly believe in living a yogic lifestyle. I was first introduced to yoga with a Rodney Yee VHS tape in 1998 on a mat in my living room. After several years and a somewhat daily practice, I stepped into a  studio for the first time in 2007, West Asheville Yoga! and my eyes were... more
  • Joe Taft

    Joe Taft believes in the transformational power of yoga. Joe (E-RYT500) is a former Certified Anusara® Yoga instructor who has dedicated himself to the practice of yoga since 1997. He began teaching in 2002. Joe infuses his classes with a deep, life-affirming philosophy through myths, story-telling, Tantra, and his own experience with the trials and tribulations of life. Joe’s in-depth knowledge of body mechanics and his innate understanding of the complexities of movement, allow him to guide his students more fully into their own bodies and lives. Joe enjoys teaching workshops and trainings both in Asheville and out as a traveling instructor. Joe values humor in all aspects of teaching and life which makes his classes a fun experience for everyone. Joe’s warmth and sincere... more
  • Jonathan Rhum

    Jonathan began practicing yoga in 1998. His passion for asana and dance grew deeper and has been growing ever since. For Jonathan Yoga is a path of continual growth, refinement, and liberation. He lives in a beautiful world of people who care for one another. Jonathan enjoys a story: that the father-padre-pattern of energy we call the sun, makes its way across the darkness of space. It then touches the mother-madre-matter earth, where the blossoming of biological life is occurring. We can see that the leafy greens we eat are in part sunlight and earth. We are in part sunlight and earth co-creating this world together. What could happen if we could see the most wonderful things, within ourselves and others? Some of Jonathan's other interests are teaching early childhood education,... more
  • Kim Drye

    Kim Drye is a skilled and knowledgeable yoga instructor who specializes in alignment and accessible yoga. In 2011, Kim created her own brand, HereNowYoga, that offers a 200-hour yoga alliance certified teacher training, themed workshops, and both local and international retreats. The HereNowYoga brand became a collaborative effort with Becca Impello in 2014. She has trained primarily with instructors in the Iyengar tradition including local teachers Lillah Schwartz and Cindy Dollar, as well as nationally recognized master teachers Matthew Sanford, Roger Cole, and Aadil Palkhivala.  Her certifications include a 200 hour certification from the Asheville Yoga Center with Stephanie Keach (2008), and a 500 hour certification from Lighten Up Yoga with Lillah Schwartz (2009-2013). Kim... more
  • Kris Hanvey

    Kris started practicing and teaching yoga and meditation in the late 1990’s. Throughout the last two decades she has taught in various cities her own eclectic style that always includes a mind/body tenet to self-exploration.  Her classes blend pranayama, meditation, asana flow and gentle holds. Kris respects all styles of yoga that enhances the essence of the spirit and allows for playful exploration and fun, which she hopes to provide in each class that she teaches.  She has been blessed with hundreds of teachers across the US and is grateful for each of them. Kris is trained as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and BRSHM Herbalist.  She has a private practice Asheville Holistic Healthcare. She is YogaFit, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy (PRYT), and Yin Yoga... more
  • Leaflin Winecoff

    When a friend casually showed me my first yoga asanas in 1998, it sparked a deep remembering, and sudden illumination of a path before me. Yoga would be a guiding force of my life, and in order to fully receive this gift, I had to share it. I completed my first teacher training with Diane Wilson of Portland, OR in 1999. Diane is a completely unique, authentic and indescribable adept yogini and teacher whose guidance provided an unshakeable foundation for my yogic life. In 2005, I completed a 200hr vinyasa training with Jhon Tamayo and Sabina Stahl at Atmananda Yoga in NYC. During this time I spread my vinyasa wings wide, teaching many classes a week in the busy city and taking classes from many renowned teachers. Also during this time I completed beginning and advanced Thai Yoga... more
  • Lillian Jacobs

    Lillian walked into her first yoga class as a junior in high school looking for a way to get in shape. She left that class amazed at the way 90 minutes of asanas and  heightened awareness of breath made her feel both physically and mentally. She continued to return to my mat for reasons deeper than physical fitness. Yoga provided her stress release and a sense of calmness and clarity as she pursued her degree in International Development and Social Change.  As her own yoga practice developed she discovered she wanted to share this practice with others.  After exploring many styles of yoga she decided to pursue teaching Vinyasa yoga because she was drawn to the creativity of Vinyasa sequences. A few years into her journey as a yogini  she felt something was missing.  Either by... more
  • Ayelet Even-Nur

    Ayelet Even-Nur has been a dedicated practitioner of yoga since 2004. Through yoga, Ayelet has experienced the body-mind’s incredible capacity to transform. It is this potential for transformation that inspired her to teach. She has taught Vinyasa yoga in Chicago, New York City, and Berkeley, inside and outside of studios, teaching practitioners in alternative-to-incarceration centers and leading workshops around the country. Ayelet has assisted John Campbell, Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor and was the director and teacher of Berkeley Mysore at the Berkeley Yoga Center until the birth of her son in June 2018. An advanced practitioner of Ashtanga Vinyasa, she focuses on alignment fundamentals and breath awareness in her teaching order to make the yoga practice sustainable for all types... more
  • Raphaela Fritz

    It is with joy, wisdom, and pleasure that Raphaela Fritz brings 2 decades of practice, study, and teaching of yoga to West Asheville Yoga.  Formerly Certified Anusara teacher, Certified Bikram Instructor, E-RYT 500,Bikram Yoga Champion representative, Yoga Therapeutics Practitioner and Licenced Massage & Bodywork Therapist since 2004. She incorporates layers of life wisdom, tantric teachings, and the language of the heart with structural alignment and dynamic flow; interweaving ancient teachings and myth with the realities of modern day life.  Mother, Wife, Yogini, Artist, and current student in the aerial arts, she brings her whole being to each class. Raphaela’s classes are uplifting yet challenging, leaving your body, mind, and heart soaring in bliss. Each class... more
  • Roxy Robbins

    Roxy 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
  • Sarah Marcus

    Sarah’s definition and experience of yoga is evolving and changing, as she continues what she hopes will be a lifelong practice. Integrating and harmonizing her personal studies of various forms of yoga, Buddhism, and modern consciousness studies informs her teaching. Ridiculously neurotic, but increasingly self-aware; she enjoys dismantling her own assumptions and limiting thought patterns in favor of being fully present. Her intention in life and in class includes being open-hearted, compassionate, and of service. This generally makes for classes that are dynamic, meditative, and challenging as students are ultimately empowered to get to know themselves and Yoga beyond the conceptualized version of what either should be. She uses skillful verbal cues and hands-on assists to help... more
  • Sierra Hollister

    Sierra Hollister 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 person you... more