Align and Flow Yoga weaves together life-affirming themes into the body with a precise alignment based-system. This yoga is not only rewarding to your body, it also nourishes your soul with its uplifting themes which are carefully crafted into each pose to further endorse the union between a healthy postured body and nurturing our inner selves. In this class we work hard physically yet we take the time to do poses in a way that serve us therapeutically. Poses are sewn together while maintaining effort and alignment in the movement.
This class is for newborns up to babies 1 year old and their parent/friend/guardian. In this class, there are yoga exercises just for babies based upon their individual levels of development, yoga postures for the adult companions which incorporate the babes, songs, gentle movement, infant massage and quiet time. Come and meet your community of babies and friends through this fun and playful approach to yoga with your little one!
An all levels class designed to guide students into poses that safely and effectively stretch and strengthen their backs. The teaching is grounded in the alignment principles integrating the sciences of anatomy and functional movement. This class can help you improve back function and reduce back pain.
Join Raphaela in a new exploration of Vinyasa. Enjoy the flow of femininity while staying attuned to the masculinity of structure. She blends her deep knowledge and wisdom of alignment and bio-mechanics with the love for pranic filled emanation. This is a dynamic blend, combining systems of alignment with the creative allowance for personal expression. Come uncover and shake off the weighty layers we accumulate in our day to day lives. Get your yoga on to Downtempo electronic music, finding your individual flux and groove in the company of friends. Bring a date, bring a friend, bring yourself as we dance through the asanas. Get ready to move, sparkle, and shine! Some yoga experience encouraged yet there will always be variations and modifications available for students working with limitations or wanting to take their practice to the next level.
FreeBody: Therapeutic Foam Rolling, Gentle Stretching, and Breathing to release tension, pain, and discomfort with Cat
Join our founder, Cat Matlock, as she shares her deep anatomy knowledge and understanding of unwinding chronic pain and tensional patterns in the body, breathing practices to stabilize and increase prana energy, and meditation/mindfulness practices for healing the brain. Cat is a Trigger Point Therapist (since 1993) and has spent her entire career studying how to relieve pain in others and how to teach people to relieve their own pain through the use of therapy balls, foam rollers, and yoga for strengthening and flexibility. Her approach is unique in that it weaves her knowledge of trigger points into the rolling practices. Cat is now adding to every class breathing practices and meditation/mindfulness practices to more wholly address the imbalances that human life brings. This class changes its focus about every month and you can catch what’s happening by checking our Facebook Page every Tuesday.
Kundalini is most commonly referred to as the Yoga of Awareness. I like to refer to it as raising our vibration and consciousness to help us reach the highest version of ourselves. Kundalini is a sacred knowledge and power, and is often referred to as the Mother of all Yoga. Kundalini has been around over 5000 years and has never been manipulated or changed in all these years. The practice of Kundalini Yoga balances the glandular system, strengthens the nervous system, strengthens the immune system, improves circulation, brings an awareness to the impacts of your habits, and enables us to harness the energy of the mind and the emotions. This practice will be accessible for all levels and I will be teaching kriyas (sets or sequences) that include (chanting) mantras (repetition of words or sounds), meditation, mudras (hand positions), pranayama (breath work), and asanas (poses) that all have a desired effect and outcome. The class ends with a restorative gong bath shavasana to help integrate the benefits of the practice into the body and to help activate the parasympathetic nervous system, our rest and digest system. I invite you to come experience an ancient lineage of yoga that has been scientifically researched and proven to heal and uplift the energy we posses deep in our bodies.
Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, and Gong Bath with Danielle
Kundalini Yoga is known as the yoga of awareness and is a heart centered physical practice that interweaves the medicine of breathwork, mantra and meditation. Each practice is dedicated to using the powerful and transformational technology as taught by Yogi Bhajan to open new realms of vitality, creativity and prosperity. The gong is known to be the most sublime instrument of the yogi and will take you into a state of deep healing. While excavating the subconscious mind, the gong has the ability to clear out parts of you that are ready to be released. This practice is open to all levels, ages and abilities.
Based on a steady commitment to alignment, as well as, physical & emotional safety, this class offers a unique balance of a light-hearted approach and a challenging asana experience. The welcoming environment creates a class that is alive with questions, philosophy, and humor based on connecting real life situations to the physical practice of asana. Living In Alignment Yoga is a bridge of tools and practices to lead you from your mat into your life more passionately and skillfully.
Post-Natal Yoga is an opportunity for self-care and healing after birth. An intentional practice involving specific postures and breathe work to re-integrate your pelvic floor muscles and core while providing ease and stability to stressed muscles and areas of the body. You can’t pour from an empty cup. **Babies up a year welcome** Take the time to fill up your cup at “Post-Natal Yoga”.
This postnatal yoga class is designed specifically for the post-birth parent and baby- Come to vent, breast/chest/bottle feed, cry, sleep, and just hangout with other new parents and their little ones! The class will include guided infant massage, meditative breath work, stretching, strengthening, and pelvic floor exercises…all designed to nourish the postpartum person while facilitating connection and interacting with baby. Babies are welcome and encouraged! While this is a “yoga” class, the focus is on holding space for new parents, and nothing is expected to go to plan or stay on schedule. The class is facilitated by Ayurvedic Health Consultant and Certified Doula, CD/PCD(DONA), Izzy Adair. With no expectations, Izzy is there to hold space for your postpartum experience, offering whatever doula wisdom and resources she can to make sure you feel supported in this essential and raw transition into parenthood.
Prenatal yoga classes at West Asheville Yoga are specially designed practices to help mama move through her pregnancy with less physical discomfort, build strength, and focus her mind and breath in preparation for labor and motherhood. Both Roxy and Christie are certified Doulas and support mamas through this journey on the mat and in their homes. Classes are appropriate for mamas new to yoga or seasoned practitioners.
Restorative Yoga offers a deeply nourishing experience for the nervous system as well as all other major systems of the body. Postures are held for 4-10 minutes, supported by several props and guided meditation to help the practitioner settle the mind and body into deep relaxation. Restorative yoga is an excellent way to learn and practice body-centered meditation.
Slow Flow Ashtanga Alignment is a vinyasa practice rooted in slow and deep breath. Using the breath to bring mindful awareness to the body, this class uses the linked sequences of Ashtanga yoga as a base, but slows them down so we can savor all of their juicy details and ensure they are accessible for all bodies. These classes bring attention to the alignment of transition postures in movement, focusing equally o yoga poses and the transition movements that link them together. We will emphasize the cultivation of core abdominal and pelvic floor muscles to develop internal strength and stability as we support the body’s capacity to learn new forms of movement and opening. This is a dynamic and uplifting practice, appropriate for all levels of practitioners, in which postures are described with both precision and humor. Come feel enlivened in your body as you discover new patterns of strength and flexibility in yourself which may surprise you!
Yoga is great for teens! These formative years are the ideal time to set a foundation of practice that will serve for a lifetime. And to learn that practice is inherently FUN! Breath tools, physical challenges, partner poses, magical meditations, music, and deeeeeeep nourishing rest.
Vinyasa flow classes link movement with breath. Each class is carefully sequenced to prepare your body for a peak pose, such as a deep hip openers, backbend, inversion or arm balance. Vinyasa classes are appropriate for yogis with at least some understanding of alignment and some experience with yoga. Come ready to energize, rejuvenate, move, sweat, breathe and let go!
Women’s Kundalini Yoga, Meditation, and Gong Bath with Danielle
Women of all ages and abilities are invited to join in this heart centered practice of Kundalini yoga. Each class is dedicated to delivering the powerful and transformation yogic technology that interweaves the medicine of physical movement, breathwork, mantra and meditation. Yogi Bhajan gave a wealth of teachings specifically for women to access her strength, sacredness and grace. These teachings were given for our present day reality to help us cope with the pressures of being householders and navigating our ever changing technological landscape. Each practice is sealed with the resonance of the gong which is deeply healing and restorative to the entire body, specifically the nervous system.
This class is designed to help beginners to get yoga into their bodies, to understand alignment in the most commonly practiced yoga poses, and to help you on your journey into yoga practice. Class moves slowly and helps you to build your strength and flexibility while avoiding injury. Jacci (Tricia) Lea is a certified Yoga Therapist.