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New to Yoga?

Welcome to Asheville Yoga Center

Here are a few tips…

Listen to your body. You should not feel any sharp, shooting, or pinching pains while practicing yoga. If you do, come out of the pose immediately and signal to the instructor so they can help you adjust the posture.

Heart condition? Injured? Be sure to let your instructor know if you have a heart condition or any other serious ailment before class starts.

Wear clothing that does not restrict movement.  Loose or fitted stretchy clothing.

Practice on an empty stomach. Allow at least 2 hours after a large meal before practicing.

Yoga is practiced in bare feet.

Come clean to your practice.  Avoid wearing perfume, cologne, or essential oils to class. Be mindful of odors such as smoke or body odor, as these can be impact the experience of other students.

Benefits of Yoga

Pain Relief

Yoga can ease pain. Studies have demonstrated that practicing yoga asanas (postures), meditation or a combination of the two, reduced pain for people with conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, auto-immune diseases and hypertension as well as arthritis, back and neck pain, and other chronic conditions. Some practitioners report that even emotional pain can be eased through the practice of yoga.

Stress Release

Yoga reduces the physical effects of stress on the body. By encouraging relaxation, yoga helps to lower the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Related benefits include lowering blood pressure and heart rate, improving digestion and boosting the immune system as well as easing symptoms of conditions such as anxiety, depression, fatigue, asthma and insomnia.

Flexibility

Yoga helps to improve flexibility and mobility, increasing range of movement and reducing aches and pains. Many people can’t touch their toes during their first yoga class. Gradually they begin to use the correct muscles. Over time, the ligaments, tendons and muscles lengthen, increasing elasticity, making more poses possible.

Weight Management

Yoga (even less vigorous styles) can aid weight control efforts by reducing the cortisol levels as well as by burning excess calories and reducing stress. Yoga also encourages healthy eating habits and provides a heightened sense of well-being and self-esteem.

Inner Peace

The meditative aspects of yoga help many to reach a deeper, more spiritual and more satisfying place in their lives. Many who begin to practice for other reasons have reported this to be a key reason that yoga has become an essential part of their daily lives.

Increased Strength

Yoga asanas (postures) use every muscle in the body, helping to increase strength literally from head to toe. And, while these postures strengthen the body, they also provide an additional benefit of helping to relieve muscular tension.

Better Breathing

Yoga teaches people to take slower, deeper breaths. This helps to improve lung function, trigger the body’s relaxation response and increase the amount of oxygen available to the body.

Strengthens Heart

Even gentle yoga practice can provide cardiovascular benefits by lowering resting heart rate, increasing endurance and improving oxygen uptake during exercise.

Focus on the Present

Yoga helps us to focus on the present, to become more aware and to help create mind body health. It opens the way to improved concentration, coordination, reaction time and memory.

YOGA FOR BEGINNERS

Start out at a level you can handle.

Everyone is different and that’s why we offer over 100 Yoga classes every week. We recommend taking any of our classes marked “beginner friendly” for anyone who is new to yoga, or who may be getting back into a practice after taking some time off.

Take some time to come in and talk over your goals for your Yoga Practice. The helpful staff at the front desk can work with you to create a program that fits your schedule and your budget, but more importantly, fits your practice!

Studio Information and Guidelines

No need to pre-register. Drop ins are always welcome.  We suggest arriving 10-15 minutes before your first class at Asheville Yoga Center.  We will ask you to fill out a simple waiver form and orient you to the space.

All Levels Welcome! All classes are open to all levels of students. Our instructors are adept at offering options for multiple levels of practitioner. Beginners are encouraged to start with beginner-friendly classes.

Parking. Please make use of our free parking lots. Street parking is also available.

Arrive on time. As a courtesy to your instructor and fellow students, we request you that you arrive on time.

Busy classes: Some of our classes may fill to capacity.  We recommend arriving 10 minutes early for the following classes in order to ensure a space:

  • Monday and Wednesday: 5:30-6:45 pm Hot Flow & Yin with Shala
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 12:15-1:45 pm Hot Flow & Yin with Shala
  • Saturday: 8:30-10:00 am Align & Flow with Joe T.
  • Sunday: 10:15-11:45 am Bhakti Flow with Michael

What should I wear, what should I bring & when should I arrive for my first class?

For your first class, be sure to bring a bottle of water, a towel, and a yoga mat.

Be sure to wear fitted workout clothes, ideally ones that wick away moisture.

First-timers should also get to the studio 20 minutes before class starts to check in and ask any questions. We want to share our one-of-a-kind yoga with everyone, so come to work hard and have fun!

Need to get some new gear? Visit our Boutique, we have everything you need to take your practice to the next level.

Frequently Asked Questions

Children & Teens

All minors (anyone under the age of 18) who come to take class must have liability waiver signed by their Parent/Guardian before they can participate. Children ages 12-17 may attend any classes on our schedule, though HOT classes may not be appropriate. Children ages 11 and under may not be left unaccompanied in lobby or yoga room.

Valuables & Personal Items

Although we have cubby space in the lobby for your personal items, we do not have lockers. The lobby is attended by a staff person during class, however we are not responsible for any personal belongings. We advise that you leave these items at home or locked in the trunk of your car. We can store your credit card information in our system so that you do not need to carry it with you.

We ask that you silence or turn off your cell phones before going to class. Note that some alarms will sound even if your phone is on silent.

Showers

Students are welcome to use our showers. We supply shampoo and body wash. You may purchase or bring your own towel.

Hot Yoga Classes

Not recommended for beginners, the elderly, or pregnant women as these classes are led at a challenging, fast pace in a very hot environment. When attending a HOT class, be prepared to sweat! We request that you bring your own mat, towel, and bolster/blanket (if desired).

Mats & Props

Our studio has mats and props that you are welcome to use, free of charge. Most of our students bring their personal mats.

Heart Conditions / Injuries

Please inform your instructor before class begins if you have a heart condition or any other serious ailment.

Understanding Class Terms

GENTLE
Gentle indicates the class is not vigorous, but slow and soothing, perfect for those wanting a more relaxed and softer practice. Also excellent for beginners, the elderly, and pregnant women.

WARM
Warm classes allow the body’s tissues to soften more deeply, as the room is kept between 80-89 degrees.

POWER
Power indicates a vigorous practice that will challenge and energize you with its focus on building strength and concentration as you flow through powerful, flowing sequences. This type of class is meant to challenge you and your existing practice, make you sweat, have some fun, and try and inversion (or three!). Not recommended for beginners who do not have a basic knowledge of yoga postures.

HOT
Hot classes involve a dynamic and challenging practice in a room heated to 90 degrees or above. You will sweat, so please bring your own mat, water bottle, and towel. First time students are discouraged from attending HOT classes, as they tend to be fast-paced, and are meant for those already familiar with basic postures.

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