First 50: Yoga Foundations

Build a Foundation for Your Personal Practice The First Steps on Your Teaching Journey

Asheville Yoga Center has been training yoga teachers for over 25 years. Many of our students joined a Yoga Teacher Training to deepen their relationship to yoga and invest time and energy into their asana practice – and exploring whether they want to teach yoga.


We realized that 200hrs of training is a big investment for students not yet convinced they want to teach – so we created something new!


We are excited to add a shorter 50hr offering to our training schedule – an experience that will deepen your relationship to practice while offering those first steps on the path to becoming a teacher! 

An Investment in Yourself

Even if teaching ends up not being for you, you will leave this training with 50 hrs of hands-on instruction from a cohort of incredibly talented, accepting, and compassionate teachers who will guide your asana (poses) practice, and in your introduction to taking your practice off the mat and living yoga as a life philosophy.

All Are Welcome!

Our program is built to nurture every student or teacher at any level – our philosophy is that there are “Many Paths that lead to One Truth”  We provide the core essentials and encourage you to follow your destiny through different paths of yoga. In yoga, we are all students who are looking to share and learn in community. In this training we aim to meet each student in their body and at their level. All are welcome in this training!

First 50: Yoga Foundations Program


No Previous Experience Required


Knowledge of Basic Asana

Our 50-hour program is built for students who are interested in investing in their yoga practice, and would like to build a foundation before diving into the remaining 150 hours of training required by Yoga Alliance to lead a class.

Learn more about the 150-hour follow-up program that qualifies for 200HR Yoga Alliance Certification

This course will include: 

  • A new posture sequence that will grow and expand as you continue on your training journey with Asheville Yoga Center. 
  • Introductions to basic yoga philosophy, asana (poses), and breathing techniques that will help you create a personal practice to enhance your everyday life. 
  • This training will also feature a unique crossover with Yoga’s sister science, Ayurveda.
  • 50 Yoga Alliance hours that can be later applied to your 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification to become a teacher.
  • Immersion and Weekend schedule options for more flexibility.

This is a unique offering that will build your confidence as a practitioner and is suitable for all levels.

Benefits of First 50 Training


Accessible Hybrid Format


Expand Your Practice


Build Your Knowledge of Yoga

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Schedule & Format

2 Weekend Training

Our 2-weekend program  is an accessible option for students who have commitments during the week and would like to split up their training into two weekend sessions.

This is a hybrid training – available both online and in-person in Asheville, North Carolina.

Program Cost:  $695 


Winter 2024 2 Weekend

January 12-14 & January 26-28, 2024

SPECIAL OFFER: Save $50 on full training! ($695 Full Price)

(Offer valid until 12/12/23).

Spring 2024 2 Weekend

June 7-9 & June 21-23, 2024

SPECIAL OFFER: Save $50 on full training! ($695 Full Price)

(Offer valid until 5/7/23).

1 Week Immersion

Our 1-week immersion is perfect for students who want to immerse themselves in yoga basics during a one week session. This course will cover the same content as the 2-weekend format.

This is a hybrid training – available both online and in-person in Asheville, North Carolina.

Program Cost:  $695 

Fall 2023 Immersion

October 2-6, 2023

SPECIAL OFFER: Save $50 on full training! ($695 Full Price)

(Offer valid until 9/2/23).

Spring 2024 Immersion

March 11-March 15, 2024

SPECIAL OFFER: Save $50 on full training! ($695 Full Price)

(Offer valid until 2/11/23).

This training is for you if…

You want to deepen your practice

You want to expand your community

You are curious about yoga teacher training but not sure about 200 hours yet 

You miss practicing in a group environment

You previously taught yoga but want to refresh your knowledge

You’re looking to heal

Why Train with AYC?

Wherever you are in your journey we will meet you there! Since we opened as the first yoga studio in Asheville, NC, we have built a robust community over the course of the 25 years we have served the community and beyond. We are so proud of this inclusive and welcoming environment and want our training to emulate that as well.

  • We are here to meet you in your practice, you don’t need to be a “yogi” to feel at home.
  • We are situated on a healing campus with our partners, The Ayurvedic Institute and AyurPrana led by Dr. Vasant Lad.
  • We are committed to creating and maintaining an environment where all students, guests and faculty feel welcomed and engaged in the practice of yoga. We believe that yoga extends beyond the classroom and is meant to be shared with our community to bring accessibility to the yoga world.  
  • Commitment to sustainability: our solar-powered, environmentally sustainable campus is one of the few in the country designed specifically for yoga. Enjoy a beautiful campus with edible, aromatic plants and native trees. 
  • All of our programs are available both in-person and online. This format gives you the flexibility to work around what fits best for your schedule and learning style. 

Common Questions:

Yes! You can attend any of our programs either in-person or virtually depending on what works best for you. We will cover the same content whether you decide to come to our studio and learn in-person or learn from home. This format gives you the flexibility to work around what fits best for your schedule and learning style. 

Absolutely not! If teaching yoga isn’t your passion or you aren’t sure if that is something you wish to pursue, we are here to support you in your yoga journey all the same.

We try to make it as simple as possible. After reading this FAQ list, if you still have questions you can contact our program director. Then, when confident, pay the full course amount via the registration link, and that’s it! You will receive an immediate email of payment confirmation. 

Trainings will have anywhere from 10 to 20 students in them. Many of our programs fill up, so don’t wait too long to enroll! If you are wanting to be in a smaller group, let us know, we can direct you to the programs that we feel will best suit your needs.

Your 50 hours will be valid for credit towards 200 hour certification for 1 year from your 50 hour completion date. This means that if you’d like to complete 200 hour certification, you’ll need to enroll in a 150 hour course within 1 year to get full credit. 

Looking for a place to stay?

Housing Options Available

If you are interested in finding convenient accommodations during your workshop or training, you can qualify for discounted rates for your stay with our friends at TownePlace Suites by Marriott. This is located within a 5-minute walking distance from our studio! Additional housing options can be sent to you by our Programs Coordinator. Please email: to learn more