Capital at Play Features Yoga in the Park Summer Series

Just as yogis lengthen their limbs—arms, legs, fingers, and toes—with an intentional groan of muscles, so is the yoga industry expanding to accommodate more practitioners, products, concepts, and classes. As of 2018, some 36 million Americans practice yoga; between 2012 and 2016 alone, the number of practitioners increased by 50%. For all its spirituality, it’s also an undeniably capitalistic enterprise, and a profitable one at that: We spend $16 billion on yoga classes, clothing, equipment, and accessories annually, with the average yogi dolling out some $90 monthly to deepen their practice.

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Yoga Digest Features Asheville Yoga Center’s Article

The sun smiles down on Mother Earth and softly embraces our hemisphere with abundant beauty and warmth. As we celebrate the beginning of the summer solstice, we begin to experience the heat of the season as it sets in for the next few months. Summertime serves as the perfect opportunity to ignite your practice as you enjoy longer, warmer days. There’s no better time to channel the fiery power of your Manipura or Navel Chakra.

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Om Yoga & Lifestyle Magazine Feature

Spring is the perfect opportunity to ignite the root chakra (muladhara) inside ourselves as a time of rebirth and new growth. The chakras manifest themselves as spinning wheels of energy that correspond to specific areas of the body. The human body consists of seven chakras which influence behaviors and values in our lives. You’ll experience differences in your body depending on which chakra you choose to activate. The root chakra is represented by the element earth. As earth provides the foundation and resources for our existence, the root chakra serves as the foundation for the entire chakra system. Located at the base of the spine, it is associated with feelings of safety and grounding. It allows us to grow with security while we explore all aspects of our lives.

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Shape Up for Spring

Spring is just around the corner which means it’s time to refresh, rejuvenate and get back to feeling your best! Shake off those winter blues and spring forward into a new season of endless opportunity. When we think of spring we think of new growth and fresh starts. The same goes for your health! A healthy body starts with nutrition, water and physical exercise. Whether you’re trying to tone and strengthen muscle, or you’re just working on having healthier habits, take advantage of the spring season to get back on track. Try this asana sequence to feel more grounded and shape up for spring.

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The Benefits of Yoga in the Winter Season

Even for the most devoted yogi, the winter months can be a drag when it comes to getting motivated to hit the mat. We get it – cold, dark, lonely – who wouldn’t want to stay curled up at home? But consistently skipping your workout could backfire, especially in the colder months when your body (and mind) are most vulnerable to sickness and stress. So don’t take the season off. Here are some reasons to amp up your yoga practice this winter.

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Showing Aparigraha in Our Community

Since inception, we have made it a priority to do what we can to positively impact our environment. As yogis, we strive for aparigrapha, which is the idea of not taking more than one needs.

Our solar-powered, environmentally sustainable yoga center sits on a lushly landscaped campus surrounded by an abundance of edible and aromatic native trees and plants. Daylighting is utilized as much as possible in our classrooms to reduce the consumption of electric lights. We’ve implemented all of these areas of sustainability to support the health and well-being of our environment.

In keeping with the yogic principle of aparigrapha, we feel that it is our duty to do what we can to give back and support nonprofits with these same values and who also go above and beyond to combat environmental issues. We are seeing harmful effects on our planet daily, and we are determined to do something about it.

During the month of June, we are partnering with MountainTrue as our Charity of the Month to support their efforts in sustaining a healthy, natural environment here in Western North Carolina. They value the integrity of natural systems – air, land, water, and native plants and animals – and believe in the restoration and protection of them to benefit all generations. The organization empowers individuals throughout the region to engage in policy and project advocacy, outreach and education and on the ground projects.

As yogis, we believe in being caring and compassionate to all living things. Here are a few small ways that you can help positively impact the environment in your own day-to-day life and protect our beautiful planet:

#1. Use Reusable Bags

We have a huge problem with plastic bags. They get discarded in landfills and can end up suffocating animals who either get stuck in them or mistake them for food. Keep a few canvas bags in your car for the next time you go grocery shopping to cut down on your plastic consumption.

#2. Carpool Whenever Possible

If you can, take public transportation, walk or ride a bike. If you can ride with friends to outings you will be able to cut down on your carbon footprint.

#3. Be Mindful About Water and Energy Consumption

Water is wasted more frequently than you think! Be mindful to turn off faucets while you brush your teeth and limit your water consumption while you wash dishes. You can save water by keeping showers short and efficient. When you leave a room, turn lights off to conserve energy.

If you would like to support MountainTrue, donation boxes will be available all month long in the Studio and Boutique for monetary donations. On Wednesday, June 26 at 6pm, we will host a donation-based class focused on gratitude for our beautiful planet. All proceeds will be donated.  On Thursday, June 27, we will host our Donation Day where 10 percent of all community and drop-in class sales will be donated. In addition, AYC will give a direct donation of $250. Please join us for a class and show your support!

Asheville Yoga Center Raises Donations for Pisgah Legal Services All Month

10% of Drop-In and Community Class Sales on Thursday, March 28 Donated

Asheville Yoga Center prepares for a full month of fundraising for Pisgah Legal Services as its Charity of the Month partner. The organization strives to pursue justice by providing legal assistance and advocacy to help low-income individuals in Western North Carolina meet their basic needs. Some of their charitable work includes; providing legal aid to those living in poverty, partnering with agencies to make sustainable changes for people in crisis and improving policies which impact thousands of low-income individuals in the area.

“We are honored to be able to partner with Pisgah Legal and support their efforts in helping improve the lives of those in our community. As members of the yoga community, we feel that it is our duty to do what we can to help those in need of basic living rights,” says Melissa Driver, General Manager of Asheville Yoga Center.

From March 1 until March 31, donation boxes will be located in both the Studio and Boutique for monetary donations. On Thursday, March 28, 10% of all drop-in and community class sales will be directly donated to the non-profit. You can show support by coming in for a class at the Studio or by visiting the Boutique!

“Pisgah Legal Services is grateful for the support we can receive from the Asheville Yoga Center and other local businesses. We rely on community support to provide free legal help to those who need it most and also to raise awareness of issues facing people living in poverty here in our mountains. When we come together to ensure that our most vulnerable residents have access to justice, we all thrive,” says Ally Wilson, Director of Development, Pisgah Legal Services.

If you’d like to learn more about the organization or speak to a representative, please come by the Studio on March 28 for our donation day. A member of the Pisgah Legal team will be present to answer any questions regarding their work in the community.

Asheville Yoga Center Supports Asheville on Bikes with February Fundraiser

Asheville Yoga Center is rolling forward with its Charity of the Month project in February. The center will be raising funds for Asheville on Bikes for the second consecutive year. The non-profit advocates for better biking and walking infrastructures in both Asheville and the surrounding regions of Western North Carolina. They work to spread awareness for actions to be taken to build better transit, roads and public places.

“We understand the importance of providing the utmost safety for other’s health and wellness. Improving sidewalks, greenways and infrastructures allows us to meet those goals and create harmony within our community. We greatly appreciate all of the work that Asheville on Bikes continues to do, and we’re proud to be able to partner with them for a second time,” says Melissa Driver, General Manager of Asheville Yoga Center.

Beginning February 1, donation boxes will be located in both the Studio and Boutique for monetary donations. On Thursday, February 28, 10% of all drop-in and community class sales will be directly donated to the non-profit. Please join us for class or stop by the Studio or Boutique to show your support.

“Asheville Yoga Center and Asheville on Bikes are such good partners, because our work intersects at the issue of health and wellness. Asheville on Bikes works to improve the conditions of the urban environment through active transportation, while Asheville Yoga Center approaches health and wellness through yoga. Both groups rely on community to impact individuals. Asheville on bikes appreciates Asheville Yoga Center’s ongoing support. It’s a team effort to keep good things rolling forward,” says Mike Sule, Director of Asheville on Bikes.

Asheville on Bike’s biggest event, Bike Love, will take place on February 23 as the organization’s signature fundraiser. If you’d like to attend and purchase tickets, click here.

If you’re interested in being a volunteer, please fill out the volunteer form here

To learn more about Asheville on Bikes, please visit www.ashevilleonbikes.com.

Wrapping Up 2018’s Charity of the Month Project

Donation Boxes Available at the Studio and Boutique

Asheville Yoga Center is raising funds for Eblen Charities throughout December to finalize its 2018 Charity of the Month project. Founded in 1991, the organization has helped thousands of families in western North Carolina each year with medical and emergency assistance. Eblen assisted 300 families with only one program when it was first established. Now, Eblen has been able to help tens of thousands of families with more than 70 available programs.

“Eblen Charities has worked so hard over the past few decades to support families with medical and emergency assistance. It provides the opportunity for those in our community to seek the help they need to physically heal. As a yoga studio, we know how valuable it is to be able to give others going through health issues access to the resources they need. The community at Asheville Yoga Center is honored to raise funds and awareness for Eblen in an effort to work together to support their work locally,” says Melissa Driver, Director of Operations at Asheville Yoga Center.

Donation boxes will be displayed at the front desk in both the Studio and Boutique beginning on the first day of December until the end of the month. On Thursday, December 27, 10% of sales from drop-in and community classes will be donated to Eblen Charities. Additionally, AYC will be making a direct donation of $250.

We challenge our members and community to support our efforts in raising donations throughout December to give back to those in need.

For more information on Eblen Charities and their work, please visit https://www.eblencharities.org/about/.

Asheville Yoga Center to Raise Funds During the Entire Month of October

Studio committed to donating 10% of drop-in and community-class sales for nonprofit

Asheville Yoga Center is raising funds for Helpmate during October 2018 as a part of its Charity of the Month project. For over 30 years, Helpmate has been providing services to victims of domestic violence in Buncombe County. Their services include an emergency shelter, individual and group counseling, court advocacy and preventative education for at-risk individuals.

“Helpmate encompasses similar values, in that they offer the support and services necessary to give community members a chance at a better, more stable and healthier life. By supporting this organization, we are able to shed light on domestic violence issues happening right here in Buncombe County. Personal safety is vitally important, and we are proud to support Helpmate in their efforts to provide this basic human need to those in the area,” says Melissa Pennscott Driver, General Manager of AYC.

AYC’s Studio and Boutique will have donation boxes available starting on the first of the month, and on Thursday, October 25, 10% of drop-in and community class sales will be donated to Helpmate. In addition, AYC will make a direct donation of $250 to the nonprofit. We invite members of the community to join us and come together in an effort to make a greater impact.

“Helpmate is grateful for the support of Asheville Yoga Center. Throughout October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, they will raise funds to assist Helpmate in providing safety, shelter and support for survivors of domestic violence. Working together, we can prevent domestic violence,” says Helpmate Executive Director, April Burgess-Johnson.

For more information about Helpmate, go to http://www.helpmateonline.org.