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.

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Asheville Yoga Center Committed to Supporting Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity

Studio to donate 10% of drop-in and community-class sales to local non-profit

Asheville Yoga Center is raising funds for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity as its Charity of the Month during September 2018. Since its inception in 1983, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity (AAHH) has built 310 new houses and repaired more than 200 homes for members of the community. The nonprofit strives to eliminate substandard housing locally and provides resources for families in need.

“Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity is like minded, supporting the basic elements to living a healthy and stable life. Through support of AAHH we are able to address the issue of affordable housing in our community. We are proud to partner with AAHH in an endeavor to provide holistic living, starting with addressing the most basic need. We are grateful for the work and change they continue to bring to the Asheville area,” says Melissa Pennscott Driver, General Manager of Asheville Yoga Center.

Donation boxes will be located at AYC’s Studio and Boutique starting on the first of September. Also, on Thursday, September 27, 10% of drop-in and community class sales will be donated to Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity. AYC will also make a direct donation of $250. We challenge the community and our members to help us match our contribution with the goal to double our impact.

“We are honored to be Asheville Yoga Center’s charity partner for the month of September! AYC and Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity are kindred spirits in that we both bring together people from around the community to build a better world. Yoga is one path, affordable housing is another; and there are countless others. It is with the support of individuals, businesses and organizations like AYC, that Habitat can continue to build homes, communities and hope,” says Ariane Kjellquist, Communications Director for Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity.

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Mountain Xpress Features Yoga in the Park

Asheville Yoga Center returns with 6th annual Yoga in the Park

From Mountain Xpress

Asheville Yoga Center invites the community to take their yoga practice outdoors in the heart of beautiful downtown Asheville. The 6th annual Yoga in the Park series kicks off on June 2 with an outdoor yoga class in Pack Square Park, led by AYC instructor Michael Johnson. Now in its 6th year, Yoga in the Park is a series of donation-based yoga classes that raises funds for local nonprofits in Asheville. All proceeds from the fun, community-based outdoor event will go to Homeward Bound and United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County.

“Yoga in the Park is one of our favorite events of the year,” says Melissa Pennscott, general manager of AYC. “We began Yoga in the Park to give back, both through the fun and communal experience of outdoor yoga and by raising funds and awareness for local nonprofits. We’ve been thrilled by the program’s success, and look forward to another great season of sharing yoga with the community.”

Time: 10am – 11:30am

Location: Reuter Terrace, Pack Square Park

Dates: June 2, 9, 16, 30; July 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug. 11, 18, 25; Sept. 1

All levels are welcome, from newcomer to advanced, and no registration is necessary. Participants are asked to bring their own mats and filled water bottles. Visit for the full schedule.

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GreenWork Makes the Dream Work

To help keep Asheville’s natural lands and waterways free from trash, Asheville Yoga Center is raising funds for Asheville GreenWorks as its Charity of the Month for June 2018.

All month long, AYC will have donation boxes stationed at the AYC Studio and Boutique for guests to directly contribute funds, and on Thursday, June 28, 10% of all drop-in and community class sales will be donated to the local nonprofit. Along with class donations, AYC will contribute $250 to enhance the community through educational and volunteer-based environmental programs

“Asheville’s natural resources are beloved by the community, and it is incredibly important that we keep our lands healthy and thriving for future generations,” says Melissa Pennscott, General Manager of AYC. “We are grateful for the diligent efforts of Asheville GreenWorks and the hands-on opportunities they provide to our community, and we are happy to support them in any way we can.”

For nearly 50 years, Asheville GreenWorks has worked to provide educational and volunteer-based programs to preserve and protect Asheville’s beautiful landscape. From cleanups along rivers, roads, and forests, to educational programs for effective recycling and waste reduction, Asheville GreenWorks has made a tremendous impact on the quality and health of Asheville’s natural resources.

“Through hands-on service work in our local environment, GreenWorks volunteers form deep connections to the natural world and to other members of the community,” says Dawn Chavez, executive director of Asheville GreenWorks.  “A cleaner, healthier environment benefits us all. We are proud to have this opportunity to partner with the Asheville Yoga Center, whose sustainability goals and community-building efforts mirror our organization’s mission and programs.”

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About Asheville GreenWorks

Asheville GreenWorks inspires, equips and mobilizes individuals and communities to take care of the places we love to live. Since 1973, GreenWorks has worked to enhance the community through educational and volunteer-based environmental programs. With thousands of volunteers, GreenWorks engages the community in grassroots projects such as tree plantings, environmental cleanups, anti-litter and waste reduction education, creation and maintenance of green spaces, and care and preservation of Asheville’s rivers and trees.