Asheville Community

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!