Meet Our Staff
Asheville Community Yoga’s staff membersare grateful to serve our wonderful community alongside amazing board members, teachers, volunteers, partners and practitioners. We care deeply about the organization’s mission and strive every day to fulfill our mission to make yoga accessible to all.
Michael has been in the practicing school of yoga for more than 23 years. He began teaching yoga in 2003 and has been dedicated to serving others in the path of yoga and relationship work. Igniting passion and demonstrating love are Michael’s two favorite subjects. Michael is the founder and executive director of the center.
Teacher Training Director
In 2007 I was given the opportunity to move to Asia to teach English as a second language. Without a doubt I knew I had to go. I knew there was a bigger purpose to this opportunity. I had been in search of something vital I felt was lacking from my life for a long time but I could never quite define what it was that was missing. Within just a short time of living overseas it seemed as though my search was finally over. I found yoga and through yoga I found what I had been unconsciously searching for my entire life – myself!
Emily’s pronouns are she/her/hers, and she is an Asheville native who first began a yoga practice through occasional classes at the local YMCA. Her appreciation for yoga deepened when she fell in love with Asheville Community Yoga and began practicing at the studio almost every day. This excitement about the physical practice of asana fell in tandem with an evolving interest in the histories and spiritualities of yogic philosophy.
Biography coming soon!
Front Desk Assistant
embody a yoga practice that is at the intersection of holistic wellness and social justice activism. My yoga practice, is diverse and ever-evolving. In the past five years, yoga played a significant role in my personal development and transformation. I am living proof that disciplined empathy for yourself, will change how you show up in the world.
I have done yoga off and on for 20 years. But in 2016, while in the midst of caring for my mom, I found Asheville Community Yoga and truly connected with yoga and realized the depth of what yoga can bring to your life – that yoga is so much more than poses on a mat. It has been life changing ever since. I have been a caregiver most of my life. Professionally, as a registered nurse for the past 34 years.