Meet Our Staff

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Our Staff

Asheville Community Yoga’s staff members are 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 Greenfield

Michael Greenfield

Executive Director

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.

Amber Acheson

Amber Acheson

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 Haaksma

Emily Haaksma

Associate Director

Emily’s pronouns are she/hers, and she is an Asheville native. In 2017 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, and gave her clarity around the powerful political potential of practicing yoga in community. Emily is eternally grateful for her teachers and friends who continue to support her on this path.

Michael Terry

Michael Terry

Studio Keeper

Biography coming soon!

Jazmin Francesca

Jazmin Francesca

Zen & Now Coordinator

I 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.

Lisa Kirk

Lisa Kirk

Volunteer Coordinator

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.

Sarah Newsome

Sarah Newsome

Front Desk

I was introduced to yoga in 2011 and ever since it has been an important form of therapy for me. It lives alongside the other healing practices that I keep in my “tool belt”, so to speak; practices like art, running, singing, that I reach for to soothe my aches, soften my edges, and slow down my mind. What a blessing it’s been to explore the body both through tactile manipulation in massage therapy and through the kinesthetics and postures of yoga. Regardless of the type of class I am leading, my goal is to create an inclusive, welcoming atmosphere where folks feel at home in the room and in their bodies.

Rivers Whittle

Rivers Whittle

Intern

After a life changing hiking accident, I moved back to Asheville after being gone for some time. along my healing journey I found Yoga and Qi Gong.  I was amazed by the resiliency and healing that these practices began to bring to my body, mind, and spirit. After deciding to go back to school for my GED, I qualified for an internship with a Local Non Profit that placed me at Asheville Community Yoga as their Intern. I continue to deepen in my healing journey and am passionate about helping others on their own.