Teachers

Ally Karge

Ally Karge

My love of yoga began in 2004 when I took my first Ashtanga yoga class. For me it was challenging both physically and mentally in a way that I had not experienced before. After some time practicing, I began to notice a shift in my anxiety levels and an overall feeling...

Amber Acheson, Teacher Training Director

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...

Chris Martin

Chris Martin

Forty years ago, Chris’s intro to yoga came during fellowship training in San Francisco through a Time/Life book on the practice of yoga. Little did he know that a growing yoga circle was based there. And, 20 years ago, after years of a martial arts practice, Chris...

Christian Gajes

Christian Gajes

Nacido en Argentina, lleno de sueños y energia, en el año 2000 decidi dejar todo atras, comenzar una nueva aventura y mudarme a los Estados Unidos. Afrontando los desafios que todo inmigrante enfrenta, trabaje duro para lograr establecerme y darle a mi familia un...

Courtney Sanborn

Courtney Sanborn

Courtney was first exposed to meditation in 1995 at the age of 14 and discovered yoga in her early-20's. Over the last 15 years, she has maintained a regular yoga asana and meditation practice. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in France under the...

Eddie LeShure

Eddie LeShure

Eddie brings to the studio decades of meditation and yoga practice, as well as a deep passion for offering evidence-based, body-centered, mindfulness and self- compassion practices to those recovering from substance misuse and eating disorders, individuals...

Emily Haaksma, Associate Director

Emily Haaksma, Associate Director

Emily's pronouns are she/her/hers, and she is an Asheville native. 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...

Jazmin Francesca

Jazmin Francesca

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...

Jim Castle

Jim Castle

Jim is certified as an RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance, having completed 250-hour Teacher Training at Asheville Community Yoga and 300 training hours in Advanced Yoga Studies at Asheville Yoga Center. Additional yoga training Jim has completed includes study of...

Joshua Canter

Joshua Canter

Joshua Canter has been a Mindfulness practitioner and teacher the past 10 years. He has an MA in Contemplative Psychology with an Emphasis on Mindfulness. Joshua is the Co-Founder of True Nature Education, a holistic travel education company which facilitates a...

Katie Freshman

Katie Freshman

Katie began her journey in the desert sands of New Mexico taking a yoga class to fill credit hours in the Spring of 2009 at the University of New Mexico. Becoming instantly hooked, she continued her practice checking out various studios around Albuquerque, primarily...

Kelly Gilmore

Kelly Gilmore

Kelly Gilmore is a dedicated, seasoned, down-to-earth yoga teacher and body worker with a background in holistic, mindful living. Her classes are inspired from her various trainings through out the last 17 years of being on the amazing path of yoga and 27 years of...

Lauren Cox

Lauren Cox

Lauren (Jot Anant) has been a spiritual seeker for as long as she can recall. From a very young age she was deeply drawn in and connected to the suffering within the world, continually seeking ways in which she could understand and attempt to feel the challenges faced...

Linda Rettig

Linda Rettig

Linda is new to Asheville and thrilled to be here surrounded by natural beauty and a truly holistic community. She has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years and teaching fitness, health longer than that.  Her classes are a meditation in motion: a vinyasa flow...

Lisa Kirk

Lisa Kirk

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....

Luna Ray

Luna Ray

Luna Ray is a teacher of yoga, a workshop and retreat leader, kirtan musician and recording artist, and an activist for conscious and empowered community collaboration. As an advocate for wellness and spiritual growth, Luna works with the deep intention of inspiring...

Martha Scarborough

Martha Scarborough

Martha finds both joy and peacefulness in her yoga practice, and she attempts to share these through her teaching style. Her classes harness the power of movement, breath, mantra, and meditation, gently sprinkled with laughter and good humor, to help facilitate a...

Mary Jamieson

Mary Jamieson

Recently relocated to Asheville via Chicago, Mary started her yoga practice around age 50 and shortly thereafter became a sponge for all things and topics energy related; both physical and mental. A year later Spring Forest Qigong crossed her path and she took the...

Michael Greenfield, Executive Director

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 Stimak

Michael Stimak

I’ve been practicing yoga since 2014. The practice came to me in a time of need and have been doing it ever since. When I moved to Asheville in 2016 I was looking for something to do with my mother and she found Asheville Community Yoga. I felt a connection that I’ve...

Pete West

Pete West

I am a Husband, Father, Veteran, and Dude.  I began practicing yoga to improve my flexibility.  I became excited about yoga as a means to improve my strength.  I became intrigued by yoga as a means to improve myself.  I am excited to share yoga with anyone who cares...

Robyn Tiger MD, C-IAYT, RYT-500

Robyn Tiger MD, C-IAYT, RYT-500

Robyn is a physician, certified yoga therapist, researcher and founder of Yoga Heals 4 Life, a private yoga therapy practice, integrating western and eastern philosophies for complete physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Her stress management and self-care...

Sarah Newsome

Sarah Newsome

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,...

Sarah Vallely

Sarah Vallely

Sarah has been helping people reduce stress since 2001. She prioritizes practicality and concrete explanations to complex concepts and is influenced by the practice of Insight Meditation. Sarah is the founder of a virtual meditation center and offers training and...

Sevn McAuley

Sevn McAuley

Sevn is deeply immersed in the study and practice of yoga as a vehicle to experience life fully.  His yoga asana practice began in 2001 and has matured into an appreciation for breath-centered alignment based postures and movement that honor both the ancient systems...

Sylvia Kark

Sylvia Kark

"Yoga found me." Sylvia took the 250 hour yoga teacher training at Asheville Community Yoga after practicing yoga for four years.  The motive was to learn more and understand more about yoga.  What she did not expect was to be gently challenged and shaken out of old...

Wendy Mallett Lantis

Wendy Mallett Lantis

Pronouns: she, her, hers Sharing Yoga as a practice of compassionate, heart-opening, soul healing, mindful movement that transcends the mat in a studio, Wendy encourages her students to incorporate yoga into every part of their lives. Often playful, always heartfelt,...