We are teachers of yoga, meditation and mindfulness practices with E-RYT500 certifications from the Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC and are lifelong students and practitioners. We are also YACEP certified (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider).
We bring a different perspective to yoga instruction by co-teaching… a blend of Yin and Yang energies. Our abundance of knowledge, practice and experience draws from our studies and attendance of many national workshops across the country including training with Rodney Yee, David Life and Sharon Gannon, Shiva Rea, Sean Corn, Paul Grilley, Sarah Powers and others. Our style is influenced by the traditions of Kripalu, Kundalini, Jivamukti, Ashtanga, Yin and Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Having traveled overseas extensively to over 34 countries, we have a broad view with much cultural exposure.
Our beginning in yoga was like the blossoming of a lotus flower… a seed was planted within us during our first yoga class back in 2000. At that time we were both highly stressed, out of balance corporate types leading a very dynamic and driven lifestyle. Our corporate lives had served us well, but were not fulfilling our true essence and it was beginning to negatively affect our health and happiness. As we deepened our yoga practice and studies, we began to ask the big life questions which led to our transformation.
The seed grew and culminated in the re-invention of ourselves, changing careers, becoming full time traveling yoga teachers, rebalancing and changing our diets. Our yoga is not tied to any one tradition and not restricted as we love them all. We consider ourselves as non-demoninational yogis!
One cannot simply read and theorize; one must practice and take that practice inward to experience the multiple layers and terrain of ourself. We integrate our studies of the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, The Upanishads and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, energetic anatomy, Chakra Theory and Daoism as well as other sources into our teaching. As musicians, we have added the modalities of sound and vibration as a key experience and ingredient with meditative instrumentals of Spanish guitar, Sitar, Chakra crystal bowls, Native American flute, drums and gong.
Yes, we are teachers, but we consider ourselves more as guides or facilitators of an experience. Through our travels now, we want to share the potential of yoga as it was shared with us. We believe that yoga is about relationships; first you with yourself, then you with the world and the divine. So with us, the practice is not a “work out”, but very much a “work-in”.