Melanie is a graduate of the Asheville Yoga Center 200hr Teacher Training & is currently working through Asheville Yoga Center to earn her 500hr Teacher Training Certification. She has had a personal yoga practice for over 20 years. Melanie leads well rounded classes that incorporate meditation, flow, balance, strengthening, and stretching. She meets students where they are on their mat and helps them grow in their practice. Melanie believes in the power of a regular yoga practice to calm the mind and balance the body, providing a more enjoyable quality of life. Melanie is also available for private sessions.
Sandy is a graduate of the Asheville Yoga Center 200hr Teacher Training. She came to practice Yoga later in life and is fully convinced Yoga has something to offer to persons of all ages. Through yoga she personally learned to “listen” to her body and to find an “inner calm” using the breathing techniques of Yoga. Her style of Yoga could be described as a “Hatha flow”. She has a tendency to hold poses a little longer than most yoga classes to achieve strength building and inner focus. Sandy hopes to help others discover the benefits they are looking for from the practice of Yoga both on and off the mat.
Sumner is a graduate of Zen Studios 200hr Teacher Training. Though her first foray into practice was based solely in asana (poses), she soon learned about the other limbs of yoga, and they truly changed her life. She decided to begin her teacher training program with the hopes of introducing others to the healing of yoga, and thereby reintroducing students to themselves. She tries to bring back body awareness to students by creating the space and time for them to feel what their body and soul need, and then giving them the tools with which to respond.
Joan is a graduate of Lillah Schwartz's 500hr Certified Yoga Therapist training. She is also a Fellow of Applied Functional Science, which she earned through the Gray Institute. She is trained in the alignment principles of yoga and uses that training to help restore function when people have musculoskeletal injuries or pain. Alignment-based yoga may also appeal to anyone who wants to practice slowly and methodically, with attention to the details of the poses. Joan's goal is to help each student make their body feel good so they can do what brings them joy. And along the way, she hopes they get a feeling of inner peace too. Joan is also available for private sessions.
Paula felt a connection to yoga from her 1st practice. More than just physical movement, she learned to connect with her breath & how to go inward. Paula's teaching journey began in Wilmington, NC with Ashtanga being the primary system of her focus & love. As changes in teachers, studios, her body & relocating to SC changed her life, so has her individual practice. Vinyasa yoga (where the breathing & movement become one) is what encourages Paula to keep returning to her practice. Paula is also available for private sessions.
When her two boys were small, Angela Murphy often visited the gym near her house—for adult conversation and uninterrupted showers. The only downside was that they expected her to do some exercising while she was there. Then she found yoga. After her first class, she noticed she felt better than she had when she walked in. Soon she was stronger, more flexible, and, most importantly, a better, calmer mom to her sons. After a lifetime of hating exercise, no one was more surprised than Angela when her yoga practice led her to the teacher training program at Greenville Yoga. But that’s how profound the benefits of yoga are—on her mat she learned to focus, relax, and master her emotions—so she no longer overreacts to difficult situations (most of the time). Yoga taught her to quiet her mind, so she can better hear that still, small voice that always knows what to do. Now with her boys almost grown, Angela is more grateful than ever for her yoga practice, and firmly believes the world would be a better place if we’d all just do more yoga!
Beth began her personal yoga journey over 10 years ago, when she discovered it was the key to finding balance in her busy life as a business person, wife, and mother. Since completing the Yoganize Teacher Training program, she has taught over 1,000 hours of yoga to students of all fitness levels. In Beth’s classes, you will find opportunities to enhance your strength, flexibility, and focus without the pressures of comparison and criticism we sometimes place on ourselves. Her classes incorporate a variety of teaching styles, and she builds in time for relaxation with the physical practice to achieve a fully balanced experience. Beth is truly passionate about helping her students connect with their true inner selves, achieve deeper and better sleep, to live with less pain, and to be more present in their daily lives.