Through the Gateway of the Senses - Leaflin Wincoff

In this all-levels, gently flowing practice, we will use our senses as portals to enter into the present moment. The mind doesn't just live in the brain, but in every sense and every system of the body! Through movement, breath and inquiry, we will increase awareness of ourselves in space and gain access to embodied mindfulness.

Leaflin discovered yoga through a friend in 1998, and was hooked from the first forward fold. She understood  immediately that in order to fully receive this gift, she needed to share it, and by 2000 had enrolled in her first teacher training with the incomparable Diane Wilson of Portland, OR. Since then she has completed several teacher trainings including a 200hr training at Atmananda Yoga in NYC, and a 230hr training in Body Mind Centering with Lisa Clark. She also completed beginning and advanced training in Thai Yoga Massage with Kam Thye Chow of the Lotus Palm school in Montreal. She continues to study yoga earnestly, drawing inspiration from all of her teachers, including her students, and especially the teacher within, as it reveals itself through the amazing vessel of the human body.

For Leaflin, teaching itself is a key element of her own practice, and provides an outlet for her abundant creative energy. Her classes have been sweetly described as "poetry in motion", and include elements of kundalini yoga, qi gong, and dance-like flows. Alignment is discovered  not just through muscles and bones, but through awareness of the organs, endocrine system, and subtle bodies. Students are nourished, challenged, and encouraged to trust themselves and their own inner guidance first and foremost.

Vinyasa Flow - Julia Albertson

Julia Brenn Albertson is a Vinyasa yoga teacher based in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. Though she has been teaching for ten years now, her journey with the practice began at the tender age of five, when her mother first became a certified yoga teacher. Being homeschooled for most of her high school years, Julia's life was shaped by her experiences teaching as a young teenager, many hours spent writing at the beach in her hometown of Miami, Fl, and her insatiable need to explore the world.

Julia's classes are filled with grounding messages, fun and upbeat (and sometimes kind of crazy) music playlists, light humor, and queuing for safe movements with an emphasis on intuitive exploration. Whether she's teaching Hot Power, Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery), corporate yoga, or yoga to incarcerated people, she hopes to facilitate a space to explore movement and breath while maintaining the heart, integrity, and true essence of the practice.

Bhakti Viñyāsa Pulse - Michael Johnson

This session will include an atheist-friendly introduction to the 9 kinds of bhakti, a seemless 45 minutes of flowing vinyasa built upon a steady ujjāyī breath with live music by Ösel.  Our session will conclude after śavāsana with a brief Kīrtan of universal mantras for inner and outer peace.  

Michael has been teaching yoga full-time for over 15 years.  Although he's certified in Jivamukti and went to India to study Ashtanga with K. Pattabhi Jois, he mostly teaches Bhakti Vinyasa and Yin classes.  He is also a lead instructor for both Asheville Yoga Center's 230hr Teacher Training and 300hr Advanced Training Programs.  

Embodied Flow - Sue Ann Levy

Join in for the joyful practice of yoga.  This class uses a combination of movement, postures and breath to work on strength, flexibility and balance. Sue Ann practices in the style of Vijnana Yoga which encourages ease in postures and practicing from the inside out.  This is an all levels class with focus on alignment, beginners will safely learn the basics while more experienced students can take postures to a deeper level.

Sue Ann turned to yoga after many years long distance running. In 2012 she moved to the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga to further her understanding of classical ashtanga yoga.  At the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga Sue Ann studied philosophy, yoga theory, asana, pranayama as well as community living.  The Centre is deeply rooted in the practice of Karma Yoga, which speaks to Sue Ann’s passion for helping others. Sue Ann is constantly inspired and encouraged by the journey yoga has taken her on. Her classes are focused on alignment, postural benefits, and cultivating peace.

Moving with Spirit - Margaret Kirschner

Move into mindfulness by practicing how to listen to your body while consciously and courageously trusting the guidance within. Loosen your stress, awaken your joy and connect with the spirit inside. This class will invite a slow, deliberate exploration of the present moment as we root into the earth, rise up to reach for more and expand our awareness to include all.

Margaret is an experienced registered yoga teacher ERYT(500) and is Certified as a Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) and a Registered  Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC-R). She has been teaching for 17 years. Her training is in Kripalu yoga, trauma sensitive yoga and dao flow yoga. She is also a Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher and Birth Doula CD(DONA).

She teaches in Asheville, NC at various treatment centers for addiction recovery and at The Mothership. Along with Eddie LeShure, she co-hosts with a weekly radio program on WPVM-FM/103.7 called “A Mindful Emergence”.

Melissa Laporte - Align, Explore, and Restore

Take time for yourself, your body and mind in this gentle Hatha based practice. Explore the balance between alignment, flow and deep relaxation in a class dedicated to the specific benefits of core postures. Begin with a gentle warm up, flow into strong alignment based sequences, and wind down your practice with 15 minutes dedicated to restorative postures and cleansing breathing techniques. Whether you be a beginner looking for the perfect entry level class, or a more advanced student seeking knowledge of proper alignment and yoga anatomy in your practice, we look forward to seeing you on the mat. 

Melissa is a young yoga instructor who has utilized her background in dance to integrate creative movement, body awareness, and free improvisation into traditional Hatha and Vinyasa flow sequences. She completed her 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher trainings with SchoolYoga Institute’s month intensive programs on the sustainable farming communities of Bethel Farm (Hillsborough, NH) and The Mystical Yoga Farm (Lake Atitlan, Guatemala). Their programs focus on Hatha and Vinyasa sequences, deeply rooted in a spiritually reflective and dedicated meditation practice. Ceremony, breath work, Yoga Anatomy, The Yoga Sutras, Restorative Yoga, Chakra Cleansing, Shamanism, and Ecstatic Dance have been other main concentrations of study throughout her trainings.

Having studied Wellness and Alternative Medicine at Johnson State College, she has a strong knowledge and understanding of the mental and physical health benefits of Yoga and integrates this information steadily into her teachings. She believes this path to be a life long journey in which her mission is to share the beautiful practice and lifestyle of Yoga through cultivation of energetic, physical, and emotional well being with other practitioners. Along with her passion for movement, her love for music and rhythmic flow are core components that shine through in her classes which she looks forward to sharing with the community.

Slow Flow - Amelia Rosenberg

Amelia discovered her love of yoga and meditation at a young age, and has grown her practice consistently since then. Along with a thirst for practice, was a desire to share her experience and thoughts with others. What initially began as a purely physical exercise transformed into a much more meaningful and prominent part of her life. Amelia moved to Asheville to attend UNCA, and started teaching yoga for students and staff members her freshman year. After graduating Asheville Yoga Center’s teacher training program, she became more involved in the yoga community outside of campus. Amelia's classes draw elements of teaching from human experience, nature, art, and poetry – and welcome people from all walks of life. As a teacher, Amelia creates an open space for discovery, self-love, growth, and healing.