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Yoga fusion: Virginia Rosenberg finds balance with yoga and qi gong

With countless yoga classes being offered daily in studios and public spaces around Asheville and Western North Carolina, creative local yoga teachers are diversifying. Xpress talked with six yoga teachers who have infused their yoga classes with complementary healing or movement practices to create a unique yogic experience. Virginia Rosenberg teaches dance, qi gong and […]

It starts with the culture: The Culture Change In Aging Network holds monthly public meetings to develop models to empower the next generation of elders to age in community. Picture, left to right, are CCAN members Lina Giltz, Meg Manderson and facilitator Linda Kendall-Fields.

The modern elder: Reclaiming what’s sacred in life’s later stages

From the Get It! Guide: As the boomer generation moves into elderhood, many are realizing what’s at stake when elders are lost from the social fabric. They’re aghast at the realities of our current model of care and are sparking a movement that seeks to redefine the later stages of life — not just for the benefit of elders but for the enrichment of all generations.

GETTING THE POINT: Odom claims that acupuncture and yoga enhance each other. Photo by Taylor Johnson

Yoga fusion: Becca Odom and Chris Jacobs bring together yoga and acupunctur­e

With countless yoga classes being offered daily in studios and public spaces around Asheville and Western North Carolina, creative local yoga teachers are diversifying. Xpress talked with six yoga teachers who have infused their yoga classes with complementary healing or movement practices to create a unique yogic experience. Becca Odom teaches a class where students […]

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Yoga fusion: Sonya Costello co-teaches a yoga and chocolate workshop for women

Like proverbial peanut butter and jelly, yoga pairs perfectly with other healing modalities, according to several local yoga teachers. With countless yoga classes being offered daily in studios and public spaces around Asheville and Western North Carolina, these creative yogis are diversifying. Xpress talked with five yoga teachers who have infused their yoga classes with […]

A convenient illusion: On average, the city of Asheville produces 22,400 tons of trash a year. What's the cost of all that waste? Some say the things we throw away are affecting now just our environment but our culture as well.

The consequenc­e of waste: Buncombe’s discarded problem is piling up

From the Get It! Guide: A close look at the trash collected in Asheville was shocking — 26 percent of our waste is compostable matter, 18 percent is recyclable and 56 percent is true waste, fit only for the landfill. With the city alone producing over 22,000 tons of trash a year, what is the cost of all that waste. And what is it going to take for us to reduce it?

John Mahshie of Veterans Healing Farm.

Welcome home: Veterans Healing Farm connects returning veterans to their community

From the Get It! Guide: John Mahshie says he realized the value of the exercise, healthy eating and time spent in the sun that comes with farming — and what that could mean for veterans experiencing isolation or even suicidal thoughts as they struggle to reintegrate into civilian life. “It’s a natural fit for this sort of healing,” he says.

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Boys club: My Daddy Taught Me That youth program provides positive role models

If you think your day is busy, try keeping up with Keynon Lake. Lake parlayed his pro basketball and sports medicine experience into a career with Buncombe County Health and Human Services, where he is a community service navigator and prevention social worker. Driven to address the questions raised by his line of work, Lake penned the book My Daddy Taught Me That.

HELPING KIDS SUCCEED: Stephen Janes, owner of The Bicycle Thrift Store and co-founder of Trips for Kids WNC, says the program helps provide a positive future for kids. Photo by Wayne Scank

Bike thrift shop funds Trips for Kids’ excursions in WNC

At first glance, the 600-square-foot Bicycle Thrift Shop looks like a cubbyhole for discarded jerseys, muddied cleats and bikes that have been down a few trails. But a closer look reveals a gold mine for cycling enthusiasts on a budget who are looking to gear up. The money raised from sales supports Trips for Kids WNC, a nonprofit that helps kids get […]

Dewy is a big sweet lug, an 85-pound Labrador retriever-mastiff mix whose biggest problem appears to be fitting under restaurant tables.

Four-legged therapy: Service dogs create small daily miracles

When Kim Brophey was a kid, she was fascinated by Lassie, the collie who wowed TV audiences for decades with her intelligence and heroic rescues. These days Brophey, who owns The Dog Door, is bringing that kind of doggy derring-do to Asheville, training service animals to help people with disabilities and consulting with clients about dogs with behavioral challenges.

Elaine Ingham

Elaine Ingham’s manifesto: Let your garden’s wisdom guide your gardening and your life

“We need to educate people to understand that plants can, indeed, take care of themselves without people getting in the way,” asserts Elaine Ingham, an iconic figure in organic farming and a world-renowned soil microbiologist who is returning to Western North Carolina for two upcoming engagements later this week.