Jerome Smith, spiritual director at Asheville Meditation Center and ordained Pandit in the Himalayan tradition, says that while meditation can be intimidating, it’s a state of mind that everyone can access. Xpress talks with Smith about the challenges and benefits that go along with starting a meditation practice, as well as his advice for beginners.
At their first meeting of 2014 on Jan. 7, Buncombe County Commissioners unanimously agreed to give $1.12 million in cash grants to Jacob Holm Industries to help it expand local operations. They also agreed to spend $213,726 to hire 17 new county workers at the Health and Human Services Department and approved new zoning regulations governing renewable energy facilities.
It’s that time of year again — time for self-reflection and fresh starts. This year, let’s all make some resolutions we can keep! Lucky for us, Asheville is the perfect place to get our wellness on. Local writer, Reiki healer and wellness enthusiast, Haley Steinhardt, shares some great ways you can support yourself in having a happy and healthy 2014 — Asheville style.
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Michelle Dionne, who teaches birth dancing and belly dancing classes in Asheville and the surrounding area, says that giving birth doesn’t have to look like it does in the movies. In classes and workshops, Dionne encourages women to give birth standing up and teaches core-based movements derived from ancient belly-dancing techniques. The goal is to help ease the pain, quicken labor and “keep [women] in their bodies, keep them focused where the action is.”
The Are We Eating Fishy Food? Tour parked its caravan of five “GMO art cars” outside the French Broad Food Co-op this afternoon in order to raise awareness about GMO labeling. The vehicles are fitted with 300-pound, roof-mounted sculptures of “fishy”-looking produce. Asheville is the second-to-last stop on the activists’ 6,083-mile journey from Seattle to New York City.
This Saturday evening, Nov. 23, yogis and activists will come together at Asheville Yoga Center for the Yogis Beyond Coal event.
About ten or so people — mostly strangers — gathered at Earthfare Friday evening Nov. 15 to practice what Cathy Holt, group leader and author of HeartSpeak: Listening and Speaking from the Heart, calls a “scarce commodity.” They were there to give and receive empathy.
At the Nov. 12 Asheville City Council meeting — the last meeting held before new members (and a new mayor) are sworn in — concealed handgun laws and revised construction plans for a health and workforce development facility were hot topics on the agenda.
They came with notepads, folders and pamphlets, and many of the more than 100 people who attended the Council on Aging of Buncombe County’s first information session about the Affordable Care Act came with questions on Oct. 17. More sessions are planned through the month of November.
A group of middle school-age yogis from Odyssey Community School busted out their downward-facing dogs and tree poses in a student-organized flash mob downtown on Oct. 31 at the Vance Memorial.
Local doctors Dr. Hun Lye and Dr. Youlha Tsering discuss the intersection of Buddhism and Tibetan medicine at their presentation, “Tibetan Perspectives on Pathology and Wellness” at Malaprop’s Bookstore on Oct. 29. (File photo courtesy of Urban Dharma)
Josh Winnecour is determined to start up Asheville’s first all-paleolithic, gluten-free restaurant-on-wheels, and he needs the help of health-conscious Ashevillans to make it happen.
Cat Matlock and Japa celebrate the release of their CD, Kirtan Music for the Sacred Journey to Motherhood, at the White Horse in Black Mountain Oct. 16. (Photo Lea McLellan)
Women hoping to learn about medicinal herbs and plants were sure to find plenty of course offerings this Saturday at the Southeast Wise Woman Herbal Conference in Black Mountain.
Swaying with their arms interlocked near tents where they would learn about the uses of herbs, hundreds of women chanted the intention “I am surrounded by love” at the start of the Southeast Wise Women Herbal Conference. (Photo by Caitlin Byrd)
Offering more than 50 workshops, which range in topic from sunrise meditation to fire spinning, the Three Days of Light Gathering (3DL) returns to the mountains this weekend. But 3DL director and founder Scott Love says says the three-day music and healing arts festival isn’t exclusively for people who “wear patchouli and have dreads.”
For 16 years, Kasey Cramer hid her disease in plain sight. She skipped meals; she binged and purged. When she did want to eat, Cramer experienced such severe panic attacks that her throat would completely close up. But Cramer, one of seven panelists at the Sept. 26 “Voices of Hope: A Conversation About Eating Disorders” gathering, wasn’t ready to give up. “Recovery is possible; it is realistic,” she said.
With special needs children accounting for more than 16 percent of Fairview Elementary School’s 775 students, a group of parents, teachers and administrators want to build an all-inclusive and accessible playground. (Photo by Caitlin Byrd)
Rep. Patrick McHenry’s vote to tie federal government operations to a bill that defunds the Affordable Care Act is catching heat from local activists.
For Army veteran William Gallion, a busy schedule makes finding time to treat back injuries and post traumatic stress disorder difficult. But thanks to a collaboration between Connected Warriors and Happy Body yoga studio, he and other veterans have been able to find relief through yoga.