When I first walk into his office, Abbas Rakhshani offers me a warm, generous hug. “Hugging communicates and transfers energy,” he says. I immediately feel comforted by his calm, compassionate presence. And by the end our interview, I feel like I’ve had a healing session myself. Rakhshani opened the Yoga Wellness Center in South Asheville […]
CarePartners receives grant for PACE services CarePartners, a local nonprofit and member of Mission Health, recently received a $220,000 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and is now seeking approval to become a PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) providing. The primary purpose of PACE programming is to help elders remain […]
Asheville is often pegged as a yoga town, but yoga isn’t the only ancient Indian tradition that has gained popularity among local wellness enthusiasts — and Asheville has a new Ayurvedic wellness counseling program to prove it. The tagline for the program is, “Master your own health. Empower others to do the same.” Shala Worsley, […]
LEAF ticket holders may come for the music, but the healing-arts lineup has grown more and more robust, adding to a festival culture that puts a unique emphasis on wellness.
The Asheville wellness scene only gets more vibrant as the spring months approach. Take a look at some of these upcoming, healthy events in WNC from learning to use weeds as medicine to walking for a cause.
In a series of blog posts, guest writer Colleen Kelly Mellor shares her senior view of a region often touted as one of America’s “Best Retirement Towns.” In her latest post, Mellor gives yoga a second try.
East meets West in Rosie Mulford’s new class series, Yoga and the 12 Steps, at Asheville Yoga Center. Mulford hopes to utilize the “ancient tools of yoga” and the 12-step program to address addiction in all of its forms. “For those who feel hopeless in addiction, it is important to note that we are all addicted to something,” says Mulford. “We chase desires and comfort. But it’s more important to know that there is hope, and there is a way out.”
Local yoga teacher Kimberly Drye gives us some insight as to why many Ashevillians are choosing to spend their Valentine’s Day on the mat.
This Saturday evening, Nov. 23, yogis and activists will come together at Asheville Yoga Center for the Yogis Beyond Coal event.
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.
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.
Monette Chilson presents her book, “Sophia Rising: Awakening Your Sacred Wisdom Through Yoga,” at Malaprop’s on Monday, July 15.
Sierra Hollister, 49, has been offering Kundalini yoga classes to the community since 1995. (Photo by Kate Lundquist)
Northern California-based musician and yoga teacher MC Yogi fuses Hindu chants with hip-hop. He returns to Lake Eden Arts Festival this May — click through for dates and tickets info. Image from Smithsonianmag.com
Blythe Brown, a 27-year-old youth yoga instructor and art educator, offers a creative movement and meditation experience in Asheville. (photo by Kate Lundquist)
Robin and Corey Costanzo, yoga instructor and somatic psychologist, respectively, offer a unique opportunity for Asheville residents and visitors to relax and rejuvenate.
“Pets are never caught up in the drama of being rushed like we are. We need to spend time with our pets and create a presence with them,” says local yoga teacher Kimberly Drye. (pictured: Drye and Mercy)
Sarah Jean Couture, 31, invites students to explore other cultures in order to travel inwards to find adventure and peace. Here, she demonstrates exalted mountain pose at Jonas Gerard’s gallery on Clingman Avenue.
Whether reaching for the sky or for your toes, you stretch mind and body in yoga and pilates, says Jessica Mark, owner of Happy Body Studio. But reaching out to the community is the most important move her studio can make this year, by offering a new class for veterans, service members and their families.
Dr. Robin Saraswati Markus, a 48-year-old holistic gynecologist and yoga instructor, offers a wealth of knowledge and integrative healing for women. (Photo by Kate Lundquist)
Jessica Lee, 28, is the Online Content Director for Clear Channel. Here, she demonstrates ardha uttanasana, or halfway lift, at Asheville Yoga Center. This is the 12th post of a yoga-pose series by freelance writer and yoga instructor, Kate Lundquist. Photos by Kate Lundquist.