Workplace health initiatives are cropping up in Western North Carolina. Large hospital systems such as Mission Health and Park Ridge, as well as business owners and organizations like the Western North Carolina Medical Society, are starting to think “inside” the box: They’re creating in-house wellness programs that help employees lose weight, lower stress, get more exercise […]
As mindfulness-based healing modalities with prison populations gather attention in the public eye, and research supports their effectiveness generally, more volunteers are coming forward in Western North Carolina to create wellness among incarcerated people.
The ability to think clearly and make decisions is exactly the reason for choosing healthier foods in the morning or any time of day, say Laura Buxenbaum, Paul Barrett and Jackie Dobrinska.
What happens when you lose your job, your husband leaves you, and your mother dies — all in the same week? What happens when you accidentally run over and kill a 12-year-old boy biking to your daughter’s birthday party? Mandy Atkisson was the person called in to help with both scenarios. Atkisson is the chief developer […]
A bed of cotton candy-pink crystals shift underfoot as you walk toward one of seven reclining chairs, complete with pillow and fleece blanket. The crystals are salt, and the entire room is filled with them: Large rocks form a mosaic on the walls, and tiny stones fill a net along the ceiling, interspersed with small […]
Sierra Hollister, 49, has been offering Kundalini yoga classes to the community since 1995. (Photo by Kate Lundquist)
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)
A rain stick creates a soothing ambiance as the students settle onto the props at Asheville Community Yoga. An African kalimba evokes a delicate higher tone while the didjeridoo sends a strong, fluid sound around the circle. It’s Friday afternoon, and Robin and Corey Costanzo’s restorative yoga with didjeridoo meditation class aims to help people […]
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.
Heidi Vaught has only been teaching yoga in Asheville for a short while, but she says she's ready to bring the Anusara style (a system based on hatha yoga) to the area’s thriving yoga scene. Hailing from Louisville, Ky., she brings two new classes to the Asheville Yoga Donation Studio. “I like the idea of […]
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.
Linda Cammarata, founder of Circadian Rhythm Practice, offers students of all ages the chance to heal the body and reinvigorate natural biological cycles. (This is the 11th post in the Asana Xpress series by freelance writer Kate Lundquist. Photography by Kate Lundquist.)
Michael Johnson and his wife Stephanie of Clearlight Yoga invite Asheville to practice on and off the mat to heal the self and benefit the community. This is the 10th post in the yoga series, Asana Xpress.
Sadie Ranen, 21, and sister Maggie Ranen, 18, love to play with acrobatics and yoga through the practice of AcroYoga outside of Asheville Yoga Donation Studio. Here, they demonstrate Urdvha Dhanurasana, or Wheel Pose. This is the ninth post in the yoga series by freelance writer Kate Lundquist. (Photos by Kate Lundquist.)
This is the second in our “Asana Xpress” series highlighting poses from the sun salutation and featuring local yoga students and teachers. Everyone steps onto the yoga mat at different times in their lives, and for many reasons. Kimberly Drye walked through the doors of Asheville Yoga Center and Lighten Up Yoga in order to […]
Rich Risbridger, 38, circus performer and yoga instructor, inspires a playful attitude in his yoga classes. Here, he demonstrates full Hanumanasana in downtown Asheville. This is the eighth post in the yoga series by freelance writer Kate Lundquist.