Spice up Your Yoga Routine in Asheville
Spice Up Your Yoga Routine in Asheville
A Yogi’s Guide to Asheville
Keep things fresh and exciting in your yoga practice by bringing your yogi talents to Asheville, where sun salutations meet fresh air, bodies of water and even beer!
Long known as a destination for wellness and rejuvenation, Asheville is quickly building a reputation as the yoga mecca of the Southeast. Yogis looking to spice up their routine can now perfect their warrior pose in majestic surroundings that go beyond the typical yoga studio. Here are the most unique yoga experiences in Asheville.
Yoga Under the Sun
During the summer season, yogis can stretch in the sun as a part of the Yoga Rocks the Park program at Biltmore Park Town Square. Started in Denver, Yoga Rocks the Park is a national weekly, outdoor event celebrated in more than 10 cities across the country. Thanks to local yoga leaders JP and Cassie McClellan, Asheville happens to be the only Yoga Rocks the Park event in the Southeast and focuses on Anusara and Vinyasa styles of yoga, accompanied by live music and a wellness vendor village. This kid-friendly series generally runs from July 4th weekend until the beginning of August and tickets cost $10 per adult and $5 per child with partial proceeds going to local donations.
Yoga in a Cave
Have you ever wished you could find a way to pump up the health benefits of your yoga routine? Ever thought about flexing your downward dog in a salt cave? The Salt Spa of Asheville and Himalayan Salt Cave Sanctuary are combining the respiratory benefits of Salt Therapy (Halotherapy) with yoga to create Halo Yoga – yoga practiced in a Himalayan Salt Cave room. Breathing in the dry, salt air while practicing lung opening postures and pranayama (yogic breathing) techniques helps allergy sufferers, asthmatics, chronic respiratory problems and helps alleviate stress.
Yoga on the Water
Although the idea of practicing yoga on the water sounds a bit stressful, once you have the peaceful French Broad River as your ground and the sky as your ceiling, you can’t help but feel relaxed. Instructor Anna Levesque of Mind Body Paddle helps yoga novices shake their fears and experience the peace of mind that comes with practicing yoga on a stand up paddleboard (SUP). Once students are comfortable and confident, the class is lead through classic yoga poses that are intensified on a SUP board by helping to strengthen alignment, core awareness and balance.
Yoga with Friends
There’s no better way to explore a new place than by practicing yoga all over the city with a bunch of like-minded individuals. Visitors to Asheville can do just that with Travelling Yogini Tours, an architecture-based walking tour that combines historical information with stops around town to stretch and breathe. Still feeling a bit tight? Loosen up and toast to new friendship with Travelling Yogini’s Bend and Brew class, which combines multi-level yoga classes with a beer tasting from local breweries like Wicked Weed and Hi-Wire Brewing. Cheers!
Yoga in the Park photo courtesy of Yoga Rocks the Park Asheville; Salt Spa photo courtesy of The Salt Spa of Asheville and Himalayan Salt Cave Sanctuary; Mind Body Paddle - Mind Body Paddle/Spencer Cooke.