Yoga Experiences in Asheville, NC
By Shayla Martin
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. The LoveShinePlay Festival (formerly known as the Asheville Yoga Festival) helps the cause. Each year, the festival welcomes notable local and nationally-recognized instructors. The instructors lead more than 90 offerings, from yoga to music to meditation to outdoor recreation.
Save the Date: LoveShinePlay Festival: July 28-31, 2022 (Dates are tentative)
Throughout the year, 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 in the Mountains and at Waterfalls
You may be eager to soak up the mountain scenery but want something beyond a basic hike. At Namaste in Nature, enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience that combines yoga, hiking and meditation along with the most beautiful mountaintops, sunsets, waterfalls – and even a vortex.
Asheville Wellness Tours offers two yoga hike experiences: the Classic Yoga Hike, a 2-mile trip to a mountaintop in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and a Sunset Yoga hike.
Yoga in Downtown Asheville
There’s no better way to explore downtown than by practicing yoga all over the city with a bunch of like-minded friends. Visitors to Asheville can do just that with Asheville Wellness Tours, a downtown walking tour that can easily be customized to your group with Asheville wellness experiences that sound most relaxing and rejuvenating! Along the tour, you may experience local honey tastings, tea tastings and essential oil blending. Add on a stop at the Asheville Salt Cave where you'll enjoy a relaxing speleotherapy session.
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 combines 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 at a Brewery
Several Asheville breweries including Hi-Wire Brewing (through Asheville Sport & Social Club), One World Brewing (through Bend & Brew Restorative Yoga) and Upcountry Brewing (expected to begin spring 2022) offer yoga and brew experiences.
Asheville Wellness Tours offers Sip & Stretch events upon special request.
Top photo by Emily Chaplin; Yoga at waterfall photo provided by Namaste in Nature. Downtown yoga photo provided by Asheville Wellness Tours. Salt Spa photo courtesy of The Salt Spa of Asheville and Himalayan Salt Cave Sanctuary; Mind Body Paddle - Mind Body Paddle/Spencer Cooke.