Yoga Workshops 2018

Yoga Workshops At Great Tree 2018

Introducing Our Volunteer Yogis

Body awareness and wholesome activity is are important components of Zen practice.  We are fortunate to have volunteer yoga instructors from the local Asheville community to bring us these teachings on a monthly basis.  Join us for these 2-hour Sunday afternoon sessions to learn more about a variety of yoga styles and subjects:  therapeutic, Iyengar, integral yoga and more.  See our list of volunteer yogis and and their offerings below.

Fee: $20 plus a donation for the instructor.  Register at
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Darlene Benson – Integrative Yoga for Your Aging Body, June 17

When she began to fall in love with Asheville Community Yoga several years ago, she was inspired to complete their 250-Hour Teacher Training program and to pursue additional training in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors through the Yoga 4 Seniors Teacher Training offered through Duke University’s School of Integrative Medicine. She has also completed a course on Yoga for Osteoporosis and Osteopenia which has deeply influenced her asana practice and teaching style.


 Cindy Dollar – The Yoga of Sitting, November 18

Learn the elements of a stable, upright sitting posture through a variety of yoga poses that build strength and flexibility. No yoga experience necessary.  Cindy, a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor, has been teaching for over 30 years. A long-time meditator, she bases her teachings on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, beginning with the body.

Iyengar certified since 1990, Cindy is one of only three yoga teachers in Asheville to hold this certification. Annually, she studies and practices with other Iyengar teachers around the country. Cindy is is the owner of Asheville’s One Center Yoga and  leads workshops and trainings in the southeast, including an annual yoga and mindfulness retreat at Southern Dharma Retreat Center.

Paige Kanko Gilchrist – Yoga for Back Care, March 18


Achy low back? Knots of tension in your neck and shoulders? Chronic tightness in your upper back? All of the above—or your own unique blend? This two-hour mini yoga retreat is for you. We’ll move through gentle and therapeutic poses and sequences focusing on lengthening and decompressing the spine, building postural awareness and strength, enhancing mobility, and relieving pain. We’ll finish by sinking into deeply healing restorative poses designed to relax holding patterns and stress that can contribute to an unhappy back.

Paige Kanko Gilchrist, a longtime student of Rev Munnich’s, has been practicing yoga and meditation for nearly 20 years. She completed her teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center, is Yoga Alliance certified, and holds advanced certification in Therapeutic Yoga. She specializes in gentle and restorative styles, combining movement, mindfulness, and breathing to help students tap into their innate sense of well-being. Whether in special retreats and workshops, group classes, or one-on-one, Paige’s warm and welcoming style will invite you to stretch, strengthen, balance, move energy, release stress and tension, breathe easy, and cultivate peace and joy you can take with you back into the world.

Beth Johnson – February 18

Most yogic traditions are based on the idea that our creative nature is already perfected, it just need to be revealed. Yoga practices are designed to remove the obstacles to enlightenment so let’s get started! This class will start with some asanas focusing on different areas to energize chakras and direct the flow of prana. We’ll then work into an energizing but not energetic yoga practice paying attention to areas that can become sluggish while practicing seated meditation.




Barbara Schauer – Heart Awakening Anahata Yoga, April 15

Anahata focuses on the heart – expanding, deepening, brightening the heart while honoring the body and clearing the mind. Familiar, accessible yoga poses animated and anchored by steady breath create the ideal inner conditions for centering in the heart. Especially at this information inundated juncture, the strengthening and cultivation of the heart qualities answers a crying need to peace, meaning, and reality in our lives.  Anahata Yoga was created to answer this need and prepare the yogi for meditation. Ana Costa, the founder of this school of yoga, lives in Encinitas, California and has for many years taught at the Yogananda ashram there. Barbara Schauer was among the first students to train under Ana to bring Anahata into the larger world.

Barbara founded Weaverville Yoga in 2009 and teaches in the company there of a group of
select teachers with a heart-centered approach.

Jenne Sluder – Yoga and the Four Immeasurables, July 15

Yoga practice can be used as a uniquely effective inroad to generating embodied experiences of each of the four “boundless qualities”: unconditional friendliness, compassion, joy, and equanimity. In this workshop, we will explore a variety of yoga-based practices that are profoundly helpful for bringing these concepts alive in our bodies so that we have a stronger foothold to accessing them and cultivating them in our meditation practice.   
Jenne Sluder is a yoga therapist, musician, and native of Asheville, NC. A long time student of Buddhist philosophy and practice, Jenne earned her Master’s in Transpersonal Psychology at Naropa University. Jenne teaches yoga, meditation, and mindfulness in traditional studios as well as in mental health settings for adults and at-risk youth. She works with individuals and with groups using somatic (body-based), contemplative (mindfulness-based), and ecological (nature-based) therapies to deepen intimacy with ourselves, our bodies, each other, and the natural world. Jenne often incorporates her soothing singing voice into her teaching and therapeutic work.

Foster de la Houssaye

fosterdelahoussayeFoster Shugan de la Houssaye has completed three yoga teacher training programs: at Charlotte Yoga, Andrey Lappa (Universal Yoga) and Satchidananda Ashram, Virginia (Integral Yoga), wherehe completed the 3 week Intermediate Teacher Training Program and the 3 Week Raja Yoga (Yoga Sutras) Teacher Training. He has taught at the Ashram and at several yoga studios in Charlotte, NC and at the Charlotte Men’s Homeless Shelter. His style of teaching is centered around Integral Yoga. This style of yoga is beneficial for all levels and is focused on living a peaceful and easeful life. In 2014 he graduated from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing and is in the process of starting a healing practice in Asheville. He began his Zen practice in 2001.

Diane Saccone


Diane Saccone has been practicing yoga nearly her entire life and was called to teach yoga practices in the late 90’s. She received her formal advanced yoga certification through the Asheville Yoga Center in 2005 specializing in yoga therapeutic applications to wellness. Her many teachers include Doug Keller, Rod Stryker, Nischala Joy Devi and others. Diane is the Director of Healthy Aging Initiatives for the YMCA of Western North Carolina and is the co-founder of the Asheville Yoga Center’s Therapeutic Yoga advanced studies 300 hour program. Diane has a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from the Medical College of Virginia and is member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

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