Introducing Our Volunteer Yogis
Foster de la Houssaye
Foster 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. In 2006, he received the precepts from Rev Munnich in a Jukai ceremony at Great Tree Zen Temple and from 2006 to 2008 served on the Board of Directors of Great Tree.
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, 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.
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.