OUR APPROACH

We believe that the practice of yoga can benefit everyone and has the potential to enrich all aspects of life. At One Center Yoga, we offer outstanding yoga instruction in the lineage of B.K.S. Iyengar to help students of all abilities, ages, and body types become stronger and healthier in body, mind, and spirit. Our classes in Iyengar, Purna, alignment, and therapeutic yoga focus on the correct alignment of the body.

This approach maximizes the physical benefits of the poses and minimizes injury. As stated in Sutra 11.46, as translated by B.K.S. Iyengar: “Asana is perfect firmness of body, steadiness of intelligence and benevolence of spirit.” In the state of mindfulness that arises, we can become aware of our authentic self and our connection to others: together, we are one.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

The guiding principles of One Center Yoga are based on the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar. Iyengar yoga is a powerful tool to relieve the stresses of modern-day life, and help promote physical and emotional wellbeing—whether you are 25, 65, or 85!

Most people are familiar with asana—the physical postures of yoga—and may consider yoga to be a type of physical exercise or athletics. Although yoga certainly strengthens, stretches, and tones the body, its origins focus on using the body as a vehicle to enhance consciousness and prepare it for stable, seated meditation. In fact, asana practice is just one of eight limbs of yoga. At One Center, we offer a safe and well-balanced approach to asana practice, as well as an experiential introduction to the other eight limbs.

Why Choose Us?

Our students tell us that the number one reason they choose One Center is because of the exceptional knowledge, experience, and compassion of our teachers. We are incredibly proud and grateful to have attracted a team of yoga instructors whose expertise is of such a high caliber and who are dedicated to sharing their understanding and love of yoga with their students in a skillful, safe, encouraging, and caring way.

Students also choose us because of our focus on Iyengar, Purna, alignment, and therapeutic yoga, with classes appropriate for beginners and advanced students, for body strengthening and back care, for young adults as well as seniors. One Center is the only yoga studio in Western North Carolina with three Certified Iyengar Yoga instructors. Springing from that tradition, our classes–including our Purna Yoga classes–are geared to be accessible to every type of body, regardless of physical limitations, age, or health. Our yoga instructors teach rather than lead the classes, demonstrating most of the poses, and providing individualized adjustment and instruction when possible. This allows students to learn the poses deeply and safely for their body. We believe that learning yoga in this way is a great foundation for practicing all other styles of yoga.

In addition, our teachers often weave yoga philosophy into the asana instruction, for example, by reminding students to practice ahimsa, non-violence, and satya, truthfulness, in their yoga practice. As Anna Roques, a new One center Yoga teacher, who recently completed her first 200-hour teacher training with Lillah Schwartz expressed it: “I love this kind of yoga because it brings the light of awareness into the dark corners of my body, and by extension, my whole being, empowering me to live from a place of love, grounded in authenticity.”

We are a community of friendly and helpful people, who appreciate the many ways yoga has enriched our lives. We welcome you to join us. Please drop by for a tour any time.