Meet Your Teachers!

Click on a teacher’s name below to learn more about them, and why they love yoga.

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Philosophy

Inspired by the high standards and long-time experience of Cindy Dollar, our teachers are dedicated to helping each student learn and practice yoga in a safe, intelligent, mindful, and compassionate manner. They demonstrate the postures, explain the benefits, and often customize the poses to meet the individual needs of students.

Training

One Center Yoga is the only yoga studio in Asheville with instructors certified to teach Iyengar Yoga; in fact, we have five teachers at this level: Cindy Dollar, Ryan Conrad, Lynn Patton, Cathy Eising and Randy Loftis. In addition we are the only studio in Asheville that offers classes in Purna Yoga, taught here by Letitia Walker. Purna means complete and this approach addresses the entire person: body, mind, emotions, and spirit. It was developed by Aadil Palkhivala, a student of Mr. Iyengar, and Aadil’s wife Savitri, based on years of yoga and meditation practice.All our teachers are certified at either the 200- or 500-hour Yoga Alliance levels; some are trained in therapeutic yoga; several have been teaching for more than 10 years. A few are health care professionals, with degrees in physical therapy, bodywork, pharmacology, and counseling. They are all committed yoga students themselves, with dedicated asana practices, who regularly take workshops with senior-level yoga instructors across the country.

A Focus on Alignment

Most One Center yoga teachers have received training and mentoring from either Cindy or Lillah Schwartz, who also trained in the Iyengar Yoga method. This means they teach yoga from a deep understanding of the importance of proper alignment, rooted in knowledge of anatomy and the nervous system. However, each teacher shares this perspective in his or her own way. Read their bios to get a sense of their individual teaching style and personality.

A Way of Life

In addition to an emphasis on alignment, our teachers share a respect for one another and for the students who come to One Center to learn and grow. They practice yoga as a path to self-awareness and a means to connect with others. They are enthusiastic and caring people. Taking classes with them is an engaging and rewarding experience.