Bitsy Merriman, BFA, FRSA,
E-RYT 200, is a certified yoga instructor from The Yoga of Energy Flow. She holds certificates in Yoga for Senior Citizens, Restorative Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Yin Yoga and Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra. She is currently working on her 300HR in Yin from Summers School of Yin.
Bitsy offers beginner yoga, and all levels of Hatha and Vinyasa Flow, combining asanas (poses) and explorations of breath to enhance your energy. Additionally, she teaches Wall and Chair Yoga, incorporating poses and alignment using the wall and chairs for support. She also recently trained in Aerial Yoga so she could incorporate key floating poses within Yin/Restorative and Yoga Nidra. Bitsy is known for her classes combining Yin, Restorative, and Yoga Nidra; a form of guided meditation.
Bitsy provides private lessons and yoga coaching to support a client’s health and wellness goals as well as prepping them for entry-level yoga classes. She incorporates her love of dance, rhythm, poetry and music into her yoga classes.
Bitsy is passionate about learning new things to deepen her own practice and loves to share what she has learned with her students. She works to help people discover yoga; improving function, mobility, and energy.
Bitsy currently teaches at the YMCA WNC, The Sanctuary at Horseshoe Farm, Fletcher Parks & Rec and Blue Ridge Community College. She is also teaching online and outdoors and can provide private and corporate yoga classes upon request.
Mara Watts is a 250-Hour Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT) from Asheville, NC. She began practicing yoga in 2006, completing her training in 2014.
Mara is passionate about sharing the benefits of yoga with all body types, flexibility levels and ages. Her goal is to create a safe, warm and welcoming space, offering accessible yoga for all. Mara enjoys teaching Gentle Yoga, Hatha Flow, Pre/Postnatal Yoga and Therapeutic style classes.
Yoga class with Mara is fun, playful, creative and heartfelt! Mara loves and is passionate about yoga because it makes her feel good inside and out, and so naturally, she loves offering that to others on the yoga mat. Her hope is that her students step off of the mat feeling balanced and renewed.
Erin Kennedy is a 200hr RYT certified instructor with a passion for bringing mindful movement to kids and families.
Erin found her way to the mat in early 2000 and through her practice found strength, confidence, and a new connection to self and soul. The healing she experienced on the mat led Erin to complete her teacher training and begin to share yoga in 2019.
Erin quickly learned that her passion was to bring awareness to kids and families through yoga, essential oil education, and the divine connection of Reiki. She loves empowering families to be their own healers through mindful movement and plant medicine.
Erin’s creative and encouraging approach to yoga allows for the entire family to participate together by allowing deep roots to grow for yogis of all ages in a safe, and fun environment.
Lindsay was lucky enough to spend her childhood living in Hong Kong before returning to her native England. Her love of Asia, travel, and different perspectives on life stem from this experience, and prepared her to fall in love with an American man for whom she would marry and settle in the United States.
Lindsay loves to go with the flow, dance with her breath, and to become a witness to her body and mind as she moves through poses, and finds stillness in meditation. Yoga is the tool she uses to seek balance and equanimity in her body, mind and soul, and she is passionate about sharing what she’s learned with others, so that everyone can move a little more gently and gracefully through their daily life.
Lindsay discovered yoga while at university in England. She quickly realized that she was a nicer, more joyous and energetic bartender at the club she served at, late into the night, if she’d attended a yoga class between lectures and work! Yoga has helped her body through two pregnancies, births and recoveries, and it has helped her nervous system through parenting two very different boys!
After teaching early childhood music in NJ and TX preschools, followed by Kindergarten in NC public schools for many years, Lindsay decided to follow her dream of becoming a yoga teacher. She received her RYT-200 Yoga Alliance certification after undergoing teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center. Lindsay is excited to continue her studies as she works towards further certifications this year. In addition to virtual classes, she currently teaches at local area studios.
Lindsay teaches what she practices: Vinyasa flows of all intensity levels: from gentle through Power sequences. She enjoys all forms of yoga, so each class is different, and incorporates ideas from different traditions and lineages that may be helpful to the flow of life.
Victoria Rivera discovered yoga in 2006 and soon after realized that coming to the mat daily was life changing. With a passion to share this knowledge, she completed her 200 hour Teacher Training program at Yoga Darshana in West Babylon, New York in 2015. On the quest to further her knowledge, she has trained under David Robson, owner and director of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto, and Kino MacGregor, co-founder of Miami Life Center.
She leads a heart opening, meditative inspired class that combines her dynamic love of movement with the practice of yoga. Her classes are designed to gently guide students along their own ever evolving practice, and ultimately to find joy in every moment on and off the mat. Victoria believes that yoga is truly for everyone.
Victoria is excited about what this journey may bring and looking forward to exploring it with other practitioners, students, and teachers in the mountains of Asheville, NC. She is currently teaching with Laughing Elephant Yoga.
Nancee is a Reiki Master practitioner. She has been a certified practitioner in Reiki since 2017. She trained with masters at the North Carolina Reiki Training Center and received her final masters training with William Lee Rand, founder and president of the international Center for Reiki Training. Nancee is a registered Reiki practitioner with the International Association of Reiki Professionals. She holds certificates of master level in Usui Tibetan Ryoho Reiki and Holy Fire. She can be found at Blue Ridge Reiki (www.blueridgereiki.com) in Hendersonville, NC.
Nancee is intuitive and empathic, and specializes in assisting people who wish to utilize Reiki for healing specific areas of pain and tension physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, as well as, for overall wellness. Nancee is passionate about using her gifts to help others tap into their inner wisdom and bring balance back to life.
Nancee is a teacher and artist. She lives here with her husband, children, and bulldogs. If Nancee is not in the classroom or in a session, she is likely outside enjoying nature through hiking, paddle-boarding, kayaking, gardening, and playing with friends and family.
Tamara’s love of yoga began in 2007, which quickly led her to a 200hr RYT at Joyful Yoga in Bonita Springs, FL. Tamara’s yogic studies center around Hatha Yoga, Raja Yoga, Meditation, Neurobiology and Ayurveda. Through the years of teaching and (always) being the student, her yoga education continues through trainings and follows the teachings of Ram Dass, Bo Forbes and T.K.V. Desikachar. After moving to Hendersonville in 2014, Tamara received Level I and Level II Reiki Certification, which she weaves into her restorative yoga classes. Tamara's heart is teaching hatha yoga and restorative, but is also trained to teach vinyasa and yin yoga.
Tamara’s education and work as a Lifestyle Medicine Registered Nurse complement her personal practice and teaching. Formal education includes an AD in nursing and bachelors in biology, psychology and nursing. Tamara is currently enrolled in the 300hr RYT program with Asheville Yoga Center.
In Tamara’s classes, her intention is to create an environment that aims to encourage your personal growth, support your love of yoga, but to also educate on the philosophy of yoga and on the science of “why we practice yoga and meditation”. She also wants to highlight that "it isn't enough to intellectually understand yoga, but to experience and connect; to yolk the mind-body." Tamara also emphasizes health promotion and the importance of self-love, non-judgment and self-awareness. Her focus is that you leave class or a reiki session in a healing state feeling more self-aware, grounded, connected and relaxed.