"Playful Mama Bear"
Bitsy 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, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra, and was recently trained in Aerial Yoga. 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, which combines asanas (poses) and explorations of breath, to enhance your energy. Additionally, she teaches Wall and Chair Yoga for anyone who would enjoy or benefit from improved alignment and support. Uniquely, Bitsy plans on incorporating floating postures in the aerial slings from time to time within her Yin/Restorative and Yoga Nidra classes. It is these deeply rooted, restorative classes that is a specialty of hers. To learn more about the similarities and differences between these classes, visit our class description page.
If you're new or returning to yoga after a break, Bitsy will joyously provide private lessons and yoga coaching to prepare you for your first group class or support your health and wellness goals.
Bitsy is fun and passionate about learning and sharing with her students. She frequently incorporates her love of dance, rhythm, poetry and music into her yoga classes making them more of an experience than a class. You can find her online and in person at the studio!
Mara is from Asheville, NC. She has been practicing yoga for 15 years and teaching for seven of those!
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. Read more about class descriptions here.
Yoga class with Mara is fun, playful, creative and heartfelt! She loves and is passionate about yoga because it makes her feel good inside and out. Naturally then, she loves offering that same feeling to others on the yoga mat. Her hope is that her students step off of the mat feeling balanced and renewed.
Erin is a multi-talented instructor with a passion for bringing mindful movement to kids and families.
Erin found her way to the mat over 20 years ago, and through her practice found strength, confidence, and a new connection to self and soul. The healing she experienced in her practice led her to complete her teacher training and begin to share yoga in 2019.
Erin quickly learned that her deepest joy was bringing 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. A rareity, Erin’s creative and encouraging approach to yoga allows for the entire family to participate together in a safe, and fun environment. To learn more about this class description, check out our class descriptions page!
Lindsay discovered yoga while at university in England. She quickly realized that she was a nicer, more joyous and energetic bartender 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.
Nancee 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 and holds certificates of master level in Usui Tibetan Ryoho Reiki and Holy Fire.
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. She 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 in Hendersonville 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. For more information about reiki, visit her website at www.blueridgereiki.com
Tamara’s love of yoga began in 2007, which quickly led her to a 200hr RYT at Joyful Yoga in Bonita Springs, FL. She is currently enrolled in the 300hr RYT program with Asheville Yoga Center.
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 following 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. For more information about these practices, visit our class descriptions page.
Tamara’s education and work as a Lifestyle Medicine Registered Nurse complements 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, and also offer an education on the philosophy and science of yoga. She underlines 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 goal is that you leave her class or reiki session in a healing state, feeling more self-aware, grounded, connected and relaxed.
Leslie has a unique and important role as a stress management facilitator. She helps people strengthen the dynamics of their inner dialogue and heal past emotional wounds so they can achieve more inner peace.
Leslie's top priority to help people find relief from stress. During experiences as a practitioner and personal life, she's discovered the biggest impact in helping ease anxiety and physical comfort is healing the mind-body connection.
Leslie loves to guide people on the path toward discovering how to help themselves feel better and have more energy. She strives for clients to be out of pain, and anxiety, sleep better, and feel at peace when they move.
Charlotte has been professionally involved in both the ballet and musical theatre industries since she graduated high school, last seen in Broadway's National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera. She holds nationally recognized teaching certifications in both Vinyasa Yoga & Pilates, beginning her teaching career while living in NYC. Throughout her own ongoing healing journey, she has enjoyed helping others learn how to connect with their bodies and express themselves through movement. She is honored and excited to share new experiences with the Laughing Elephant Yoga community!
Robin Greene is a newly retired Professor of English and Writing, and former Director of the Writing Center at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC, where she held the McLean Endowed Chair in English from 2013-2016. Robin has published two collections of poetry (Memories of Light and Lateral Drift), two editions of a nonfiction book (Real Birth: Women Share Their Stories), and two novels (Augustus: Narrative of a Slave Woman and The Shelf Life of Fire). Robin is a past recipient of a North Carolina-National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Writing, and has published over ninety pieces of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction in literary journals. She received two prestigious teaching awards, has given over a hundred academic presentations, literary readings, and writing workshops in a variety of venues, and currently teaches an annual women's meditation, yoga, and writing retreat in Oaxaca, Mexico. Robin is a registered yoga teacher (RYT200), cofounder and board member of Longleaf Press, and cofounder of Sandhills Dharma Group, a Buddhist meditation group.
Morgan is a Registered Yoga Teacher and a voice for the wisdom of nature that exists within us. She teaches different styles of Flow Yoga that guide her students back to the innate wisdom of their bodies. She focuses on clear cueing and moments of guided introspection to allow her students to move through their practice seamlessly and really tune in to what their bodies need.
She completed her 200hr Teacher Training at Mind the Mat Yoga and Pilates in Alexandria, Virginia. Her training focused on Hatha Yoga, the merging of science and spirit, yoga philosophy, anatomy, and the importance of cueing through a trauma informed lens to always give students the choice to move in a certain way. Her training allows her to teach in a way that empowers her students to move in the best way for their bodies.
Morgan knows that one of the greatest tools we have for re-connecting to our bodies is yoga. When you can tune into what your body is telling you, it paves the way for amazing healing, deep inner knowing, and connection. Her classes allow you to become more aware of your body on a physical and energetic level. She encourages all her students to listen to their bodies and honor whatever they are feeling through out the yoga practice.
Morgan is especially passionate about teaching yoga through a feminine lens to empower women and girls. She teaches Feminine Flow Yoga that leads to women and girls feeling confident and safe in their bodies. With her one-on-one clients, she specializes in leading yoga practices that honor whichever phase of the menstrual cycle her client is in. She believes that when we connect with this beautiful cyclical nature within, it opens up our bodies and minds to great depths of healing, expansion, strength, and happiness.
She guides her students through yoga sequences designed to connect them with their wombs, inner knowing, and wildness. She has completed continuing education in these topics with Womban Wellness.
Melanie MacNeil is a certified Yoga, Mindfulness, and Hoopdance teacher and is currently enrolled in East Tennessee State University earning her master’s degree in Social Work. She specializes in mental health and enjoys working with women, children, and families. She has 20 years of experience teaching Yoga and Hoopdance to humans of all ages and brings a playful and down to earth energy to her classes. She operates a small, wellness-based, business called AshevilleHoops.com and brings her handmade hoops to events all throughout the WNC region. She is a resident of Hendersonville, NC, and lives in a cute little mountain chalet with her husband, George, her 2 energetic boys, as well her dog, Foxy, and cat, Frankie. In her spare time, she loves to attend music festivals, make art, and take nature walks.
Bev walks his talk. Tai Chi Chih has developed his inner peace and he continues his practice daily since being "found" by Tai Chi Chih 12 years ago. He is an accredited teacher and wants to "share it with the world". Bev is a retired organist/choral director/administrator and teacher with numerous honors and awards. He has served Episcopal and UCC churches locally, with experience in many Christian and Jewish congregations, including the Episcopal Cathedral of St. James in Chicago. Now in his eighties, Bev is strong, supple and bright in spirit; he owes it all to Tai Chi Chih.