Asheville Community Yoga is a 501(c)3 nonprofit yoga center offering donation-based yoga classes, special community events, teacher trainings, student immersions and workshops in Asheville, NC. All classes, workshops and events at the center are free for people who truly cannot afford to pay. For people who are able to pay, the suggested “Love Offering” amount is $5 to $15 for regular classes and $15+ for special events and workshops. By offering donation-based yoga classes, we hope to make yoga accessible to everyone.
The center is funded through generous donations from students, local businesses and organizations. This center was built on the foundation of karma yoga (selfless service). All the instructors at Asheville Community Yoga practice karma yoga in generously teaching completely for free.
The center has become a melting pot where people from different socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures and ages come together to practice. We see students, seniors, servers, bartenders, doctors, attorneys and accountants, among others, showing up and practicing next to each other.
The state-of-the-art center is equipped with everything you’ll need for your practice, from mats and blankets to heated hardwood floors and a serene atmosphere. Upon first entering the center, many people comment on its beauty and describe their time here as a "mini-retreat."
In recent years, Asheville Community Yoga has grown from one person offering free yoga classes two nights a week, to a community of more than 5,000 members with a team of close to 60 teachers, board of directors and staff members offering up to 15 classes daily, special community events, wellness workshops, monthly service projects, student immersion programs and teacher trainings.
Future plans for Asheville Community Yoga include outreach to local schools, hospitals and rehabilitation centers, low-cost childcare, healthy eating and cooking classes and support groups. The center strives to be a demonstration of what service is and encourages its members to get involved.
Yoga has the power to transform individuals, families and communities. At Asheville Community Yoga, we believe in this transformative power and strive to make the practice accessible to everyone regardless of their socio-economic status. We believe that practicing yoga regularly greatly enhances a person's physical, mental and spiritual health. This produces a powerful ripple effect, which radiates through the surrounding family, community, and workforce in ways that positively influence everyone.
Asheville Community Yoga aims to serve the area with donation-based yoga classes, wellness services and community outreach, while inspiring people to give back and bring their "yoga" our into the world.
In adherence with yogic wisdom, our center’s mission is guided by the core values of selfless service; supportive and compassionate community; and open, honest and accountable operations.
Our vision is to provide a safe, supportive space where individuals and families can come together to create a compassionate and sustainable community in an atmosphere where they are inspired to grow physically, spiritually and emotionally.
We believe that when individuals change, their families and communities also change. We want to inspire this change by reminding people of the love, compassion and energy that dwell within them, guiding them to health, happiness and well-being.